Tips for Keeping Life Simple
Do you long for a simple life? Does it seem you have too much clutter and too much stuff and too much to do? We live in a busy world and keeping things simple can be hard. Let’s talk today about 7 simple ways we can simplify life.
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Clutter seems like it’s everywhere. When we get overwhelmed with clutter, we increase our daily stress and frustration. Remember the last time you lost your car keys? They were probably lost on the cluttered kitchen counter or under misplaced papers, right? Lost keys always cause me stress. But so do lost papers, lost school forms and anything I cannot find that I need right now.
Clutter because we have too much stuff and because we overschedule our time is toxic to our lives and happiness. How can we simplify life and get the clutter under control?
7 Tips for Simplifying Life
Decide What Stuff You Need and What You Don’t
So simple and yet so challenging, most of never get past this step.
The first step in simplifying your life is to decide what do you really need and what you don’t. This step is probably the hardest part. We have a tendency to love “our things” and think we need them all (even if we have not used them in years).
I have learned that sometimes it’s easier to eliminate what I don’t need in steps. Start with what I absolutely know I can let go of, then start with things I have not used in a year, then not used in 6 months. The more you get rid of, the easier it becomes to get rid of more.
You will feel more relaxed when the clutter is gone.
Declutter, then Organize
Start with decluttering. DO NOT TRY TO ORGANIZE CLUTTER! Remove the clutter from your home and your life first, then start organizing.
You don’t have to declutter your entire house all at one time. You can start with one room. Say, a room that you use every day like the kitchen. Declutter the kitchen, then organize it. You will probably start to notice immediately how uplifted you feel every time you go to the kitchen to make a meal because you don’t feel overwhelmed by clutter.
Set Your Priorities
We are busy moms. We have to set priorities. Once you have set your priorities, you will find it’s easier to make decisions about what you need to do and when you need to do it. Your priorities will be your guide to keeping your life simple.
When you are creating your weekly schedule, if it’s not a priority and you feel the project or event will add too much stress to your life, you will know to say “no”. Keep your life and schedule simple, not complex and too busy.
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Keep Your Wardrobe Simple
Have you noticed that you likely have about 10 outfits you wear all the time. If you counted, you probably have 100 clothing articles in your closet that you don’t wear. Why?
I need to work on this area. I have a select set of clothing items I love to wear because they are so comfortable. I need to remove and donate the items I don’t use.
Reducing the closet clutter will help make my wardrobe easier to maintain and I will stop “losing” clothes in my own closet. Have you ever lost your favorite pants in your closet – they are hanging right in front of you but you don’t see them because of the clutter? Me too. Of course, lost clothes are like lost keys, they cause unnecessary stress.
Use Routines to Reduce Decision Overwhelm
I love routines. I have many routines, if I skip a step or change a daily routine, I easily forget to do something important. Routines keep life simple. We know what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. With a routine, you will find you have fewer decisions to make.
I have found the best routines are morning routines and evening routines. Morning routines get the day started right. Get everyone up and ready for school and work on time. Evening routines keep us on track to finish dinner, complete homework, get baths done and be ready for bed. With each of these routines, you don’t have to remember what to do next, you will just know the next step in your routine. Routines are a great way to keep life simple.
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Plan Down Time for Yourself
It’s okay to give yourself a break. Yep, I said it. We all need a little down time (usually every day). For me, I plan down time in the evening. I like a little time to settle down before going to bed.
Allowing yourself down time will keep you from getting over scheduled and over busy. Schedule a little down time for yourself every day.
Use a Planner
Using a planner daily is the best thing I have done to stay organized and keep things simple. My planner helps me see what days are already filled with activities and what days have some flexibility. Using a planner will help you stay focused on the big picture.
Planners are a great way to keep your home and family organized. You can set goals for decluttering and organizing. You can track the activities of each family member to be sure each of your children are not over scheduled.
Simplify with An Organized Home
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In the Organized Home, you will learn:
- Perfection is not required
- Find your Prime Real Estate – what areas must be clean
- Have more time to enjoy your family (because you are cleaning less)
- The course is available online – on all devices
- New content is added each quarter
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How to do simplify your life? What helps you keep life simple?