Imagine if you were to simplify your entire life. Everything would be sorted and scheduled most efficiently. In the morning, you’d turn on your computer to discover all folders and files are categorized and sorted!
If you needed something, you’d instantly know where to find it. Your finances and bad mental habits would be sorted and dealt with too.
You’ll be astonished at how incredible you’ll feel after you simplify your life. Finally, you’ll be calm and present because everything is under control!
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
This is how to simplify all areas of your life:
1. Simplify your space
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
Tons of random things everywhere will add chaos to your day.
Not to mention, you’re wasting so much time, digging through stuff to find what you need.
So, write down all the problem areas that seem to collect clutter and schedule when you’ll work on them.
For example, your:
2. Set a time to simplify an area in your life without overwhelming yourself
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Take your time, there’s no rush! Don’t tell yourself, that you have to overhaul your entire house. Instead, work on one area, little by little. You can even just throw out a few small items every day; eventually, you’ll get there!
Think of decluttering as a relaxing process. Start a playlist of your favorite songs and put on comfortable clothes. Then, get two boxes, one for things to put away elsewhere and another for items you’ll donate. Plus, a trash can for the junk. Then sit down with a pile of stuff and go through it.
Here are some more tips to keep in mind:
- Ask yourself as you look through your stuff: Does this item make me feel good about myself? Am I proud of it? Is it useful?
- Maintain, clean, and be grateful for the things you decide to keep.
- Always ask yourself if something is essential before you purchase it (or keep it).
- For each product, you buy, throw out or donate 1-5 items you don’t need.
- Choose quality over quantity. High-quality products will last longer than several cheap ones.
- Keep only the best item out of a pile of duplicates. Donate or toss the rest.
- Spend more time and money on valuable life experiences, not products.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
– William Morris
Pat yourself on the back because you are helping yourself and other people as well! Give old books to troops and veterans or donate clothes to people who need them. There are even some charities that will pick up your donation!
3. Simplify your finances
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”
– Will Rogers
Write out a budget from your monthly income. Then go online and check your bank statements. Where are you spending too much money? When you’re aware of where your money is going, you’ll know where you should hold back.
Get a savings account and set it to automatically save a certain amount every month. Then ignore it as if it didn’t exist. How easy is that?
“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”
Also, put your bills on auto-pay and save yourself the stress of paying them one by one every month. More frustrations eliminated; good job!
Only use your credit card for small purchases and pay the balance later that day with your debit card. If you have credit card debt, pay as much as you can every month till it’s paid off.
Then get rid of it because you’re too awesome to be a slave to plastic!
4. Eliminate digital clutter
“In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.”
Go through your computer and set up the filing system to help you make things easier.
Do the following things to simplify your life immediately:
- Delete, merge, and organize documents.
- Categorize and sort folders and sort the files inside them.
- Do the same with your browser’s bookmarks.
- Go through your phone and uninstall unnecessary apps.
5. Declutter your mind
“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”
– Leo Tolstoy
You might not scatter your thoughts everywhere, but they do make an impact on your life wherever you go. So, it’s crucial to figure out what mental habits weigh you down because you can fix most of them.
Is a part of you always stuck in the past, holding on to resentments? Do you have a negative, fixed mindset? Low self-confidence? All of these will hold you back in life, so learn how to let them go so you can move forward.
6. Cut out the negativity
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
Negative people and those who gossip will suck you into their chaos. Clear out this drama and stay away from them.
Plus, this gives room for you to fill with high-quality, inspiring friends. Dropping an entire group of negative people for one vital person is worth it!
Guard your mind against negativity. It can sneak in there via TV shows, the news, or social media. For example, if social media makes you depressed, don’t use it. Or at least stop following people who make you feel bad about yourself. Be aware of how these things affect you and limit them if needed.
Also, replace any negative messages with positivity by watching inspiring videos or reading motivational articles.
All in all, when you let go of unnecessary clutter, you make room for the essentials. It’s worth the work it takes to simplify because life will be more blissful and uncomplicated afterward. Not to mention, your home will be more comfortable and stunning than ever before!
Or you can continue to add to a colossal nightmare of ever-growing random debris. Your choice!
Do yourself an enormous favor and eliminate the junk that holds you back. Even if you only throw away one thing per day, over time you’ll simplify your life!
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