As a follow-up to my previous post about the reasons to simplify life, I have decided to put together a starter guide to get you started on your way to a simpler life.
We all have our own way of defining the concept of a simpler living. I believe, the most fruitful way of achieving it would be eliminating all but the necessities. This way you have a lot more time to focus on matters that are truly worthwhile. Unfortunately, getting to the simplicity isn’t as simple. It may require ditching items, habits, relationships we grew fond of that aren’t particularly healthy or useful.
The ideology behind simplifying your life is not that complicated. Mainly you have to figure out what is important to you, and get rid of the rest. However, it’s easier said than done. Hopefully, the uncomplicated list below will make the process a little simpler for you to get started.
Start by decluttering your surrounding. Your closets, shelves, drawers are most likely packed full with things that you barely use. If you feel bad about some of the items that you bought but hardly/never used, sell or donate them instead of discarding. They are better off with people who actually need them than collect dust in your closet. It may take quite sometime for you to fully clean the house out, but the feeling of lightness you are going to get afterwards is awesome. Tackle one thing at a time, so you do not get overwhelmed by the workload.
“Declutter” your habits and relationships. Not only do we hold on to unnecessary items, but we seem to retain some of the unhealthy habits and relationships we grew accustomed to overtime. Habits that slow us down, both physically and mentally. Relationships that bring nothing but stress and discontent. Friendships should empower and console you. You should surround yourself with like-minded people that you share the same ideologies with.
Simplify your tasks. Whether it is home or work tasks – delegate, eliminate or hire help. If at the end of the day you feel wiped out, or like you aren’t managing, you most likely are taking on more than you can handle. Re-prioritise the things on your To-Do list, so rather than running around like a headless chicken, you focus on what actually needs to get done.
Learn to say no. Doing favours for people is nice and satisfying at the end of the day. But do not make a regular habit of it, because those around you will too. If you do not feel like doing something, going somewhere, meeting someone, even though you haven’t got a respectable reason (you just want to spend that time laying in bed reading a soapy book), politely decline. Doing nothing and spending some time with yourself is equally satisfying. Saying that, in no way am I encouraging not helping people. Contributing is a big part of a simply and fulfilling life. Just know when and where your efforts are most needed.
Learn to enjoy your own company. Some people are a little terrified of solitude, but alone time is good for you. Free up some time to do things that bring you joy, even if it is staring at the ceiling and thinking about absolutely nothing. Meditate, get a foot massage, go for a walk on the beach, take a few minutes to give your mind a rest by thinking about nothing but the waves hitting the rocky shores…and give that smartphone a break.
Eat slowly. Savour every bite. Eating shouldn’t only satisfy your stomach but your senses too. Relish the freshness, the juices, the crunches. If your food doesn’t give you much to savour then you must be eating the wrong foods.
Organise your digital world. Clean out your Camera Roll and files on your computer. Deactivate the profiles that you no longer use. Organise your pictures, music and movies by filing them separately according to the theme, type, etc.
Not every tip might work for you – chose the ones that apply to you and your life 🙂