Ten easy, actionable steps you can take today to simplify life and make your days easier to get through. Cut the clutter and the noise by clearing more space, re-thinking your hobbies, building routine into your days and making sure you finish what you start.
If you’ve ever said, “I love the idea of simple living, but I just wouldn’t know where to start,” this post is for you. This is my ‘simple living how to’ guide – an outline of how to live a simple life in a nutshell. It is unlikely that you can make all these changes overnight, or even in a few weeks. Don’t fret about getting to the end. The goal is the journey itself.
Some things will take longer than others. And sometimes you will find you make huge leaps in one area, but lag behind in another. It all balances out in the long run. Keep going and eventually you will find your life changing beyond what you thought possible at the beginning.
At its most basic, minimalism is something that is almost completely (but not quite) encompassed by simple living. Let’s have a look at a simple Venn diagram I’ve drawn for you:
When I first started decluttering and sorting through everything I owned, I was a traditional hoarder. A lot of my stuff was easy to get rid of because I had a tendency to save things that might be useful – like old magazines, storage boxes, and old towels and clothes. The appreciation that decluttering time was just as important as decluttering space was a long way off.
In the beginning, clearing things out was easy and I made great progress.
But eventually, I got stuck.
I still had a lot of stuff – more stuff than I wanted – but I didn’t seem to be able to pare it down any further.
In the UK rain and wind is usually the norm. Instead we’ve had weeks and weeks of beautiful hot sun. It’s unlike anything seen for forty years (according to the weather man that is, as I am obviously nowhere near old enough to remember, haha). It was a novelty to see some grey skies over the weekend.
We’ve been outside so much in the last couple of months that we took the opportunity to have some quiet time.
I used to panic about my children having too much screen time. As the years have passed I find I am less worried about it if I know that on balance we’re away from it more than in front of it. I still fantasise about chucking the telly away, but for the moment it stays 🙂