Simple Living 101
What is simple living?
While it means different things to different people, simple living is a term used to describe a more intentional, less 'busy' and less cluttered way of life.
Ironically, simple living isn't that simple. It's not a fashionable trend or a 'one-size fits all' approach. It's deeply personal, and requires a conscious awareness of what's important to you.
For some it may mean condensing their clothing to 22 items of clothing, while for others, it may mean being more protective of their calendars.
There is no right or wrong way of simple living.
The Benefits of Simple Living
People will choose to simplify their lives for a variety of reasons, usually with the aim of improving a specific part of their life (finances, relationships, time management, reducing overconsumption etc).
What comes next, however, is the positive flow-on effect to all other areas of their life, therefore providing a great deal of unexpected, but welcome changes.
Just some of the benefits of simple living can include:
- more intentional use of time
- being able to prioritize the important things in life
- being more present with loved ones
- less consumerism
- less financial waste on unnecessary 'things'
- more environmentally friendly
- less stress
- better work-life balance
- less clutter around the home
- easier to make decisions
- less time cleaning
- more money to spend on the important 'things' and experiences
- being more mindful (about how you use your limited resources)
Pretty good potential benefits, wouldn't you say?
Simple Living Tips
So how do you even start to simplify your life?
Well, there might be some glaringly obvious areas of your life that you are seeking more balance with? I would start there.
Otherwise, here are 9 Realistic Tips To Simple Living
These simple living tips provide the basics of where to start and to find what works best for you and your lifestyle.
Simple Living Blogs
If you're looking for more tips and ideas on how to simplify your life, it's great to get a wide and varied perspective.
I'm always on the look-out for novel ways of simplifying life, but it's important to me that they are actually realistic and practical ideas, that gel with my lifestyle.
I've read blogs and articles over the years that are written by people in completely different life seasons to me, and whilst I have learnt some wonderful tid-bits, a lot of the advice is not at all practical to a young family of 5!
Check out the following Simple Living Blogs That Are Realistic And Practical
How To Simplify Your Home
Ah, the home. A place of comfort, calm and serenity....
Or a place of stress, overwhelm and chaos?
When you're looking for ways to simplify your home, numero uno is to look at the clutter!
There are a few different ways to tackle the household clutter:
- If you're overwhelmed with all the clutter, start with a simple but effective Declutter Challenge: A Non-Overwhelming Way to Make Real Progress!
- If you want to get in there and tackle the clutter head-on: How To Declutter Your Home Fast
- Once the clutter is under control, check out 7 Hacks to KEEP Your Home Clutter-Free
Embracing simple living (however that works for you) allows you to enjoy the more important things in life.
The endless to-do list never truly goes away, but your surroundings are uncluttered, your mind is uncluttered and everything in your control is taken care of…. leaving you to be fully present and enjoy life.