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Simple Living Tips Introduction

Simple living has an enormous appeal to so many of us. We live in a constantly changing, high-paced society that values business over peacefulness, a frenetic drive to hide emptiness through material acquisitions, and an ever-increasing load of anxiety and stress.

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a little simplicity, a little peace, and a center of calm amid the turmoil?

Personally, I have always felt the call to a simpler life, except for my late teens when I felt constricted by the isolation of living in the country.

Now I talk about the cabin-in-a-fold-in-a-hill syndrome. 

Does anyone know what I mean?

I recently watched a video on YouTube about a person living in a tiny house. She had lost everything in the Christchurch earthquake and said that when you lose everything and have to start to rebuild you start to question why you really need all this stuff anyway.

From her experience, she decided she wanted to live a simpler life and reduce her footprint on the planet.

Nevertheless, you might not be ready for a drastic change but do feel the call to live more simply. 

I hope the 9 simple living tips below will help you develop a plan to bring more peace and tranquility and ease into your life. 

Henry David Thoreau with his 2-year adventure of living simply certainly lived the call we all feel at some moment in our lives. He said about his calling: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach me, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

Source: Henry David Thoreau.

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The Video Gives a Lot More Detail About Each Tip

The Nine Living Simply Tips

1. Determine What Is Important to You

Enjoying a simple life begins by knowing what really matters. What is important to you? What does a simple life look like to you? It can help to write down four or five priorities in your life, which you can use as a compass. You can take this exercise further by exploring your unique life purpose.

  1. Living Simply Get Rid of the Clutter

Stuff stifles you and your dreams. The more you have, the more you have to worry about and take care of. Walk into any room in your home and look at it as if you were a new home buyer. What can go? What can stay? Then let the decluttering begin.

  1. Develop Daily Routines

Routines ensure things get done while leaving you time to live life. Any repetitive tasks or duties you have are a great place to start. Create routines you can do as if you were on autopilot. This will save you time and energy.

  1. Learn to Say No

Even though it can hurt to let people down, saying “no” more often will help simplify your life. It means fewer things on your plate, so you can focus on what’s important to you. It is helpful to remember that every time you say “no” to something, you say “yes” to your own goals.

  1. Spend Time with People You Love

Spending more time with the most important people in your life will make life simpler – and honestly – more enjoyable. You don’t have to give up on your friends and family. You just have to figure out who is important enough to prioritize.

  1. Let Go of Toxic Relationships

No one can make our lives more complicated than a toxic friend, family member, or partner. Simplify your life by refusing to feed into their drama. Limit your exposure to these people as much as possible.

  1. Limit Your Time Online

Being at the beck and call of your notifications, social media, or email is no way to lead a simple life. While it can be hard to avoid your phone and email entirely, figure out ways to limit their distraction. Setting specific times to check your email and social media is a good start. …As long as you stick to them! 

  1. Simplify Your Wardrobe

You probably wear only 20% of what is in your closet. So, why do you allow so many items to clutter your closet and add stress when trying to find something to wear? It’s time to purge your wardrobe to some basic, well-made pieces that you can mix and match. Imagine how much easier your mornings just became.

  1. Take Time to Plan Your Week

Taking some time to plan your week is a great way to simplify things. It gives you a roadmap to follow. No more wondering what’s next or scrambling to get something you forgot done.

“Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more.”

Simple Living Next Steps

Step 1 Use the brown download button to get your copy of our Simple Living Mini Report.

Step 2: Read the report and do the exercises for the 9 tips.

Step 3: Order one of the books in our reading list below.

  1. Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
  1. Simplify: How the Best Businesses in the World Succeed
  1. Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life
  1. The Simple Life Guide to Decluttering Your Life
  1. The More of Less

 

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