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5 Ways to Simplify Your Life Today

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5 Ways to Simplify Your Life Today
Spring heralds the promise of new beginnings and fresh starts. It provides the impetus to reflect and ask how can we be happier, freer and more fulfilled. The achievement of these and more are usually not done through being and having more, but rather with less.

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Focus on the essentials

Focus on the essentials

Ask yourself honestly “Who are the people and what are the things that are essential to my happiness?” These are the people and things that you cannot live without. 

Put these essential people and things on a list and resolve to focus the bulk of your time and resources on them. They are your priority.

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What adds joy or value

Before buying anything, ask if it adds joy and or value to your life and if you really need it. Ask the same question of the things you own and the relationships and activities that you have in your life.

Invest your time and resources on people and activities that inspire, energize and contribute to your growth and happiness.

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Make time for yourself

If you are not happy or well, you can’t offer anyone else the happiness and care they deserve. 

Make time to be on your own and find space for some peace and quiet. Do whatever that works for you to find peace and calmness and help regain your balance and energy.

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Clear some space

Clear some space

This could be your mental, emotional or physical space or all three. 

Clearing space provides peace and calmness. It also clears away the “clutter” that has been inhibiting and holding back your life.
In their place, what gives you joy, growth and value will have the space to enter and flourish. Take it one step at a time but start with something.

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Learn to say “No”

If we want to reclaim our time, our resources and our life for what really matters to us, we have to learn to say “no” and say it often. It might be awkward and difficult at first, but then it becomes liberating.

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It’s about getting rid of things you do not use or need, leaving an uncluttered, simple environment and an uncluttered, simple life.

It’s living without an obsession with material things or an obsession with doing everything and doing too much. It’s using simple tools, having a simple wardrobe, carrying little and living lightly.

The benefits of minimalism

  • It’s more sustainable.
  • It’s easier to organize.
  • It’s lower in stress.
  • It’s less expensive and less debt.
  • It’s less cleaning and maintaining.
  • There’s more room for creating, for loved ones, for peace, for doing the things that give you joy.
  • There’s more time for getting healthy.

Hans Hofmann

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

Hans Hofmann

Remove decorations

... that no longer inspire you. Just because something made you happy in the past doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever.

Your life has moved on—maybe it’s time for the decoration to do the same. Keeping just the items that mean the most to you will help them to shine.

Reject the convenience fallacy

There are certain places in our homes we tend to leave items out for convenience. By leaving these things out, we think we’re saving time and simplifying our lives. That’s the convenience fallacy. 

W might save a couple of seconds, but the other 99.9 percent of the time, those items just sit there creating a visual distraction. 

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There is no single way to lead a minimalist life

There is no single way to lead a minimalist life

Minimalism is often seen as an all-white room containing few furniture pieces. There are no colors or patterns or decorative accents that don't serve some function. However, this is not true.

Minimalism can help you save money

Instead of trying to find ways to make more money, minimalists contemplate the opposite: They live with less.

Minimalists find that after going through simplifying their lives and their interiors, they feel more at peace and in charge of their surroundings.

Decluttering can be emotional

Getting started on the road to minimalism can be the hardest. Once you realise how much you own, it can be overwhelming and fill you with guilt about the money wasted.

After decluttering, you may encounter another emotional factor: When you live with just the things you really love, breaking something will feel way more dramatic.