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<p>85. Forget about the Jonese...

85. Forget about the Joneses. Conspicuous consumption benefits nobody but the companies selling the goods. We’d be happier, more relaxed, and more satisfied if we disengaged from it entirely.

86. March to your own drummer. Don’t feel obligated to follow the crowd, or live according to others’ expectations.

87. Think before you act. We can often save ourselves a lot of trouble if we think about the consequences before acting on impulse.


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<p>13. Do laundry in large bat...

13. Do laundry in large batches, instead of small ones. It’ll save you time, and reduce your energy (and water) consumption.

14. Buy enough socks and underwear to make it through a full laundry cycle, to avoid doing small “emergency” loads.

15. Wash towels less often. They don’t need ...


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Office And Tech

Office And Tech

46. Stop as much incoming paperwork as possible. Get off mailing lists, cancel catalogs, and sign up for online billing and statements. The less physical mail you have to deal with, the better!

47. Print as little as possible. Don’t give yourself more stuff...


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Kitchen And Dining

Kitchen And Dining

36. Love those leftovers. Cook extra for dinner, and have it for lunch the next day.

37. Cook a week’s worth of meals at a time , and freeze for later (Google “batch cooking” for recipes and instructions).

38. Plan your meals in advance.


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<p>58. Sort incoming paperwork...

58. Sort incoming paperwork immediately. Separate it into “file,” “act on,” and “dispose of” piles for efficient handling.

59. Organize your digital files. Develop a logical system of folders, so you won’t have to wade through 100s of random files to find what you’re looking for.

60. ...


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<p>88. Think before you speak....

88. Think before you speak. Once you let some ill-considered words out of your mouth, you can’t get them back. Better to hold your tongue than have to deal with the fallout.

89. Don’t be overly sensitive. Sometimes others don’t think before they speak. Let careless remarks roll off your bac...


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<p>74. Fix little problems bef...

74. Fix little problems before they become big ones. A little effort now can save a lot of headaches later.

75. Consolidate your tasks. It’s more efficient to do your ironing, pay your bills, and answer your emails in one sitting than in bits and pieces.

76. Consolidate your errands. ...


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Around The House

Around The House

1. Ditch the TV (or at least turn if off). If you’re an average viewer, you’ll save over a hundred precious hours each month. An added bonus: less exposure to commercials means less desire to buy stuff, and more money in your pocket.

2. Cancel magazine subscriptions...


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<p>17. If you start a new hobb...

17. If you start a new hobby, drop an out-of-favor one (along with its equipment and supplies).

18. Adopt the “one in, one out” rule: when you purchase something new, get rid of something old.

19. Don’t start collections. Avoid the clutter, and save your money, by channeling your ener...


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<p>39. Shop with a grocery lis...

39. Shop with a grocery list. You’ll avoid making extra trips for forgotten items.

40. Make one-pot meals , and drastically reduce your after-dinner cleanup.

41. Pare down your dishes, cups, and utensils to what you regularly use . It’ll limit the amount of dishwashing that piles up i...


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<p>25. Don’t be a fashion vict...

25. Don’t be a fashion victim. Chasing trends is a waste of time and money.

26. Know what flatters you. You’ll avoid accumulating a closet full of wardrobe “mistakes.”

27. Don’t buy “fantasy” clothes. In other words, if you’re not a social diva, skip the cocktail dresses – reserve you...


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<p>32. Standardize your groomi...

32. Standardize your grooming routine , so you can get ready each morning with a minimum amount of fuss.

33. Don’t buy hope in a bottle , and clutter your cabinets with half-used “miracle” lotions and potions.

34. Avoid unhealthy habits , like smoking, drugs, or drinking in excess. Yo...


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<p>50. Pay bills online. It ta...

50. Pay bills online. It takes much less time than writing and mailing a check, and no need to buy envelopes and stamps.

51. Bank online. Transfer money without going to the bank, or standing in line waiting.

52. Automate recurring transactions- a great way to pay your rent, mortgage,...


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I’ve been striving to simplify my life for many years now, and recently, through my writing, have been advising others how to do the same.

In the process, I’ve learned that making little changes in our attitudes, habits, and environment can have a big impact.

So today, I thought I’d c...


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Wardrobe And Style

Wardrobe And Style

21. Hang up clothes, or put them in a hamper, as soon as you take them off. Avoid starting a “floordrobe” or piling them on a chair, and you’ll have less straightening up to do later.

22. Organize your clothes by category. For example, hang all your pants, ...


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<p>9. Put items away immediate...

9. Put items away immediately after use. It takes a lot less effort than cleaning up piles of stuff later on.

10. Have a place for everything. It makes it much easier to find things, and put them away.

11. Clean as you go. Wipe up spills, and take care of little messes before they bec...


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96. Downsize your digs. A smaller home means less to maintain, less to clean, and less to pay in mortgage, utilities, and rent.

97. Go car-free. If you can walk, bike, or take public transit where you need to go, consider ditching your car. If you’re in a m...


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<p>94. Embrace the concept of ...

94. Embrace the concept of enough. Once our needs are met, there’s usually little utility (or happiness) in acquiring more – by contrast, it often leads to cluttered homes and empty bank accounts.

95. Enjoy without owning. Admire the objects in a shop window, the art in a gallery, the plant...


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<p>78. Ask for help or advice....

78. Ask for help or advice. Reaching out to someone with more expertise can often save you hours (or days) of muddling through on your own.

79. Share your expertise with others. An open exchange of information makes things easier for everyone.

80. Make it a goal to do less, not more. ...


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<p>5. Opt for multi-functional...

5. Opt for multi-functional furniture , so you can satisfy your needs with fewer pieces.

6. Get rid of excessive décor , so you’ll spend less time and effort cleaning around stuff.

7. Digitize your music. You’ll eliminate the clutter of CDs, and have easier access to your music librar...


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<p>54. Stay out of debt. Life ...

54. Stay out of debt. Life is much simpler when you don’t have to worry about interest charges and minimum payments.

55. Purchase bundled services. Buying telephone, tv, and internet services from the same company reduces your number of bills (and likely the amount you have to pay).



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81. Keep an open mind. Life is infinitely more interesting and pleasant when you’re willing to consider opinions and viewpoints that differ from your own.

82. Accept others for who they are. Live and let live, and you’ll have much less to worry about.


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<p>29. Embrace your natural ha...

29. Embrace your natural hair. Don’t make it straight if it’s curly, curly if it’s straight, or brown if it’s gray.

30. Keep makeup as minimal as possible, or go without. Most of us don’t need to look like supermodels on a daily basis!

31. Use multi-purpose products (like a shampoo/bo...


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<p>62. Limit the number of blo...

62. Limit the number of blogs you read. When you subscribe to a new one, drop an old one, so as not to increase your time commitment.

63. Reduce your Twitter time. Constant digital “chatter” can significantly reduce your productivity.

64. Check and answer email during defined periods....


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<p>92. Have an attitude of gra...

92. Have an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for what you do have, instead of stressing over what you don’t.

93. Realize that you’re not living in the spotlight. Most people are too wrapped up in their own lives to care (or notice) what you own, what you’re wearing, or how you look.


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<p>43. Eat healthy foods (like...

43. Eat healthy foods (like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables), and you’ll avoid a wide variety of medical problems.

44. Keep your countertops clutter-free. Cooking is so much easier when you’re not moving stuff out of the way to do it.

45. Develop a set of standard dishes (like a ...


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<p>70. Choose your battles. Th...

70. Choose your battles. There are thousands of little things that just aren’t worth fighting for – let them go.

71. Go with the flow. Instead of trying to control things, let them happen as they may.

72. Be flexible. Adapt to the situation at hand, rather than insisting on doing thin...


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<p>99. Don’t shop unless you n...

99. Don’t shop unless you need something. In other words, don’t browse stores, catalogs, or websites looking for something to need.

100. Make your own definition of “success.” Raising a happy family or excelling at your job are better measures of success than status symbols and material acc...


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Time Management

Time Management

66. Learn to say no. It can be difficult, but will ensure you have enough time and energy for the stuff that really matters.

67. Delegate. Give up trying to do everything yourself; get employees to help with projects, and children to help with chores.


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Now that I have finished my final exams, I am taking this summer as the opportunity to declutter my life and for a fresh restart. This article has helped me realise that decluttering shouldn't only be a one time activity but a continuous mindset.

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