Do you ever wish you could declutter your life? I’m not just talking about the items or objects you own, but about all areas of your life- even the things you do and the activities you participate in. Wouldn’t it be nice if everything was simpler and more streamlined? With the busy lives we lead, it seems like everyone has stress that is unavoidable.
We sometimes go through our daily lives doing things we don’t want to do but feel we have to do. We spend our time wishing we had more free time and less to worry about. Or maybe we get paralyzed by our houses full of stuff that we have to clean, store, move, organize, work around, and wade through to accomplish what we need to do. Sound familiar?
If you answered yes, then you may want to learn more about simplifying the different areas of your life. Simple living at first consideration might seem restricting, or give you the feeling that you’ll be missing out on things you and your family members enjoy now. In reality, a simple life can be liberating in more ways than one.
If you found yourself nodding as you read the first paragraphs, take comfort in knowing that it doesn’t have to be this way! Deliberately simplifying your life to give you more free time, less stress, and more of what you want with less of what you don’t, is well worth the little bit of work it takes in the beginning.
We’ve listed several broad areas below that people often wish were less complex. Not everyone chooses the same areas to simplify in, since everyone’s families and situations are very different.
Consider these possible areas that could be simplified:
- Kids’ extracurriculars, afterschool activities and sports.
- Decluttering your home to eliminate unnecessary items.
- The processes we use to accomplish things. Systems that work can cut out work that’s not needed.
- Placement of furniture and other items in your home.
- The flow of incoming information (emails, instant messages, mail, media, etc.).
- Your work and professional productivity, accomplishments, and progression.
- Family obligations, events, holidays, and other family time.
Questions to ask yourself when you’re considering simplifying an area listed above:
- Am I happy with how much time I spend on this?
- Does this activity make me feel happy?
- Do I feel like the doing this activity is a good use of my time?
- Is this an activity that only I can do, or could I outsource or delegate this to someone else?
- Am I doing this in the most efficient way? Is there a faster, easier, or better way to accomplish the same thing?
- Do the items in my home make more work for me or less?
- Do I spend time cleaning, organizing, and managing items that I do not want, do not use, or do not like?
“Declutter Your Life” will be bringing you specific tips, how-to use, and strategies for simplifying many of these common overly-complicated areas of life.
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