PsychCenter/15 Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life
January 04

PsychCenter/15 Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life

Psych Central

15 Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life

  Associate Editor
  ~ 5 min read


Simplifying one’s life can seem complicated. It can feel overwhelming, especially if you own a lot of stuff and your calendar is crammed with commitments.

Where do you start? What the heck do you exactly do? What does simplifying even really look like?

At its core, simplifying is making more time for the things that truly matter to us, said Rachel Jonat, who writes about simplicity and minimalism on her website The Minimalist Mom. “That means realigning how you spend your time, money, energy and even the space in your home to reflect what’s really important to you.”

Simplifying leaves space for “creative thoughts, imagination and playfulness,” said KJ Landis, a life coach and creator of the Superior Self series. 

And, thankfully, simplifying can be small and gradual, and well, simple. Below, you’ll find a variety of practical, totally doable suggestions.

Write down your reasons for simplifying your life. Delve deeper and think about why you’d like to simplify, said Courtney Carver, author of the blog Be More with Less, and the book Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More.

What’s the point? How will your life and day to day improve?

For instance, maybe you’re in debt. Maybe you’re overwhelmed with all the stuff around your home, and can’t find what you need. Maybe you constantly feel stressed and overcommitted. Remind yourself of these big “whys” to help you keep simplifying.

Examine your time. Write out your ideal week, including your work schedule, commitments, chores, hobbies and downtime, said Jonat, author of several books, including her latest title The Joy of Doing Nothing. Next keep track of your time for a week. Then compare the two. “What are you spending time on that keeps you from the things you really want to do? How can you change that?” she said.


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