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One of the main things myself and ALL my friends seem to say is that we wish life was more simple…..
Less stress, less to do – more time and more energy.
It would be lovely, wouldn’t it!
Now, I consider myself a pretty organised person (otherwise this blog would have a different name!), but I still have the urge to simplify things even further.
How about you?
I’m pretty sure you’re nodding your head right now in agreement….
So – I’ve decided to help us both out by putting together a list of ways to simplify life…
Whether you want to use any as your new years resolutions, or it’s a different time of year when you read this and you just want to get started with something specific, then this is the list for you to get inspiration from.
You may find that you already do some of the list (congartulations!), but I’m sure that there will be a few that you don’t (I know there are for me…), so just start by picking one and giving it a try.
You’ll be amazed at the difference it will make to your life. After all, it’s about taking those little steps – and you’ll get there in the end.
Good luck with whichever you choose, and without further ado, let’s get going…
31 WAYS TO SIMPLIFY LIFE
#1 – DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
Probably not a shocking start to the list, given what this site is all about(!), but I really do have to start here because it’s key to making life easier – it really is!
I’m pretty much addicted to a good declutter session, as it works on so many levels to simplify things: –
- You know what you have so you buy less
- You have less to clean and maintain
- You’re more content with your home because it’s not such a mess
- You often find that you do have enough storage, and a big enough home as well…
If you want some inspiration to get started, then why not take the 30 day Clutter Blitz which is a totally free challenge I created. I can’t wait to see you there….
#2 – DECLUTTER YOUR TO DO LIST
Often people just think of decluttering as getting rid of “stuff” – but it’s so much more than that….
Your TO DO list can be a place that is so overwhelming you may have stopped even looking at it anymore. It feels out of control and never gets any smaller.
If you can declutter this – imagine how much more effective a tool it would be to make life easier?
So – grab your TO DO list and really take a look at what’s on there.
There are bound to be a few things that you can get rid of straight away, because they are out of date, or have already been done.
Then start to take back control over the rest… For some great tips, you will definitely want to take a look at all the posts I’ve written about TO DO lists – especially HOW TO TACKLE A NEVER ENDING TO DO LIST in 5 EASY STEPS.
#3 – TACKLE THOSE LITTLE NIGGLES
By this I mean all those things that you take time to do each and every day that you really shouldn’t have to.
They may be things that are slightly broken that you have to work around, unorganised spaces that mean you spend too long finding things, never being able to find your keys because you haven’t got a designated space for them…
Whatever they may be, you may be surprised at how much time and energy they are taking from you each day.
Just spend half a day fixing each one, and you’ll reap the rewards over and over again.
#4 – CREATE A UNIFORM FOR YOURSELF
Let’s face it – we all have to get dressed every day, and I have no doubt that the majority of us have quite a few clothes to choose from.
If you have a lot of clothes, you end up having a lot of choice – which can be a bad thing when you’re trying to simplify things.
Think about a time when you had a uniform to wear each day – maybe at school or in a specific job.
How nice was it not to have to think about what you were wearing?! – It made it easier, didn’t it?
Well – I’m proposing to have that same feeling for your wardrobe right now.
By having a UNIFORM – I really mean that you have a set style of clothes you wear for a usual day. For me, it’s jeans, a nice jumper, long boots and a chunky long necklace.
I know each day that these are the items I am going to wear, and I therefore have a set of each that I can quickly go to and grab which I want to wear.
It makes life so much more simple than having to think about it every morning.
#5 – USE THE 2 MINUTE RULE
Do you leave things until the weekend to get done in one go? Or until the evening?
What if you could simplify that workload, and take a lot of pressure off – would that work for you?
Well, I want to introduce you to the 2 minute rule as it may well change your life!
The basic idea is that if a task takes 2 minutes to do – GET IT DONE THERE AND THEN.
You don’t have so much building up for another time, and you really do barely notice that you’re getting things done as you go. It’s an amazing way to make things easier – so give it a try…
#6 – ADD EXTRA TIME TO YOUR DIARY FOR APPOINTMENTS
We’ve all been there – overbooking each and every day and running around like a headless chicken.
This doesn’t make for an easier life….
My little trick for changing all that is to block out time for each appointment/meeting in your diary – but also to block out time for travel there and back, AND prep time.
You’ll be amazed at what a difference this makes to your life, as you’ll feel less rushed.
The other bonus is that you can actually start to see ways to group appointments so you are spending less time travelling to and fro, and you can prep for things in one go as well (such as wrapping all presents and writing all cards that need posting that week in one sitting).
#7 – SAY ‘NO’ MORE
I have no doubt that you are doing things at the moment that you don’t have time for, or have agreed to because you feel you should rather than because you really want to.
This is a hard one (I find it almost impossible), but if you can learn to say NO to these sorts of things – even just a little more often – then you will make your life more simple and leave more time for what you really DO want to be doing.
#8 – CREATE A MEAL PLAN
Meal planning is seen by many as less than glamorous – but it really does simplify life at home more than anything else.
Think how much time you spend looking in the cupboards trying to get inspiration for tea, or dashing to the shops because you need something specific.
If you create a simple meal plan for a week then you can shop in one go, use less food, think less each day about what to cook, and generally have more space in your head for the important stuff.
Here’s my meal planning post that I would start with if you’re new to meal planning, and if you’re a dab hand at it already my tip for you would be to have 4 weekly meal plans that you can rotate, which means you won’t get bored of the same meals ever.
#9 – AUTOMATE BILL PAYING
Nothing simplifies better than taking it away from your workload completely!
Can you set up automatic bill paying / direct debits for anything?
Just swapping to this can save so much time and make your life easier.
#10 – CREATE ROUTINES FOR THE HOUSEWORK
Having routines for all those jobs you do daily/weekly etc… can be such a life saver when it comes to making life easier.
If you know when you need to do things, you don’t need to think about them constantly.
Which of these are you tempted to give a try first? For me it’s looking again at the schedules in our home and making sure they’re still the best way to do things. It’s also about revisiting what you’ve already set up, because you never know when things may need changing.
Let’s keep going shall we….