Three Tips For Simple Living

 

I became somewhat obsessed with the idea of simple living long before we had kids. I had never really heard of the term, but in short, the idea was to simplify all areas of life in order to focus on what’s truly important. For me, that means my faith and my family.

Yet, there is one key aspect of simple living that I have only recently learned.

Simple living doesn’t mean that life will never get complicated or messy–it just means that you will be better equipped at what life throws your way!

There are also five areas in life that you can keep at the forefront of your mind that will help you stay on the simple living track:

  • Always keep your paper clutter at bay: In order to keep our papers out from piling on the countertops, I bought a two teared basket to hang on our laundry room wall. I also created an emergency binder for important paperwork that we keep in a safe location.
  • Always keep your car clean: seriously, is there anything more frustrating that running to family get togethers or church only to find that your car reeks of stale French fries? I do a weekly deep clean of our car which takes less than half an hour. I also like to de-clutter the car on Saturday nights before church. Having a peaceful drive on the way to service makes me happy. Really happy. 😉
  • Always keep a running grocery list: Ya’ll, this is my biggest struggle. Sometimes, I try to wing it when I head to the grocery stores. End result? I always forget ingredients and have to go back. Can you say time waster?

Those are some of my best tips for maintaining a simplified life. What are some of yours?

Two Ways To Simplify Your Life Right Now

 

Simple living is a hot topic these days, and with good reason. With social media, we are constantly connected! Not to mention, we are often hurried from here to there trying to meet deadlines and obligations.

I’ve been slowly working to simplify my lifestyle so that I can better serve my family as a wife and mother. It’s crucial to my well being an to my families well being.

As the saying goes, “You can’t pour form an empty cup!”

Here are my top three tips to simplifying your life that are making a huge impact on my own:

One-Simply Your STUFF

I feel like this has been the root of my stress. We had so much STUFF and no matter how much I organized it never got any better. So, every year, for the last four years, I have streamlined what we own. I’ve purged, purged and purged. Thanks to year yard sales, charity donations and selling on-line, I’ve been able to create better environment for our home. I stopped hanging on to books I was never read again, dresses I would never wear, movies that were no longer my taste…and the list goes on.

It has been so freeing. I feel like I am a much happier homemaker over all!

Two-Simplify Your Schedule

Another area that has changed drastically is our schedule. I’m careful to keep margin on the calendar. If I know we have something planned over the weekend, I will set aside at least two evenings during the week for family time. Or vice versa. If we are busy during the week, I like to keep the schedule clear on the weekend. We don’t have to buy into the lie that being busy is best! It’s not. Family time is best…and so is rest.

So that’s two areas that we have been working on and implementing significant changes. It’s been great!

What areas have you tackled to create a simplified life?

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~Heather