Have you decided that it’s time to start to simplify?
In this post I shared that my husband and I are working on simplifying, taking some concepts from minimalism, and putting our own spin on them.
It’s not something that can be done in one weekend. It’s about incorporating new ideas and implementing them in ways that fit your family and lifestyle so they have longevity. Take your time, try out new things, and choose what works for you, your family, and your lifestyle.
We each have our own reasons for wanting to simplify our lives, but if you’re reading this and you feel a nudge, it may be time for you to consider it.
Here are 5 ways you can start to simplify your life (without spending a damn dime).
- Break up with the idea of “perfect”.
Let’s be honest, no one’s home looks TV or Magazine perfect 100% of the time. And if they do, are they really enjoying their home or is it a museum?
Embrace your home’s imperfections, as they can be beautiful and are unique to your home.
To me, I love that my stairs are a little creaky and I love the slight cracks in the plaster walls in my dining room. It adds to the character of our home.
What elements of your home do you love, even if someone else would see it as an imperfection?
- Own less and live more.
Don’t try to fill a void with more “stuff”. Think about purchases before you make them and decided if it’s a need or want. Yes, even decor items can serve a need, but know where they are going and what purpose they serve.
I’m not suggesting to sell all of your belongings or anything, just be conscience of how you are spending your time and money.
Make time to enjoy life. Life is more than just paying bills. Enjoy it.
- Make space for what’s meaningful and beautiful.
It’s ok to get rid of things that aren’t your taste or style, no matter who gifted them to you. And if it’s super sentimental, can you repurpose it somehow to make it fit in?
If you purchased a beautiful piece of wall decor and haven’t hung it yet, make the time to dust it off and hang it. Have you been putting off staining a piece of furniture (guilty) or completing that accent wall? Make time to get it done.
- Don’t let busy and excuses become habits, and if they already are, work on breaking them.
Are you really busy or do you just feel like you’re too busy? Take a look at how you manage your time. Don’t use the excuse, “I don’t have time to do (insert whatever it is here).” Sit down and see where you can fit it in.
Yes, in some cases, in some weeks that may be true. But if you need to start exercising on a regular basis, can you wake up 10 minutes earlier and work out for 10 minutes? Can you bring your kids with you on an evening walk?
Then go to the next tip…
- Make small, simple changes.
How can you make your routine easier? Can you meal plan? Crock pot meals? Lay your clothes out a night?
Don’t get hung up on large projects. If you can’t afford it now, is there a “Phase 1” project you can do to the space that will make it more aesthetically pleasing to you in the meantime?
Move around what you already have. Try moving pictures and accent pieces into new areas of the home to freshen up the space.
Don’t overthink how you should simplify. You do not need to get rid of all of your stuff or move into a tiny home. Simplifying doesn’t have to be about drastic changes. It’s about making changes so that you can live more and enjoy life more.
I’d love for you to head over to the community and let us know what you’re going to work on simplifying in your life!