Is it time to Simplify? Here are 5 signs it is…

When do we know it’s time to simplify our homes and lives?

I wouldn’t say our end goal is minimalism because let’s face it, that’s not who I am or who my family is. While we aren’t striving to be minimalists, my husband and I are taking some concepts and applying them to our life.

Some days the concept of a tiny home sounds appealing…

…and then I realize how much I love and need my space and respect other’s need for theirs. I love my family, but there is such thing as being too close.

While I don’t really desire to join the #tinyhomenation, my husband and I have been really drawn to reducing the amount of “stuff” that we have.

For us, we have 2 biggest offenders when it comes to clutter: clothing and toys. Him and I have both been feeling overwhelmed by trying to keep up with daily life and keeping a house.

What we realized is that we could probably reduce our clothes and toys by over half and no one would even notice. Deciding to simplify our lives is a process we are working towards and isn’t going to be something we achieve quickly. It takes time, dedication, and a little planning to start to simplify.

Today I want to share with you 5 signs that it may be time to simplify.
  1. Your home is cluttered.

    And I don’t mean that it’s not clean or that it’s disgusting. No, I mean when you’ve spent the last 2 hours cleaning your house and while it looks so much better, you still can’t see passed the clutter.

    Maybe you’re like us and the toys are forming some kind of revolt to take over. They are freaking everywhere. And it’s not that you don’t want your kids to have the toys, it’s the fact that if you got rid of half of them they wouldn’t even notice!

    Don’t even get me started on the paper clutter! It seems to be never ending. With school starting soon, it’s terrifying to think of it getting worse.

  2. You’re buying too much “stuff”.You find yourself mindlessly spending on things you’re not even sure you need or where the hell you’re going to put them.

    You are using retail therapy to fill a void that you aren’t even really sure you have or not. But, we all know that the retail therapy is a temporary high and once you come down from that, you’re right back where you started.

    I know it’s hard, but put down that marked down item and walk away. Really think long and hard about if you really need it.

  3. You are struggling to keep up.

    You find yourself constantly feeling overwhelmed in your own home and fighting with your ever growing to do lists. It seems like every time you implement a system, it fails.

    Full disclosure: this is where we are at. Life is overwhelming and busy AF. Some weekends, other than sleeping, I’m lucky if I spend more than 2 hours in my own home.

    I constantly feel like trying to keep up on one aspect of my life makes me fall behind on another.

    Can I get an Amen?

  4. You don’t take the time to slow down.

    Everything is rush, rush rush. Home should be a place where we can relax, have fun, and enjoy our lives. Maybe not every day, but at least majority of the time.

    If you can’t even sit on the couch and relax with your family, it may be time for a change.

  5. You’ve hit your personal breaking point.

    Your anxiety is through the roof and you find yourself crying on the bathroom floor.

    Maybe you’re starting to think the concept of a tiny home is a great idea for your family. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and a place.

    But, if you’re starting to think that maybe, just maybe, you can cram your family of 4 into less than 400 sq ft, and that sounds like fun, it may be time to reassess where you’re at.  (Unless, of course, a tiny home has been your life long dream.)

    If you’re thinking it may be time to simplify, just start. Identify the areas that stress you out the most and tackle those fist. Remember, slow progress is still progress. Even if you can only commit 5-10 minutes a day, do it! You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.

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