It seems that today people are going out of their way to complicate their lives. They collect more and more things on which they pay more and more money. People need to learn how to simplify their lives, because most times a simple life equals happiness. If you’re yearning for simplicity, we’ve got just the thing for you. We’ve talked about how to improve the quality of life in our 10 steps to happiness article and today we’re tackling the hard but necessary task of simplifying your life. Here are 10 ways to simplify your life, so read on and take notes.
10. Be Honest
Life would be so much simpler if we were honest. No more lies to remember, no more fuss; just the truth and everything that comes along with it. It may not be pretty, but it will surely be liberating. Life’s too short about worrying if people feel offended. Remember that being honest is not the same thing with being rude.
9. Define Your Relationships
Defining your relationships can really help simplify your life. You will know to whom you can turn to, what you can expect from people and how to treat people. If you find it hard to do it, simply have a chat with the person in cause and sort it out together. Sometimes it’s really nice to have a heart to heart with friends and family.
8. Redesign Minimalistically
You don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to redesign your home with in a minimalistic style, you just need to get rid of stuff that you don’t need and let some air and light in. If you do have money to completely redesign a room, invest it in simple and multi-purpose things. And don’t forget to have fun!
7. Spend Less Time Online
We tend to spend so much time online, that time just seems to melt away and we’re left with no time to do the things we need or want to do. Install an app that monitors your time spent online and you’ll see how much you’re spending on Facebook. It will be a real eye-opener, we assure you!
6. Understand Wanting vs Needing
Before anything, you need to understand the difference between wanting something and needing something. Once you do that, you will see that your life will get simpler, because you will make the wiser choices. Stick to things you need and only indulge on things you want from time to time. Simple and efficient.
One of the simplest ways to simplify your life is to start cooking at least one of your meals from scratch. While at first sight, this could seem like it’s complicating your life (things to buy, time to spend in the kitchen), but you’ll see in no time, that it’s easy and also very fun to cook your own meals. Start with a few basic soup recipes and grow from there.
4. Get Rid of Poisonous People
This might sound a bit harsh, but it’s the best thing you could do for yourself and it will really simplify your life. Get rid of people who are impacting your life in a negative way. It’s great to have people who won’t be afraid to tell the truth to your face, but avoid those who offend you, who treat you badly or who make you feel any less than you really are.
3. Spend a Day without Money
To simplify your life, we recommend you spend one day a week without money. It can be done and we suggest you pick a weekend day in the beginning. It is a great exercise that will make you realize how much we actually depend on money, from using it to park our cars to grabbing a cup of coffee.
2. Get Rid of Useless Things
We all have them in our house. Clothes that we’re never going to wear ever again, yet we keep them in our closet. Papers that are no longer of use, kitchen utensils that we never use and so on and so forth. Do yourself a favor and simplify your life by getting rid of useless things like those and holding on to the ones you actually need. Clean your house and life of uselessness.
1. Stop Telling Yourself Lies
The most common lie we tell ourselves is that we will be happy when a certain thing happens in our life. I’ll be happy when I have my dream job or I’ll be happy when I earn big bucks or I’ll be happy when I get married. The truth is, doing all those things doesn’t insure happiness. Nothing can offer you this guarantee, so the best think you can do for yourself is to relax and enjoy your life, as it is. Happiness comes when you least expect it to, not later.
What are your thoughts on these ways to simplify your life? Will you try any of our tips? Do you have any tips for us for simplifying one’s life? Drop us a line in the comment section below.