It takes courage to accept that our lives need to be simplified.
But I think finding ways to live more simply is one thing that we can all benefit from.
This may look different to people.
For some, this may mean less material things.
For others, it may mean spending less money.
It can remove some activities or relationships from your life.
However, we are creatures of habit.
Boys, do we like to be uniform and comfortable.
Change is uncomfortable.
Change is what makes our lives so hard to simplify.
But I can promise you that there is freedom on the other side of being uncomfortable.
I got my first experience back in 2006.
I lived in New Zealand for 18 months, and I had only one suitcase and a big bag.
I remember coming home and immediately thinking, “This is all nonsense?”
I started tossing and selling.
But I had to live without me for over a year to realize that I didn’t even need it.
So let’s discuss some ideas that will allow you to be free and simple.
Maybe, just maybe, we become a little happier in the process.
Step # 1: Toss, Sell or Give and Feel Good About It
I know this is hard for most people.
“But what if I need it?” (I also use one).
We have a one-year rule in the house.
If we have not used it in the last 12 months, it is tossed, sold, or given.
We never regret it.
With clothes, it can be a bit tricky, so I have a trick.
At the beginning of the year, I fold all my hangars in the opposite direction.
As I wear an item, the hanger turns back.
After 12 months, I know what hasn’t been worn.
Tossed. sold. Given.
Another recent episode has allowed me to part with objects more easily.
Suppose I have a love.
Two years later, our child is now growing up, and we all want to sit on the furniture together.
We need a couch.
I paid $ 750 for that love, but I’m seeing that I can only get $ 500 for it at my local resale market.
Many have a difficult time for this because they do not want to ‘lose’ $ 250.
But I have started seeing it in a different light.
I paid $ 125 / yr for the right to use just one couch.
I can also say that I rented it for $ 125 per year.
I can take that $ 500 now and we will get what we need for our family.
We will be happy because we will sit together.
This will be a refreshing change in our home, which also provides a positive inner feeling.
But you do not always lose money.
Recently, I sold an antique leather chair for $ 100 (I loved that chair!).
I bought it a year ago for $ 30.
I liked to say to my wife, “O honey! I used to get paid $ 6 every month to sit in that chair! ”
He was not like me, but my point is that it can happen.
If you are a savvy buyer, you can benefit from these flips.
Enough about the money.
Let’s move with the times.
Step # 2: Manage Your Time Properly
Time management is an area where there is always room for improvement.
If you will not manage your time, other things and people.
The most interesting part is that if you are spending your time on things that you do not value, then your stress level will increase.
But if we can focus on spending time on the things (and people) that we value, then you will get the benefits of simplifying life.
And don’t forget, this may not mean everything fits in better.
This may mean cutting some things out of your life.
Step # 3: Cut the Deflection
Wikipedia defines it concentr something that prevents one from focusing on something else‘.
This is a simple definition, but aren’t we going for it here?
Yes, good things can become a distraction if she rules over other important things.
Anything good and healthy (like reading a blog) can be unhealthy if not done in the appropriate order of importance.
I think we are expected to be available.
In real estate, I am often called, texted and emailed within 3 minutes.
I have trained for the emergency.
Just because you can reach does not mean that you always have to be available.
In fact, I miss 95% of the calls I receive initially.
Because if I am in the middle of a project (like writing this article), it is a distraction to stop taking phone calls.
[Unless it’s my wife calling back to back — that means it’s important!].
We have never been more ‘available’ in history.
This is a matter of consideration.
Step # 4: Install some new routes
It is challenging to start doing new things – or stop doing the things you are doing.
You’ve got to create new habits.
it will take time.
Let’s say you want to wake up 30 minutes early each day, to have a quiet time to focus and prepare for your day.
But you don’t like getting up early.
Wow, this is going to be tough.
Maybe the first three days you nap (which I would recommend not to do – just transfer your phone across the room).
Four days you’re up, but it’s tough.
By day 14, you’re still picking it up and disliking it, but somehow you’re doing it.
But having morning coffee in a peaceful house is magic.
There is something almost spiritual about watching the sun sneak in through the windows before the stairway to the house.
And that’s the part you love.
For 30 days, this is what you do.
Congratulations, you have just created an excellent new habit.
These are some proven tips that you can use to simplify your life.
But don’t just read this article and go about your way.
Write three things you can start This week.
I know what you’re going to do – I’d love to hear about it.
What are your favorite rules for living a simpler life?