FYI: There’s a list of ideas to simplify at the end if you want to skip reading.
Today’s self-care has to do with simplifying. The less stuff you have the less you have to take care of. That’s a big part of simplifying yet there’s a lot more to it than that.
We will be moving this summer so have been trying to declutter our home here and there. I’ve thrown away quite a few large garbage bags full of stuff and have donated about the same amount.
We now have a box in a spare room that we use as our designated donation box. I love having it and know I’ll always have some form of this from now on.
I place anything I think I don’t need or no longer want in it. It stays there for a while (until it’s full) then I go through it once more. If there’s something in it that I find I want to hang onto, it’s no big deal. I know I can take it out or keep it for the next round, if I’m still unsure. Honestly, I haven’t had to do that yet, but knowing it’s an option is reassuring that I won’t miss something.
Although I love Maria Kondo’s methods of tidying, I do not recommend making a full house sweep. We did that when we moved across the country and truly did regret getting rid of items we had to buy again. When you try to go too quickly the line gets blurred between what you want and don’t, at least for us. It was difficult to even remember what we got rid of or didn’t and found ourselves searching in boxes at the new place for things we actually did get rid of. In my opinion, having tried that approach, it’s better to just make this an ongoing project.
Simplifying and living life with intention are both ongoing. You start in one area of your life, like decluttering your home, for example (which is actually the easiest, as daunting as it may seem), then move on to, perhaps, living greener and maybe working on certain personal goals you have for your health, your career or what you want to put out into the world and it just grows from there.
You become gravitated to certain books, projects and even people that all seem to help you in some way until one day you find yourself living the life you imagined.
Happiness is not about how much you have, your status, title or who you know. It isn’t about anything most of society think it is and continue to strive to obtain.
It has nothing to do with materialism, money, popularity or good looks despite what social media puts out every day.
Happiness comes from the ongoing journey of cultivating your life: bringing only things and people in who add to your life on a deeper level and being willing to let the rest fall away.
When our inbox, home, work and personal life are cluttered with so much stuff, tasks and people to tend to, it doesn’t leave any time for self-care, reflection or to even just enjoy living in the moment.
Don’t be afraid to let things go that no longer serve you. When you have less you truly do have so much more because you have time to focus on what really matters. You stop feeling like a chicken with its head cut off. You stop running around doing tasks and then wondering what you accomplished at the end of the day. You have time to breathe and really enjoy living life. It’s quite a life-transformation. I’m on this journey now and have been really changing a lot in so many ways that have been beneficial. I just enjoy life more lately.
I’ve created the list below to inspire you to try doing one thing each day to simplify your life, then see if any changes take place mentally or even physically, as our body stores tension and stress in many different ways.
The worse thing that can happen is that you’re a little more organized!
Obviously, this is just a platform to jump from. There are tons of others ideas I’m sure you’ll come up with on your own once you get going!
Let me know what you think! Do you already incorporate a lot of these ideas?
May you be happy and well.