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How to Simplify Your Life

26th May 2017

How to Simplify Your Life | (Photo of bluebells)

Simple living

Simplifying is one way to calm your life because by juggling less, it’s easier to create space generating more time to relax. I began to simplify my life in 2011 when I moved from a three-bedroom house to a two-bedroom apartment. Letting go of the things I didn’t need, use or love was liberating, and it opened the doors to a calmer and simpler way of life.

Today I’m sharing three ways to simplify your life focusing on:

1. Your surroundings and environment
2. What you spend your time doing
3. The distractions and time wasters

Each area can be looked at in stages and implemented as gently or as drastically as you feel comfortable with. I’ve found the benefits of addressing these areas have included less stress, more freedom and a greater appreciation of the simple things in life.

How to Simplify Your Life | (Photo of bluebells)

Declutter your possessions

If you’re seeking a calmer life you may wish to declutter your home. This is because less stuff means less housework, less time organising and tidying, less time looking for things and less time getting things repaired or replaced.

A clutter-free home can have an impact on how we feel. By letting go people often say they feel lighter, freer and can see everything in life a little more clearly.

It’s wonderful to live in a home comprising of only the things you use and love. In my case, it was a long journey, but I haven’t looked back because a home without clutter is an uplifting and energising place to be. It also provides a little more time to put my feet up!

Create some life boundaries

It’s wise to guard your time and create space for the things that make you happy. This can be achieved by establishing what’s important in your life and planning time to relax and recharge. It’s also valuable to look at your commitments to see if any can be reduced, tweaked or removed. Regularly looking at how you’re spending your time is a great habit to get into.

For a long time, I felt I had to say yes to everything and saying no would result in a missed opportunity. I now view every invitation, offer and request as a no before deciding if it’s worth my time. I give myself permission to gracefully decline without guilt and I’m never hasty or I may say yes to something I later regret!

How to Simplify Your Life | (Photo of bluebells)

Reduce your distractions

We live in a world of distractions, but by removing unhelpful habits and practicing a little restraint we can calm our lives and unlock a little more time. Distractions include all the things that aid procrastination, for example, the television, social media, email and so on. Some of these things can help us to make plans and keep in touch, however, it’s wise to use these things with intention.

Take time to notice what’s distracting you and eating away at your time. There are many ways to push back, they can range from turning off phone notifications to processing your inbox more efficiently. Identify what is keeping you from the life you want to live and take steps to regain control. Don’t be afraid to be ruthless, life moves quickly so blocking out distractions and learning effective time management can transform how you feel.

‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ – Ferris Bueller

Although there are many other ways to simplify your life, I think these three areas are a good starting point. My journey began with decluttering and as I kept going, I noticed other areas that needed editing. By asking the question, ‘does this add value or bring happiness to my life?’ you can allow the non-essential stuff to fall away leaving space for the people and things that bring you the greatest joy.

Further reading

Ten ways I simplified my life
My decluttering tips
How to organise your schedule, surroundings and digital life
Ten things I gained when I decluttered my home

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Thank you, as always, for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day. Until next time, I’ll see you over on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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  1. kathryn 26th May 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    This is a very timely post as I am conscious of wasting so much time under the guise of ‘relaxing’ i.e. TV / social media etc and then feeling angsty and frustrated that I haven’t achieved something more creative with my time. Even just reading a book/magazine is better than mindlessly scrolling / channel-hopping. Thanks xx

    • Natasha 26th May 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Kat. I feel the same, I often wonder what I would have achieved if I hadn’t spent hours of my life on social media! I hope you have a great weekend.

  2. fashionforlunch 26th May 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Such a good post natasha; thank you! I really need to take more of your advice!!!!!! I love the quote too!!!

    • Natasha 26th May 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Kirsty. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  3. Giulia Malano 26th May 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Interesting post!

    • Natasha 26th May 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Lucy 26th May 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Great post. Simple ways but easily forgotten so it’s nice to have a reminder X

    • Natasha 26th May 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Lucy. I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Lazy Daisy Jones 28th May 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    The hardest thing is saying no, so thank you for this wonderful post at a time when I am feeling overwhelmed with things to do!

    Happy bank holiday to you and A

    best wishes

    Ashley xx

    • Natasha 28th May 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Ashley. I hope you’re having a wonderful bank holiday weekend! :)

  6. Fritha Strickland 28th May 2017 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I am the worst for getting distracted! I feel like I’m always doing about a million things at one time. I almost constantly feel overwhelmed! X

    • Natasha 29th May 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Oh no, I hope things calm down for you soon! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

  7. Sunita 29th May 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Great tips and decluttering always helps me to feel better. I’d love to declutter my wardrobe this week and just keep things more simple! Managing distractions is always a good tip.

    • Natasha 29th May 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Thank you. Decluttering feels great, doesn’t it? I hope you have a lovely day!

  8. Karen Knox 29th May 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Lovely post. “Aimless scrolling” is something I catch myself doing. One of the downsides of working on a computer so much. Need to curb that!!

    • Natasha 29th May 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Karen. I hope you’re having a great day!

  9. kate 29th May 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I definitely need to simplify and learn to minimise distractions more! I’m trying to switch off my email apps when working on tasks that require my full focus (i.e. writing a blog post!), as I’m always distracted by the pop-up notifications that fly in. Ditto, social media. I really must be stricter on myself in order to get things done – I’d then have more time for the fun stuff!

    • Natasha 29th May 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      That sounds great – I’m sure it makes such a difference. I hope your week has got off to a great start!

  10. Carole King 29th May 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    This is a lovely post Natasha. I’m usually quite good at de-cluttering but procrastination is my middle name. Yes I need to stop the endless scrolling too. Seems to be a big problem for us all. x

    • Natasha 29th May 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      I totally agree. I’m fine for a few weeks – then procrastination seems to find me! It’s at those times that I take some time offline to reset the balance. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Victoria 29th May 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Decluttering has made the biggest difference for me to simplifying my life. I’ve only been back at work a week but already I’ve found my routines far simpler because of it. It’s so nice to be somewhat free of things that you didn’t even realise at the time were holding you back.

    Victoria x

    • Natasha 1st July 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      That sounds great! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  12. liveideally 5th August 2017 at 4:11 am - Reply

    Really love this post just because this hits to the core values of our own start-up blog and our blog posts on how to simplify and live out your life ideally. Thanks for this post and look forward to reading more of your blog!

    • Natasha 5th August 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

      Thank you and good luck with your new blog!

  13. gabbybustos 31st August 2017 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Love all these tips. Thanks for sharing!
    xx, Gabby

    • Natasha 31st August 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by!

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