Monday, January 6, 2014

simplify your life : 2014

I don't know about you-- but one resolution for 2014 is to try to  s i m p l i f y  my life. I came across a post from miss minimalist and felt like this was something worth sharing. I know something we all struggle with is having "stuff" and hanging on to this "stuff" for years and years- cluttering up our lives.

this is what she had to say about simplifying her life.

"I’ve been striving to simplify my life for many years now, and have recently (through my writing) been advising others how to do the same. In the process, I’ve learned that making little changes in our attitudes, habits, and environment can have a big impact. So today, I thought I’d compile a list of 100 ways to simplify your life – from the practical to the philosophical, and everything in between."

she also wrote a book on this-- "the joy of less"

you can read through her whole article here, I read through and found my top 10 favorites I'm really going to work on this year

1. Ditch the TV (or at least turn if off). If you’re an average viewer, you’ll save over a hundred precious hours each month. An added bonus: less exposure to commercials means less desire to buy stuff, and more money in your pocket.
2. Put items away immediately after use. It takes a lot less effort than cleaning up piles of stuff later on.
3. Have a place for everything. It makes it much easier to find things, and put them away.
4. Adopt the “one in, one out” rule: when you purchase something new, get rid of something old.
5. Choose your battles. There are thousands of little things that just aren’t worth fighting for – let them go.
6. Fix little problems before they become big ones. A little effort now can save a lot of headaches later.
7. Consolidate your tasks. It’s more efficient to do your ironing, pay your bills, and answer your emails in one sitting than in bits and pieces
8. Ask for help or advice. Reaching out to someone with more expertise can often save you hours (or days) of muddling through on your own.
9. Live in the present. Don’t spend excessive hours pining for the past, or fretting about the future. Be here now.
10. Make your own definition of “success.” Raising a happy family or excelling at your job are better measures of success than status symbols and material accumulation.

good luck, anything not listed you want to simplify this year?

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