Tips for simplifying your life starting today
Simplify. That one word can be life-changing. Why? Because life is hard enough when you are juggling family, appointments, relationships, kids, endless to do’s and so on. Right? It’s tough!
But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You can have a peaceful home, more time with the family and less time stressing. How? Simplify- your time, your house and your life.
As a mom of three boys, always on the go- I believed chaos was normal. Now don’t get me wrong, a house full of three boys is wild. But the idea that I was meant to struggle through each day, my head spinning, that was wrong. After many, many tears I discovered one thing. I needed to be more intentional with my time. I needed to simplify all that I could. And with this came the room to breathe, it was truly an incredible, much-needed change.
So what does that look like?
I learned that I can’t handle clutter. It’s silly because that should be obvious. I am a neat freak by nature. When you come to my house it's usually always clean, even with three boys running around, jumping from couch to couch, bouncing off the walls. I know they say a messy house means you are creating memories, and let me tell you I believe it. But I am different and that's okay. I still take the time to go on adventures with my boys but I do it with a clean house. And I like it that way. In truth, you shouldn't' fall to the pressures of what everyone (you know those mothers who clearly know it all and have it all together. Cheers to you!) says you should do. But that's another story, for another time. I knew I like things tidy, that's not news to me or anyone I know. But I can honestly say I never thought clutter was the biggest stressor for me. This wasn’t until I started tossing things and giving stuff away. We went from toys everywhere in every room, to a couple per kid. And you want to know what? They didn’t even know they were gone. They didn’t ask for anything because they were too busy making swords out of kitchen utensils and forts out of chairs and blankets. And I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I didn’t walk into a room anymore and feel my heart start to race because of all the things everywhere.
If you take anything away from this- it is that you should set a day aside to go through your house- keep what you need and toss/give away the rest. I am telling you- it’s a game changer!
I went from feeling like I had to have my schedule full all the time, with all the things and I realized it's okay to say no. Time to rest, breathe and just be are so important. I embraced the notion that less is actually more, our time is valuable and it’s okay to let go of some responsibilities. Think laundry help and grocery pick up- yes, please!
What I've learned about simplifying
Declutter- Toss and give it away!
I mentioned above clutter is my enemy. It’s the all evil, out to get me. I grabbed a laundry basket and a stack of garbage bags one day and I haven’t looked back. I went through each room, tossing the trash and parting with the stuff to donate. It wasn’t easy, it was hard but it was worth it. Having each room be clear from the mess (apart from day to day clutter) is something I hold dear.
Start to really be mindful about your time and your families time. Is one of your major stressors that you are always busy? On the go? Then this might be something you need to tackle first. It’s okay to say no, to prioritize and not feel guilty. Most of the time people will genuinely understand. And just because you say no now doesn’t mean that it’ll always be a no, it just means now is not the season for it.
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Simplifying in different areas has been truly a gift to not only myself but my family as well. It’s something that has made a world of difference. I hope it does to yours as well!
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