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How did I start living a simpler lifestyle? It’s honestly not always an easy question to answer. It was never my plan to minimalize or to live a simple lifestyle. It was something I fell into, and then, fell in love with. What I do know, is that I enjoy my life a lot more now. I worry less, I have more energy, and, I have more time to spend with those I love. Because I want the same for you, I have five amazing tips for living a simpler lifestyle.
Meal planning is an easy and simple task that will save you so much stress, money, and ultimately, time. For an entire week, you won’t have to worry or scramble around, trying to figure out what to put on the table. You’ll have the ingredients you need, for your hand-picked recipes, at your fingertips. Planning will also help you keep your budget on track. List out only the things you need and stick to it. The easiest way to start meal planning is setting aside time once a week on the same day. Block some time to find recipes (Thank you Pinterest!), organize a list of the items you will need and hit the grocery store or farmer’s market. It’s that simple.
ORGANIZE THE CLUTTER
These days, it’s pretty darn easy to organize your entire life. If you’re looking to declutter a kitchen, underwear, or junk drawer, it’s all the same. Bamboo containers, with dividers, which come in a variety of sizes and shapes, are a savior when it comes to keeping drawers clean. Baskets are the queen of closets and under sinks. Group items by category, throw out anything unused or expired and neatly place clothing or bottles in the complimentary basket.
Some of my favorite organizational bamboo products and baskets are from Amazon. Below are three basic tools that work extremely well in drawers and the best baskets I have found! Each of these items will make organizing a breeze and save you time in the long run.
- A perfect fit for large kitchen drawers because it’s adjustable! Bamboo Kitchen Drawer Organizer for Silverware and Utensils.
One of my favorites, these bad boys are adjustable to fit just about any drawer in your home. (Super awesome for your socks and undies) Bamboo Kitchen Drawer Organizers Spring Adjustable & Expendable Drawer Dividers
For that crazy junk drawer or your office desk, these cute little boxes are just what you need for the small stuff. 5-Piece Bamboo Storage Box Drawer Organizer Set
Baskets with lids?! A dream come true. Stack these baskets in your closets or place under sinks without the lids. Abaca Nesting Baskets
TURN OFF THE TV
I’m serious. Just turn it off. There are so many better, productive, things that you can do with your time. Pick up a book, play a board game, go for a walk, bake some cookies. Watching too much TV has more side effects than you know. I love this article by Joshua Becker over on becomingminimalist.com. There is no need to be a minimalist to appreciate this.
CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF
Removing unneeded clutter from your personal space is life changing. Cleaning up after yourself makes the daily living that much easier. It isn’t hard, and it takes seconds. I know all about that voice. The voice that says “Don’t worry, you can clean that up later.” Before you know it, your house is full of clutter and unclean. I certainly don’t know about you, but cleaning the house is not my favorite thing to do. The less time, the better. By cleaning up after yourself, your weekly cleaning is a total breeze. Less to clean, less to think about, and more time to enjoy living. Take those extra 30 seconds to put it away or wipe it up.
MINIMALIZE YOUR WARDROBE
Now, I’m not saying you need a capsule wardrobe. But, having less clothing makes it easier to decide what to wear. It’s just that simple. Coming from someone that was in retail for twelve years, I never thought it would be possible to have less clothing. (I love fashion, it’s a form of art to me) Wear what you use on a regular basis. When I say regular basis, I mean, have you worn everything in your closet in the past 30 days? Not counting seasonal gear, like shorts or sweaters, why bother keeping something if you don’t use it? I don’t know about you, but, I like when decisions are easy. Keeping the clothes that you love and use weekly will bring you joy. That’s a promise.
The truth is, living a simpler lifestyle isn’t always the easiest. It can take hard work, dedication and time. Including everything mentioned above. Even if you think a full-blown simple or minimal lifestyle isn’t for you, I’m positive you can take a few of these tricks to tuck away for a rainy day. Who doesn’t want to make life a little easier? I know I do.
If you have any questions or would like more details on these five tips, please, don’t hesitate to ask! I know first hand how crazy simplifying life can be. I’m here for you!