5 Ways to Simplify Your Life

November 8, 2016

 

1. Detach Yourself From Your Belongings:

Have you ever purchased something because you thought it would make your life better? There is a natural tendency to acquire belongings in order to become the person you would like to be.

Evaluate your attachment to your possessions. Try to figure out a way you can treasure your memories or sentimental items in ways that do not involve keeping or obtaining physical objects. Remind yourself that you are not defined by the things that you own and that your self worth is not dependent on the approval of others.

 

2. Get Your Finances in Order:

For many households, finances and figuring out how to pay the bills each month is a source of constant stress and worry.

In order to move towards a simpler life, however, you need to know exactly where you stand financially.

Create a list of all of your debts and once you’ve figured out a monthly budget, use what’s left over to create a debt repayment plan.

Personally, I use EveryDollar to set up my budget at the start of every month.

It will be a painful, eye-opening process, but it will help you free yourself from the financial maze and set you on the path of a simpler life.

 

3. Meal Plan:

Start by creating a list of your family’s favorite healthy and easy meals.

Based on how often you go grocery shopping, decide on how often you need to write out your meal plan. I like to plan out my meals for the week on Sundays and go shopping on Monday after work. Others shop in bulk and will need to meal plan less often.

Take a quick inventory of what you already have at home and create a grocery list of ingredients to bridge the gap.

Meal planning will help you to stick to a grocery budget and help you to feel satisfied with the food that you’re eating since you’ve taken the time to plan ahead.

 

4. Create a Capsule Wardrobe:

A capsule wardrobe is a curated collection made up of pieces that can easily be mixed and matched.

Each season (spring, summer, fall, and winter), clear out your closet except for a set number of pieces to be in your capsule wardrobe. Caroline’s, of the blog un-fancy, golden number is 37 items, but you may have more or less depending on your needs. Your capsule collection should be made up of a combination of items you already own and love to wear. Each season you can shop for quality items that are missing from your wardrobe.

By having a collection of pieces that all work together, getting dressed in the morning will become much simpler. Bonus: you’ll also save money by buying only pieces you need as opposed to whatever is on sale.

 

5. Plan Backwards:

If you need to be at work by 9:00 am, plan backwards in order to figure out realistically what time you should be getting out of bed in order to arrive on time.

    • 20 minute commute
    • 3 minutes to load/get in the car
    • 30 minutes to get ready & dressed
    • 15 minutes for breakfast
    • 7 minutes wiggle room (for emergencies)

You need to start getting ready by 8:00 am or earlier. This will take the guess work out of your day and if you decide to hit the snooze button, you will have to sacrifice either your breakfast or the amount of time it takes you to get ready.

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