Simple Living Tips
Limit your media consumption. Try a media fast. TV, radio, internet, movies, etc.
Purge your stuff. If you can spend a weekend purging the stuff you don’t want, it feels really good. Use old boxes and trash bags for the stuff you want to donate or if donating means just letting the stuff collect dust in a spare room just toss it.
Edit your rooms. One room at a time, go around the room and eliminate the unnecessary. Once you’ve gone through the main parts of your rooms, tackle the closets and drawers, one drawer or shelf at a time.
Simplify your wardrobe. Is your closet bursting full? Are your drawers so stuffed they can’t close. Do this by getting rid of anything you don’t actually wear.
Spend time with people you love. Whether those people are a spouse, a partner, children, parents, other family, best friends, or whoever, find time to do things with them, talk to them, play, or just be close.
Eat healthy. Think about the opposite: if you eat fatty, greasy, salty, sugary, fried foods all the time, you are sure to have higher medical needs throughout your life. Might be years down the road, but imagine frequent doctor visits, hospitalization, going to the pharmacist, getting therapy, having surgery, taking insulin shots … can get expensive not to mention you just won’t feel good. Eating healthy simplifies all of that over the long term and the present.
Exercise. For the same reasons as eating healthy, it simplifies your life down the road, but for the present: exercise helps burn off stress and makes you feel better.
Find an outlet for self-expression. Whether that’s writing, painting, drawing,creating websites, dance, skateboarding, etc. We have a need for self-expression, and finding a way to do that brings joy to your life.
Play. Find ways to have fun in your daily life. Be it playing with your kids or grandkids or creating a weekly game night with friends, adding more play time to your life will reduce stress and give you the ability to burn off excess energy (physical or intellectual).
Organization. Everything has a place and everything in its place. There’s much to be said for not having to search for things.
Living simply means buying less, wanting less, and leaving less of a footprint on the earth. Start small and try one step at a time.