Living a life of simplicity is sometimes easier said than done. To help we have a list of simple life habits that you can use to get closer to an stress free lifestyle.
Finding easier ways to pare back so you can get closer to living a simple life will bring more peace to your home.
In today’s fast-paced world, simplifying can seem almost impossible. Each day is chaotic with so many demands on our time. If you want to slow down, make room for relaxation, and cut back on your never ending to do list, this list of habits will help.
These are small yet powerful tips you can use to slowly transform how you live your life taking it from cluttered and chaotic to streamlined and organized.
Simple Life Habits
I love habits. They are simple and small by themselves but bundle them together and they can transform your entire life. A habit is something you do without thinking as you go about your day. A healthy habit is a behavior that is positive helping you grow towards a goal such as living a more simple life.
Below are 10 habits that can simplify how you are living. Work on one at a time moving your way down the list until you have tackled them all.
#1. Being Mindful
Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment so you can better appreciate the here and now. It’s living consciously, free from distractions so you can give your attention to what you are doing or who you are with.
Put it into action: Set boundaries for distractions such as a smartphone or social media. Only partake in these things at a certain time so you can be more present throughout the day. When talking to someone look them in the eye. Ask questions that are engaging to keep the conversation going.
#2. Conscious Spending
In today’s world, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of buying the latest, greatest thing from kitchen gadgets to the newest and biggest TV. Many times we buy without thinking things through pulling out a credit card now with a promise to deal with the cost later.
Being truly aware of the money that is coming in will help you to be more intentional with any money that is going out.
Put it into action: Set a rule of waiting 3 days before buying any items over a certain amount. Having this time to reflect can cut back on impulse purchases.
#3. Create a Cleaning Schedule
Keeping a clean home is a large part of a more organized life, however, cleaning can often feel overwhelming to the point where you may avoid it. Creating a cleaning schedule allows you to divide the tasks over different days of the week, making it less time-consuming.
Put it into action: Assign a specific room or area to each day of the week. For example, you can clean the kitchen on Monday, the living room on Tuesday, etc. This gives attention to each room in your home consistently so you do not need to dedicated an entire weekend to cleaning.
#4. Create a Morning Routine
Starting your day with a morning routine can get you started on a positive note. Just a few things that you do every day can greatly impact your mood going forward.
Put it into action: Begin by waking up 20 minutes earlier. List out 3 things you can do to wake up your body and clear your mind. Things to consider are, quite time, exercise, eating a balanced breakfast or taking a walk outdoors. Set a goal to do your routine for 30 days to see how it impacts your day.
#5. Enjoy Hobbies
Engaging in hobbies you love brings joy, relieves stress, and provides a productive break from your daily routine. It allows you to develop new skills, meet like-minded people, and even discover new paths.
Put it into action: Set up an area in your home where you can sew, read, or paint. Take time to doing an outdoor activity such as hiking or biking.
#6. Declutter and Organize
Decluttering your living spaces can help keep your home more organized. To much stuff creates a chaotic home leading to stress and lack of motivation. By setting a goal to declutter a little each day, you can remove some of the mess lying out and in turn create a more comfortable living space.
Put it into action: Start by identifying items that you no longer need or use and decide if they can be donated, sold or discarded. Work on any items that are lying out making a goal of 5 items a day. By the end of one month you will have decluttered 150 items.
#7. Time Management
Simplifying your daily and weekly schedule is a great way to get control of your time management. Structure your time so you can get more done giving more time to relax and unwind each day.
Put it into action: Start by making a list of things you need to get done in the week ahead. Each day work to get 1-3 items checked off your list. By the end of the week you will have completed a dozen or so tasks. Remember, the goal is not to fill every minute of the day with tasks, but to use your time more effectively.
#8. Choose Gratitude
Choosing gratitude means being more aware of the good things so you don’t miss them when they happen. The more you recognize the positive the more joy you’ll bring in as well as reduced stress.
Put it into action: Make it a habit to write down three things you are grateful for at the end of each day. These can be as simple as a sunny day, a good meal, or a smile from a stranger. Being grateful is not about ignoring the negative, but instead putting the attention on the positive and striving to find the joy in the small things.
#9. Simplify Your Finances
Simplifying your finances can have a huge impact and greatly contribute to living a more simple life. A budget and bill paying routine that you do weekly will help to keep your money in check reducing unnecessary expenses. Taking control of your finances will reduce stress and make your money work for you.
Put it into action: Start by doing a review of your money. List all your bank accounts. Look to see if consolidating them will help keep things organized. Next do the same with your bills listing them out from smallest to largest. Start paying down debt focusing on the smallest and working your way up. Your goal is to simplify your budget and expenses so you can worry less and enjoy more.
#10. Meal Plan
Meal planning is an effective way to save time in the kitchen as well as save money on your food bill. A meal plan can reduce stress and the 5 o’clock chaos that can happen every day at dinner time.
Put it into action: Begin by setting aside some time each week to decide on your meals for the upcoming days. Look in your fridge for anything that needs to be used before it goes bad and create a plan around those items. Once your plan is set, make a shopping list for any ingredients you need and stick to your list at the store. Consider cooking in batches and freezing portions for future meals for quick meals are busy nights.
Living a more simple life is a rewarding goal to have and can bring a sense of peace and contentment. It takes effort and consistency to simplify various aspects of your life, but the result is worth it. By implementing these 10 tips, you can start simplifying your life today and enjoy the benefits that come with it. Remember, simplicity is not about living with less or sacrificing, instead it’s about refocusing on what’s important so you can make time for what needs to be done.