A simple life has a different meaning for everyone. Some people would say a simple life is not owning many things or they live at the beach or out in the country.For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, in exchange for peace.
It means getting rid of the extra, the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.
The first thing I started was evaluating how I was spending my days.
My typical day was made up of an endless list of work task.Instead I prioritized my day and came back to my morning routine of meditation/prayer, devotional reading ,affirmations and writing in my gratitude journal. Starting your morning by working on your inner self creates a peaceful simplicity rather than a chaotic confusion.Simplifying also starts with making yourself a priority.
I stopped surfing social media at night and limited my communications. Our lives these days are filled with a vast flow of communications and it can dominate our lives.: email, cell phones, paper mail, skype, twitter, instagram, facebook and more. It can take up our whole day we let it. Instead, I put a limit on my communications.I replaced the time at night with Instagram, Facebook and emails with extra cuddles with my youngest daughter, awesome conversations with my oldest daughter and a nice restorative Yoga practice.
I evaluated my commitments. I looked at everything I had said yes to from teaching, kids activities , hobbies ,side businesses, privates,meetings,other projects and volunteer work.
Which of these really gives me value, which ones do I love doing. Which of these are in line with the 5 most important things in my life.
I realized I had to say no to some things or I would continue to take on too much. I gave up some classes and rescheduled some events .In replacement I made some overdue doctors appointments.
Evaluate your time. How do you spend your day? What things do you do, from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep? Make a list, and evaluate whether they’re in line with your priorities. If not, eliminate the things that aren’t, and focus on what’s important. Redesign your day and do not be afraid to say No.
Purge your stuff. I devoted a day to purging my children's toys that they no longer played with or were broken. I got boxes and trash bags for clothes that were too little and my husband took a truck load of donations to Crisis Ministry .It felt seriously awesome.
Next was my office I had 4 bookshelves packed with books. I told myself I would keep only enough books for 1 shelf.It was hard to part with some of my books, instead I am going to donate them in hopes that someone else will grow in the wisdom that these books hold.I cleared my cluttered desk, not realizing a cluttered desk can be distracting and and stressful. The next stop is my closet.
We collect things for a number of reasons–In my case I thought that I would use these books later even though I had not touched some of these books in years. There’s tons of clutter in our lives, too much excess.Go one room at a time,and eliminate the unnecessary.