Simplicity [Part 2]

Working on those small tasks in Part 1? Well I’m glad you are back for more.

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REMEMBER to embrace your own way. There is not a right way to live simpler. Do what works for you and stop comparing it to other people. It’s not a contest to see how little you can manage to decorate your living room with or how many nights a week you are at home. You know you. Do what makes you happy.

  • Go put gas in your car. While you are at the gas station, clean out your car. Throw away trash, and gather up things that need to go inside your home.
  • Buy a few cards to keep on hand for birthdays and other events that pop up that you aren’t prepared for. You will appreciate your genius later.
  • Walk around your house with a donate bag/box. Do you have some things that could better serve someone else? Schedule a pick –up or drop it off as soon as the bag is full. (Walk around with your car keys in the other hand if you have to!)
  • Dump out your bag. Be it backpack, purse, satchel, or briefcase, this one makes a huge difference! Throw away trash and evaluate what really needs to be in there. Make your bag work for you.
  • Practice gratitude. Write a thank you note. Once a week spend a few minutes writing down 5-10 people, events, acts, or things you are thankful for. Just write one sentence. Maybe even tell those people to their face your thankful for them.
  • Stop the negativity. Surround yourself with people who challenge and breathe life into you. Negative self-talk is as destructive as being around folks who are down in the dumps all the time. Just stop it. Find your happy and spread it around.
  • Detox your social media. Unfollow anyone who makes you feel inadequate. Follow inspiration accounts. It’s 2016 and there social media is apart of our lives. It deserves our attention in cultivating and pruning our feeds. Remember social media is a highlight reel, so take a good audit on how someone’s highlight reel makes you feel. Encouraged? Motivated? Grateful? Awesome! Beautiful photos of people that you love, funny quotes, down to earth and uplifting? Keep those comin’! Anything else? Unfollow.
  • Make your bed. It is quick and easy, but makes a dramatic difference.

If it isn’t useful or beautiful, it shouldn’t be in your house. Don’t hold onto something just for fear that you might one day “need” it. You probably won’t. It’s okay to let go. Doing these tangible tasks can open up the mental capacity to think about and put more energy toward spending time with the people (and doing things) in life that really matter to you. Sometimes less is truly more.

Happy simplifying.

 

xoxo, ALH

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