Many people associate living simply with removing the physical clutter in their life – the things we have accumulated over the course of a lifetime that that no longer have meaning or a purpose. But it’s more than that. It’s also about pairing life down to only those things, activities and relationships you need or cherish. And just because items don’t take up physical space, doesn’t mean they can’t weigh us down mentally. Think about the constant barrage of commercial messages we are exposed to online and on TV that we have to filter through on a daily basis.
Reasons for living simply vary. You might want to spend less on where you live and have more funds for travel. You might want to move and explore living in different areas. You might be concerned about the environment or on a spiritual journey. You might want more time with friends and family. Whatever your reasons, we offer a few suggested do’s and undo’s to help you lead a simpler life.
Remove items you no longer care about from your space. Here’s a list of donation places in the Chicago area.
Reduce your mail by placing yourself on the Direct Marketing Association’s “do not mail list.”
Make time for the people who matter most to you.
Make time to nurture your health with diet and exercise.
The habit of saying “Yes” to everything. It’s OK to say “No.”
Habits of watching TV, spending time on social media and checking email.
Relationships that are wearing on you.
The process of living a simpler life may not be easy at first. If you’re overwhelmed by the process, call a professional home organizer you can trust.