When you’re overwhelmed, it’s hard to see what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Here are 100+ easy ways to simplify your life and home.
If you are reading this then you are probably feeling overwhelmed with laundry, cooking, taking care of the kids, pretty much life in general. Before you read anything else, I want you to do something. Close your eyes and…
INHALE. EXHALE. INHALE. EXHALE.
Exhale the worry and stress. We don’t have control over most of the things we worry about anyway.
In a world where everyone is busy and overwhelmed, I want to offer you something else. Peace in the midst of chaos. I want to show you that there is beauty in the messy parts of life.
You’re here for a reason. Let’s start simplifying our lives and homes.
Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life and Home
Routines to Help Simplify your Life and Home
1. Follow a simple morning routine.
3. Write down three things you have to accomplish each day.
4. Create an evening routine that will help you wind down.
5. Set in motion a bill-paying routine so you don’t miss one.
6. Make your bed every day.
7. Slow down.
8. Every night before bed, write down three things you are thankful for.
9. Sit down for lunch and turn off your phone for 20 minutes.
10. Do one task at a time.
11. Use a time blocking system to complete tasks.
12. Start a new exercise routine.
13. Clean out your purse at the end of every month.
14. Do a brain dump nightly.
15. Find a fiction book to read for fun.
16. Make lunches the night before.
17. Drink one gallon of water a day.
18. Add reminders on your phone’s calendar and set alarms so you don’t forget important things like picking up your kids.
19. Read at least one non-fiction book each month.
20. Write your to-do list before bed.
Ways to Simplify Your Life
21. Spend time with friends and family.
22. Let go of negative people.
23. Every month, plan at least two lunch or coffee dates with people in your life.
24. Pay off debts.
25. Make the appointments you’ve been putting off.
26. Write a note to someone and let them know you were thinking of them.
27. Downsize – your home, commitments, and stuff.
28. Get outside every day.
29. Live with intention.
30. Be present with your children.
31. Write a family mission statement.
32. Compare everything to this statement to discern if an opportunity is for you in this season. Not everything will be for you right now.
33. Say no more often.
34. Put your phone away.
35. Stop making everything a priority.
36. Watch your spending.
37. Question all purchases you make – is it necessary?
38. Save 20% of your income after your debt is paid off.
39. Write in a paper planner.
40. Make 20% more income by starting a side job.
Ways to Simplify Your Home
41. Simplify your wardrobe.
42. Plan your meals each week.
43. Declutter each room.
44. Make sure everything has a home.
45. If one thing comes in, one thing needs to come out.
46. Donate or sell anything you haven’t worn in the last year.
47. Go through your pantry and spice cabinet, throwing away all expired products.
48. Carry a box around your house. Whatever you don’t want to keep, throw it in the box.
49. Clear all surfaces.
50. Buy an Instant Pot.
51. Find 100 things to get rid of this weekend.
52. Get four boxes and label them: throw away, give away, keep, and re-house. Go through each room in your home and declutter using these boxes.
53. Feeling overwhelmed? Find one item to get rid of today. Find two items to get rid of tomorrow, and so on.
54. Determine clutter hotspots and make a plan to keep them clutter-free.
55. Shift your “I’ll keep this for later” mindset to “It’s okay to release this.”
56. Define what “enough” is for your family and in your home.
57. Clear your desk and workspace.
58. Declutter your closets and drawers.
59. Sell, donate, or keep items in storage units and garage storage.
60. See what you can automate, eliminate, delegate, or hire help for.
Ways to Simplify Your Online Interactions
61. Limit your media consumption.
62. Unsubscribe from email lists.
63. Set aside one day each week to unplug.
64. Set a limit on when you will be on social media.
65. Do not check emails or social media first thing in the morning.
66. Use apps such as Every Dollar to keep an eye on your finances.
67. Delete blurry pictures and duplicates from your phone.
68. If you’ve collected “freebies” and eBooks over the years, go through them and delete ones you’ve never looked at.
69. Unfriend Facebook friends who aren’t your actual friends.
70. Delete games and social media from your phone.
71. Close the tabs.
72. Create a follow-up email folder.
73. Start using IFTTT to automate processes that you would usually do anyway.
74. Remove all the files and programs from your desktop.
75. At the end of each day, move all downloads to folders or delete the files.
76. Remove notifications on your phone and laptop.
77. Put the 4 apps you use most in your dock at the bottom of your phone. Put everything else into folders.
78. Know where you waste time the most.
79. Stop browsing websites and scrolling through accounts that do not contribute to your life.
80. Schedule Do Not Disturb time so you can relax, such as from 8 PM to 8 AM.
Decompressing and Self-Care as You Simplify Your Life
81. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now exhale…slowly. Repeat 5-10 times.
82. Go for a walk outside.
83. Don’t underestimate the power of a 30-min nap.
84. Read a book.
85. Take a day off work.
86. Drink a cup of tea or warm bone broth.
87. Take an Epsom salt bath.
88. Schedule 15 minutes of alone time every day – slow time and ground yourself.
89. Journal for 5 minutes.
90. Have a dance party in your living room.
91. Sit and relax.
92. Reduce your screentime.
94. Reduce your sugar intake.
95. Work in short bursts.
96. Think about what you need less of – less time being busying, less time worrying., less overspending., less overeating., less overcommitting.
97. Keep track of your accomplishments.
98. Create a cozy space for yourself in your home as you simplify your life and home.
99. Express your gratitude.
100. Create something.
101. Buy fresh flowers.
102. Social Media free weekend – digital detox.
103. Buy plants for your space.
Books to Read as You Simplify
The Joy of Less by Francine Jay
Seven by Jen Hatmaker
A Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker
The road to simplifying isn’t quick and easy. There are bumps along the way. We like to hold onto things. It’s hard letting go. We don’t realize how much our stuff has a hold on us until we let it go.
What would you add to the list?