The words “simplifying your life” mean something different to each person. You may have instantly thought of multiple things to get rid of around the house, or started thinking about your finances and how to budget better. You may even be replaying Netflix’s “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” in your head.
None of these thoughts are wrong! There is always room for improvement and ways to simplify the way we do things, whether it’s physically, mentally, or emotionally. Taking the time to slow down and evaluate your processes, from daily activities to the relationships you invest in, you’re able to get a clearer view of what’s important to you.
If you’re looking to level up this summer, follow these tips for ways to simplify your life and get back to what matters most.
1. Declutter Your Space
Our environment plays a huge role in how we feel. Having a clean, organized space provides an instant productivity boost and keeps you focused on what’s important instead of the clutter. You’re able to find things more easily when you need them and know that you’re able to successfully manage the items you do have. Start with one room at a time to see if there are any items you can get rid of or donate. Then slowly move through the rest of your spaces and take back control of your environment.
2. Clear Your Mental Headspace
Decluttering can apply to both your physical and mental space. One of the best things that we can do for ourselves is to ground ourselves in gratitude. When you’re focusing on all the good elements in your life, the little things and the big wins, you’re able to find more enjoyment throughout your day. Cut out the negative talk and you’ll find more room for all of the positives to flow in.
3. Be Intentional
It’s not just an overused saying, time really does fly. But there is a way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time. Creating solid routines, making to-do lists, and using a planner or system will help keep your days on track. This doesn’t mean overloading your days with tasks and activities. It means staying on top of what you need to get done to give yourself time for those spontaneous and simple moments that mean the most. Living with intention helps you confidently set the course for yourself and your family.
Maybe it’s checking your work emails while you’re on vacation or scrolling through social media while you’re unwinding with a good book. Whatever is taking you away from being in the current moment is a distraction. Remove any bad habits that may be causing you to get off course to help you zero in on the plan you’ve created for the day.
5. Put Yourself on the Calendar
Sometimes it’s important to just be. Don’t let the pressures of “hustle culture” or staying busy keep your schedule full. It is okay to say no if that means saying yes for yourself. Make space to be present and do the things you’ve been looking forward to doing. Play with the kids, go for a walk in your neighborhood, or planning a spa day with a friend. Give yourself the downtime and fun you deserve.
By figuring out ways to simplify your life, you are taking back control and re-evaluating the aspects in your life to make room for what matters to you. With this newfound space, give yourself more room to enjoy life and get back to doing what you love.