Inside: Want to start living more simply? Read on for six steps to help you begin your journey.

In recent years, the idea of living a more simple life has gained more traction and become increasingly appealing.

And it’s easy to see why.

Modern society is busy, frantic, stressful. Between demanding jobs, overbooked calendars, and messy homes, finding a moment to truly clear your mind and relax can feel challenging – if not totally impossible.

While some people thrive on that kind of chaos, most of us weren’t really meant for that kind of ever-present stress in our lives. At our core, we need ease. Comfort. Simplicity. We need time to focus on the things that truly matter to us – to live intentionally, not chaotically.

If you’re ready to start living a more simple life, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn how you can truly simplify your life.

Why Should I Live More Simply?

While some people immediately see the benefits of living more simply, others aren’t quite convinced that simple living is the right choice.

But the truth of the matter is virtually everyone could benefit from a little more simplicity.

Living a simple life means focusing on the things that really matter – your values, your relationships, your dreams.

It’s getting rid of the clutter and the noise so that you’re left with the things you cherish the most. It’s giving yourself the space, the time, and the freedom to truly enjoy those things – without the distractions that modern living brings. 

And the best part?

Living more simply doesn’t have to be hard, but even when it does feel challenging, it’s completely worth it.

6 Steps You Can Take to Live a More Simple Life

Ready to start living more simply? From cutting back on your physical possessions to saying goodbye to some of your ongoing obligations, there are lots of different ways you can simplify your life. 

Not sure where to start? Here are a few steps you can take to make your life a little bit simpler. 

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1. Embrace having less your home.

One of the easiest ways you can make your life a little more simple is to simplify your home.

Many of us fill our homes with stuff. Cabinets filled with dishes and glassware, linen closets overflowing with extra bedding, gallery walls filled with photos – it all adds up.

If you’re living with a lot of clutter, there’s a good chance that it’s causing you unneeded stress, even if you don’t actually recognize the cause. Having too much stuff in your house can be overwhelming, and it’s a great place to start if you’re trying to start living more simply.

By getting rid of the things that don’t bring you joy, keeping counters free of clutter and common areas tidy, and choosing a few tasteful accents to decorate, your home can reflect the simple lifestyle you hope to achieve.

Not sure where to start with decluttering your home? Check out this post with easy 10 minute tasks to help you begin.

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2. Start saying “no.” 

While saying “yes” isn’t a bad thing, it’s an easy way to find yourself overwhelmed, overscheduled, and overworked. 

If you’re ready to live a more simple life, it’s time to embrace the idea that you don’t have to say yes to everything. You can (and should) reassess your commitments to decide what fits with your values and goals, and what doesn’t.

You don’t have to go to every single dinner or party you’re invited to. And you don’t have to sign up for that class. You don’t have to buy that stuff (I’m talking to you, Amazon). 

As difficult as it can be at first to say “no,” it’s like a muscle – the more often you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. Turning down invitations and plans might feel tough at first, but with a little practice, you’ll be a pro.

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3. Simplify your meals.

If you’re hoping to create a more simple life for yourself, it’s important to factor in the foods you eat. After all, you likely spend a good amount of time meal planning, preparing food, and eating.

It’s important to not only consider your meals, but also the food you consume. Focus on simple foods that can stand alone or easily pair with others to make a meal.

Stock your fridge with fresh fruits, veggies, and essentials, and keep your favorite seasonings and spices on hand. Make a list of go-to meals (here are some of our family favorites) you can pull together without much stress or hassle, and you’ll be well on your way to a simpler diet – and a simpler life.

If theme nights work for you, that’s another great way to simplify meals and meal planning. Think meatless Mondays, taco Tuesdays, etc. We have a long-standing tradition of doing breakfast for dinner on Sundays for movie night, which we’ve enjoyed. Do what works for you and your household.

Take it a step further by getting together with friends to prepare freezer meals or arrange a meal swap. Create a system with like-minded friends who want to simplify meals so that you can all enjoy the benefits.

To create a more efficient kitchen, keep the essentials and declutter unnecessary items. This is especially important if you’re working in a smaller space. Cooking is more enjoyable when you are able to find the items you need and you have countertop space available to do your prepping.

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4. Get your budget under control.

Making and managing a budget is an incredibly effective way to support your goal of living a more simple life.

If you don’t check your bank account often, you might be shocked to see where your money is actually going.

Chances are, you’ll find a subscription or two that you don’t actually need. You might be surprised to see just how much you spend on frivolous stuff – clothes you didn’t actually need, or a fast food lunch you didn’t even really want

And for the stuff you actually do need to stay on top of, like your electric bill? Take advantage of auto-pay and stop stressing about missed due dates. By automating the process of paying your bills, you’ll save time and energy. 

By getting your finances under control, you can streamline and simplify your budget and expenses – and eliminate a lot of unwanted stress and stuff from your life all while saving more money. 

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5. Simplify your morning routine.

One unexpected source of stress and overwhelm in our lives can be our wardrobes and getting-ready routine. 

If you’ve got a closet bursting at the seams with options, that might sound like a good thing – but really, it makes it difficult to find what you’re actually looking for and creates unnecessary mess and clutter. 

If it takes you longer than you’d like to get ready for your day, or you’re guilty of keeping way too much stuff in your closet, it’s time to streamline and simplify. Getting rid of unwanted clothes makes getting ready much simpler and less stressful.

Another way to simplify your mornings is to make planning for the following day part of your evening routine. When you’ve already thought through what you need to have ready and have mentally prepared for the day the night before, the morning runs much more smoothly which sets the tone for the rest of the day.

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6. Create boundaries with technology & social media.

One more important way to start living more simply is to be thoughtful and intentional with your social media usage. It’s easy for technology to take up a significant amount of our time and attention if we allow it to.

Create boundaries for where and when you will use your devices. Protect your mealtimes and allow plenty of screen-free time in the evenings before going to bed.

How you choose to use technology impacts your relationships. It also can influence your well-being. Be selective with who you follow and what you allow into your mind.

Be intentional with your time spent online so that it furthers your goals rather than steals your time.

What steps have YOU taken to start living more simply? Leave a comment and let me know!

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7 Comments

  1. Good list!

    One of the best things I ever did to simplify my life was move to the country (default as I married a man that already lived in the country). It’s easier to live a simple life if you move away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Of course, it’s less convenient, so shopping locally is more time-consuming. But if you have designated “shopping days” and don’t mind not being able to pop over to the grocery store every time you realize you forgot the lemons, it makes for a much simpler life.

    Also, a good way to simplify your diet is to grow a garden. Admittedly, it kind of negates most meal planning, as what you eat depends on what you harvest. But at the same time, it means that your plants do the choosing for you in large measure. You just have to have a good set of go-to recipes for the fruits and veggies you grow. And if you can grow some potted fruit trees (like lemons) and buy things like flower online, you might almost never have to go to the grocery store again. 😀 (Seriously, though, we often go for 2 or more weeks between shopping trips.)

    1. Hello, I have shut down what is coming in as emails and have limited TV time. I choose not to read negative emails from a friend on a daily basis and limit my time from negative news. Protecting myself from negative information has improved my peace of mind.

  2. I love reading your practical steps to start simplifying life and its doable for a small family. What i love most of your tips is to create a boundaries with the technology and social media as well as simplify your meals. What i really want to practice is to deal with a budget under control. Thank you for your beautiful insights.

  3. I reckon the most important of these is to learn to say “no.”

    It can be problematic, if everybody (including yourself!) always expects you to say “yes.” But if you’re overcommitted and stressed out, it doesn’t matter how many knicknacks you have on shelves, or how many shoes you own, or whether or not you have a few extra kitchen gadgets. If you’re overscheduled, your life will NOT be simple.

    Do learn to say “no.” Even to things or people who may deserve a “yes.” It’s the quantity of stuff you commit to—even to worthy causes— that will drag you down.

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