In this day and age, it’s not hard to see why most of us tend to lead complicated lives next to all the necessary multitasking, endless chores, and the lack of time in general. Even the simplest things, like going for a coffee with a friend, usually demand some serious planning – sometimes even weeks in advance. But does it really have to be that way? We all have the ability to change ourselves and our habits, so if you’re looking for ways to simplify your life and de-stress a bit, here are a couple of tips that might help you out.
Organise your interior
Consider simplifying your living space by getting rid of all the furniture you don’t need and opting for multifunctional furniture pieces whenever possible. To make this a bit easier, try to adopt the “one in, one out” rule – when you buy something new, give away something old. This way, besides having fewer things to clean, you’ll also have much more room to move around, and your home will feel more spacious.
When it comes to magazines and newspapers, you can save yourself both time and money by reading them online instead of on paper. You’d avoid accumulating a pile of old magazines, and you’d feel better by knowing that you’re helping the environment. Plus, there’s usually a lot more content online, and you can find and read whatever interests you much more easily.
Think about your clothes
This might be a harder tip to follow, but try not to buy more things than you actually need, no matter how amazing those shoes look on you or how pretty that floral dress is. Of course, you can still treat yourself with a new piece of clothing from time to time, as long as you make room for it by giving away all the clothes you’ve stopped wearing a long time ago. Also, when you wash your clothes, in order to save time (and water), do it in larger batches instead of smaller ones.
Do less housework
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should allow your home to look like a pigsty, but there’s nothing wrong in postponing vacuuming for a day or dusting when you see there is actually something to dust. It will give you more time to focus on other things, and you can always get a nice wall planner for organising your chores. That way, you won’t have to think about housework all the time – just check the planner when you pass by it, and you’ll know when it’s time to clean, do the laundry, etc.
Plan your meals
You’ll spend less time staring into your fridge if you plan your meals in advance and always know what you have and what you can make. Moreover, you can always make extra food for dinner and save the leftovers for the next day’s lunch if you know that you’ll be too busy for cooking that day. There’s also an option of “batch cooking” for when you really have no time to think about meals, just make sure to store the food properly so it doesn’t go bad.
Maintain the right attitude
Last but not least, simplifying your lifestyle depends greatly on your own attitude. Reduce your stress levels by keeping an open mind– instead of arguing with people about their different opinions, simply accept the fact that not everybody has to agree with you, and move on. You’ll also feel much better about yourself if you learn not to worry about other’s people’s business. Finally, try not to think too much about the past – it’s gone and there’s not much you can do about it, so focus on living in the present and making simple plans for the future.
Most of us tend to unintentionally complicate simple things whether it is due to the lack of time or just bad organisation. However, leading a too complicated lifestyle can become quite overwhelming in time. Thus, do your best to simplify your daily chores, plan things in advance, get rid of things you no longer need, and change your own attitude towards the people around you. In time, you will feel less stressed out, and you’ll have much more energy for all your daily activities.