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3 easy ways to simplify your life


Simple living is a way of life for me, and because of this fact, my life is much less chaotic than it used to be.

A simple life for one person might be something completely different than a simple life for another, and that’s okay. We each have our limits and we each have our breaking points.

My breaking point was about 3 years ago. At that point, my husband and I had moved 3 times in less than 3 years and each time we moved, I had to pack up countless items that I realized I had never even used the entire time we were in that current home.

On this one particular moving trip, I decided not to pack those items and instead just give them away.

The feeling that I got from letting go of those items was amazing. It was such a huge weight off of my shoulders to just let go of something.

Ever since then, I have been living a much more simple life. I purge our home every few months and get rid of things that have just been collecting dust. It still feels amazing every time I drop off another load of stuff at the local thrift store.

If you want to simplify your life, here are 3 easy ways to start:

1. Learn to say no.

When people ask you to do something, to buy something, to accept a hand-me-down of some sort – if you know that you really do not need it or want to do it, it’s okay to say no.

So many people feel like they need to be out all the time, “enjoying life”. Night clubs, bars, shopping malls, restaurants – it’s crazy! When you go out all the time, you never really have the chance to enjoy the simple things in life – like watching your children blow bubbles in the backyard, growing your own herb garden and watching the sun set.

As for things, well, we all know what we want and what we need. We know the difference, but sometimes it can be hard to say no to something, especially if it is a gift from someone special. To avoid hurt feelings, when people give you gifts that you really don’t need, express your gratitude and then donate that item to charity.

2. 10 minute tidy.

A clean life is a simple life! Set aside 10 minutes every night before bed to tidy up your home. Pick up stray toys and books, throw away garbage, wipe down your tables and counters – whatever you can get done in 10 minutes, do it.

The purpose of the 10 minute tidy is to enjoy a clean home every morning. From personal experience, I have found that waking up to a messy house leaves me grumpy, and waking up to a clean house leaves me happy.

Of course, try to keep things tidy throughout the day as well. This definitely helps when it comes time to do a quick tidy right before bed. If I stay on top of it well enough, there are times that I don’t even need to do a 10 minute tidy before bed!

3. Live with less.

Of course, the best way to simplify your life is to live with less stuff. Stop allowing new stuff to come into your home without first sending something out.

You should only keep items that you truly love. If it doesn’t make you happy, it’s time to let it go.

Having a life with minimal stuff makes life so much more enjoyable. Not only will you have less to clean and maintain, you will have more money in your bank account – because you won’t be out there buying stuff that you really do not need.

Simplifying your life is not something you can do overnight. Rather, it’s something that will need to be tended to your entire life. It gets much easier with time, and you will soon figure out that you are making the right choices without much thought.

A simple life is something that my family lives and we would never, ever go back to the way things were before.

How do you simplify your life? Let us know in the comments.


  1. Heather

    For me, its simple things like tidying up my bookshelf once a week, or even just taking the time to sit down and enjoy your meal/drink, and not rush through because you don’t have the time.

  2. Betty

    The best purging we have done was when we sold our house & downsized to a 2 bedroom apartment (getting too old & crippled to take care of a 2500 sq. ft home & 3 acres of grass to cut!!!). We rented a dumpster & went through all the rooms in the house & started pitching (kids did their share too). It seemed like my small appliances were helping us. a week before we moved my 35 yr. old mix master died, my irons all died (since I don’t iron anymore I tossed the ironing board as well!!!), 25 yr. old tv, etc. Can’t believe how much crap we accumulated over the years!! My husband wanted me to get rid of my old cast iron frying pan but I wasn’t ready to do that cuz I love the taste of the food that is cooked in it (besides they say if you are low in iron, the food cooked in that pan helps you absorb more iron).

    Besides that though I got my girls to get in the habit of when they were little, to start putting away clothes, toys, etc. they no longer wore or were too small, etc. into a bag & take it to Sally Anne. Made them feel good about helping somebody & they got to receive new/gently used clothes if they needed them.

  3. Michelle

    I loved your post Cassie.
    My family lives a simple life too and we are much happier for it.
    I love the idea of a 10 min tidy.
    I try to clean up as soon as I’m done my cooking and my kitchen counter always looks neat, clean and organized.

  4. Keri

    We are always perging our home. We just decided we are done with 2 children so I got rid of all the baby items and made $1000 selling it all. Put the money towards fall clothes for the kids and the rest was put away for a rainy day. Now I have room in my storage space. I can’t stand clutter so in the fall and spring we get rid of anything that has not been used in the last year. I agree it feels good to let it go.

  5. Carrie

    Right now my life is complicated and cluttered. I want a simple life. Trying to work on it but it is going slow!!! I will make it.

  6. MaricrisMas

    I might be older…but you…are way more wiser…I’m having a hard time letting go of the great abundance of clothes we have…esp with the third one coming…man…I hope you have a girl…so I can pawn off the clothes to you and declutter our place!

  7. Sheila

    My mother and I do cleaning marathons at each other’s homes. When you work as a team, everything gets done twice as fast, and quite often someone else will see something that you have come to ignore or accept. Focus on one room at a time or simply one task (windows, dusting or vaccuming). It is always more fun to clean at someone else’s house!

  8. Sarah

    This is how I learn to live more simply. I change one new habit every 30 days, by that time it should stick. Each month I pick a habit I would like to change this month it’s flossing everyday! But it could be anything related to relationships, money, frugal living, etc. Perhaps a good simple living habit might be to find one new item each day of the month to donation. Place all items in a box and drop off at then end of the month. Trust me after a year 12 new habits really add up.

  9. tracy

    I am planning on making things simpler with five kids in the house clothes are crazy too organize,so I have decided too simplify it all.I am going to go through everything,and only keep 10 outfits each.Then replace as needed!

  10. Cassie Howard

    Thanks so much for the comments everyone, sharing your tips and your optimism. 🙂

    MaricrisMas: I won’t say no to them! 😉

    Sheila: That is SUCH a fabulous idea! I wish my mom lived closer so I could do that with her, she’d love it!

  11. Stephanie Wright

    I so much agree with the 10 min tidy. My husband always asks why I am cleaning up at 10 at night, but I just can’t stand getting up to a mess. I feel much better in the morning knowing that I am starting off with a clean house, and it seems to make it much easier to keep things clean through out the day.

  12. Bertilla

    I love to wake up and come home from work and have a tidy home……less is best…..when coming in from a hectic day from work, you can begin to prepare your meal without having to declutter the kitchen sink, the counters etc etc Family members learn from example and will enjoy the benefits of a clean and tidy home. My teen son loves a tidy home.

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