A Guide to Simplifying Life

Feeling overwhelmed, whether by clutter or too many commitments, is detrimental to our well-being. Try this collection of ideas to create a home and life with time and space to breathe, relax and enjoy.


| January/February 2016



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By prioritizing the things you truly care about, you can free up more time for goals, passions and relaxation.


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As ironic as it may seem, simplifying our lives can sometimes feel overwhelming. Perhaps you have a basement or garage so jam-packed with stuff, you can’t muster up the energy to go through it. Or maybe you are rushing so much between work appointments, family obligations, kids’ activities and more that you don’t have time to even think about simplifying. Maybe you’re not rushed every day, but you find you’re spending time on things that aren’t your true passion and need to consider a life adjustment.

No matter your individual situation, by stopping to evaluate how we spend our time, we can pull back on activities that don’t give us much in the way of a return, and free up more time to spend on the things we love. We have only one life; we owe it to ourselves to pursue our passions.

The 10 tips to follow are from the blog Zen Habits by Leo Babauta. Babauta—a writer, runner and father of six—created the blog (named one of the top 50 websites in the world by TIME magazine) to try to find simplicity in the chaos of daily life. Over the past decade, he has transformed his life to become healthier and calmer and pursue what he loves. He shares information to help readers do the same. Visit Zen Habitats to read much more.

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10 Simplifying Tips from Leo Babauta

These are what I consider the 10 most important steps we can take to live a simpler life. Choose one and do it today. Tomorrow, choose another. If you do these 10 things, you’ll have made great strides with little effort.

1. Make a short list. Take out a sheet of paper and fold it into a small square, or use an index card. Now make a short list of the four or five most important things in your life. What’s most important to you? What do you value most? What four to five things do you most want to do in your life? Simplifying starts with these priorities, as you are trying to make room in your life so you have more time for these things.





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