20 Ways to Simplify Your Life: Decluttering Your Home and Schedule

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“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”

– Lin Yutang

Trying to live more minimally but feel like you’re not making enough progress? Review this list of ways to simplify, then pull out your calendar right now and schedule yourself to do at least two of these tasks in the next week.

Decluttering Your Home.

  • Cancel subscriptions for magazines and newspapers you don’t have time to read.
  • Sign up for online bills and credit card statements.
  • Get rid of kitchen uni-taskers. Multi-purpose products are much more space efficient. (Of course, if you really use that hot-dog cooker or strawberry-slicer all the time, you can keep it.)
  • Plan a week of meals with food you already have.
  • Box up the miscellaneous chargers and cords you can’t identify and write the date on the box. Calendar yourself to get rid of all that are still in the box in a year.
  • Review your bookshelves – are there books you know you’ll never read? Time to sell them to your local used bookstore or donate them to your local “friends of the library” store.
  • Clean off your dining room table.
  • Test all your pens and throw out the ones that don’t work.
  • Try on all your clothes and donate those that don’t fit or don’t flatter you.
  • Walk through your house and collect all trash and recycling. Put the items in the appropriate bins.
  • Already have a lot of stuff bagged up to donate? Drop it off at the donation site.
  • Play a decluttering game with your kids to encourage them to get rid of toys they no longer use.
  • Throw out expired cosmetics, old spices, etc.
  • Clean out your junk drawer.
  • Drop off the pile of dry cleaning that’s been on your closet floor for months.

Decluttering Your Schedule.

  • If it makes sense in your position, ask your boss if you can telecommute sometimes.
  • Choose one of the obligations on your calendar (e.g., a class or volunteer project) that you will not sign up for again.
  • Delegate at least one recurring task to your spouse or child.
  • Schedule at least one day in the next month where you won’t check social media at all.
  • Choose one night a week you won’t cook dinner. You can get a spouse or child to cook, or you can heat up a frozen lasagna.

What are your favorite ways to simplify?

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