These simple living tips will help you connect to your inner self and feel calmer.
It’s hard to simplify your life when you don’t know where to start.
You feel like you’re being pulled in a million different directions and you don’t know how to break free.
That is why I have created this list of simple living tips. Hopefully, it will give you a starting point on your journey to a simpler life.
What is simple living?
When talking about simple living, we mean living a life with less stress, fewer worries, and fewer problems. It’s a life where you can enjoy the little things and appreciate the beauty around you.
It’s a life where you CHOOSE not to worry about money or material things.
Simple living is not about deprivation. It’s about living a life that is free from the unnecessary and focusing on what is important to you.
It is also a life where you are “in control”. You are not a slave to your job, your possessions, or your obligations.
It could be hard to imagine such a life if you’re currently bogged down by all of the above. And it is also hard to get there. But it is possible. And it is definitely worth it.
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The importance of simple living
In a world that is constantly moving faster and where we are constantly bombarded with information, it is more important than ever to live a simple life.
A simple life helps us to focus on what is important and to appreciate the beauty around us. It allows us to find peace in a chaotic world.
It allows us to connect with our inner selves and find true happiness.
Connection with ourselves is essential for a happy and fulfilling life. If we do not take the time to connect with ourselves, we will never truly be happy. We will always be searching for something that we cannot find.
A simple life can provide us with the time and space to connect with ourselves. It allows us to find the peace and happiness that we all crave.
The benefits of simple living
There are many benefits to living a simple life. Here are just a few:
- You’ll have more time for the things you love. When you’re not weighed down by all the stuff you don’t need, you’ll have more time for the things you love.
- You’ll be less stressed and have more peace of mind. This is probably one of the most important benefits of simple living. When you’re not constantly worrying about money or your possessions, you will finally relax and enjoy your life more.
- You’ll be able to enjoy the little things in life more. When you’re not focused on acquiring more and more stuff, you’ll be able to appreciate the little things in life more.
- You’ll save money and be less indebted. Living a simple life usually means spending less money. And when you’re not spending money on things you don’t need, you’ll be able to save more money.
- You’ll be more in tune with nature. When you’re not consumed by material things, you will be able to appreciate nature more.
- You’ll have more time for relationships. Being able to focus on the people in your life is one of the best benefits of simple living.
- You’ll be able to live more intentionally. Not being distracted by all the clutter in your life will allow you to live more intentionally. You’ll be able to focus on what’s important to you and pursue your goals more easily.
- You’ll be able to find contentment more easily. Finding contentment is a lot easier when you’re not constantly chasing after things.
- You’ll have more energy. When you’re not bogged down by all the stuff you have to worry about, you’ll have more energy to pursue the things you want to do.
- You’ll feel lighter and freer. Living a simple life will make you feel like you can breathe again.
Living a simple life in a modern world
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and forget what’s really important. We are bombarded with distractions, whether it’s the latest gadget, the newest fashion trend, or an exciting new TV show.
It can be tempting to give in to these temptations, but if we want to live a simple life, we need to change our way of thinking. This doesn’t mean that we have to forego all enjoyments – after all, life is meant to be enjoyed.
But it does mean being mindful of what we consume and how it affects us. It means choosing quality over quantity, and experiences over things. It means being present at the moment and savoring the simple pleasures in life.
Living a simple life is not always easy, but it is possible. With a little bit of focus and discipline, we can find contentment in the midst of chaos.
Simple living tips
I have created this blog (and this article) in order to share some tips on how to live a simpler life. I hope that these tips will be useful to you and that you will find them helpful in your own journey to a simpler life.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to implement all these tips at the same time. Start with a few of them and after you have incorporated them into your life, you can add more.
Here we go:
1. Slow down
Life can be hectic and it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race. But one of the best things you can do to simplify your life is to slow down. When you take your time and don’t rush through things, you’ll find that you have more time to enjoy life and appreciate the things around you.
This applies to both your physical and mental pace. Slow down physically by taking your time with tasks and savoring experiences. And slow down mentally by slowing your thoughts and being present in the moment. When you slow down, you’ll find that life is simpler and more enjoyable.
Related: How to Slow Down Life
2. Declutter your physical space
A cluttered physical space can be overwhelming and stressful. So take the time to declutter your home, office, car, or any other space that you occupy. Get rid of anything that you don’t need or use on a regular basis. And make sure that the things you keep are organized in a way that makes sense to you. This will help to make your space more enjoyable to be in.
Read more about decluttering here.
3. Declutter your thoughts
Do you ever feel like your mind is constantly racing, and you can’t seem to focus on anything? If so, you’re not alone. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s more important than ever to declutter your thoughts. This means getting rid of negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones. It also means simplifying your thought process by identifying the things that are truly important to you and focusing on those. It might be difficult, but definitely not impossible.
Start by taking some time each day to sit quietly and clear your mind. Then, identify the things that are causing you stress or worry, and find ways to eliminate them from your life. By decluttering your thoughts, you’ll find that you’re able to focus better, enjoy your life more, and be less stressed overall.
4. Simplify your schedule
A packed schedule can be just as overwhelming as a cluttered physical space. So another great way to simplify your life is to simplify your schedule. Simplifying your schedule will help to make your life more manageable. Start by identifying the things that are most important to you and make time for them every day or week.
And make sure to leave some free time in your schedule so that you can relax and enjoy your life.
5. Eliminate unnecessary commitments
If you have any obligations that are not serving you, such as a job that you have, a toxic relationship, or an activity that you don’t enjoy, get rid of them. This will free up your time and energy so that you can focus on the things that are most important to you.
6. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life
In order to live simpler, it’s important to appreciate the simple things in life. Listening to the boiling water, smelling a flower, and drinking coffee, are all simple pleasures that we often take for granted. But when you take the time to appreciate them, they can bring a lot of joy into your life.
Read more about Simple Pleasures in Life.
7. Be mindful of your consumption
We are constantly bombarded with ads and messages telling us to buy things. But in order to simplify your life, it’s important to be mindful of your consumption. Only buy things that you need and that will serve a purpose in your life. And be sure to recycle or donate anything that you no longer need.
Also, be mindful of the food you eat and the resources you use. Try to consume healthy, organic, and locally sourced food. And use resources wisely by turning off the lights when you leave a room and recycling anything that you can.
Related: 30 Things I Stopped Buying as a Minimalist
8. Live in the present moment
It is easier said than done, but being present is a life changer. We always think about the past or the future, but when you live in the present moment, you will find that life is much simpler. You don’t have to think about what is going to happen next, or what you could have done differently. All you need to do is focus on what is happening right now. This will help you to appreciate the things around you and the people in your life.
9. Keep things minimal
A minimalistic lifestyle is a great way to simplify your life. When you have fewer possessions, you have less to worry about and less to clean. Do not overcomplicate your life by trying to keep up with the Joneses. Just keep things that bring value to you, and get rid of anything that is superfluous.
10. Be intentional
Being intentional with your time, energy, and resources is a great way to simplify your life. When you are intentional, you choose how to spend your time and energy, rather than letting others dictate it for you. You can be intentional by setting goals and priorities and then making sure that your actions align with those goals.
Related: 35 Intentional Living Quotes
11. Be grateful
One of the simplest, but most effective, ways to simplify your life is to focus on the things that you are grateful for. When you are grateful for what you have, you will find that you don’t need or want as much. Taking time each day to think about the things you are grateful for will help to shift your focus from what you lack to what you have.
Here are 101 Things To Be Grateful For.
Meditation can help you to clear your mind and focus your thoughts. When you meditate, you let go of the constant chatter in your head and focus on the present moment. This can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and negative thinking. And it’s a great way to find peace and calm in your life.
13. Connect with nature
Spend time outside in the fresh air, and take in the beauty of the world around you. Listen to the birds singing, feel the sun on your skin, and breathe in the scent of flowers. Connecting to something larger than yourself can help to put things into perspective and give you a sense of peace.
14. Create a simple daily routine
A daily routine can give you a sense of structure. Having a set time for waking up, eating meals, and going to bed can help you to use your time more efficiently. And including some simple self-care activities, such as exercise, journaling, and reading, can help you to relax and de-stress.
How to create a simple daily routine that sticks?
15. Reduce social media
Social media can be a big-time suck. And it can also be a source of negative thinking. If you find that social media is having a negative impact on your life, limit your use of it. Or take a break from it altogether. Comparing yourself to others online is not going to do you any good. So, focus on your own life and the things that matter to you.
16. Turn off notification
Technology can be a great thing, but it can also be a major distraction. If you find that you are constantly being interrupted by notifications, turn them off. For example, you are eating dinner, and then boom, bip bip. You just got a notification on your phone. Now, you are thinking about what that notification could be, and you are no longer present in the moment. So, turn off notifications when you don’t need them and give yourself some peace of mind.
17. Say no
It is okay to say no to things that you don’t want to do. You don’t have to please everyone all the time. When you say yes to things that you don’t really want to do, it just adds more to your plate. And that can make your life feel more complicated and stressful. So, learn to say no and simplify your life in the process.
When things are in their proper place, you know where to find them when you need them. Also, having space for everything makes it seem like there is less stuff. You won’t leave things on the countertops, tables, or desks, it makes the space look messy. If you can, try to put everything away after you use it.
Do you really need that subscription to that magazine that you never read? How about that email list that you are on that always ends up in your spam folder? Unsubscribe from the things that you don’t need or use. This will help to declutter your life and give you one less thing to worry about.
20. Have a notebook
Whether a virtual notebook or an actual physical notebook, having a place to jot down your thoughts, ideas, and to-do lists can be helpful. This way, you don’t have to try to remember everything. And it can help to keep you organized.
21. Have a plan
Having a plan gives you a sense of direction and can help to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. It also makes you feel motivated and inspired to take action. When you have a plan, it is easier to focus on your goals and make progress.
Bonus tip: In case you need a long-term plan, I recommend reading Designing your life. It is the best book on finding a career and life plan that you are going to love!
22. Wash fruits and veggies before putting them in the fridge
Such a random tip but it makes a world of difference! You will be more likely to eat fruit if it’s pre-washed as opposed to if it’s in a bag in the fridge. And, you’re less likely to let fruits and veggies go bad if you wash them as soon as you bring them home.
23. Enjoy the dinners
We are always in a rush and I get that, especially for breakfast time or lunch. But dinnertime is different. It is the time when we hopefully have some time. Try to take a few deep breaths before sitting down to dinner and really savor the flavors of your food. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, savoring your food can help you to relax and feel grateful for what you have.
24. Set an exercise routine and stick to it
It is so important to take care of your body. I have noticed that after I exercise I feel so much better and I worry less. Even if before the exercise I was anxious or stressed after I finish my workout I feel more relaxed. Exercising regularly can make so much difference, not just physically but mentally as well.
25. Take some time for yourself every day
I find that morning is perfect for that. Waking up before everyone else and just enjoying the peace and quiet. Maybe you like to read, drink a coffee, meditate or just sit in silence. Whatever it is that you enjoy, make sure to take some time for it every day.
26. Don’t waste your time
We only have a limited amount of time on this earth, so don’t waste it. Yep, we are going to die one day, all of us. And that’s ok! It’s not something to be scared of. But it is a reminder that we should make the most of our time and not take it for granted. Make sure that you are doing things that make you happy and that are meaningful to you.
27. Simplify your wardrobe
Having a simple wardrobe can make getting dressed in the morning so much easier. And it can save you time and money. You won’t have to spend time trying to find something to wear and you won’t be tempted to buy things that you don’t need. Mark Zuckerberg wears the same T-shirt every day. He said that it simplifies his life and he doesn’t have to waste time thinking about what to wear.
Related: The complete guide on how to get rid of clothes
Buying second-hand items is a great way to save money and it’s also good for the environment. When you buy something new, it often ends up in a landfill. But when you buy something second-hand, you are giving it a new life. What I like to do is to check second-hand shops first, and if I don’t find what I need, then I will buy it new (and then, eventually donate).
29. Don’t compare yourself to others
This is something that I have been working on for a long time. It’s so easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves to others. But it’s not helpful and it can make us feel bad about ourselves. Compare yourself only with yourself in the past. As long as you are making progress, that’s all that matters.
30. Choose quality over quantity
When it comes to material things, it’s so easy to just buy the cheapest thing. But often, it’s better to buy one good quality item that will last a long time, instead of buying several cheap things that will fall apart quickly. You are going to enjoy one pair of high-quality shoes much more than a few pairs of cheap shoes.
Why focusing on quality over quantity is important?
31. Accept yourself as you are
This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to evolve, learn or grow. But it does mean that you need to accept yourself with all your imperfections and shortcomings. Once you can do that, it becomes so much easier to improve yourself. Because you are doing it for yourself and not for anyone else.
32. Practice yoga
Yoga is not just stretching, it’s a way of becoming present and mindful. It can help you to become more aware of your body and your breath. And it can help you to relax and to focus. It’s a great way to exercise, and it’s also a great way to de-stress.
After a yoga practice, I feel so much more content with what I have, I can control my thoughts, and I can concentrate on my breath. Oh, I love yoga.
33. Make time for friends and family
It’s so important to nurture our relationships. We are social creatures and we need to feel connected to others. Spending time with loved ones can make us happy, and it can help us to feel more connected. Make sure to schedule some time for your friends and family every week.
34. Travel simply
When you travel, it’s so easy to get caught up in material things. But all you really need is a backpack and a sense of adventure. Traveling light will make your journey so much more enjoyable. And it will also save you money. You won’t have to worry about lugging around a heavy suitcase or losing your things. Just pack what you need and enjoy the journey.
Everything you need to know about minimalist travel
35. Reduce make-up and toiletries
Do you really need all those products? Do they bring value to your life? Is your life more meaningful with them? I used to put a lot of make-up on. Believe me or not, now I am not using even a cream. All I have is a shampoo, body wash, deodorant, and toothpaste (if that even counts). That’s it. It feels so good to have less stuff and to spend less time in the bathroom. Oh, and after I stopped putting make-up on, I started feeling more confident and beautiful. So that’s a bonus.
36. Blender only
You don’t need all those fancy cooking gadgets. All you need is a blender. You can make smoothies, juices, soups, sauces, and so much more. A blender is so versatile and it’s so easy to use. Having a lot of cooking gadgets not only takes a lot of space, but it’s also overwhelming. So stick to the basics and, believe me, you’ll be just fine.
37. Get a plant or two
Plants are great for purifying the air, they help to relax us, and they can make our homes feel more alive. If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry. There are plenty of easy-to-care-for plants that will thrive in your home.
As a minimalist, I own plants. Because they make me happy and bring color, life, and beauty into my home.
38. Do not multitask
Multitasking is the opposite of simple living. When you focus on one thing at a time, you are more present and you can give your full attention to what you’re doing. When you try to do too many things at once, you are scattered and it’s more difficult to be productive. So slow down, take a deep breath, and focus on one thing at a time.
39. Take deep breaths
Whenever I am feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, I take a few deep breaths and it always helps. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference. When we are stressed, our breathing becomes shallow and it’s more difficult for our bodies to function properly. So take a few deep breaths and relax.
40. Have your finances in order
This is such an important part of simple living. If you don’t have your finances in order, it will be so much harder to live a simple life. Make sure you have a budget and that you are staying within your means. Track your spending and make adjustments as needed. And make sure to have an emergency fund so that you can handle unexpected expenses. Also, automating your finances can help to simplify your life.
41. Start a compost bin
Composting is a great way to reduce waste, it’s good for the environment, and it’s also great for your plants. If you have a garden, you can use your compost to fertilize your plants. And if you don’t have a garden, you can still compost your food scraps. It’s a great way to reduce waste and help the environment.
42. Enjoy the journey
Sometimes we are so focused on the destination that we forget to enjoy the journey. But the journey is much more important than the destination because it’s where we learn and grow, and that is where time is really spent. So slow down, enjoy the moments, and savor the experiences. That is what simple living is all about.
43. Don’t take life for granted
Life is so precious and it can be over in the blink of an eye. So don’t take life for granted. When we learn not to take it for granted, we start to appreciate the little things more. We realize that every moment is a gift. And we become more present and more mindful. We also start to live a more simple life because we are no longer chasing material things.
44. Clean every day
I feel like it is such an important simple living tip. When you keep your home clean, it’s so much easier to live a simple life. When your home is cluttered and messy, it’s more difficult to focus and to find things. But when everything is in its place, it’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your life.
And it’s also much easier to keep a tidy home when you clean every day. So make it a habit to tidy up each day and your life will be so much simpler. It can be as simple as making your bed each day or doing a quick sweep of the floors.
45. Take days off
When we are always working and go, go, going, we can start to feel overwhelmed and stressed. That’s why it’s so important to take days off. Even if you don’t have a traditional job, it’s still important to take time for yourself.
Dedicate one day each week to doing something that you enjoy. Whether it’s reading, hiking, spending time with friends, or just taking a long nap, make sure to schedule some time for you. And don’t feel guilty about it! You deserve it.
46. Write down all of your go-to meals
This is such a simple tip, but it can make a big difference. When you have a list of meals that you know how to make, it’s so much easier to meal plan. And when you have a list of easy recipes, you are less likely to order takeout or eat out. So take some time to write down all of your favorite meals. And make sure to include some simple recipes that you can make in a pinch.
47. Hug someone every day
Hugging is a simple but powerful act. It’s a great way to show someone you care, and it’s also going to help you feel better. Do yourself a favor and hug someone every day. It can be a family member, friend, or even your pet. Just take a few seconds to wrap your arms around someone and give them a squeeze.
48. Get enough sleep
Coffee is great but it’s not a substitute for sleep. When you’re well-rested, you’re going to feel better and you’re going to have more energy.
49. Buy less processed food
This is a great tip for simple living and for your health. When you eat less processed food, you’re going to feel better and you’re also going to save money. Processed food is often more expensive than whole, unprocessed foods. And it’s also not as good for you. Buying wholesome, unprocessed foods is the way to go.
50. Don’t leave things to the last moment
This is a great tip for simple living because it will help you to avoid stress. If you have a project that’s due soon, start working on it right away. Don’t wait until the last minute to start. Otherwise, it’s going to suck up all your energy.
51. Spend time outside
Outside it is so much easier to connect with ourselves. I have noticed it myself. When I spend time outside, I feel more connected to my body and my emotions. I feel calmer and more centered. So if you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take some time to go for a walk or sit in the park.
52. Make your own deserts
Also, your own meals. Overly processed food that you buy in the store is so bad for you. On the other hand, when you cook and bake your own food, it is so much healthier and wholesome. And it tastes so much better too!
53. Eat simply
This is related to the last point but eating simple food is much easier than making some fancy meals. Eating simply will make you less stressed because you will always know what to eat. You can always assemble a bowl with some leftover rice and cooked veggies and tofu (at least this is how I do it). Simple, easy, and wholesome.
54. Write do-to lists the day before
This is such a helpful tip for staying organized and keeping on track. When you write out your to-do list the day before, you can prioritize your tasks and make sure that you’re getting everything done that you need to. Otherwise, you might find yourself wasting time on things that aren’t really important (like scrolling though social media).
55. Do the dishes after every meal
I hate doing dishes, but I always feel so much better when they’re done. And it’s so much easier to keep on top of if you do them after every meal. So even if you’re not in the mood, just suck it up and do them. You’ll be so glad that you did.
56. End toxic relationships
It is unbelievably hard to let go of toxic relationships, but it is so worth it. When you end a toxic relationship, you are making space for positive things in your life. So if you have a toxic friendship or relationship, do as much as you can to let it go. Distance yourself from the person if you have to. And don’t look back.
57. Accept the mystery
We don’t need to know all the answers, and that’s okay. Trying to figure out everything can be so frustrating and it’s just not worth it. We will never know everything, so we might as well accept the mystery.
58. Don’t let projects unfinished
If you start a project, make a commitment to finish it. Otherwise, it will just sit there and become a source of anxiety. Unfinished projects can be so overwhelming, and they take so much energy out of us.
59. Get out of your comfort zone
When we get out of our comfort zones, we open ourselves up to new experiences and opportunities. We grow as people and we learn new things.
What does it have to do with simple living? The more comfortable we are, the less we feel the need to change. But if we want to live simple, fulfilling lives, we need to be constantly learning and growing. So get out there and do something new.
60. Unfollow people on social media who make you feel bad
Social media can be a great way to connect with friends and family, but it can also be a source of negativity. If you find that someone’s posts are making you feel bad, or if you’re just not interested in what they have to say, unfollow them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
61. Set your priorities straight
This is such an important tip for simple living. We have to be clear about what’s important to us, and we have to make sure that our actions reflect our priorities. If your priority is your family, make time for them. If your priority is your career, put in the extra effort to get ahead. But don’t try to do everything at once. Just focus on what’s most important to you and let the rest go.
62. Always have a water bottle with you
Staying hydrated is so important for our health, and it can be easy to forget to drink water during the day. But if you always have a water bottle with you, you’ll be more likely to drink water throughout the day.
63. One set of laundry a day
This is a great tip if you’re trying to simplify your life and you have a big family. Do one load of laundry each day instead of letting it pile up. It’s so much easier to keep on top of and you will feel less overwhelmed.
64. Meal plan
Instead of going to the grocery store and buying a lot of random ingredients, meal plan each week. Make a list of the ingredients that you need and then go grocery shopping. I found that meal planning has saved me so much time and money. Plus, it’s one less thing that I have to think about during the week.
65. Let things go
We can’t control everything and that’s okay. Instead of holding on to things, let them go. This can be applied to material possessions or to grudges. We often hold on to things that we don’t need and it can be so freeing to let them go.
Simple living is all about simplifying your life and focusing on what’s important to you. It’s about feeling less overwhelmed and calmer. And it’s about living a life that is fulfilling and meaningful.
It’s not about getting rid of everything that you enjoy, but it is about being more mindful of your choices.
I hope that some of these tips will help you on your journey towards a simple living.
Choose the tips that resonate with you and start incorporating them into your life.
Have a simple, calm day!