I recently moved from one city to another, and in that move, I decided that I needed to streamline my life/stuff/crap that I was going to take with me in the process.
What I ended up doing was tossing, giving away, or selling nearly everything that I owned, and I don’t regret it for a heartbeat. We hang on to stuff, and relationships, and ways of doing things, that cease to serve our lives in any positive way for much too long.
I’m sure you’ve seen those posts that let you in on the “100 best ways to simplify your life”. Well, the attention span of the average ‘digital human’ isn’t long enough to get through that list of “100 ways…” (I know mine isn’t).
So, this is a very short list of 3 (yes…just 3) of the best, and easiest ways to simplify your life.
- Figure out what’s important to you.
Let’s face it; life is full of all kinds of shit that we have absolutely no use for, and couldn’t care less about. Limit that list to 5 to 10 things, and pare down to 3 to 5 from there. If you think about how much time and energy you waste on the things that really don’t matter to you, the following isn’t a difficult decision.
2. Get rid of the things that don’t make the 3 to 5 list.
It’s really not that difficult. Things you don’t use, but take up space in your closet or home, and people who serve no other purpose but to bring stress and drama into your life. You don’t need any of it, and believe me, you won’t miss it when it’s gone.
3. Learn to say ‘No’, and mean it.
Some people are surprised at the events I’ve skipped, gatherings I’ve missed, all because I simply don’t want to go. Life is too short to do shit that you don’t want to do. If ‘so and so’ wants you to go on that hike, but you really don’t want to…don’t. If a friend asks you for a favor that you’re really not mentally or physically equipped to do; just say no. If they get all bent out of shape because you’ve chosen to put YOU first, they’re really not the friend that you may have thought they were, so it’s probably time to drop them too.
When you release your grip on things that you really never see or use, and you stop giving a shit about what other people think about what you do and don’t do, life becomes exponentially more simple.