National Simply Your Life Week is coming up in August, which might be the perfect time for you to actually make a plan to simplify your life. I know, this is probably easier said than done, but there are lots of ways you can keep things simple without spending a small fortune on them. This can help you get your life back on track while allowing you a bit more time to enjoy the little things in life. With any luck, these ten ideas will help you find the change you need to keep things simple so you can embrace the good things in life as summer transitions into autumn.
1. Invest in a Planner
A planner is one of the best things you can do to help simplify your life. Planners are perfect for insuring you don’t forget what is going on in your life, especially if you make plans well in advance. They also allow you to plan out your day, so you know exactly what you’re supposed to be doing instead of wandering around aimlessly. This will also allow you to plan time to get those chores in, which can help you keep your home cleaner than ever. There are many planners on the market now, so you can easily find one that suits your organizational style. You might also consider an app to help save money and ensure you keep up with your planner on a daily basis.
2. Meal Kit
One of the main problems that many people face is planning out meals and going grocery shopping. It can take up a lot of time unless you eat the same meals every single week. If you’d like to cut back on the time you spend planning meals and picking up groceries, then a meal kit is definitely going to be right up your alley. Most meal kits allow you to customize based on your unique diet and allergens, which can make it easier than ever for you to get what you need. The meals can be sent in a variety of different portions too, so you can still keep up with your favorite dishes throughout the week. The meals sent usually take around 30 minutes to make, but some meal kits also offer premade options that just need to be heated up.
3. Invest in Organizational Items
You might be surprised by how much an organized house can transform your ability to live a simpler life. If you give everything its own home, then you will find cleaning up and finding the item you need will take a lot less time. On top of that, organized home can actually help you to feel more at peace. That is why investing in organizational items is always a win for your home. You should consider the home’s aesthetic before you purchase. If you don’t mind plastics or bold colors, then you can find a wide assortment of options at dollar stores for next to nothing. However, there are a lot of chic options that are sustainable and will last you for several years if you maintain them.
4. Buy a Pillbox
Life can get hectic, and keeping up with medications or supplements can be a real challenge. When you’re on the go all day, it can be hard to get what you need to maximize your health. A pillbox can make things easier than ever. There are many pillboxes on the market, so you can find an option that suits your health needs, as well as one that is going to grab your attention each day. Once a week, all you need to do is fill the box with what you need to take and then move on with your life. Your pills or supplements will be there for you when you need them without forcing you to stop and get them. To make this even more efficient, you can always set an alarm, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting whatsoever.
5. Automate Payments
Another way to add a touch of simplicity to your life is to set up automated payments for your bills. This will help cut back on one less task that you need to do. If you aren’t comfortable with putting the payments on your debit card, then use credit. Often, your credit card company will offer points for spending in this way. Plus, you can easily build credit, especially if you’re making your credit card payments on time. Many companies will also allow you to save money when you automate payments. Some will even cut back your payment by giving you up 10% to 15% off.
Clutter can bring a lot of anxiety even if we don’t realize it. On top of that, it can make it hard to clean or even things in the home. Getting rid of some of the clutter can be one of the best ways to simplify your life. You might check around for items that you don’t actually care for in the home and get rid of them or put them away. Of course, your clutter can even be found on the computer or phone. You might take some time to go through items and clear out the things that you no longer use anymore. Setting up folders on devices can also simplify your life and cut back on the clutter.
7. Carry a Water Bottle
We all need to hydrate more, but so many people find themselves dehydrated especially when they’re on the go. Investing in a few water bottles can help transform your day while bringing so much simplicity to life. When you have a water bottle on you won’t have to go looking for a drink to purchase while you’re out and about. It also offers a secure item to have nearby for a drink while you’re working with technology. There are even bottles that will encourage you to drink water at particular points in time so you can easily keep up with your body’s needs. This simplicity can add time to your day while allowing you to stress less.
8. Rethink Your Wardrobe
Your wardrobe can be one of the most complicated things about your day. That is why rethinking it can be incredibly transformative. If you can, try to empty out your wardrobe and keep only the items that you truly love. You will find that this helps to make things easier for you when it comes to getting dressed each morning. Your professional wardrobe should be as simplistic as possible. Try to choose just a few pieces that can be mixed and matched with each other to ensure you can keep things fresh while maintaining your comfort. If you’re struggling to figure out how you can improve your wardrobe to encourage simplicity, then there are lots of tutorials online that you should consider checking out.
Getting in touch with nature is another way to bring some simplicity to your life. Leave your phone inside and spend some time grounding yourself as you dig in the soil and improve the planet’s health. Gardening can be one of the healthiest hobbies and can help you move your body more while also spending time clearing your mind and improving your overall mental health. You might also find that gardening allows you to grow delicious foods that can cut down on your grocery bill while offering you healthier options. You can even grow flowers that will add value to your home while bringing you joy too. Setting up your garden as a part of your routine can transform the way you feel about life while enjoying the simplicity of the activity in your routine.
10. Cut the Credit Cards
If you have multiple credit cards in your possession, then you might want to consider cutting this number down to one. Having more than one credit card will cause you to have to pay more bills and keep track of the money you are spending on each card. This is the opposite of simple and can even harm your credit over time if you’re not careful. Your best option is to pay off the cards and close all but one. This will allow you to keep track of your card’s balance, your spending, and the rewards you get with the card. With less to keep track of, you can find less stress in your day.
National Simplify Your Life Week is a great time to truly re-evaluate the things you need to find happiness in your life. These ten ideas will help you to quickly find easy ways to simplify your life without forcing you to spend a lot of money on the simplification process. Some of the options will even allow you to save some money over time.