I hope everyone had a happy New Year! Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Like you are being pulled in 50 different directions? I recently went through a period where I felt this way. I couldn’t enjoy the simple things in life because I was trying to do too much at once.
Although 2015 was an amazing year with so many blessings, I realized that I was trying to do too much at once, and it took over the important things in life: God and my family.
I became overwhelmed, overtired, over-stressed, overworked, you get the point…
It was time to do something. Time to simplify my life and focus on what matters.
- Ask God how He wants me to simplify my life. First and foremost, I want God’s will for my life, so I will ask Him what he wants me to do.
- De-clutter my house, one room at a time. I’m going to de-clutter one room per week.This includes drawers, cabinets, closets, storage areas, any little crevice where clutter may be hiding. Nothing is exempt here! I will make two sections to put the “clutter”: Sell, Trash and Donate and place items accordingly.
- As gifts, I’ll buy experiences instead of “things”. We already have so many “things”, too many to be exact. Anyhow, the enjoyment of “things” doesn’t last long and these “things” eventually become clutter, which we are trying to rid ourselves of. Therefore, I’m going to start buying experiences as gifts. (Just as a note: my daughter is turning 4 in July so she will still require a few “things” for her birthday since she’s not old enough to grasp the “experience” idea yet, but we are slowly in the process of teaching her and will teach our son as well).
- Simplify my to-do list. I have the bad habit of putting way too many items on my to-do list to finish in one day and then I get disappointed in myself when I don’t finish them all. Way to set myself up for failure! I’m going to start listing only the things I think I can actually get done in that particular day and go from there. If I don’t get it all done, there’s always tomorrow…
- Simplify my spending. If I see something in the store or online that I want, instead of buying it immediately, I will ask myself: Do I need this or want this item? Will I be enjoying this item a month from now? How much use will I get out of this item? I will also wait a day and think it over before buying it. If I want it that bad, I’ll go back and get it.
- Come up with recipes with items already in my pantry/refrigerator. Instead of going out and spending $50 for one recipe, I will try to use what’s already in my house. This eliminates extra spending and wasting of food items that don’t get used (buying a whole bag of cilantro, only to use a few sprigs, etc…). One app that helps with this is http://myfridgefood.com/
- Organize. By keeping items organized, it helps to simplify your life because you are not constantly looking for things. Organize your pantry: Take mason jars and put food items in them and label them accordingly. Organize your closet by types of items. You get the point here. http://www.iheartorganizing.com/ is a great resource for organization tips.
Hopefully this list will help you to simplify and prioritize your life in such a way that you can focus on what really matters: God and family. I find that when I make time to read the Bible every day, attend church on Sundays and spend time in prayer daily, as well as focusing on playing with my children and spending quality time with my husband, my life is so much more fulfilling than when it is full of cleaning house, running errands, shopping, and focusing on my crazy-long to-do list.
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