When you think of the word “simplify,” do you think of minimalists? People who own like one pair of socks and a sweater, or people who are downsizing to a house the size of a match box?
That’s not what I’m doing. When I set out to Simplify in 2019 (read that blog post here), it wasn’t my intention to throw out all of my possessions. I already did that last year, unintentionally, and while that gave me a bit of a head start on decluttering my life, it was just the beginning of simplifying.
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My beginning of simplifying was this: I really just wanted to slow down.
To get my priorities in line. To save time on tasks so that I had more freedom in my life.
I don’t know about you, but I dig the idea of freedom—freedom in my finances, freedom from being overwhelmed, and the freedom of a healthy schedule.
Sure, part of simplifying can be to own less, to declutter, and to donate half of your wardrobe if it doesn’t bring you joy. But the other half of the equation is to make decisions easier, to learn to say no, and to spend more time with the people most important to you.
Basically, simplifying is identifying what is most important to you and then eliminating the rest.
Here’s why that might be beneficial for you.
#1. You will be less overwhelmed.
There will be less to clean, less to do, and you will understand how, when, and why to say no. You will bring an end to overcommitment and stop being a slave to obligations.
Practical steps to get you started:
1. turn off notifications for basically everything on your phone so that you only see the important things.
2. have a calendar that you stick to and do not overbook.
#2. You will be more in tune with your needs vs. your wants.
Understanding your priorities will help with this. It will help your decisions become clearer—is this task, item, or activity going to help or hinder your priorities?
1. make a list of 4-5 priories or things most important to you (and to your spouse/marriage). Put them in order of importance.
2. make a list of your commitments and then put them in oder of their priority.
For example, Will and I prioritize God, followed by each other/our marriage, our family, and THEN the other things in our lives, such as work, friends, serving at church, and other areas that can eat up time and resources.
#3. You will have time to pursue your passions and to travel.
With less clutter, fewer things to take care of, and a better handle on how to manage your time, it will be easier to find time to pursue passions and projects you may have had to avoid otherwise. You will also hopefully have a better handle on your finances and fewer things to take care of at home so that you can go on a vacation now and again.
Some seasons of life are much more busy than others. Priorities are not set in stone, and although your top tier will probably never change, the others on your list might. Bringing home a new baby, starting a new job, or buying a house are all things that will be an adjustment. Aiming to simplify can definitely provide solutions and freedom as you go through these transitions.
Y’all, simplifying is not the solution to every problem, but it has already been an amazing word to focus on in my 2019. I am so excited to continue this mantra to see where it takes us this year.
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Until next time,