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Simplify My Life Challenge – Minimise

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One of the keys to a more simplified life is to minimise. This can be interpreted in many ways, with different relevance to different individuals. For some this may mean less stuff, minimising material possessions and clutter. For others this may simply mean cutting back certain things, spending less, worrying less, doing less. Or perhaps a combination of them both.

SIMPLIFY MY LIFE MINIMISE

For me, my main steps to minimise in recent months were both a necessity with a reduced income after walking away from my previous career to pursue different interests, but also a want to cut back on some of what was unnecessarily filling my life. Too much stuff, frivolous spending and being too busy to just enjoy the moments.

Here are some areas you could minimise in your life:

MINIMISE

The Simplify My Life challenge is a great help for this one, minimising the amount of unnecessary clutter in our lives with a room by room declutter. By getting rid of stuff we no longer need, it means less mess, less to maintain and often less that you will want. Clearer spaces in the home can reduce stress as we don’t feel so overwhelmed with clutter.

MINIMISE SPENDING

A little extra cash never goes astray. Cut back on buying new stuff you don’t need like 3 of the same shirt in different colours or a new pair of heels when you already have 28 pairs you rarely wear. Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you need it either. And start making your own morning coffee and stop buying it. Same goes for making lunch rather than eating out every day.

MINIMISE DOING

Some of us are prone to over committing and saying yes to everything. Or taking on too many hobbies, becoming the do-er of all and master of none. Consider cutting back on how much you are doing if you find you’re always busy. There is nothing wrong with saying no. Instead you can spend that time enjoying those simple moments with loved ones, making precious memories.

What areas of your life would you like to minimise? 

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Lisa O'Driscoll

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Years ago, my husband and I got rid of a whole house full of stuff because we moved into a tiny condo in a high rise where there was no storage. It was the best thing we ever did. There was so much stuff we didn't use and it was nice to be rid of it. You have great advice!

Thanks so much for linking up with #ShareTheWealthSunday!

Holly

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

That would have been a huge job at the time but such a great motivation to minimise!

EssentiallyJess

Friday 24th of April 2015

I hate having too much stuff, because it's work for me. If I buy things, I have to put them somewhere or get rid of something else, and that's time and energy. I'm all for simple.

Holly

Friday 24th of April 2015

It sure does sound like you're a great minimalist. One day I will maybe be able to say the same. Working on it ;)

Julie Small

Wednesday 22nd of April 2015

Love the idea of minimalism - I try to spend my money and time on wonderful experiences rather than stuff. Minimalism seems to be having a bit of a renaissance lately. Will check out the challenge!

Holly

Wednesday 22nd of April 2015

Experiences do count for so much more. My scrapbooks and photos mean more than most other things because it's recording the memories rather than the things :)

Holly

Tuesday 21st of April 2015

I envy your skills at minimising. I'm a hoarding on the path to reform haha but am so over 'stuff' that I'm kicking clutters butt this year. Experiences can be priceless though even though they often cost money in the first place.

Haidee

Tuesday 21st of April 2015

Awesome challenge ideas! I've signed up and will be joining in :)

Holly

Tuesday 21st of April 2015

Awesome to hear. Glad to have you on board :-D

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