Simplify My Life Challenge – Downsize

A massive part of the Simplify My Life challenge has been about downsizing through decluttering and organising our physical lives, so this month’s Simplify task slots in real nicely as it is all about downsizing. There are so many areas of our lives we can downsize.

SIMPLIFY MY LIFE DOWNSIZE

Downsizing not only simplifies our life but often makes it less stressful, less expensive and less time consuming.

For example, you have a family of 4 – do you really need a 7 seater car? Sure the extra space is nice, but the extra costs could be redirected elsewhere.

Here are some other areas you might think about downsizing:

Health Insurance

Are you planning more kids? If not, the extra costs of pregnancy cover may be unnecessary. Like wise cover for a hip replacement if you are 25 and healthy.

Internet data

You pay extra for unlimited but realistically never exceed 50gb a month. You could be saving yourself $20 or more a month in some cases. There are plenty of other ways to downsize and save on your bills and expenses.

Commitments

You find yourself busy 7 days a week because you have committed to so many different activities, hobbies, social gatherings and volunteer programs. Maybe its time to drop an activity or two from your busy schedule so you have more time for you and your family.

Groceries

If you find yourself throwing out lots of food that is spoiling before you even get a chance to eat it, maybe it’s time to downsize your grocery shop each week. Meal planning will also help you avoid wastage.

House

Like the car, sometimes we don’t need as much space as we have. Downsizing your home could not only save you thousands (100s of thousands even), but also save you time with cleaning and decorating and all that other stuff. Less rooms means less furniture needed too so another area to downsize. That’s not to say you need to move into a 2 bedroom flat though. But a 5 bedroom place once the kids are grown up and moving out is a good time to downsize.

Can you think of any other areas in your life that you could downsize?

12 thoughts on “Simplify My Life Challenge – Downsize”

  1. I’ve never thought of ‘downsizing’ my commitments, but that makes total sense to me. Thanks for the food for thought. I am new to your blog, but very happy to be here. x

    1. So glad to have you here. And it sure can make a difference having more time to enjoy the most important commitments, instead of trying to fit them all in without the time to truly enjoy or benefit from them all. It is amazing how many activities we seem to ‘collect’ to fill our already busy days :)

  2. Downsizing online ‘friendships’ – it feels mean but we can’t always invest in everyone. I wonder if when we choose downsizing rather than giving up things altogether we feel less deprived and more free than if we just go ‘cold turkey’ on things?

    1. It does seem a little harsh but so right that we cannot always invest in everyone. We need to invest that time in those who matter most so both parties get the most benefit out of the friendship.

  3. We downgraded our health insurance recently and it has been such a good move for us. I really need to get smarter with my grocery shopping too. Great tips! #teamIBOT

    1. No need for a hip replacement cover perhaps? Lol actually pregnancy cover tends to be the most ouchy health insurance add on. Amazing how much cheaper it can be!

  4. EssentiallyJess

    Some very practical ideas here. I should probably check our health insurance to see what we are covered for.

    1. Thanks Jess. If it results in savings, all the better to spend elsewhere. Just those small things we sometimes forget to check that cost us a fortune!

  5. Kristen @ Musings of an Average Mom

    What great ideas for downsizing! Having too much just causes unnessissary stress, not to mention cost you more. Thanks! Visiting from Share the Wealth.

  6. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    These are all really good tips! I’m actually about to start meal planning for this reason. We are downsizing too! Our old house was so big that we had rooms we didn’t even use and I’m looking forward to not having so much to clean!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up with #ShareTheWealthSunday!

    xoxo
    Lisa

    1. Sounds great. We used to have a junk / spare room & now it’s a 3rd bedroom. My poor office is wearing the excess load. I’m yet to get into that room to declutter :)

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