3 Benefits of Simplifying your Life
It can be hard work hard to simplify your life, for me it is still work in progress to ensure that it stays that way. I like a simple life that does not equate to a boring life. Simple living is harder than you think, it is a lifestyle choice. There are several benefits to simplifying your life. Before I go into the benefits, let me explain what a simple life means to me. I’d rather have great experiences with my family than surround myself with things. When I do have things, I prefer quality over quantity. I don’t buy anything because it is in fashion, I only buy things that I need. I think about my well-being and that of my family, that sometimes means saying no to stressful situations and events, don’t get me wrong, we are not anti-social, we simply think before we act. Yes, we do live in the moment, we just don’t get carried away by it.
I try to keep the things we have to a minimal, this is sometimes difficult, especially living with someone who is into technology and its accessories. I minimise my clothes and shoes, and that of my children. I don’t push it on my husband though. I also try and keep things minimised in the kitchen, for example, we have never had a toaster, because we always use the grill. They are other things like that, but I don’t want go on. So, what are the benefits of simplifying your life?
You can actually save money– When you keep things simple, you buy less or find creative ways to get things. for example, I get some of my clothes second hand, I tend to buy new trousers because I am tall. My daughter gets some of her clothes from a friend who has an older girl. I probably now have about a third of the clothes I owned before 2015 and half the shoes. The most luxurious curtain I have in my home was from a charity shop and all the curtain nets. The thing is I am not cheap because when I decide to buy something we need, we invest in it (we might take time to save for it). For example, we spent a bit of money on our vacuum, we saved for it in one year and it came with a 5 years warranty. Prior to investing in our current vacuum, we always bought cheap ones and they never lasted more than a year. Our current one is about 4 years old and it is still going strong.
It keeps your environment clean or less cluttered- We got rid of our centre table when the twins started crawling, they are 7 years old and we still don’t have one and we don’t particularly miss it. In fact, I have enjoyed not constantly bumping my leg and foot on a centre table. We haven’t missed it and we have a side table and window ledge to hold our teas and coffee. It is okay to sometimes question things, instead of doing what everyone is doing. When my shelves are getting filled up, I don’t think, we need a new shelf, instead I get rid of things. As I write this, I have a full bag ready for the charity shops, it has some kitchen ware and clothes the kids have out grown. Keeping my house clutter free is a constant battle. Personally, my environment affects my mood/ emotions, I simply can not function in a messy and dirty environment. When my kitchen gets really messy, it takes me forever to cook. I have to first clean, and when I start cleaning the kitchen, I naturally get rid of things that I don’t use. It is easier to clean with less clutter.
It reduces stress- Keeping things simple helps you to spend less money, get a bit more time (saying no sometimes), look after your physical and emotional wellbeing. I do not claim to be a minimalist, but I like things kept simple. I might not have as much stuff like most people, but I enjoy spending quality time with my family, I enjoy saving money on things and putting it towards travelling and creating amazing memories. Simplifying my life was not overnight and my journey began a long time ago. For the lifestyle we are striving for, simple living ties in nicely. Leave a comment and tell me what you think about the simple life.