If you want to live a simpler, happier life, then you might want to look into various ways you can simplify your home life. While our home should feel like a safe haven and somewhere we can truly relax and be ourselves, it can also end up feeling like we have a never ending list of responsibilities and tasks. Here, we’ll go through 10 ways to simplify your home life for good. Take a look and see if there’s anything you can do to make your life easier:
- Be Picky About What You Bring Into The Home
The more items you bring into the home, the more items you have responsibility for. It can add to the neverending list of responsibilities and tasks that we feel like we already have, even if it’s a seemingly innocent item. These items can create more clutter in the home, make our minds busier, and cause other problems. To ensure you’re not cluttering your home or stressing yourself out, be picky about the items you bring into the home. Unless something is beautiful or useful, don’t bring it home. You should be able to make use of it, or it should be something that suits your style perfectly and will really add a good look to your home. Not only will this help you keep your home free of useless clutter, it’ll help you to save money!
- Detach Yourself From Needing To Own The Latest Item
With Instagram and other social media platforms making us feel like we need to own the latest of everything, it can be tough to stop ourselves from impulse buying. Try to get creative with the products you already own, whether this is clothes, makeup, or gadgets. Can you find new ways of pairing your outfits and having fun so you don’t feel tempted to buy more? If you know there are people on social media that always make you feel like spending money, unfollow them. You don’t need to keep up with anybody.
- De-clutter Regularly
Take the time to de-clutter your home as regularly as you can. Some people commit to getting rid of one item each day that they no longer use, and others prefer to have a deeper de-clutter once every few months. Try not to hang on to items that you haven’t used in 6 months to a year. Many experts say that if you haven’t used an item for 6 months or more, you probably won’t use it again (unless it’s more of a seasonal item). You can even look into cheaper bin hire skips if you know you’re going to be getting rid of a lot of things.
Remember, throwing items away isn’t the soundest option for the environment. Instead, look into selling items on to somebody who will use them, and you’ll be doing the best thing for the planet – plus, you’ll make some extra money! If you can’t do that, look at donating to charity or recycling. You may even want to look at upcycling an old item yourself. For example, transforming an old pair of wellies or an old suitcase into a place you can grow flowers! This can give your garden a unique look, and ensure you’re making the most of items that you own. Throwing items away should be the very last thing you look to do.
- Get Into Good Routines and Habits
Getting into good routines and habits can help you to make certain activities second nature and require much less thinking power. If you stack habits, as the writer and speaker James Clear recommend, you will barely have to think about the things you’re doing. If you’re not in the habit, simple things like taking vitamins, cooking meals, and getting dressed can seem like a gargantuan effort – especially if you’re not working at the moment due to Covid-19. However, once you create a routine you can stick to and consistently work on getting into the habit, you should find these things so much easier and more manageable. Then, you can add on more habits that you believe will help you to live a healthier, happier life.
- Use A Crockpot
A crockpot is a fantastic tool for cooking meals quickly and easily, and you can even bulk cook so you can spend less time slaving away over a hot stove. Just throw your ingredients in and away you go – crockpots are perfect for curries, stews, soups, and even desserts!
- Unsubscribe From Emails
If your emails clutter up your inbox and make you feel stressed just by looking at them, don’t be afraid to unsubscribe. You should also consider unsubscribing if you know certain emails tempt you into spending money when you shouldn’t be. Having thousands of emails in your inbox can clutter up your mind, and it’s nigh on impossible to get it down to zero.
- Stop MultiTasking
Aim to stop multitasking and instead, work on focusing your full attention on one task for as long as you need to to get it finished. You might feel like you’re getting more done when you multitask, but you’re probably slowing yourself down.
- Simplify Your Beauty and Skincare Routines
You don’t need a complicated beauty and skincare routine to feel good and stay healthy. If you need to wear makeup, just a few products can help you to look fresh and feel set up for the day. When it comes to your skincare, all you really need to do is cleanse, add a serum if you want to treat a specific condition, and then moisturise. In the daytime, add an SPF to protect from the sun. You don’t need toners, masks, or a 10 step skincare routine!
- Spend Less Time Using Technology
Technology can stress us out and make our lives feel more cluttered, too. See if you can create rooms in your home void of technology, and set yourself personal limits so you’re not spending too long scrolling or working.
- Prioritise Everyday
Being able to prioritise is a skill that many people do not possess. This is often because they prioritise the wrong things, or too many things at once. Pick a maximum of 3-4 things you want to prioritise for the day. Anything else you get done is a bonus!