April 13, 2006
Simplify Your Life
Wish you could be on Fine Living’s Simplify Your Life? You know, that television show where you let 3 experts into your home to help you reorganize closets, transform your basement into a workout room, find a new wardrobe or add some variety to your cooking? While you're waiting for your TV breakthrough , try these 5 tips to help you declutter your house, your life and your mind.
Remove 10 items from your closet that you haven't worn or used in the last year. Then do the same in your dresser, bookshelves, and even the medicine cabinet. All that extra stuff not only takes up space, but organizing and maintaining it can consume your time as well.
For one month, try buying only food and absolute necessities. In the end, you may find you really didn't need most of what you would have bought if you had spent with free rein. By shopping with awareness, you'll also help spare yourself unnecessary debt and clutter.
Learn to say "no." Cut back on engagements and social commitments that have little meaning to you. Instead, give your time and energy to what you love most, be it family, a hobby, or a charity.
Do one thing at a time. Next time you find yourself juggling several tasks at once--watching TV and reading the paper simultaneously, for instance--stop. When you do several things at once, you can't fully enjoy any one thing.
Seek silence. Quiet time without television, telephones, or computers is scarce these days. Schedule a time without these distractions. Whether you meditate, walk outdoors, or soak in a tub, try to immerse yourself in total peace.
Posted by Lisa at April 13, 2006 11:41 AM
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