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As many of you may already know, we simplified life earlier this year by selling our home and downsizing into an apartment. Since then, Lew & I have enjoyed finding more ways to get rid of extra mental and physical clutter. We’ve learned that very little is needed to make a happy life and with just a few changes we’re already breathing even easier + making more time for the things that actually matter:
1. Single Task, not Multi-task
We’ve been focused on handling one task at a time, doing it well then moving on to the next once that task is complete.
2. Unsubscribe from unwanted emails
There are great apps out that can help with clearing junk from your inbox! We were able to unsubscribe from so many unwanted emails much more quickly this way.
3. Monthly meals, then repeat.
We made a 30-day list of all our favorite, simple meals. We cook from this calendar then repeat after 30 days. We’re saving money and not cooking or grocery shopping as often as we did before!
4. No overcommitting
I struggled with overcommitting in the past. When possible, we release ourselves from time commitments that are not in line with our greatest values.
5. Turn off phone notifications
Notifications used to distract me from my tasks. We’re able to get so much more done now that we’ve turned notifications off on all phones + tablets.
Our office area used to be a hot mess! We’ve decluttered all mail, papers and gotten rid of the dreaded junk drawer. It’s made a huge difference in our productivity when we’re working from home. We’ve also continued to purge our excess clothes, dishes, towels, toys—literally everything. The less you own the less clutter you have! (And the less dishes you have to wash. And the less laundry you have to fold. I am certain this is the key to happiness 😜).
7. Have a nothing day
We still don’t have as many of these as we’d like, but it’s good to have a day or weekend planned to do absolutely nothing. On days like these we spend the time together reading, playing and allowing ourselves to just be. Living in the moment and enjoying the simple treasures in life. Sometimes there’s nothing better than cuddling in bed together all day 🙂
8. Reduce goals
We’ve reduced the goals we’re focusing on at one time. We’re hoping that by prioritizing them we’ll be able to focus and have a better success rate overall.
9. Bedtime routine
We’ve created a bedtime routine for the entire family that’s relaxing and prepares our minds to unwind. It all starts with Alive! Children’s Premium Gummies after dinner. Our youngest sons think they are special treats and can’t wait to be have them after dinner. (If your kids are picky, give these a try. They taste great and are loaded with goodness—a parent win!) Then it’s time for relaxing baths/showers, calming music, lavender oils, stretching and bedtime stories to all them get a good night’s rest. And good rest makes for a stress-free home.
10. Less focus on the future, more on the present
Living in the moment can be difficult. Especially since we live in the age of distraction. But since we’ve stopped focusing on the next payday, the next vacation, and the next season, we’re able to better appreciate what we have in front of us right now. And there is so, SO much to be thankful for.