3 Ways to Live a More Simplified Life

Do you find yourself rushing around throughout your day and feeling overwhelmed or anxious? You may want to consider simplifying your life. 

By living a more simplified life, your days will feel calmer and you will be able to live more in the present. The moments of your day will flow more fluidly and you will experience more positive emotions and less negative ones.

If this sounds appealing, considering giving the following suggestions a try.

Cut Back on Commitments

Being busy doesn’t make you important and it isn’t a status symbol. Slow down and enjoy your life. Filling up your calendar and rushing around makes it difficult to prioritize what’s important.

Be present.

Check out Is Your Calendar Overflowing? It’s Time To Declutter Your Schedule to read more about limiting your commitments.


Having less stuff will free up time spent cleaning and looking for things. It also creates a more calming atmosphere so it is easier to sit back and just relax.

Check out 4 Tips to Help You Start Removing Clutter if you want a little guidance to get started.

Limit Choices

Having too many choices overcomplicates the decision-making process. Don’t give yourself excessive choices. For example:

  • You don’t need cable and every streaming service available. Pick one service, or better yet, none.
  • When you want a night off cooking, stick with one or two of your favorite local places to visit. You’ll spend less time debating about where to eat and more time enjoying your dinner.
  • When you find a good mechanic, handyman, hairdresser, or other professional, continue to use them as your go-to instead of continuously shopping around.
  • Find a style that suits you, and eliminate those extra “just in case” clothes.

Published by Suzanne- Happily Decluttered

Hi!! My name is Suzanne and I live in central PA with my husband and three girls. I love camping, gardening, spending time with my family, and decluttering!

10 thoughts on “3 Ways to Live a More Simplified Life

  1. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) – Canada – Hi there! I’m Michelle and I live in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. I am married with two young adult daughters. I’m a big fan of reducing waste, using less plastic, decluttering and simplifying life as much as possible.
    Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says:

    The change I have been most satisfied with while decluttering the progress I made on my closet. It’s so nice to see everything in one place, and I didn’t miss the effort to do the spring & fall switchover at all.

    1. I agree. Having a simplified closet makes getting ready in the mornings so much easier!

  2. I like the point you make about cutting back on commitments. Being busy shouldn’t be used as a badge of honour, and its better to fully commit on fewer things. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Well said. Being fully able to commit is way better than stretching yourself thin. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Where did you get all this wisdom?! Limiting choices is such great advice. Anytime I visit a mall, I’ll look at the store directory and decide which stores I’m going into to keep me out of overwhelm mode. Same applies to all of life: too may choices can cause me to flounder. Thanks for the great tips, as always, Suzanne! 🌞

    1. You are too kind! Great idea looking at the directory!

  4. Lola Roberta – I'm LR - I'm approaching middle age, I drive a beige Camry, and I never joined the Peace Corps. I like to write about mediocre living and all the little, normal things that make everyday life worthwhile.
    Lola Roberta says:

    “When you want a night off cooking, stick with one or two of your favorite local places to visit. You’ll spend less time debating about where to eat and more time enjoying your dinner.”
    ^^THIS!!! My husband and I love treating ourselves to take-out on the weekends, but it always takes forever to decide where to go and what to order! And we usually always get the same stuff in the end anyway! The funny thing about simplifying is that the changes we need to make are often right under our noses, but we sometimes need “permission” to act on them. Thank you for the tip 🙂

    1. That is so true. Many of the ideas to simplify seem so obvious right after you hear them! It is difficult to think outside the box about the routines we have developed. I’m glad you liked my tip!

      Thanks for reading and joining the conversation. 😀

    1. It does save a lot of time and headache. Thanks for reading and joining the conversation!

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