4 Ideas to Help Simplify Your Life

4 Ideas to Help Simplify Your Life

From organization to meditation, use these tips to keep your life and spaces free of clutter.


1. Organize Your Entryway

It's probably the first thing you’ll see when you get home and, unfortunately, it's usually the first place clutter lands. Here are a few tips on how to keep it clear.

  • Place a bin by the door for shoes.
  • Place hooks on the back of your closet door for keys, umbrellas and everyday jackets.
  • Collect loose change in a jar wherever you empty your pockets.
  • Use a decorative box to hold receipts.
  • Designate a basket for incoming mail and bills.
  • Keep outgoing items on a single shelf near the door so you remember to take the bills to be mailed or to return a library book.

2. Get More from Your Storage

Keep a place for things you use every day and a storage area for everything else. When storing items, be sure you don't overfill containers. Also, use clear storage bins so it is easier to see and use items.

3. Keep Your Car Tidy

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Even though you may spend more time in your house than your car, your car can get messy quickly. And, because driving can already cause stress—when you’re running late, caught in traffic or driving in bad weather — it’s important to make an extra effort to keep this space clutter-free. Here are a few easy ways you can achieve this:

  • Organize all of your car information, insurance papers and maintenance receipts in one spot.
  • Get a new air freshener.
  • Designate a space for trash.
  • Stock up on snacks in the glove compartment. (Be sure they're nonperishable!)
  • Keep paper towels in your car. When you’re stuck in traffic or waiting to pick your kids up from school, use those few moments to give your car a quick wipe-down.

4. Make Time for Yourself

Is your day just as cluttered as your house? To help simplify your life and schedule, sort your to-do list. For example, identify A-, B- and C-level priorities. Say “yes” to A-list priorities, but learn to say “no” to C-list ones. And, make sure your A-list includes at least one thing to do for yourself. For example:

  • Write in a journal.
  • Get in touch with a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. 
  • Enjoy a walk outdoors.
  • Schedule a long lunch.
  • Meditate or give yourself five minutes of silence.

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