Life becomes so overwhelming at times, and we all need our sanctuary - HOME!
We all need to take a step back and examine our lives.
Are you happy?
Are you stressed?
Do you ever just throw your hands up and walk away?
Do you dread each day?
TAKE CONTROL - only you can do it. Live intentionally - by taking control. Don't let others, or spending, or outside influences control your life.
GET RID OF STUFF - too many things can clutter our homes and our minds. I am a constant work in progress on this count. Geesh - how did I end up with all this stuff? I know you ask the same question.
We need to free ourselves to keep ONLY what we love, find beautiful or need. Give it away (donate or re-gift), sell it, do whatever you need to - but control the clutter.
De-clutter one room at a time - that makes it easier.
USE CASH as often as possible. Debt can be overwhelming for sure. It affects every aspect of our lives. If you can afford it - pay cash for it. If you can't afford - don't SPEND!!!!!!
I admit I carry only a certain amount of cash - and I do charge many purchases (I use only 1 CC) - BUT we pay off that card every month. One bill - one payment.
CLEAN DAILY or as you make a mess. Don't leave things till later - it will only stress you out and make you angry that you have to do it at all. Get family involved - let it be know that you are NOT the maid!!!! Each person needs to clean their own messes as they make them.
DON"T make EXTRA TRIPS to the store. NEVER make a trip for one thing!!!!!!! If you are out - you are out. Substitute something else. We all know making a trip for ONE thing is basically impossible! You will always see something else you 'need'. Just stay home.
Along those lines - keep a DEEP PANTRY. Always have extras put back for that very reason. If you keep your stockpile up - there won't be need for extra trips and you will always have what you need on hand. As you start to get low on something - add it to a list (I usually add when down to a couple of something). This enables you to control spending, use what you have, stay on top of things, and HAVE LESS STRESS!
GET OUTSIDE EVERY DAY!!!!! I don't care if you just sit on the porch or the stoop, walk the yard, feed the critters, talk to a neighbor, tend the garden, mow the grass, take a neighborhood walk, pick up trash around the area, shovel snow - GET OUTSIDE!
Surprisingly the fresh air and daylight can make a huge difference in your life. I so wish I could make everyone understand that. Light, air, and water are essential to all life - and so many people just ignore some of those things, and can not understand why they feel like they do!
REMOVE THE NEGATIVE from your life!!!!!! This is huge. It may mean that you have to block or remove people from social media (you all know the drama people), or just get rid of social media all together.
Turn off the news - YES, we all need to be aware of what is happening - but it doesn't need to be 24/7.
Pay off debt - that is a huge negative in life.
STAY AWAY from those that drain your spirit. It doesn't matter if it is family, friends, or neighbors. I have had to step away from some family do to their hateful attitudes and controlling nature. They repeatedly drained me of my energy and I had to say NO MORE. I know that may seem mean or cruel to some - but my mental health and my spirit and energy ARE IMPORTANT for my life here with my hubby. It doesn't mean you don't love or care for someone - it means that you have to take back your life for your immediate family.
SLOW DOWN - some people think the world can't revolve without them going 10 directions at the same time. If you quit doing so much - the sun will still rise tomorrow! You get one shot at this thing called life. ENJOY IT - don't spend your life always in a hurry - trying to stretch yourself beyond your limits.
If you are working at many jobs - MAYBE you can quit one or two IF you do some of the things listed above! Just maybe!!!!!!
Limit the kids to a certain amount of activities. I know everyone wants their children to excel - but at what cost?
Have ME TIME! Time when you just sit and relax or read or meditate. Have a 'date' night with your significant other - time alone for just the 2 of you.
There are many things that contribute to living simply - not just less stuff. If we all try to intentionally take back control of our lives - we will be a lot happier!
Live an INTENTIONAL life and live a SIMPLER life.
It is up to you.