Inside: 9 practical baby steps for a simpler life. Plus learn how A Simple Year can change your life, one month at a time!
“Small might be insignificant, but it does not mean unimportant.”
-Tsh Oxenreider, At Home in the World
What if I told you that cultivating a simpler life could be as easy as taking one baby step at a time? Would you think I was crazy or would you be willing to take that first step?
Something that has helped me over the past few months is to focus on just one area of simplicity each month. By focusing on just one area I am able to tailor my learning to that one subject and really spend the time implementing what I learned. Read below for more on this monthly focus.
When it comes to developing habits sometimes the hardest part is taking that first step. But I am learning as I continue to declutter our home, it is so much easier to rely on momentum, rather than motivation. We need motivation to get started, but we need momentum to keep us going.
How do we get momentum, you ask? By taking one baby step at a time.
Whether you are just beginning your journey towards simplicity or you have been at it for a while, but may be stuck for whatever reason, I encourage you to pick just one item from the list below. Once you have completed that first thing, then move to another item.
There is no right or wrong first step or even next step. The important thing is to keep putting one step in front of the other.
9 practical baby steps for a simpler life
Slow and steady wins the race here. Do not overwhelm yourself or you’ll give up before you even begin. Pick just one item to begin with!
Know your Why
This is the first step to developing a simpler life. Knowing your motivation behind cultivating a simpler life will help you get started.
Declutter one drawer or closet
Just pick one small area to declutter. This will give you a quick win and will encourage you to want to continue!
Remove one thing from your schedule that does not bring you joy
We tend to think more is better when it comes to activities and events, especially for our kids. I encourage you to take a hard look at your calendar and politely decline one event that you are not that excited about. It will feel so good to spend that time with your family or on your own self care instead.
Spend 5 minutes doing some kind of self care
This is a very personal thing, but some ideas are to read a book, meditate, paint, go for a walk or journal.
Plan the meals for one day
Just plan the meals for one day and you’ll see how much simpler meal time can be.
Unsubscribe from one email newsletter
Simplifying your email inbox can save you so much time in the day. We all get newsletters we don’t read and just delete. Instead of deleting them today, hit that “unsubscribe” button! Then you’ll no longer see it in your inbox!
Spend one afternoon without using your phone
This is a tough one. I am a stay at home mom a couple of days per week and I try to remind myself to be more present with my kids. That is the whole point I am staying home with them! I also notice a significant difference in their attitudes on the days that I am not constantly on my phone.
Do not buy anything for one day
I am talking about clothes and non-essentials here. If you think you need something or you are scrolling through Amazon or your favorite store website, just put the item in the cart and go back to it tomorrow. More likely than not you don’t NEED to buy it today. Just take one day and don’t spend money on anything that is not essential.
Practice the “one in one out” rule
This is a great practice to put into place. Essentially if you buy a new shirt or toy, you must donate or get rid of one shirt or toy you already have at home. This will help keep the clutter from creeping back into your home.
I learned all of these tips, and then some, in a program called A Simple Year. Keep reading to learn about the 12 baby steps you can take next year to simplify 12 areas of your life, one month at a time.
If you are ready for slow, intentional and supported change, I encourage you to check out A Simple Year. I am working my way through A Simple Year this year and let me tell you it has been life changing.
>>> Learn more here: A Simple Year
From the course website:
“Living simply provides so many benefits, but sometimes it can be challenging to maintain a commitment to long-term change. If you look forward to living with less stuff, less stress and less obligation so you can have more time, money and energy to pursue what means most to you, choose to live a simple year.”
“A Simple Year was designed to help you simplify your life gently and with purpose. You’ll learn something new each month and focus on what matters most with a simplicity advocate that specializes in topics like clutter, food, money, relationships, and busyness.”
What I love about A Simple Year course:
- You focus on one area of simple living at a time.
- You can listen and/or read the lessons on your own time.
- There is an engaged Facebook community for extra accountability and additional support.
- There are multiple forms of instruction for all learning styles, including audio, articles, video, and ebooks.
What is challenging about A Simple Year:
- There is a LOT of information and it can quickly get overwhelming if you let it. I will say that there is no way you can implement every. single. thing. the instructors throw at you during the year. But the great thing is that you get to pick and choose what you most need in your life at this specific point in time. You will also receive all of the course material in one pdf file at the end of the year. This way you can go back and review something you missed or didn’t make a priority this year.
- There may be sections that do not resonate with you or apply to you at this point in your life. If the majority of the sections apply to you then I encourage you to sign up for the course. You do not need to spend time on the sections that don’t apply to you and you can spend extra time on the sections that do apply.
Are you ready to take that first step toward a simpler life?
The program runs all year, but the sign-up window is limited. If you are interested, now is the time to join!
I hope that by participating in A Simple Year you are able to focus on embracing simplicity in your life. I hope you are able to develop new habits at your own pace and start living the life you crave.
What baby step do you plan to take today?
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