Find Joy in Life Again by Just Simplifying
Updated: Apr 27
Here’s the thing about owning stuff. Once you get too much of it, your stuff begins to own you. A good portion of your life is spent just maintaining your stuff or working so that you can acquire more. But the truth is that there are only so many hours in the day that you can devote to any one thing. If you’re spending your time taking care of your things, then you’re spending less time doing activities you like, such as spending time with friends, working on a hobby or just doing plain nothing. This saps the joy from your life. The best way to get this joy back is to learn to simplify. Here are three tips for how you can do just that.
Purge and Organize Your Home
There are two words to keep in mind when you’re organizing your home: flow and purge. Flow is easy. It means that you think about every last item you’re bringing into your home. Essentially, if you don’t bring something into your home, you don’t have to find a place to put it. People often bring more clutter in without giving thought to how it affects the flow of your home and your life. To avoid this, it’s best to think twice about everything you bring into your space and everything that you allow others to bring into your space. The second part is the purge. Go through your home, and get rid of stuff. If you haven’t even thought of a specific item, let alone used it in a year, then throw it out, give it away, etc. If you do work on flow and purge faithfully, you’ll eventually have fewer things to care for and more time for important activities.
Take Public Transportation
Public transportation is so diverse today. You have more opportunities than ever to try different kinds of transportation. In bigger cities, there are busses and ferries and trains. Other cities have bike and eScooter rentals. Truly, there’s nothing like the quiet time you get in the morning as you ride the ferry to work. When you take public transit somewhere, you have no responsibilities for a few minutes, other than to make sure that you get off at the right stop. It’s eco-friendlier to boot. It’s also safer — depression can cause you to zone out while driving, putting you in danger of getting into an accident. Best of all, it’s simpler. Relying on public transportation to get you to and fro means you never have to worry about car repairs and upkeep. Someone else takes care of that for you.
Reduce Your Time Commitments
Do you ever feel like you don’t even have time to breathe during the day? Between soccer practice and work meetings and family obligations, most people are just too busy. If you feel overwhelmed by your schedule, then take a closer look at it to see if there are tasks that you can do away with. If you can, then get rid of them. Then, make a note to yourself to be mindful of any future obligations you take on.
Simplifying your life requires you to take a look at all of the objects and activities that you’re committing yourself to. If you don’t keep track of these things, eventually, you’ll lose track of yourself. Although it can be difficult to purge possessions and activities from your life, the sacrifice is worth it.
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