I don’t know what or how much is standing between you and your life being Simplified, but I do know that Simplicity is achieved only through the intentional clearing out of the unimportant, the extraneous, and the in-authentic. And, I know the many, common obstacles people face in their path towards cultivating Simplicity. So I’ve compiled a list, straight off the tip of the dome, of shifts you may choose to make, each one in its own right practically guaranteed to boost your overall level of Simplicity and ease.
Oh, and pay no mind to the fact that it’s January 2nd. The person truly committed to change knows that a resolution is valid from the moment it is made, no matter the day of the year.
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1. Resolve to implement an ongoing donation bin.
2. Resolve to schedule a monthly charitable donation pick-up.
3. Resolve to do almost anything other than shop online when you’re bored. Read a book, go for a walk, phone a friend, cook a meal, etc. (Note: “shop” does not mean merely “purchase,” but also “browse.”)
4. Resolve to lessen the barrage of retail marketing’s influence on your life. Create an account with Catalog Choice (it’s free and positively brilliant). Unsubscribe from retail mailings using a service like Unroll.me. (I use both of these and swear by them!)
5. Make a resolution to master the art of The Follow Through.
6. Resolve to say no to things that don’t truly excite you.
7. Resolve to give up the guilt.
8. Resolve to responsibly reward your efforts to declutter your space.
9. Resolve not to fall prey to the lure of the impulse-purchase selection.
10. Resolve to pay attention to your own space, and in your own space. Pay attention when clothes stop exciting you. Pay attention to routines and items that annoy you, that nag at you, and that bum you out. You’ve got to be aware of a situation in order to improve upon it.
11. Resolve to master the art of Breaking Up With Your Stuff.
12. Resolve to start by streamlining your closet.
13. Resolve to have just one or two or three items in rotation, rather than twelve, or two dozen, or a hundred million. One bottle of shampoo open at a time. One tube of mascara.
14. Resolve to use up what you own before you purchase more.
15. Resolve to learn to relish the satisfaction of attaining completion, rather than of opening/starting.
16. Resolve to be direct, assertive, and kind in your communication with others. Don’t say “yes I can” if what you want to say is “No I can’t.” Don’t commit if you aren’t sure. Say what you mean, and what needs to be said, even if it’s hard.
17. Resolve not to let fear stop you from moving forward in your goal of simplifying your life. Not your fear of feeling wasteful, or your fear that something in your possession might be worth something down the road, or your fear of offending people you love by letting go of gifted items.