6 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life

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6 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life

During the summer months, many of us change our routines to a slower pace than the rest of the year. Wouldn’t it be nice to be that relaxed all the time?

I don’t have the power to make it summer all year round, but since the first week of August is Simplify Your Life Week, I’m going to share a few of the things I do to keep it simple.

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In the comments, please share what YOU do to keep it simple. If you don’t, what’s stopping you?

This post was originally published on From the Desk of Janet Barclay in 2011 and has been updated for Your Organizing Business.

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  1. Avatar Ellen Delap on August 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I like to live by the Keep It Simple Sweetie motto. I limit my choices in making decisions. I keep my options to only 3, so it is easier to make a decision whether it is food, clothes or events. Too simple, but it works for me!

  2. Avatar Janet Barclay on August 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Decision-making is one of my weak points, so I’ll have to keep your strategy in mind, Ellen. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Avatar Evelyn Cucchiara on August 5, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Love your tips about cleaning out your wallet. It’s amazing. My husband’s wallet has receipts from years ago stored in there!

  4. Avatar Janet Barclay on August 5, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I have to admit that it took me a few years to finally rid myself of all those cards, but now that I have, shopping is much simpler!

  5. Avatar Kathy Stinson on August 8, 2011 at 8:42 am

    That’s a beautiful photo on this post, Janet. I hope you’ll be back there again before too long.

  6. Avatar Janet Barclay on August 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Me too, Kathy! 🙂

  7. Avatar Jo Bennett on August 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I’m a minimalist. Enough said ;-p

  8. Avatar Autumn Leopold on August 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I love the idea of sticking with a product. Too much money and time can be wasted looking for a cheaper version when you will only end up going back to the original anyway! I feel this same way about eating out. Once in awhile if you have heard good reviews of a place it’s nice to make a switch. But I like to stick with what I know and like because it seems like when we try new things without any reviews we hate it and wasted time and money. What do you think about that Janet?

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on August 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      I’m not sure. I like to try different dishes, so if I go back to the same place too often, I get tired of it – though, now that I think of it, there are a few restaurants where that doesn’t happen. In my younger life I was a waitress, and we had customers who came in once a week and ordered the exact same thing every time. We even had an older gentleman who had the same thing every night of the week!

  9. Hazel Thornton Hazel Thornton on August 8, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I say No when I don’t want to do something. Saying Yes when you want to say No just adds a layer of un-simple to your life.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on August 9, 2016 at 6:07 am

      Great point, Hazel! I’ve learned that this is good advice to follow, but never thought of it in terms of simplifying.

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