I don't even know where to begin with how to give you motivation to simplify your life but I know some people who do. The word minimalism has been floating around for a while now. I used to be really scared of it. I thought if you were a minimalist it was a competition of who could have the least amount of things. Who could live in the smallest box, who could drive the smallest car.
But it's not!!!! Thanks to a blog called becoming minimalist I have realized that it is for families and that it is different for every family. I have enjoyed getting rid of things and realizing I don't need as many physical things. Sometimes though it's just too scary to take things to the thrift store. If you need a jump start to spring cleaning try getting rid of things that aren't things.
Yup you heard me right. Here are 3 ways to simplify your life without leaving your house.
1. Simplify Facebook.
I know you check it only 3 times a day... But do you really need to know what your cousins, sisters, aunts, dog is doing? What about that kid you had one class with and never talked to but still keep around as a friend because you don't want to hurt their feelings but they post crazy things?
Ya we all got crazy people we somehow ended up friends with on Facebook (hey I might even be one of them!) checking your Facebook is so much easier if you FOLLOW less people. See image below...
You can stop following people (ps I still follow becoming minimalist.) by following less people I spend less time on Facebook. My news feed is way smaller.
How did I choose who to stop following? I simply opened up my Facebook and immediately noticed my news feed bogged down with things I didn't need to see.
People I don't follow...
People I don't actually know and post inappropriate things/weird things... ya...
The constant complainer.
The every 10 minute updater
I'm sure you thought of a few people to unfollow.
The people I do follow:
People who post recipes, news updates, interesting articles.
People I actually know :)
If you aren't sure who to stop following here is a song to help you out…
the best part is they can't see if you aren't following them anymore.
2. Simplify movies!
Adam and I used to have a lot of movies. But guess what we realized? Everytime we want to watch a movie we never reach for our library of movies. It's usually a redbox or a Netflix.
The movies we kept are kid movies for our children and classics. You know like nacho libre and princess bride. Now sorry I know I said things you didn't have to get rid of. But stop collecting movies. You'll thank me later.
3. Simplify your phone.
How many apps do you have? How many do you use? How many are you getting notifications for?
I just shut off notifications for my emails. Life changing. Now I see my email when I want to get to it. That also works great for me because I eBay and I get seriously probably at least 20 emails a day (I've never actually counted) just for that and I'm a stay at home mom. Your email can wait. I read that after checking your email often or even texts it takes you 7 minutes to get fully back on task... How many times do you check it a day?
Hopefully these were helpful. Again simplifying is totally changing my life. I'll do a post soon about getting rid of things. The castle of Hassell is thriving with less and feelin even richer!