“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify!” Henry David Thoreau wrote these words over 150 years ago. I sometimes wonder what he would think of our current world. I know I feel as though tiny details drown me on a daily basis. Do you feel the same way?
When you find yourself drowning in details, a good tip is to find the areas of your life where there is definitely too much noise and stress and then to simplify in those areas.
Some examples of areas where you may need to simplify:
- Do you stress over what to wear each day? Spend a little time on your day off sorting through your closet, assessing what you have, getting rid of what you don’t need, and figuring out what you could buy to complete your wardrobe. Then set up a system for setting out clothes before the start of every work week.
- Do you battle your kids each morning before school over their clothing? Spend an hour on your weekend determining a system to help them get out the door in the mornings without time-consuming intervention.
- Do you have to battle just to find the towels in your linen closet? Spend an hour after work organizing your linens.
- Do you have a coupon drawer that has been overrun with expired coupons? Spend a few minutes sorting through your coupons, organizing the ones you intend to use and donating or recycling the ones you can no longer use.
- Are you drowning in paper? Spend whatever spare time you have–ha ha, right?!–sorting through it, shredding or recycling what you can and filing the remainder of it.
Life is too short to spend years battling any kind of clutter. You should be spending as much spare time as possible with your loved ones and doing the things you want to do, but you’ll have to spend some time simplifying your life today to be able to enjoy life more tomorrow. Take a step this week to declare independence from details by spending some time simplifying. You’ll be glad you did.
Let’s talk about it! What’s the single most cluttered, stressful, noisy area of your life–you know, the one you’d most like to get under control? Post your thoughts in the comments.