Five Steps to Simplicity and Happiness

Does simplicity help us lead a life filled with happiness?  I have found that as my life gets simpler, which I have been actively working on for four years now, it does get happier.  There is less stress, less stuff to do, less stuff in my way and ultimately the important part – more of what I really want in my life.  How can you make your life simpler? Five easy steps can take you there.

Clear the clutter – if you have not used something in a year and don’t plan to use it then get rid of it! Extra stuff lying around only causes more hassle; less space, more to clean and more to manage. It is time to part with it some of your stuff!
Consolidate – do you have 3 savings accounts, two checking accounts and 3 credit cards?  Combine them to one of each!  It makes balancing and paying things that much easier! Look for other areas of your life other than money that you can consolidate. Do your three kids go to three different soccer clubs?  Choose one!
Reduce your scheduled commitments – this really helps you have time to do the things you want.  Limit the kids on the number of activities they can participate in.  Reduce your extra activities to only those that you really love.  Practice the art of saying NO!
Outsource – do you have a task that you don’t want to do or don’t have the time? Consider having someone else do it!  With someone else doing it you have more time to focus on what you want to do! I for one know that having someone else clean the bathroom makes me VERY happy!
Analyze – always take the time to evaluate if a purchase is truly needed, or if a commitment is really what you want.  Make sure all of your decisions get you to where you want to go.  If they don’t they are not worth it and should be pushed aside! Make every decision a conscious decision. 

Not sure simplicity will make you happier or that you can achieve it? Try just one of the tips above, make a small change for a month or two and see how it goes.  You may be hooked on simplifying and be happier than you ever thought you could be! There is only way to find out! BOLA TANGKAS