Posts tagged simplify
5 Ways to Begin Simplifying Your Wants

Minimalism. It's one of those trendy things that's mildly controversial as well. So we see people becoming minimalists — or at least believing that they are — around every corner. But you want to know a secret? They're home or their office will soon be full of stuff before long. It isn't just your collection of things that needs to be simplified... it's your wants. After purging your home of unnecessary items, you'll find yourself right back where you started in a year if you never learned to quell the incessant desires of a 21st Century mind.

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Simplifying the Dormant Clutter

Two things happened in the past week that reminded me of the weight of dormant responsibilities. The first was that I filed my taxes and, rather than file only my W2 from my employer, I had to file for the minimal amount of freelance income through my photography/design business I started 3 years ago. The second was that I got a notice in the mail that my business account had been overdrawn for seven days and I owed the bank $4.34. I had mostly emptied my business account and it has lain dormant for nearly a year now since I've started at the creative agency but rather than shut it down, I had left it open, accumulating small fees here and there that slowly eaten away at the few remaining dollars that I had left in the account.

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How I am Preparing for Next Year

Preparing for the New Year can seem daunting but it doesn't have to be. In fact, it's rather fun. Here's a rundown of what I'm going through during these last two weeks of this year to get ready for the new year. You can follow along or do your own thing. I'd love hear what you're doing in the comments below!

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The best organizational strategy

Stuff... it's everywhere. We're unsure what to do with an item so we place it on the ironing board that never got put up. We were in a rush one day and couldn't fold our clothes so we left them in a pile on our couch... and lived out of that pile for two weeks. We get a piece of paper that we're sure might come in handy sometime in the future so we place it in the stack of other paper that might come in handy sometime in the future. Our bike pops a tire but we don't have time to fix it, but we might later, so we stash it in the garage alongside the wheelbarrow that also has a flat tire, the deflated basketball and the shovel with a broken handle.

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Simplify (Part VII): Cut the Crap

I began writing Part VII on simplifying your possessions. It's a topic that is not only relevant but also incredibly fun to talk about because of its controversial nature. But as I wrote, I began to think a little more about the deeper implications of getting rid of so much stuff and concluded that it isn't your collection of things that needs to be simplified... it's your wants. After purging your home of unnecessary items, you'll find yourself right back where you started in a year if you never learned to quell the incessant desires of a 21st Century mind.

What's beautiful about starting with simplifying your wants is that you'll find yourself purging the valueless and unnecessary things from your life as a natural - almost physical - response to your contentment and gratitude. It approaches the problem rather than the symptoms.

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Simplify (Part III): a brief guide to becoming less busy.

Our time is the most precious non-renewable resource we have and yet I find myself spending a great deal of it on things that offer little meaningful return or value. At the same time, I envy those who have painted masterpieces or written novels by the time they were my age. The lopsided nature of what we wish we had time to do and what we spend the time we do have doing is quite befuddling considering the access and opportunity that we are privileged to have these days.

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5 Ways to Live Simpler

Collect Experiences Instead of Stuff

Smaller Living Space

Invest in Quality

Pare Down the Wardrobe

Leverage Your Mornings

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