Living a life based on old fashioned values goes hand in hand with living a simple life. Even then, homesteading is not without stressful situations, but simplifying different aspects of your life will help you feel a lot more calm and collected.
You can find some tips to help you live a simple life here, but here’s what sticks out to me as the most important: create a routine, de-clutter, pick up as you go, plan your meals, and find productive hobbies. Today, I want to focus on the de-cluttering part. In today’s society, people tend to acquire too much stuff. Like, wayyyyy too much stuff. I’m not sure if its an effort to keep up with ever-changing fads, or simply the lust for material items, but if you do have a problem, check out this purging checklist and read on for 5 tips to help you live with less!
1) Avoid duplicates.
Why in the world do I have three potato peelers? Have I ever had three people in my house peeling potatoes at the same time…? Nope. Just stuff I’ve acquired over the years. Duplicates are probably the worst thing you can do to clutter up your house! Steer clear!!
2) Think about the real value.
If you’re trying to decide if you’re ready to get rid of something, try to really think about its value. Does it benefit your life? Do you use it? Will it last? Even if you have some sort of attachment to the item, if it isn’t useful for you, it’s time to say goodbye.
3) Don’t rush yourself.
Branching off the last tip, if you’re having a hard time parting with something, you can use a trial method. For those “maybe” items, put them in a container and keep it out of sight. In about a month, or perhaps when you stumble across the box again, if you haven’t missed anything… Toss it!
4) Count your blessings.
Don’t feel sorry for yourself because you’re finally getting rid of your first lawnmower that hasn’t worked in like a decade. Instead, focus on the awesome things that you do have and be happy!
5) Reward yourself!
As with any attainable goal, don’t hesitate to reward yourself when you reach milestones! While you should keep it small at first— an ice cream excursion for finishing the bedroom— when you finish your whole house, you might be in need of a little weekend getaway! 😉
What helps you guys keep your “stuff” down and productivity high? Share with me in the comments!