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Simplicity in the Things We Do

Updated on April 23, 2013

Simple is Good

Keep things as simple as possible
Keep things as simple as possible | Source

Learning About Simple Things

The simple life has a lot going for it. A clear space will help you have a clear mind. When your mind is clear, it becomes easier to take on other, more difficult things. So if you want to make things simpler, here are some tips:

I Simplify your home:

  • list things you have around your home

  • gather everything up

  • keep, sort, or throwout

  • reassess to see if you can do this process again

  • don’t buy things you don’t need

  • have a place for everything and everything in its place


II Simplify your wardrobe:

  • look at the clothes you own

  • when was the last time you wore it

  • give it away if you don’t use it

III Simplify your work:

  • what kind of attitude do you have towards work

  • do youlike your job

  • do you feel appreciated at work

  • do you get paid enough

  • is your work stressful?

  • set up a to do list with the hardest task at the top

  • should you consider a new job?

  • try not to procrastinate


Relationships are never simple but it is important to surround yourself with people who have your best interests at heart
Relationships are never simple but it is important to surround yourself with people who have your best interests at heart | Source

IV Simplify your relationships (even though relationships are never simple):

  • surround yourself with people who are good for you and are a positive influence for you

  • rid yourself of the toxic people or find new ways to deal with them or put them at a distance

  • don’t try to help everyone, you don’t have to be a rescuer

  • are your closest relationships serving you well?

  • hold other people accountable

  • avoid people who give you unneeded stress

  • learn to say no to people who demand more than they should from you

  • your partner should be your rock. Together you should be a tight team

  • don’t stay in a relationship for the sake of staying in a relationship

  • don’t give up on a relationship without trying to work on it

V Simplify your finances

  • have a budget

  • don’t spend where you don’t need to

  • look for places to reduce spending where you won’t feel it as much

  • try to save a little bit each month so you see your savings grow

  • tackle your debt

  • be aware of where and how you are spending your money

VI Simplify your mind

  • take time to relax

  • do things that you are passionate about

  • destress

  • be flexible

  • have fun

  • laugh

  • spend time with people you like

  • if you have a pet, sit and spend time with them

  • exercise

  • eat nutritiously

  • focus on what you need ot get done

  • don’t procrastinate

  • make things as simple as you can for yourself

  • spend time with nature

  • tell someone you love them

  • allow yourself to be loved

Do's and Dont's For a Simpler Way

Simple is good, sometimes we need and deserve to splurge on ourselves. Balance is everything. Don’t over work. Don’t over spend. Don’t over exercise. Don’t over eat. Don’t deny yourself, and don’t over indulge. A little bit of everything, and you will find yourself to be very happy and satisfied.

Try to live your life as an aware person who is not seeking to compensate for their own needs through external means. Living intrinsically, knowing yourself, and finding things to be grateful for will help you find simplicity in the things you do.

Simplicity starts within ourselves, it is after all, only ourselves that we can control. With this thought, let what you can’t change and can’t control go. Take a step back and do what you can do. The universe is big, and has worked for eons without intervention from us.

Learn to appreciate who you are and what your own gifts are. Respect yourself and don’t sacrifice your own truths to please others.

Watch Your Pets and Learn

Pets live in the moment and live simply.
Pets live in the moment and live simply. | Source

Be More Like Your Pets

Take time to treasure the simple things around you. Filling the voids in your life with material possessions will never give you what you truly need. Happiness comes from the simple things nature and yourself have to give the world.

Take care of unfinished business that is dangling before you and occupying your mind.

Try to release your worries to the universe. In taking action there is satisfaction. Always be moving forward. Seize the moment, look for opportunities. Make the most of everything that is before you. Always be moving forward.

Look ahead, but enjoy the present. Don’t let your past encumber you. We all have issues from our past that are difficult to let go, but if you can work on yourself, you will begin to give yourself the gift of simplicity.

Anticipate what is ahead and help yourself to prepare as best you can.

Take cues from your pets. They enjoy who they are. They enjoy the moment. They don’t hold grudges, and they aren’t afraid to ask for what they need most - love and companionship from you. Your pet is an expert in knowing how to enjoy the simple things!

Perspective Is Everything

Remember, perspective is everything. Here is a Jewish tale about being happy with what you have.

There once was a wife who wanted to live in a bigger house because she felt it was too small for their family. The husband felt miserable because of the fighting and cramped space, but he couldn’t afford a bigger house. The husband went to the Rabbi, who would offer wisdom to everyone in the town. The Rabbi told the man to buy a cow, a goat, and several chickens, and bring them into the house.

The man came running back to the Rabbi complaining about how bad things were now that the animals were running all over the house. The Rabbi told the man to take the chickens outside.

The man put the chickens outside. Then the cow and the goat had more room. The man came back the next day and said the goat was eating everything including the furniture. The Rabbi told the man to take the goat out of the house.

The man put the goat outside. The next day the man went back to the Rabbi and said the cow is taking over the house now. So the Rabbi told the man to take the cow out of the house. And the man listened and put the cow outside.

The next day the man went back to the Rabbi with a big smile. The man told the Rabbi how good life is now. The animals are out of the house, the house is quiet, and they have room to spare. The man was grateful and his family was joyful once again.

Sometimes we don't see how complicated things are when we have more. In simplicity there is good and it all depends on our perspective. Wishing you joy in the simplest things.

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    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Hi Silent, Thank you so much for you kind words. I am glad you enjoyed this article.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Hi Dili, Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      This hub is elegant in it's simplicity. I also enjoyed reading the Rabbi's perspective of life and living. Bookmarked and thank you for sharing.

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Simple and good hub, well written one. Thanks for the share!

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Hi Peach, Take it one step at a time.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i sure would love to learn to live a simple life.