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Ten Simple Living Tips For The New Year

Updated on October 10, 2013

Happy New Year

Everyone is into New Year’s resolutions, and as sure as the sun will rise in the east, those resolutions hit the trash can by March. What will it be this year? Lose weight? Stop drinking diet soda? Find Nirvana in Nepal? Exercise more?

All are admirable resolutions, and all have benefits if you stick with them. How would you like a few resolutions that have, as benefits, saving money and creating less stress in your life? Could you sign on for those resolutions?

The New Year is a perfect time to adopt a frugal lifestyle, or at least start wading into the peaceful waters of frugality. The holidays are over; the hectic tug of responsibilities is gone. Now is a time for reflection and for setting priorities in order. Let’s face it, the economy is not improving, no matter what the politicians and retailers want you to believe. Not only that, but you aren’t getting any younger, and isn’t it about time you take a look at a lifestyle that de-clutters your life and mind, and allows you more freedom to just enjoy life?

If that sounds good to you, then by all means read on! What follows are ten suggestions that will get you well on the road to living simply. You may not be a card-carrying member of the Frugal Club like my friend Paula, but you will at least be within shouting distance of her and her frugal ways.

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Pack up Your Cares and Woes

The new gifts have been received and now it’s time to find a place for them. You open the closet and jump back as an avalanche of junk cascades down around you. It just might be time for you to de-clutter!

Repeat after me: new clothes in, old clothes out!

I know men, and women, who cannot fit all of their clothes in one closet. HELLO!!!! What do you need all of those clothes for? Unless you are a business executive who wears a different shirt and suit every day (and then you would only need five of each), what could you possibly need eighty-two pieces of outer clothing for? For the time being we will not mention women and their shoes. Why? Because a lot of women read my articles and I have no desire to turn them against me. J

New clothes in, old clothes out! You will feel better, and you can use the old clothes for rags, craft projects, or just as donations for those out there who only have two shirts and no suits.

Computer Filing

How many pieces of loose paper can you find in a walk-through of your home right now? How many boxes of paper will you find in cupboards and closets? You know, all the receipts and bills, all the manuals and documents? It might be time to consider transferring everything online. Scan your documents onto your computer; pay your bills by computer. Get rid of the paper clutter and you will just feel better. Clutter equals slow insanity! If you don’t think so, you should meet my cousin Mary!

Make a Chore Schedule

We all know what our chores are, or at least the core chores (say that ten times quickly) in any given week. Grocery shopping, gassing up the car, picking up kids at school, and on and on. Sit down and make a schedule of the chores that are necessary during your week. Assign a specific time and day for each chore, and then stick with it.

What we are trying to do is eliminate the random distractions that tend to derail our day. Random distractions mean more chores, and more chores is the exact opposite of simple living, and simple living is frugal living. Got it?

Find Peace and Balance

If every little thing that goes wrong sends you into a tailspin, you might want to begin embracing emotional balance. Learn meditation! Learn yoga! Learn to schedule time for just you, to walk through the woods, or sit in the backyard with tea, or just soak in a hot tub with lavender oils.

Find the source of your stress, establish reasonable expectations, and quit trying to control all of life. Sometimes there is great peace in not having control. Try it; you might like it!

Live a Deliberate Lifestyle

Everyone is in such a hurry! Why is that? When did it become stylish to take on more responsibilities than are possible in a 24-hour day?

I propose that you slow up and become more deliberate. Do chores more slowly! Drive more slowly! Take walks more slowly! Spend time with family and loved ones more slowly! Why you ask? Because the joy is not in the destination but rather in the journey, that’s why!

If you don’t have time to do this then make time by eliminating activities that are unnecessary. Seriously! Life is not a race. You are not rewarded with a plaque at the end of your days for having accomplished a certain number of meaningless activities. Slow up and enjoy the time you have on this earth.

Embrace Craigslist

Try this idea on for size. Once a week, for three months, sell something on Craigslist or ebay. Why you might ask? Simply because you have too much junk, and this exercise is going to relieve you of some of the junk. At the end of three months you will have removed twelve items from your household that you obviously did not need.

If you would rather, take one item a week to the Goodwill instead of selling it. You get rid of junk and you feel good about yourself in the process. That is a win/win situation any old way you look at it!

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Do Meaningful Work

When I was teaching I would tell my students that, as they approached their college years, they should give some thought to what it is they are passionate about. Once they have established what their passion is, they should then find college courses that will help them in finding a career related to their passion.

How many years do we work? I can tell you that I have now worked forty-five years, and during that time, twenty were spent following my passion. Not quite half of my working career was spent doing something I could be excited about, something that was fulfilling. How sad it would have been if I did not have those twenty years. I know for a fact there are millions of people working at jobs that provide no passion for them.

Find the passion! Make it happen! You will be amazed at how much happier you are in life when you are doing something that is meaningful.

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Downsize on Friendships

Who was the idiot who once said that we can never have too many friends? Well, I’m not buying it! I know people who have thousands of Facebook friends. What’s the point? Give me five closer, reliable friends, and I am set for life. Give me ten and I am a rich man. Anymore than that and my head is spinning. I can’t possibly be a “close” friend with hundreds of people. By definition, close means there is a meaningful bond between two people. I can have hundreds of acquaintances, and I do, but close friends?

Concentrate on making connections with a handful of people; concentrate on forming that bond. It will be so much more rewarding than having hundreds of casual Peeps.

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Do onto Others

I will now tell you one of the secrets to happiness. Please, you do not need to thank me, but you do need to take notes. Are you ready? Treat others the way you want to be treated! Did you get that written down?

If you truly want a simple life, then surround yourself with love and compassion for others.

Nothing else needs to be added to that!

Serve Others

The fastest way to forget about your problems, and thus simplify your life, is to help others who are worse off than you. Nothing gets us out of our own minds faster than helping others. Nothing! Do a good deed and you not only forget about your own woes while doing the deed, but you also feel good about yourself because of your unselfish kindness.

I don’t care how tough you think you have it; look around and you will find someone who has it tougher. Reach out and be the hand of loving support for someone else.

Shall we talk about simplicity?

There You Have It

Another ten ways to set you on the path of Living Simple! For some of you, this will require-re-wiring your brain. Too many years have been spent chasing more possessions, more accomplishments, more of whatever. As a society we need to slow down and embrace more of life….not possessions, but life.

There is great happiness in doing nothing. There is great happiness in becoming one with nature, and there is great happiness in getting in touch with the pulse of existence. Modern life is not designed to allow those things to happen, and I, for one, think that is sad.

I wish for all of you a Happy New Year. I hope 2013 is the year you find true happiness, and I hope that 2013 is the year you discover those things that are truly important in life, namely contentment and love.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I particularly liked the idea of downsizing facebook friends..Friends..hardly. I remember when I got married to my second husband he came to my house, and I checked my messages. The tape had run out. I had so many friends..who I found out later were merely acquaintances. Good friends--a true premium. I like just having a few that I can be a good friend to. I also used to have a closet so crammed with clothes I couldn't get into it. Now I have a loosely filled one bar, and I am so much happier..No decisions. I love your ideas and the simplification of life in any direction makes one feel much happier and PEACEFUL...Thanks bill for always helping to make our lives better.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you so much for your continued support, even though you aren't writing. I really do appreciate you my friend. I'm glad you liked this one, and I wish you a very happy Sunday.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I agree with everything, but I can't say I do everything you suggest, lol! I could sell more of my stuff. I still have things packed in boxes since I moved from Sweden five years ago. I'm terrible at planning. Sometimes I can't even plan one day ahead. I should try to make a chore schedule, but I'm not sure I would stick to it. Lol again! Bill, these tips are brilliant. Thanks! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, you are so refreshing. I love your honesty. In truth, I do not follow all ten of these, but it gives me a goal, and I am goal-oriented by nature. Thank you dear friend; I miss you!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Great tips! I don't know what I'd do without ebay and Goodwill. I sold a bunch of baby clothes so that I could buy my bike trailer.

      My dad has a closetful of clothes that he will not get rid of. They are older than I am, I'm not kidding. Clothes from the sixties that he will never wear again. He's nuts.

      Thanks, Bill! More of your great lessons and reminders on how to truly be happy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Another epic to keep us bringing the living simpler into the new year. Great ideas for us all to take on board. It's funny that Mike and I have recently had the discussion on when we were most happy working. Both of us said when we were working for ourselves in very different areas. Working at what you love as you say is so important. Loved your idea of craigslist or donate to a charity shop in a bid to de-clutter more stuff not needed. Great ideas and tips again Oh maestro!!

      All the votes, shares and pinned - great job again my friend :-)

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      loyalsudz 4 years ago from East Coast

      I am so glad that you mentioned stuff that weighs us down and de-cluttering our lives. I have been taking advantage of a local charity that picks up gently used clothing at least 4 times a year for the past 3 years. Also, it feels good knowing I will be helping someone else out. This year my closet has lots of extra space but I think by the mid 2013, I will have truly accomplished my de-cluttering goals.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I loved all your tips Bill, but especially the chores list, because I really need to get a bit more organized and this one reminded me of just that. I do get a lot accomplished in one day, but wish I had a bit better system, so it might be time for me to mull that over and might be a great New Year's resolution. Thanks Bill and have of course voted and shared, too!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, my mother was the same way. Clothes from the 40's were in her closet....thirty years old....really, Mom, do you think that crap will come back in style soon? Well damn it, turns out it did. LOL

      Thanks my Dunedin Dynamo!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, my day is always brightened when you visit my humble home. I think Mike and you need to come to Olympia for a visit. Pleeeeeeeeze! :)

      Thank you my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, thank you my dear friend; you have your plate full; there is no doubt about that. Best of luck with that resolution, and thank you as always for caring enough to follow me daily.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, some more very practical ideas, I love the idea of slowing down. If we do not slow down voluntarily, we will soon find we are swimming against a tide that will eventually sweep us away. Clothes hoarding, I'm guilty as charge, keep thinking maybe one day I'll fit right in. yes....sad; I know.:).

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bill, another great one. This is important not just for the new year but for all the time! Wonderful ideas, in with the new, out with the old! I love this hub Thank you for sharing! Have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Loyal, good for you, and I am sure those at the charity who benefit from your generosity greatly appreciate your efforts. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, we all have those 'quirks" like clothes hoarding. Nothing unusual about it at all. Thank you and I wish you luck in slowing down. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, you are always here, and I greatly appreciate you. Thank you my friend and have a great Sunday in sunny Arizona!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Okay, I know that I'm a procrastinator, but do you have to make the rest of us look bad by already having a New Years resolution hub written?! Seriously, there are some very good ideas to help nudge us into simple or frugal living. We've been doing the decluttering part using ebay and craigslist recently, and it actually is quite fun to get paid for stuff that you never use... Now we have to work on the simplifying of schedules. With two teens active in school and sports, its not as easy for us to slow down..but we are working on it!

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Bill, I like your suggestions of "Clothes in, Clothes out". I have done this for years with clothes, kitchen items, shoes, purses, decorations, etc....When I was living in Venezuela, I saw so many needs that it was not hard to part with my "stuff". Things that sat in my closet for months could mean so much to someone how had much less than I did!

      I always enjoy reading your hubs about simplicity and they keep me pointed in the right direction. Thank you Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie! You are caring and compassionate and I am proud to be your friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa...oh, how I do not miss those days of my son in sports. I don't know how I kept my sanity. Good luck with two teens. :) As for procrastination.....a long time ago I wrote the book on that. :) I'm just now digging my way out.

      Thank you Melissa; you are appreciated greatly.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Why wait until January? Start today.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Another great hub my friend. I have to laugh though. Many of the ideas you suggest were on my agenda but since a buddy of mine started this grassroots movement called H.O.W., all I can get done is read emails, delete duplicate messages, and respond to comments. I can't have a life like this. Today, I'm ready to strangle you. :-)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I like these ideas Bill. Only problem is if I get rid of all of the old clothes in my closet then I would have nothing to wear :) Selling an item a week on Craigslist is pure genius. Why not get rid of stuff and make a few $$ in the process. You are correct about serving others, there is nothing like a trip to the soup kitchen to make you realize that there are plenty of people who are worse off.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, quit your whining! We are spearheading an important movement and I need you next to me....so suck it up and get 'er done! LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Austin, true words. Thank you my Texas friend.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Right on target Bill, and what is funny (and sad actually) is that this is how all of our grandparents lived. The real consumer, acquisition culture seemed to develop post WWII. I agree with all of your suggestions and practiced all of them when I was raising my family. But I have gotten careless these last few years, and there are some of these I need to tighten up on -- computer versus paper, create a chore schedule, donate to Goodwill more often, etc. Thanks for a needed reminder. :)

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I like all your ideas, Bill, and several of them are currently on my radar, either being done or on my "to do" list. The exception is downsizing Facebook friends, since I kicked FB to the curb after a dismaying experience that showed me the harm that the social network can do. I realize that social networks can be very helpful in promoting both individual efforts and those of movements (such as the glorious H.O.W.), but I'm not convinced the good can outweigh the bad. (You can probably surmise I was badly burned by my negative experience. It just turned me off Facebook completely, and every time I consider opening a professional account, rather than personal, I chicken out!)

      I recently spent several weeks preparing for a downsizing tag sale, which was NOT a huge success. I'm now in the process of bagging and boxing items for donation. My son already transported boxes with hundreds of books for donation to Friends of the Library. I have a storage room stacked with boxes and bags of clothing, housewares and other items earmarked for Goodwill and the Salvation Army. I'll still be trying to sell books and many vintage items that very s-l-o-w-l-y earn small amounts of money for me on Amazon Marketplace, etsy.com and ebay.com, mainly because I do need the extra money.

      I shy away from craigslist for listing things (either for sale or to give away) because I live alone since my son recently married, and I don't want strangers coming to my house to look at large items for sale that I can't take to a neutral public place for viewing. That just doesn't feel safe to me, particularly since craigslist has been used by criminals in the past to target vulnerable people.

      You're so right that it feels great to get rid of clutter, particularly of the paper sort. I hate to throw away magazines, of which I'm inordinately fond, so when I held my two-day sale (that didn't sell much), I had a large box of magazines on the front porch marked 'FREE-TAKE SOME.' Most of them disappeared. I'm going to send the remainder of them to a local hospital and a rehab center. I won't miss them at all...I just didn't want to throw them away after one or two reads. It seemed wasteful.

      Keep up your good work and your suggestions for improving our lives and helping to improve the lives of others. Voted Up and Awesome!

      Jaye

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      Great ideas, Bill, and I already do most of them. I've been looking into buying a rapid scanner, but the only one I can find is very expensive and won't let me organize the way I need to by using a flash drive. I do go through my files at the end of each year and clean them out, store those that need saving, etc. You are right...it feels GREAT! Voted up, of course.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'm with you! I don't have any clothes to give. :) I'm down to basics now after years of whittling away at the wardrobe. Oh well, I guess I'll have to do the service thing.

      Thank you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, I agree with you, society has gotten away from most of this since WWII...a slow, gradual descent into consumerism and break-neck speed to nowhere. Oh well, there is still time to reverse course.

      Thank you as always, Theresa!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, I probably would agree that the bad outweighs the good with Facebook. It is invaluable as a free forum for spearheading causes, but on a personal level I could live without it starting tomorrow.

      As for craigslist, you are wise not to use it. I have heard horror stories of single women using it and being very sorry that they did. I'm relieved that you are not doing it.

      I understand completely about not wanting to give up those magazines. I'm that way with National Geographics. LOL

      Thank you as always Jaye; you are appreciated greatly!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Time, great job on those files. You are light years ahead of many people in that department. I'm pretty good at most of this, but I do tend to get distracted by work and off schedule at times.

      Thank you and have a wonderful week ahead.

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      David Warren 4 years ago from Nevada

      Fantastic ideas. Less than a year ago I spent several weeks getting rid of useless paperwork. The drawers, closets, cabinets, and even an unused laundry basket was filled with it. Now, give or take eight months later they are all filled with paperwork again, except thankfully not the unused laundry basket that went away. Wish I'd have kept up on it as I will need to start the whole process over now.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you David! It is so easy to slip back to the old ways; I know I'm guilty of it; one piece of paper gets set aside, then ten, then one hundred, and suddenly.....well, you know! :)

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      crystaleyes 4 years ago from Earth

      Thanks billy, fantastic ideas, last month itself our whole family had decided to de-clutter and we accumulated huge piles of clothes and bedspreads we did not require among other things and donated them to a charitable organization in our neighborhood. Even my son contributed to it with toys and clothes he didn't want.. definitely simple living is required in today's times to enjoy the time we have on Earth... Voted up!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Now you're talking. The simplest and best things in this worldly life are free. If I didn't have the lake, I sure wouldn't be as happy as I am now.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Boy did this ring a bell for me. I just rejoined FB after being gone for about a year. I must say that i'm ready to jump ship again. So many to answer to and i don't have the time. Wishing everyone a happy birthday takes a lot of time not to mention HP which i love. I am also in the process of clearing out my closets and i mean mucho closets. Why did i ever think i needed that dress when i only wear jeans and sweats? I know i have at least five electric blankets stored in my closet, that are going by by tomorrow. Before you are through, i will have nothing left. HaHa..Cheers my friend..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, I love it! I especially love the fact that your son gave some of his toys and clothes. Well done, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I envy you living near the lake. You and Thoreau would have gotten along nicely. :) thank you!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Great tips, I think they would really help organise my life a little better. I like your ebay/craigslist idea, to help clear out junk and unneeded items. You comment on 82 outerwear items made me laugh, I have a large (read ridiculously huge) collection of clothes. Being a fashion writer and blogger means my collection of clothes is ever expanding, I hate to throw anything as fashion will only come round again in a few years and I dont follow trends so wear a bit of everything usually. But I really should start to think about downsizing a bit! Great hub, thanks!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      I am grinning at Linda's comment and your response.

      You probably have gathered that I love these tips. I am so blessed to have my sis who lets me know what our college is collecting and when...from food, to blankets, to clothing and frequent White Elephant sales to support the elderly sisters.

      I firmly believe that I am more flexible and able to handle more when my world is simple and fairly ordered.

      Good stuff...thank you! Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I might have to advise you to step back a bit before you are destitute. LOL FB does take a lot of time; I am slowly learning to wean myself off of it, or I won't get anything done.

      Thank you Ruby and best wishes to you this coming week.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, don't give Linda any encouragement. LOL She is good people, as are you, and I'm glad you like these tips. I love the work you do and respect you greatly.

      hugs and best wishes always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisy, being a fashion writer would definitely complicate things a bit. Happily I don't have that problem. :) I do like the one item per week for ebay....it is doable and doesn't "hurt" as much.

      Thank you Daisy!

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      georgescifo 4 years ago from India

      really inspirational tips for the new year. May we all take a leaf out of these tips for a better 2013!!

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      Good stuff, Bill. I especially liked the idea of simply slowing things down. Reminds me of a country song by Alabama,

      "I'm in a hurry to get things done, oh I

      rush and rush until life's no fun.

      All I really gotta do is live and die,

      but I'm in a hurry and don't know why."

      And as for Craigslist...HAH! I was just thinking today about our storage closet under the stairs. We haven't even touched the piles of stuff way in the back since the 90's.

      Ouch.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. My goal is simple. write one more day.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill - Another strong offering. I would warn against putting too much information in one's computer without backing it up somewhere. I just lost one of my external hard drives and over 50,000 songs it had on it. I'm now trying to reload them onto another couple of spares I had, since I still have the original cd's, but without them I'd have been simply s.o.l. There's online storage facilities available for back up, at somewhat of a reasonable cost, from my understanding. Great job, my friend!

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thanks for the encouragement to limit my number of friends. I don't get to spend nearly enough time with the people in my life who truly own pieces of my heart. I don't want to shut myself off to new relationships (I'd never have found HP!) but I intentionally schedule time for those who are closest to me. I won't have that precious time to spend with them if I am cavaliere with casual relationships.

      Just this holiday weekend I was talking to some of my younger nieces and saying I'm protective of how many holes I allow to be punched in the dam around my life keeping the ocean of the world under control. I don't want my life flooded by every technological toy on the market.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - I won't claim to be one of those who has "feeling sorry for me" episodes from time to time. But usually something snaps me out of it. Either a story on the news or newspaper, a person I observe when I am out or a hub - like this one!

      You are correct - we can have a million acquaintances but a small group of very dear friends. I cherish them all and make sure they know it.

      The one thing I never have is clutter. You already know I have a pre-disposition toward multi tasking. Well- I practice this with my closets, cubby holes and other hiding places as well. My friends and family lovingly taunt me about my "clean freak" ways but at least its one less stress contributor.

      Love, Beckie XO

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      George, thank you and I'm glad you find it inspirational and helpful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, I love that song; it could be an anthem for modern living. The 90's? Make sure you are careful when you open that door; don't want you injured. :)

      Aloha my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, and admirable goal for sure. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, good suggestions for sure. Thanks for weighing in on that; I'm going to do that myself.

      Thank you Rich and have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathleen, you summed it up pretty well. I limit my time on FB now; I simply do not have time to gab constantly and ignore more important duties. Thanks for putting into words what I have been thinking.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I'm a big believer in that kind of cleaning and de-cluttering. For me everything has a place, and I won't rest until I have put it in that place. :) Bev keeps me busy because she does not adhere to this policy. LOL

      Thank you Beckie and blessings and love always.

      bill

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      I wish I had your ability to put together so many helpful and wonderful, ideas and get them into Hubs in such short periods of time. Like all the points and actually am already getting quite good at a number of them.

      Vote up and shared as always. have a healthy and happy week Billy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silvie, some would say I'm just full of b.s.......:) Thank you! I'm a writer....this is what I do....and I have a never-ending imagination. My biggest problem is time.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the tips, Bill. Will bear all of them in mind.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I really like this hub. Sorry I did not read all the comments, but I am careful about Craigslist. I bought a very nice solid wood, stand up place to hand up clothing. The good thing about this was that we agree to meet at the place where the man who was selling it, was at the place where he worked. He did not mind this at all. In fact he felt it was a good idea since I had to pick it up alone. The men who worked with him loaded it up in my truck. When I got home, my husband and I took it down to the basement. It is for nice winter clothing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Amen to serving others. I have gotten more joy out of volunteering than I have in so many other endeavors and cannot stress enough how important I think it is. Thanks for saying it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, you have every right to be careful about Craigslist. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub, and thank you for stopping by yet again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, service work is very important to me. I don't like writing about my works because it sounds like bragging....but yes, there is great enjoyment and satisfaction out of service work. Thank you!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Great suggestions for the new year. I already give clothing to the poor and my church is working in conjunction with some other churches do a lot of volunteer work for the poor in our city. Together much is accomplished. We also donate food to the food bank and you can do that without spending very much money if you are on a budget like we are. It is so effective when we do things in a group and that is really what your suggestions come down to and I know they work. Voted up, up, up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I know how busy your life is, so I really appreciate you taking the time to visit...not once but twice. I am honored, and I have no doubt that you do more than your share in helping others.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Great tips Bill, You know the issues I have and health problems. The idea that helping others takes us out of our own minds is so right on. I have started going out to the freeway, and the downtown areas when I feel bad and talk with the homeless. Maybe give them a coffee, and it does help. Not only my mind but it gives them a moment of happiness too.

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravo, Mark! If only others would take that kind of action. These are human beings, and there but for the grace of God it would be any of us. Thank you for being the man you are.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Again Billy a wonderful hub Billy and I agree 100%.ith all you say.

      Have awonderful day to you and Bev.

      Eddy.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      I like your thinking Billy! There are definite cycles to life--oh not the ones that always come to mind, but those where first you acquire and collect objects and things that have meaning at the time. Then comes the time where you and I both seem to be right now. Where did all this junk come from, and what's the fastest way I can get rid of it!? De-clutter is the name of my game for me right now, so I found this right on point as you always seem to be. Voted Up across the board. Great Job! Excellent suggestions.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy; we will, indeed, have a great day, and I wish the same for you and Dai.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I like the cycle idea. Makes me feel better about all those foolish purchases I made so long ago. Thank you as always for your kind words and visit.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Very wise advise. I think at times in our lives we all need to evaluate the things that really stress us out and evaluate if we really need them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lip, I agree completely. Awareness is a huge first step in dealing with stress triggers. Thank you!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      You hit the nail on the head about cleaning out the closet. Since I buy all my clothing second hand, things do tend to accumulate. We have a move on the horizon, so that will give me even more motivation to sort through and give away the things I'm not wearing. I also like the point about slowing down---so hard in today's society but I know it can be done! One of my friends does things slowly and deliberately, and when I'm with her I feel so much more relaxed. And the advice about having deeper, more focused friendships is great, too. Thank you for more of your wise insights, William!

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      mejohnson 4 years ago

      Great tips. I am trying to make the leap to living a more fulfilling and simpler life, but those first few steps are hard.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mejohnson, the first steps are hard; we are trying to break a lifetime of habits when we move to the simpler life; it's not easy at all.

      Thank you for visiting my site.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vespa, thank you! The beauty, for me, in buying secondhand clothes, is that I have no emotional attachment to them, so getting rid of them is like taking out the trash. LOL Yes, slowing down is tough; I still fight my natural inclinations from time to time.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      A dear friend of ours led a very busy life in an executive position at his firm. After working 80+ hours a week for many years and taking powerful meds for chronic pain, he decided to get a less stressful job. And you know what? He's completely off his meds after all these years and has a smile on his face again. He also takes a leisurely walk 3 times a week and looks 10 years younger. Proof your advice holds true!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, great anecdote and oh so true. Stress and unhappiness can beat our bodies down. The simple life can never be a bad thing. Thank you for that great example.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      All excellent, logical tips Bill! I'm glad you chose not to dwell on the shoes issue. Maybe I should re-assess. When I moved back home, after donating or throwing away 10 pairs of shoes and boots, I still brought 63 pairs home with me. That includes flip flops and sneakers. Guess what I wear all day now that I work from home? Bare feet or my bootie slippers! Holy crap, I'm a horder!

      Good advice, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I am just going to keep my mouth shut about this shoe thing. LOL Of course, I'm not sure flip flops count, but then how many of those does one need? Oops, I didn't keep my mouth shut. Darn it! :)

      love you,

      bill

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      LupitaRonquillo 4 years ago

      Love every one of these resolutions! Your writing is simply brilliant! Voted up and sharing :D

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi billy,

      That's true we all aspire to do good the following year and when the year comes we really through those good ideas under the carpet.

      Well 2012 has been a pain in the butt to me i can hardly re-cooperate from the blow she has pelt at me. I am hoping 2013 will be much better by the grace of GOD.

      Goodbye 2012

      God bless you billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lupita, that is high praise. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, I wish you a happy and blessed 2013; let's hope there are good things on the horizon for you.

      Thank you and God bless you as well.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Your ideas on following your passion is what everyone should pursue in life. It makes your being here much more meaningful and complete. I also agree with the limited number of friends, you only need a handful to create a strong nucleus to help our balance your life. I enjoy people and love events, crowds, etc., but when it comes to true friendship -- you know who you can count on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, for sure....I can count on one hand the number of people I can truly count on, and I'm fine with that. As for passion....I watched my dad work a job for twenty years, and there was no passion at all, and it is a very agonizing way to go through life if you ask me. :)

      Thank you Dianna; I hope you are having a wonderful day in sunny Florida!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You have some great ideas for simpler living, Bill. I love them all, especially the last two! This is a great hub to read before the new year begins.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, thank youi! I'm just tossing out ideas and hoping a few of them stick to somebody. :)

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      Lisa Palmer 4 years ago from Attapulgus GA

      I have actually purged my closet ( except for my large collection of brightly colored, wonderfully comfy flannel pajama pants) but being the laid back individual that I am, those are my mandatory uniform and somewhat guilty pleasure. Anyway, my current goal is better planning, I've gotten better over the last year but haven't gotten super organized as of yet... Great hub with very useful tips, I enjoyed reading it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, a girl has to have her flannel pajamas! Don't they feel wonderful on a winter's night? Keep those and work on other things. Don't give up the simple pleasures. :)

      Thanks Mary; sheez, you are everywhere in my board this morning. I do appreciate you taking the time to read all my stuff.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      This is beautiful, helpful and practical to read. I feel a lot of positive karma in it. Brilliant Share - I will adopt a few of those tips and keep on with my P.I.P.O. :-)

      Thanks

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady E, I get a smile on my face every time someone mentions PIPO....thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed this.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Well-advised tips about organisation

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE!

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      Shelly Wyatt 4 years ago from Maryland

      great tips! Thanks

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      velzipmur, thank you so much for the visit.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good points here and well-summed up, I however had never once made a new year resolution.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I do not do New Year's resolutions either; I think they are silly and a waste of time. Thank you for so many visits today.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Bill

      I am guilty of a few/some/many of these....o my. And I think I am frugal. I have two feet and way more shoes than that....I have 2 clothes closets..o my ...won't tell you about those....but I do not have lots of paper around...just a few packages for the printer....

      However I have improved in some of the other areas especially now that I am retired from a go-to-the -school job every day. Now I have a job....HP....although it is not a moneymaking job...it is a way to say all of the things I have wished to say but was to busy to say for years....and I learn so much here from you and so many others...so once again, my Friend, thank you for your words that will cause me to think and reconsider ....

      sending Angels to you and yours...:) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, yes, you do have a job and yes, you are a writer. Money does not make a writer; heart and soul makes a writer, and you have an abundance of that. Keep doing what you do and I'll keep following you faithfully.

      Blessings to you my friend; I hope the holiday season is filled with love and happiness.

      and thank you as always for those beautiful angels.

      bill

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