If you are like me, you have tried to “get organized” at least 100 times over your lifetime. In my experience, I always ended up in the same place, back to the beginning of feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.
Clutter overcame me, and I wanted to scream.
Simplifying myths come at us every day. We all live these myths! So how do we avoid these failed attempts at simplification?
3 Simplifying Myths & Why People Fail
#1 – Diving in without looking at the big picture
Without a plan and thinking inwardly about how you define simple, you won’t get to a sustainable, simple way of life. You have to step back and define your why so that you may have clarity moving forward to simplify your life honestly.
Related Read: What It Might Take to Slow Down as a Family
#2 – Viewing simplifying as organizing
It is not that simple, folks. Simplifying your life goes way beyond the closets and kitchen cabinets. Simplifying your life is a whole life journey that involves your mind, your body, your home, and your family.
#3 – Using spring cleaning as the time to declutter your life
We all love spring cleaning. What better time to start fresh with the birds and the plants! Terrific. So, every year take a few weekends to kill your time and energy away from your family to clean out that basement or organize that pantry!
Take trips to the goodwill and fill those trash bags! Only to meet that overwhelmed and stressed feeling a few months or maybe weeks later. Then start the ” simplifying ” process again next year. We want more than that short-term fix.
Resources to Help with Simplifying
- The More of Less by Joshua Becker
- Trash Bags
- Simplify Notebook
- Simplify Sign
- 100 Essentials: Simple Kitchen + Capsule Wardrobe + Minimalist Home
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing