In our busy world, we have too much.

Too much of a lot of things.

Too much to think about.

Too much to do.

Too many belongings to keep up with.

Too many belongings to maintain.

To reduce your stress level, to truly simplify your life, you need to reduce the amount of clutter in your life.

Reducing your belongings

Start with attacking unnecessary stuff in your main living area. Use a trash bag, liberally. Work quickly. The faster you work, the easier it becomes. If you start having to deliberate, it slows the process down.

Once you do this main space, work on the next spot in your house that is very lived in. Maybe your kitchen?

If you spend a lot of time in the car, shuttling kids around, reduce the clutter in your vehicle. Get some containers to contain toys, sporting goods, snacks, etc.

Cutting back on activities

Take an inventory of your activities. Make a list on paper of all the outside of the house activities you are involved in. Also list things that require your time at home.

Put a line through ones you can eliminate. Put a star beside the 2 or 3 that are very important to you.

Start implementing those changes immediately!

Lightening your mental load

Probably the heaviest burden we carry is the one in our mind. It is also one of the most difficult to rid yourself of.  It takes much practice to learn to quiet your mind.

One thing to help release some of the weight is to write. Sit down and write a list of everything that is troubling you, and that is weighing on your mind.

Engaging in meditation, prayer and even yoga can help you learn to quiet your mind.

Spending time by yourself, in nature if possible, can also be helpful. I enjoy sitting by a babbling brook.

What ways have you found to reduce your clutter and simplify your life?