Doesn’t it seem like everything in life is getting more complicated? Even having fun in the summertime becomes a big fiasco by the time you’re done packing all the clothes and food and gear and sunscreen!
Keeping things simple can be hard to do but it has actually helped us have a lot more fun! I like to play a game where I simplify as much as possible and it streamlines getting ready so that we have more time for the fun stuff!
What about you? Do you want to have more fun and less getting ready for fun? Do you want to make life easier my keeping it simple?
Stick around and you will learn how to simplify everything with principles of the minimalist lifestyle so you can enjoy life more!
Keeping Things Simple With LESS STUFF
The world around us always wants bigger and better. But sometimes having less makes life easier. Having less stuff to deal with helps you have less stress.
Keeping things simple in everything in your life will make life easier in a lot of ways.
You don’t have as many bills and your house is easier to maintain because there is less to take care of.
When you simplify everything you don’t have to worry about a bunch of stuff and how to move, store, clean, and pay for it because there is less of it. It requires less work to pay for your bills and you waste less time shopping.
Basically, when you have less stuff you make your life easier because you have less stuff to worry about.
Less Stuff Means Less:
- wasted time
- to store
- stuff to move
- to worry about
Keep Things Simple With The Less is Less Game
I like to play this little game with myself. It’s called the “less is less game”. It kind of started from day trips and even big trips.
I live in a family that likes to be prepared for every eventuality. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good idea to think ahead and plan accordingly.
But the problem is that we sometimes spent so much time preparing and going back for one last thing that we barely had time for the thing we set out to do in the first place.
So I started thinking ahead in a minimalist way. Since less stuff causes less stress I tried to figure out what I absolutely needed and what wasn’t really necessary. I looked for ways to simplify as much as possible.
That way we could get out the door faster, carry less, worry about less stuff, and enjoy the day more!
Do you want to have more fun? Of course you do! Do you want to have less junk to carry and worry about on your fun days? Definitely! So let’s figure out how you can simplify everything without forgetting important stuff.
Keeping Things Simple Example:
Imagine your planning a day at the lake. A lot of people with “the bigger the better” mentality would have you take a motorboat with three coolers full of beer, a couple of changes of clothes and shoes, tons of snacks, and tons of extra toys. That is fun!
Is Bigger and Better More Fun?
But the real question is are you actually having fun?
It takes a lot of time and money to haul that boat on the trailer, get it in the water, haul out all your coolers of food and beer and snacks and actually get to the enjoyment part of the day.
And the worst part is you end up hauling most of those drinks and snacks and changes of clothes back into the house completely unused at the end of the day.
On top of that, because it was so much work, you are less likely to do it often. You might make 3 or 4 weekends happen all summer.
Have More Fun With Less:
Imagine instead you are playing the less is less game. You are keeping things simple.
You pack with the “less stuff is less stress” mentality. Simplify as much as possible.
Start by packing your kayaks and your life jackets. Make sure you have sunscreen, some towels, a few bottles of water and sodas, and a couple of snacks. Throw some shorts or a t-shirt over your swimsuit and you’re ready to roll!
Before you know it your at the lake. It doesn’t take much work to get in the water and you have a great time. When it’s time to pack up it’s pretty easy and you go back home relaxed and happy at the end of the day.
When you put a little thought into keeping things simple it’s easier to do the thing you love. You will reduce work, stress, time, and money involved in having fun. Instead, you will be busy having fun and making memories with your family!
And the best part is having fun was so easy you might just get out on the lake a bunch of times this summer!
How Do You Simplify Everything?
If you want to enjoy summer fun with your family or fun summer activities for adults you are definitely going to want to try the less is less game.
A lot of the fun activities people like to do in the summer like camping or a day at the lake can turn into a lot of work for the women involved. You can turn that around when you learn to simplify as much as possible.
But’s how do you play the less is less game? Follow these steps to make life easier this summer!
Step 1: Make a plan!
Does the less is less game mean you just run out the door for an epic road trip without jumper cables or you head to the lake without sunscreen?
No! I will never recommend foolish fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants thinking!
Planning is important. Stop and think about your day and every step it will take to make it happen.
#2 Identify the Essentials
For any plan you make there will be a few essentials that will keep you happy. When you stick to your minimalist packing list you will keep things simple for yourself all day!
A lot of the essentials have to do with basic physical comfort. You will need water and some snacks and food. You will want appropriate clothing and you may need some tools or equipment.
Think about your activity and make sure you pack what you need to stay safe, comfortable, and enjoy the day.
#3: Think About the Extras
Now that you have everything you absolutely need, think about the things you would like to have.
These are the kinds of things that will make your day more enjoyable without weighing you down.
Maybe you want a small blue tooth speaker to blast your tunes or maybe you want to pack a surprise treat, a book, or a fabulous floating flamingo…
Remember, if you have a beach bag full of cool stuff your gonna worry about someone stealing it and if you have a backpack with a bunch of heavy stuff you might be annoyed when you have to carry it.
Try to keep the extras minimal and based on an enjoyment to burden ratio that favors enjoyment.
#4 Stop Overthinking It! Go have fun!
Now that you are sure you have what you need and some fun stuff too, stop overthinking it! Go have fun!
Don’t waste time and energy packing that you could spend on doing the thing you want to do. Don’t overburden yourself.
Remember less stuff means less stress. I guarantee you will have more fun if you focus on keeping it SIMPLE!
Keeping Things Simple In Your Whole Life
So far I have been showing you how to use the less is less game for something like a day trip. You could use it for any kind of trip or activity.
But could you use this game in everyday life? Could it help you simplify EVERYTHING and make life easier? Could you need minimalism in your life?
Of course! Let me tell you how.
Make a Plan:
Instead of being pulled along by the consumer society we live in and getting more and more to keep up with the Joneses what if you stepped back and really thought about what you need and want in life.
Think about what you really want your life to look like and make a plan of how to get there. You can make life easier by knowing what direction your headed.
Once you do that you will be able to make minimalism fit your life and serve you.
Identify The Essentials:
Now it’s time to simplify as much as possible so you can actually achieve your goals!
Take a look at your weekly schedule. What are the essential items you need to live your life according to the bigger plan in your mind? What activities do you actually need to be doing?
Could you drop some of the things you do that just keep you busy but that you don’t really want or need to do?
Maybe you could stop doing extra things that don’t contribute to your life goals or sustain your basic needs?
What does it look like for you to keep life simple? What would it change for you? Would you have more time to enjoy the things that actually matter to you? Would your life move towards your goals more quickly?
Some examples of choices that keep life simple are keeping the car that’s paid off instead of getting a brand new one or choosing not to buy a bigger home.
Perhaps you are buying those Nikes for status and not for use.
Maybe you are working harder than you want to for stuff you don’t really need and maybe your 4-course dinner could become a simple one-pot meal.
There are tons of ways you can start keeping things simple and in return make life easier and more enjoyable.
Think About the Extras
Life doesn’t have to be utilitarian though.
We all have “extra” things we want in our lives.
Do you love to paint but never make the time to do it? Maybe you wish you could pick up that musical instrument you used to play or learn a new language or maybe you could just have the time to read more.
What is it that really makes it happy?
Do you have a passion?
Is there something you could spend your free time doing that will take you toward the life you want?
Maybe you need more creativity in your life. Or maybe you just want more time with your family.
Spending less time on things you don’t really need or want to do will give you more time for the things that make life worth living. Sometimes, maybe most of the time, less stuff means more life.
When you simplify everything you can add back things you really love!
Simplify Everything and Enjoy Life!
When you play the less is less game in life you will find out all the reasons that less is more!
You will spend less time running around in circles doing things you don’t even want or need to be doing.
Your life will become focused on moving towards your real goals!
And best of all, you will have more time to do the things you love with the people you love.
Stop overthinking it! Stop burdening yourself with things you don’t need to do or have! Start keeping things simple and go live life!
What do you love to do in the summer? How do you want to make things simple so you can enjoy life more? Please share in the comments below!
Start Keeping Things Simple
Do you want to make life easier by keeping things simple but you already have a big complicated and cluttered life?
Maybe it’s time to simplify your life with the minimalist lifestyle. There are tons of great resources on this website to help you do just that!
But what if the big bad word “MINIMALISM” scares you? Don’t worry! Minimalism can be for NORMAL PEOPLE!
If you want to learn how to simplify your life, your schedule, your chores, and your goals so that you can make life easier grab the Doable Simplicity e-book and learn how minimalism can make life easier for you!