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10 Simple Rules I Live By To Keep My Life Streamlined

Updated: Oct 2, 2022

I’m a firm believer in the saying, “less is more.” That’s why I try to live my life with as little clutter and as few possessions as possible. Not only does this make my life easier and less stressful, but it also saves me time and money.

In our fast-paced, modern world, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget to slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life. I know I'm guilty of it! That's why I've decided to share 10 simple rules that I live by in order to keep my life manageable and stress-free. Hopefully, these tips can help you streamline your own life and make room for more of the things you love!

1. I simplify my wardrobe.

This one has definitely helped me save time in the mornings! I try to only keep items in my closet that I love and that are versatile so that I can easily put together outfits without having to think too much about it.

2. I buy used instead of new

Whenever possible, I buy used items instead of new ones. Not only is this better for the environment, but it’s also usually cheaper and just as good quality-wise as buying something new. Not only do secondhand items usually cost less than their brand-new counterparts, but they often have more character too! win-win!

3. I make my bed every morning.

I know this one seems small, but making your bed first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. It's a simple way to start off on the right foot and check something off your list!

4. I don’t have TV.

There are so many streaming options available nowadays that there’s really no need to pay for an overpriced cable package. Not having TV ensures that I spend my free time doing other things like reading, cooking, or spending time with friends and family.

5. I schedule everything (and then some).

I used to pride myself on being spontaneous but I've realized that doesn't work too well when you're trying to balance work, and social life! These days, I like to schedule everything into my planner—from chores, work, and meetings to hanging out with friends—so that I can make sure I have some free time built into my week as well.

6. I don’t keep anything in my home that doesn’t “spark joy”.

Inspired by Marie Kondo, I only keep things in my home that “spark joy.” If an item doesn’t make me happy or serve a purpose, then it has no place in my home. This rule has helped me get rid of a lot of unnecessary clutter over the years.

7. I prepare meal ahead of time.

I find that meal prepping either on Sundays or Mondays helps me to have healthy food on hand throughout the week and saves me from having to make last-minute decisions about what to eat. Meal prepping saves me both money and time in the long run!

8. I'm not afraid to say no (politely).

It's okay (and even necessary) to set boundaries with people in your life! If you're feeling overwhelmed or stretched thin, don't hesitate to turn down invitations or request help from others. You don't have to do everything by yourself!

9. I automate bill payments.

To avoid late fees and stress-inducing due dates, I automate all of my bill payments so that they are automatically withdrawn from my bank account each month on the date they are due.. This simple hack has saved me both time and money over the years

10. I follow the “one in one out rule".

The “one in one out rule” is pretty self-explanatory: for every new item I bring into my home, I must get rid of one item. This rule helps prevent me from accumulating too much stuff over time. Plus, it helps me stay mindful of what enters my home.

By following these 10 simple rules, I am able to lead a clutter-free and stress-free life.. If you feel like your life could use some simplifying, implementing even just a few of these rules could make a world of difference for you!

Try it out and let me know how it goes!


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