If You Don’t Know The Right Simplicity Definition Now, You’ll Complicate Your Life Later

What is simplicity?

I receive regular emails from my readers who are struggling to pursue simplicity. They feel obligated to declutter stuff that they don’t want to get rid of. They feel forced to do certain things that they are not comfortable doing in order to live simpler.

So instead of pursuing simplicity to make life easier and more meaningful, the act of simplicity turned into a burden in itself.

simplicity definition

I believe the main reason for this complicated, painful approach to simplicity is that most people don’t understand the right simplicity definition.

Here’s how I define simplicity

  • Simplicity is about getting rid of everything that doesn’t allow you to live in the moment and embrace life where you are.
  • Simplicity is about making everyday choices that keep your life simple.
  • Simplicity is about searching for happiness right in front of you, not elsewhere.
  • Simplicity is about slowing down the pace of life and experiencing the simple pleasures that you’ve taken for granted.

In a nutshell, simplicity is all about shutting off the voice of the clutter, so that the voice of the heart can speak.

The voice of the heart represents the things that matter most to you. It represents the vital few that makes all the difference in terms of your happiness and fulfillment. It represents that things you can’t do without.

When you focus on the vital few that makes you happy and eliminate the rest, then you’ve understood the ultimate simplicity definition.

Please complete this sentence in the comments below:

“For me, simplicity is about … ”


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5 Responses to If You Don’t Know The Right Simplicity Definition Now, You’ll Complicate Your Life Later

  1. Moni November 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    For me simplicity is to live in the current – that’s not to say that I am saving for the future or having goals – what it means to me is that I don’t want to be encumbered with the past and I don’t want a heap of ‘what if I need it again?’ and ‘just in case’ items hanging around for the 1 in 100 chance of being useful again.

    I want my ‘current reality’ to be enjoyable and as peaceful as possible, unburdened but because life has a way of throwing curve balls, to be in a place that I feel strong enough and mentally/emotionally uncluttered enough that I can survive the knocks and be strong for my family.

    If folks don’t want to declutter items from their home, well, the declutter police aren’t going to turn up and wrestle the item off them, but I have found in my own personal decluttering journey that the items which I found difficult to let go of, the items which I had a quandry over, the stuff which I was of two minds about (and boy I had a few of such items in the recent past) when I sat down and talked about or wrote about the item, eventually a story would emerge and there was a barb – sometimes negative, sometimes not – to the past and when I thought about it more, that barb didn’t reflect my current life, goals, plans or whatever and usually within a week or two I was at peace with letting it go. That is just my personal observation and where I am in the current space of time.

    • Jenni November 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Thanks Moni, your comments are really helpful,especially when you explain about writing about an item to help get to the true essence of why you are keeping it, I am going to try that to push myself along.

  2. Karen Belt November 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    For me simplicity is about…being present and aware of my surroundings. I keep only the useful, the necessary, the most beautiful and meaningful things in my life. Simplifying is also applied to relationships, habits, and commitments, as well as artwork, furniture,utensils and clothing.
    Simplifying is a constant process but I have found that the more I let go of the ugly, unused and unecessary, the easier and more fun decluttering becomes! Ahhh…FREEDOM!!!

  3. Mariel Boldis February 9, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    I love this. Perfect way to describe simplicity and what it really means. It’s perfect for those who aren’t sure if this lifestyle is for them or not. It’s more than getting rid of things in your sock drawer, and you have described that perfectly. Thank you for your read!


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