“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” –Yogi Berra
I receive frequent emails from readers who are just starting their simple living quest. I notice that many of them are wandering where to begin and how to progress.
That’s why in this post I would like to share with you a simple guide on how to simplify your life … the right way.
The most common way to start simplifying your life is DECLUTTERING.
I admit that this step is very important. It frees up a space for the most important things in your life.
However, when people are immersed in the decluttering process, they forget about the essence of simple living. They focus on getting rid of stuff and forget about getting a better life.
Simple living is all about making intentional choices about what matters most and what brings you the most joy. It is the art of eliminating the unnecessary, so that the necessary can show up.
That’s why I highly recommend you begin your simple living quest by identifying your INTENTION. That’s the answer to the ‘WHY’ question.
Why do you want to simplify your life? What’s after decluttering all your excess stuff?
“Simplicity Is a Practice Not a Destination”
My friend Courtney Carver shared the above statement on her blog recently. It is very true. Simplicity is a way of life, not a destination that you reach and that’s it.
In her blog, she shared 7 steps to help you practice simplicity. One of these steps was “discover what you love“. Courtney placed that step as step #7 on the list.
In fact, I would place it on the top of the list.
Discovering what you love forms the inner motivation that will fuel your entire journey in life. It’s that intention behind your simple living efforts. I believe the ultimate purpose of simplicity is creating enough space for living your passion and doing what matters most to you.
Once you identify your passion, self-discipline becomes much easier and you will find the time and energy to do the necessary decluttering work. Your heart will ignite and enlighten your path.
First, Find Your Passion
If you are not clear about your passion and purpose in life, you’ll live in uncertainty. And nothing complicates our lives more than being uncertain. You may begin simplifying different aspects of your life, but if you are not clear about your passion and your intention, you will stop midway and wonder WHY you are doing this in the first place, or what is next?
Shannon Ables, from The Simply Luxurious Life, states that having a clear direction and purpose is one of the must have elements in your daily living in order to live a simple life.
To sum up, if you’re just starting on the path of simple living, the first thing you need to do is to set your intention. First, find your passion and what matters most to you. Then, with that fire you’ve just ignited, go with full power through the decluttering work to eliminate what is not needed, joyful or useful from your life.
When you create that empty space, make sure to immediately fill it with what you love most. And start LIVING the good life… the passionate life.
INTENTION. DECLUTTERING. LIVING.
That’s your guaranteed recipe to simplify your life.