by Nikki Willhite
Simple living can mean many things. To some people it is turning off the
television and spending more time with their families.
To others it is spending less money shopping and buying items that need
maintenance, repair and storage.
Or perhaps simple living is just limiting activities so that life can be
One of the key aspects of simple living for me is to accomplish my goals with
getting stressed, confused, or overly tired. That can be hard to do.
The biggest thing that I have found to help me in my quest for simple living
is to break down everything that I do into "manageable tasks."
Or you could call them "baby steps."
Many of the things that I do can seem daunting if they are looked at as
a whole. However, if I take my time, and break up tasks into small parts,
things become a whole lot easier.
If you need to de-clutter a room, closet, or even a drawer, don't do it
all at once. You will make better organizational decisions if you just
do part of the room one day, and more another day. Even an item as small
as a drawer can be done over several days. Careful consideration of where
to put items will ensure that items don't get lost and you can find them
when you need them.
If you are able to clean your house in a few hours, or even one day, I
envy you. I may need to clean the kitchen, but if all I can get done on the
first day is to clean
the oven, it is progress.
Computer tasks can be daunting, whether it is paying bills, doing your
taxes, correspondence, family research, working with pictures, and so on.
If I have 10 open windows on my monitor, I start feeling overwhelmed, which
sometimes leads to confusion. Multi-tasking can get out of control. I'm not a
maņana type gal, but I've learned that tasks that don't get done today
are often more easily and better done the next day...or the day after that.
Lists are the key to keeping shopping under control. Lack of planning and
crisis buying will eat up your time and make life hectic. Keep a list
of items you need to buy at the stores where you do your shopping.
I keep a list for my grocery store, one for Walmart, and one for Costco.
I wait until I get my coupon brochure from Costco, and then pick up all
the items I need at one time.
Manageable tasks are just one element of simple living. Don't
rush, don't hurry, and don't stress out about the things you need
to do. I've heard it said that "women can do everything...they
just can't do it all at once."
Breaking tasks down into small segments is going one step further with that
idea. For those of us who have been around the block a few times, it may
take us longer to do things, but we can still get them done.
The secret is to just break everything down into manageable tasks.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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