6 great ways to simplify your life in 2018

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Guest blog by Donna Sheriff – the leanminimalist.com 

With the new year looming, it’s a great time to consider taking steps to lead a simpler life with less in 2018.  If you are considering minimalism, or even just have a desire to life more intentionally and more simply, starting with by thinking about how you will approach the coming year is a good place to start.

Before you jump into a flurry of life changes with your fresh new year’s motivation, spend some time over the holiday period considering your values and beliefs. Make sure any resolutions you make are are centered around things that you value or are passionate about.

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Focus on yourself as if you were the customer of your life. What do you want out of your life as a customer? What are you willing to spend time on? Or more importantly, what are you not willing to spend time on?

Whether you are looking to change your life in a radical way, or just looking for some tips to make things simpler, here are some ideas and links to great websites with tools and articles to help you get started.

1) Clear out excess stuff and items that are not contributing to your life with the 30 Day Minimalism game by Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn of the The Minimalists.  This game is a great starter for decluttering your home. You start by getting rid of 1 item on the first day of the month, 2 on the second and 3 on the third. If you complete the whole game you will remove an amazing total of 496 items! Play on your own or make it a competition with a friend.

2) Refresh your closet with Project 333 by Courtney 2)Carver, the author of the intentional living blog Be More With Less. The challenge is to dress with no more than 33 items of clothing, shoes and accessories for 3 months. You’ll be amazed how liberating a minimalist wardrobe can be.

3) Feeling a bit blah after the indulgences of the holiday season? Check out the inspiring posts and great recipes at Rebecca Shern’s Minimal Wellness The focus on simple cooking and eating will provide inspiration for a healthier you in 2018.

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4) If you’re over the kids’ clutter or want to live with less but find the idea of doing this with children overwhelming, Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist has some great suggestions for living a simpler life with kids. His book, Clutterfree With Kids has some great tips for parents trying to manage clutter and balance life.

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