5 Ways Simplifying Helps You Create a More Intentional Life

5 Ways Simplifying Helps You Create a More Intentional Life

Are you craving a more intentional life? One where you feel like your days bring you satisfaction and contentment? Knowing you’re living in a way that aligns with your values & what matters most to you?

If so, you’re in the right place! Today I’m sharing 5 ways simplifying your home and your life can help you create a life that feels meaningful, purposeful and intentional.

Seeking simplicity

Many of us are drawn to simplifying when we feel overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed by clutter. Overwhelmed by a busy schedule. Overwhelmed by the amount of time and energy our homes are demanding from us and more.

We come to it knowing there must be a better way. A way to remove the clutter, the chaos, the exhaustion and the overwhelm. Searching for a way to create a life that’s simpler in the midst of our modern, busy, consumer-driven, go-go-go society.

And decluttering and simplifying is often the path you first take to find a simpler, more intentional life.

Simplifying is the first step on the path to creating an intentional life

But as you’ll see, simplifying your home and your life goes far beyond decluttering your home, getting rid of “stuff” or establishing rhythms to help your days run smoother. While those are all important aspects of simplifying, they are only the beginning.

The heart of simplifying is about so much more than the actions you can take to get there.

Simplifying is a wonderful way to create a more intentional life you’re looking for. A life that aligns with your values. A life that allows you to keep your priorities, prioritized. And ultimately, a life that feels satisfying, purposeful and brings you a sense of contentment.

When you simplify and remove the unnecessary clutter, excess, distractions and busyness from your life, you give yourself the time, space and freedom to live a more intentional life.

A life where you choose what you allow to take up both your time and your space.

And in doing so, find the opportunity to live with intention, meaning and purpose.

Simplifying becomes a tool that allows you to live more intentionally.

And the great part is, it doesn’t have to happen all at once, or with big, grand changes to your lifestyle. Instead, simplifying is a way you can take small steps, repeated often, to add up to a more intentional life.

Simplifying to create a more intentional life

In today’s post, you’ll find 5 ways simplifying can help you create a more intentional life. Showing you the mindset shifts simplifying can help you take to create a purposeful life focused on what you value most.

1. Simplifying helps you clarify what is most important to you

As you are simplifying, both your home, your schedule and your life, you are making decisions about what you value most and what is important to you. You’re making decisions about what adds value to your home and your life, and what is simply adding clutter and distractions.

Simplifying gives you the opportunity to re-assess what’s currently in your life so you can decide what is and isn’t adding value to your life.

The more you make these assessments and decisions as you simplify, and remove the clutter and the distractions, the clearer your values, priorities, goals and what is truly important to you becomes.

2. Simplifying helps you carefully choose what fills your time, space and life

As you re-evaluate what’s filling your home, your schedule and your life, you have the opportunity to make intentional choices about what you will allow to stay.

It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day shuffle of work, school, chores, activities, etc. It’s easy to lose sight of the “big picture”, or what really matters most to you.

Clearing the clutter and simplifying your home and your life, is your chance to stop the never-ending cycle of just keeping up with life.

And instead, start taking action to remove the “stuff” and activities that don’t align with your values. Or are getting in the way of the life you want to be living.

Giving yourself the time, space and energy to focus on the things, activities and people that matter most to you.

When you make intentional choices about what takes up your time, space and energy, you can start living more intentionally in a way that aligns with your values, goals and priorities. And in a way that feels good too!

3. Simplifying gives you the time and energy to be more present in your life

When your home is full of clutter and excess “stuff”, you spend a lot of time and energy managing it all. Doing things like working to pay for it, shopping for it, organizing it, cleaning it up, maintaining it, looking for it, cleaning around it, etc.

Embracing a simpler lifestyle helps you remove the excess stuff from your life. So you spend less time managing the things you own. And giving you more time and energy to be present in your life and intentional with how you fill your time, space and energy.

The same idea applies to your schedule. If your schedule has you constantly running from one commitment to the next, it’s difficult to be present and mindful. Instead, you’re always thinking about what’s coming next, what needs to be done in between and rushing here or there.

But you can take intentional action to simplify your schedule and how you spend your time as well. Only keeping the activities and commitments that add value to your life, are important to you and align with your goals.

Both of these ways of simplifying help you become more intentional with how you spend and fill your time. Removing the unnecessary clutter and busyness so you have more opportunities to stay present and live more mindfully.

4. Simplifying gives you more freedom to focus on the things, activities and people you care about most.

When you intentionally choose to clear the clutter and distractions from your home and your schedule, you give yourself more time, space and freedom to focus on what is most important to you.

You’re no longer spending so much of your time managing excess and unneeded “stuff”. You’ve cleared the activities that don’t align with your values, goals and priorities from your schedule.

Now, without the distractions of clutter and busyness, you have more freedom to focus on whatever is most important to you. It may be a hobby you love, the relationships that are most important to you, or an activity that adds joy to your life.

Simplifying and becoming intentional with what fills your life, both tangible and intangible, means you get to decide what takes up the majority of your time, space and energy. Creating the freedom to use your time, space and energy in a way that is meaningful for you.

5. Simplifying helps you find more gratitude in your life

Simplifying teaches and encourages you to decide what is most important in your life, including both tangible and intangible things.

Then empowers you to get rid of anything that is not important to you or is distracting you from what is important.

Leaving you with what is important to you, adds value to your life and aligns with your priorities.

When your home and your time are no longer filled with clutter, distractions and excess, you have the opportunity to feel more gratitude for what remains. Because what remains is what is important to you, what adds value to your life and what aligns with your goals and priorities.

And when your home and life align with your values and feel intentional, feelings of gratitude for your home and your life flow more freely.

Then, as you feel more gratitude for the home and life you have created, it helps you feel encouraged and motivated to continue living simply, intentionally and in alignment with your goals and values.

Creating a wonderful cycle of gratitude and appreciation.

Simplifying is a tool to live a more intentional life

Simplifying your home and your life are wonderful ways to start creating a more intentional life.

Starting by being thoughtful and selective about what fills both your time and your space. Then giving you the opportunity to create an intentional, meaningful life focused on your priorities and what you value most. Rather than a life distracted by clutter, busyness and stress.

In what ways has simplifying allowed you to live more intentionally?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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4 Comments

  1. Simplifying has given me extra time for myself and family. I have been reading more and my husband and I go on walks through parks. Quiet time together.
    Simplifying has also made me more grateful for daily things. I have been following you for over two years and you introduced me to a daily gratitude journal. I have been writing in it every night since. I love it. I look forward to your emails each week.

    1. This makes my day to read! Thank you for sharing!! I am so happy that you are enjoying the time and gratitude that simplifying has added to your life. Absolutely awesome! Thank you for reading and for sharing your experience!

  2. Hopefully I’ll let you know by this time next year 😉 Even though I don’t want to add more ‘stuff’ to my house, I think I’ll be printing this blog post out and re-reading it to help keep me going during this arduous process! Thank you Melissa!

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