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Simple Living for Family

In Organised Simplicity, Tsh describes simple living as “living your life with a purpose that aligns with your values…being who you were made to be.”

I love this definition because it leaves room for each of us to make those decisions for our own family without feeling like we have to limit ourselves to 100 personal possessions or spend so many hours per week doing x, y or z. Here are few simple steps to define hassle free living for your family :

  • Choose the Best & Leave the Rest – Recognise your power to make choices about how you live and start practicing in all areas of your life. What gets to be in your home? How do you want to spend your money? What activities are important to you?
  • Understand the Cost of your Choices – Every time you say Yes to one thing, you say No to another thing (this is called Opportunity Costs). Your choice to take your kids out for the day might means Yes to adventure and community. It might mean you are saying No to getting chores done.
  • Say No to the Good & Yes to the Great – Take the time to sit and ask what is important to you to say Yes to. Set your values and priorities to use as guides in making these little daily and big life decisions in how you use your resources and time as a family
  • Own It – What is important in your family might never match up with another family. For most of us, we spent a lifetime merging with the values and interests of others. Now it is your time to own what your own values, priorities and interests are.
  • It is the Long Game – Living a simple life that is in line with your values and priorities will take practice. You will make mistakes, it will be messy. Remember this is the long game of making little decisions that all build up into the life you want.

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    • Thank you Carol. I am glad you liked it. Most modern families have stuff, stuff and more stuff, but both Tsh and I are passionate about decluttering our homes – and teaching our readers to do the same – not just for the sake of getting rid of stuff, but because we’ve seen the results in our own lives. Keeping surfaces clear, leaving plenty of room for the things you do own, and valuing quality over quantity simplifies your life and brings peace to your home. The less stuff you have, the less decisions you have to make, the less you have to clean, move or store them, and the more time you have to just enjoy what’s left.

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