10 most popular simple living blog posts from 2019


As 2019 closes and the new year begins, I’ve put together my top 10 most popular simple living blog posts from 2019 on Balance Through Simplicity. These are posts that have received the most traffic, the most shares and the most likes. I hope they help to inspire and encourage you to explore a simpler, more intentional lifestyle over the coming months and experience the benefits for you and your family.


As this year comes to a close and the next one begins, I thought it might fun and helpful to look back over the last year to share some of the most popular simple living blog posts on Balance Through Simplicity from 2019.

I love to review what’s been going on and to see what you’ve been reading, liking, commenting on and sharing most. Not only does it help me to plan future content for the coming months, but it shows that many of you are encouraged and inspired to try a simpler, more intentional life and you need some practical inspiration to help you do that!

Most of the posts are list-style posts, which isn’t surprising – I write a lot of these! I love them myself because they break otherwise complex or overwhelming topics down into manageable bite-sized chunks. They’re also easy to follow and you can pick and choose what you’d like to use from the lists and implement them at your own pace.

So, let’s dive in to see your favourite simple living blog posts. If you haven’t seen them before, then this is a great-recap so you can go check them out when you have a moment!


10 most popular simple living posts from 2019


1. 20 things that waste time during the day

Many of us always have lots of things to do and never enough time to do them in. We’re always looking for ways to create more hours in the day, manage our time, increase our productivity and be more efficient.

Yet, there are a few things we do, even without realising, that can really waste our time. This post has a list of 20 things that waste time during the day. See if you recognise any of them! Can you make some changes next year?

This has been, hands-down, the most popular on my site this year and continues to draw traffic from those interested in time management as well as minimalism and simple living.


20 things that waste time during the day

2. 20 ways to simplify your life

From being career woman to stressed out, frazzled working mum, simplifying my life was one of the best things I ever did to improve my family’s quality of life. When you’re juggling all the plates in the air and trying to do too much, you lose focus of what’s really important in your life.

Make a few changes to slow things down, declutter your home, your mind, your calendar and your life.

Choose a simple life that gives you more time, space and freedom to prioritise the people and things that mean the most to you.

In this post I share 20 ways to simplify your life so you can create a life that you and your family love! So, if you’re looking for a kind of checklist of things to do, you can use this post for just that.


20 Ways To Simplify Your Life

3. 20 ways to declutter your home

Another 20 ways to… post. This time it’s about decluttering your home with some simple, easy decluttering projects to make your home easier to keep clean and tidy with minimum effort. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to tackle your clutter then this post on 20 ways to declutter your home is a great source of inspiration.

These decluttering projects will help you get control over your home and the stuff in it which in turn will lighten your heart and mind and create more time and space for you to do other things… Decluttering your home is just the first step to being able to simplify your life!


20 ways to declutter your home

4. 15 ways to make your life easier

Life can be complicated enough and it’s easy to get overloaded and overwhelmed. However, with some careful planning and a bit of thought, we can make it so much easier on ourselves.

This post on 15 ways to make life easier looks at different aspects of our busy daily lives and encourages you to make changes to your finances, your mindset, your time management and the things you do to look after yourself.

I know you’re busy and probably have lots going on. So, I suggested that if you can’t manage all of these tips at the same time, that you pick one or two that appeal to you most and work on these for a week.

Try another two during the next week and so on. They’re just small changes that can have a big impact on making things a little bit easier, no matter what life throws at you!


15 ways to make life easier and simpler

5. 20 reasons to own less stuff

Decluttering is a wonderful method of getting rid of the clutter in your own home and saying goodbye to stuff that you don’t use, don’t like, don’t need and which takes up space in your home, heart and mind. However, the real difference comes when you change your attitude to your belongings in general.

I loved writing this post on 20 reasons to own less stuff because it was a reminder to me (and almost a validation if I needed it) of why I love the concept of living with less and why I live by this lifestyle for my family and I, even though it wasn’t easy at first!

Decluttering is only the first part of the story. It’s the place where most people begin their journey to a more Minimalist, intentional life and where you can see and feel the biggest change in the quickest amount of time.

Yet, getting rid of some (or most) of your unwanted possessions doesn’t have to be the end of the story. This post outlines some of the wonderful, life-changing benefits of living with less that I’ve experienced and that I hope you can feel and see too if you give it a go!


20 reasons to own less stuff

6. 20 ways to be happier

Everyone likes to feel happy but it’s easier said than done. We all have ups and downs and some days are better than others. If you’re feeling down, unsettled, in need of some ideas to perk you up or just want to have a fresh perspective on your day, then check out this post on 20 ways to be happier.

Life chucks things in our path to challenge and test us. Yet, even on those days when nothing’s going quite right, I hope these ideas will help you feel a little better. They might not all work for you all the time, but trust yourself, listen to what your body and mind need and don’t be too hard on yourself!


20 Ways To Be Happier

7. 8 ways to simplify your life

For me, Minimalism isn’t about throwing all your stuff away and seeing if you can manage on what you’ve got left. That sounds like torture rather than the key to a balanced and happy life! Instead, Minimalism goes beyond just material possessions and can easily be applied to other areas of your life.

Through simplifying and being intentional about your life you can really focus on what’s important and learn to let the rest go.

This post on 8 ways to simplify your life covers 8 broad areas of your life and gives you some suggestions to simplify, prioritise and organise each one. Designed to free up your time, create space at home and really be intentional about what you let into your life (and why) and identify what doesn’t serve you any longer.


8 ways to simplify your life

8. 24 life-changing habits to include in your daily routine

We all wish for more than 24 hours in a day, that everything will get done, that we won’t forget anything or run ourselves ragged in the process. No matter whether you’re a stay-at-home mum or have a high-flying career, there’s always too much to do and not enough time to do it in.

We end up having to make sacrifices somewhere along the way, and too often, we end up prioritising everyone else except ourselves.

Or we simply forget some of the things we should be doing or remember them (but are too tired to do them).

You can make things SO much easier and simpler for yourself by making a few small changes to your daily routine that can have a BIG impact on what you get done and how you feel in the process. This post on 24 life-changing habits to include in your daily routine will help you implement some of these habits, step-by-step.


24 Life-Changing Habits For Your Daily Routine

9. 10 things to declutter that aren’t actual things

So many people think about their material possessions and physical stuff when it comes to decluttering. But there’s a whole load of other things that we can declutter in our life that aren’t visible or tangible.

So often we think about the stuff that we can see, that’s right in front of us, but there’s so much more to life that we can’t see.

Our physical, mental and emotional environments shape us into who we are, what we do with our life and how we feel about it.

Don’t let the clutter cloud your thoughts and your mind (and, of course, your space)! If you’re looking to truly declutter your life and create more time, space and freedom by living simply, then check out this post on 10 things to declutter that aren’t actual things.


10 things to declutter that aren't things

10. 9 decluttering tips for hoarders

Minimalism can be off-putting or scary at the best of times even if you’re someone who’s open to trying new things, likes a challenge or you’re totally convinced that Minimalism is the way to go for a new and better life. But, if you’re a collector or hoarder and prone to keeping everything for that ‘just in case’ moment, Minimalist living (and its benefits) can seem out of your grasp.

If you’d like to change your life, simplify what you can and live a fuller life (just with less stuff) then check out my 9 decluttering tips for hoarders.

This post is packed with helpful tips on getting started, what to do if your family’s not on board, and how to keep up the momentum when the going gets tough!


9 Decluttering Tips For Hoarders


I hope you find these most popular simple living blog posts helpful and that it’s been interesting for you to see what’s helped others.

Simple, intentional living is more about the journey than the final destination. It may be a cliché but it’s true. As our lives weave different patterns and we are shaped by the lives we live, our priorities, interests and commitments change.

I hope that this year brings you health and happiness. I hope it also brings you clarity for your hopes and dreams and focus for you to achieve them.

Thank you so much for being with me on this journey (for me as much as you). I hope you’ll stay with me. I’m very honoured to have some wonderful, warm and encouraging readers. You inspire me daily to keep writing and sharing my experiences and I look forward to doing more of this over the coming year!