Finding your way

ROAD MAP TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE

I created Balance Through Simplicity to share my personal experience and passion for simpler living.

My aim is to inspire you to create a life you love with practical ways to find more space, time and freedom. Putting it simply, less of the things that bring you down and more of what lifts you up. 

Underpinning all this is my passion for simplicity, minimalism and intentional living.

I wanted to create this roadmap to explain these terms for you and how they fit together!

DECLUTTERING

My simplifying journey started out when I spent a weekend decluttering my wardrobe.

I’d had enough of not being able to find anything to wear and fed up of looking like something the cat had dragged in! I’d become frustrated that early frantic mornings getting ready for work and the school run left me little time to make myself look good but more importantly, feel good, each morning.

Frustration with my wardrobe was masking frustration with my life in general. I’d had enough of struggling through my days and wanted a calmer, freer and easier life.

  • Decluttering my wardrobe bought instant benefits so I carried on decluttering the rest of my home – the toys, the kitchen, the garage and so on.
  • Owning less stuff created more time, space and energy for other things that I wanted to do instead.
  • Decluttering was the first step and it was how I learnt, first-hand, that decluttering had some wonderful benefits and it began my journey to a more intentional life that supports me.
  • Decluttering isn’t always easy but there are some tips you can use to get started.
  • Don’t let lack of time or lack of support at home put you off. With a few strategies in place, anyone can declutter their home – you just need to be a little creative!

If you want to get started right now, grab your free copy of my popular Declutter Starter Kit.

MINIMALISM

However, I soon learnt that the benefits of decluttering were only as good as they lasted! The clutter soon crept back if I didn’t stay on top of it and those benefits disappeared as fast as the clutter reappeared. It was so frustrating!

I found that the only way to keep a decluttered home was to change my relationship with my belongings. This is how I became Minimalist.

Becoming Minimalist meant that I no longer kept random stuff that I didn’t really want or need. More than a simple act of throwing out the clutter, Minimalism was more of a lifestyle and mindset shift where I needed (and wanted) fewer physical possessions and actual stuff just to make me happy.

I focused more on the things that money can’t buy, the things that really added value to my life. I stopped chasing bigger, better, more…

I shopped more mindfully and pared my possessions down to what I felt comfortable with. I never felt I was losing out by becoming Minimalist as I was only ever getting rid of the things that weren’t important to me so I didn’t miss them if I didn’t have them anymore!

“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value, and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.” (Joshua Becker)

My Minimalist lifestyle and approach didn’t stop there. I found that Minimalism could be applied to different areas of my life including my calendar, my goals and my eating habits. It was just a question of using the same Minimalist principles – in a nutshell, keep what’s important to you and adds value to your life and get rid of the rest. The benefits are huge!

What Is Minimalism
SIMPLE LIVING

Eliminating the excess in my life bought about a complete change. I found that I naturally chose less of a lot of things. I wanted less stress in my life, less clutter in my home, less complicated finances, less fancy recipes, less commitments in my diary. 

More specifically, I wanted less of the things that wore me down and more of the things that lifted me up.

I naturally gravitated to simple – a simpler lifestyle, a simpler schedule, a simpler self care routine, a simpler way of setting goals.

A simpler life isn’t always an easy life but it does make things eas-IER.

This is why I like to write about simple living. A simpler lifestyle doesn’t have a label or a definition. It’s not hung up on statistics about how few possessions you have or how small your home is.

Simple living is about intentionally choosing and including in your life what’s right for you. There are no rules, no measurements, no notion of going without.

And that leads me on to the next step of my journey…

Simple living
INTENTIONAL LIVING

I believe that intentional living is where decluttering, minimalism and simple living all weave together.

  • Decluttering your home is the first intentional step to creating a life with less stuff and more space, time and energy for you.
  • A minimalist lifestyle is an intentional choice to focus on what’s important by clearing the clutter from your heart, mind and schedule, not just your home.
  • Simplifying your life encourages you to focus on slowing down, appreciating the simple things in life and giving you some calm and clarity instead of stress, busy-ness and overwhelm.

Intentional living underpins all of this. An intentional life means you’re being purposeful and deliberate about creating your best life based on your priorities, passions and what’s truly important to you. If you’d like to explore this further then maybe I can help!…

I have a popular and completely FREE 1-week course, Your Intentional Life, which will give you some practical inspiration in daily bite-sized emails on how to get started on your own path to simplicity.

TAKE THE FREE COURSE

Learn the essential steps to simplify your life and don’t settle for just getting by!

Find your focus, carve out more time and create more freedom. This is a small course with a big purpose!