100+ Ways to Simplify Your Life

Angela | Arrow
by Angela | Arrow

Trying to simplify your life can be overwhelming when you try to do it all at once. This is why I suggest breaking it down into small ways to simplify your life one by one.

Here are 101 ideas on how to live a minimalist life without getting unmotivated and tired, broken down by categories.


1. Give yourself positive feedback.

2. Find time for gratitude.

3. Embrace your age.

4. Be generous.

5. Learn from mistakes and allow yourself to make them.

6. Try not to hold grudges or to go to bed angry.

7. Find an accountability partner.

8. Apply the “less is more” approach.

9. Keep a notebook handy to dump your thoughts into.

10. Be true to yourself.

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Time and schedule

1. Factor in a no distraction portion of each day.

2. Have a prioritized to-do list.

3. Do not overschedule.

4. Find courage to say no to commitments that do not suit you.

5. Make quicker decisions, especially unimportant ones.

6. Multitask when able by batching chores.

7. Use a timer for tasks.

8. Automate alarms and alerts.

9. Establish daily, weekly, and monthly routines.

10. Keep a calendar with access for all your family members.


1. Set a budget.

2. Pay with cash for accountability.

3. Consolidate accounts so they are easier to manage.

4. Set up automatic payments.

5. Pay off your debt or try not to accumulate it.

6. Check in with your insurance agent every year.

7. Build an emergency fund.

8. Shop less frequently.

9. Try an all-out spending freeze.

10. Cancel any unused subscriptions.

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1. If your house is hard to manage, consider downsizing.

2. Designate a place for all your items.

3. Create organizational systems that work for you.

4. Do any one chore every day for motivation.

5. Limit the number of bedsheets by washing and replacing them on the same day.

6. Ditch duplicate items.

7. Tackle housework like a team.

8. Keep a donation box available at all times.

9. Hire out services you do not enjoy or have time for.

10. Put your home to bed at night with a reset for a fresh start in the morning.


1. Respect the boundaries of your closet or dresser by not overfilling them.

2. Get rid of any items you do not wear.

3. Focus on what feels good instead of trends.

4. Make your drawers functional.

5. Use your hangers as a limit for clothing items.

6. Wash clothing less frequently.

7. Prioritize low-maintenance clothes.

8. Only sort laundry when necessary.

9. Reassess your accessories.

10. Consider a capsule wardrobe with a set number of pieces.


Personal care

1. Minimize your hygiene products and toiletries.

2. Incorporate bits of exercise into your routine.

3. Leave your work at work.

4. Drink plenty of water.

5. Chart your mood.

6. Prioritize your health screenings.

7. Be intentional about your habits.

8. Free yourself from the scale and counting calories.

9. Get at least 20 minutes of fresh air a day.

10. Give yourself a bedtime and stick to it.


1. Shop from your home - make swaps from other rooms for a new look.

2. Go for seasonal décor instead of holiday-specific items.

3. Use natural elements you find outside, such as flowers or leaves.

4. Eliminate curtains and let the light shine.

5. Appreciate empty space and what it offers.

6. Pull your furniture away from the walls whenever possible for a spacious feeling.

7. Use a single color on all walls in your house.

8. For art, curate a collection that you cherish and get fewer pieces.

9. Minimize accent pillows and blankets.

10. Instead of decorative throw pillows, keep pillow covers and change them out seasonally.

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Digital experience

1. Donate or trade any old technology that you have laying around.

2. Use a password saver.

3. Back up your digital photos and files and organize them to make them easy to find.

4. Organize your phone apps into folders.

5. Unsubscribe from email lists.

6. Silence your phone notifications.

7. Commit to checking your email and social media accounts a limited number of times a day.

8. Go for subscription services and let go of the media physically cluttering your home.

9. Do not fall asleep on your screen.

10. Have a nightly check-in spot for charging.


1. Plan your shopping ahead – perhaps even make a list and stick to it.

2. Make a reverse shopping list for items that you buy on a regular basis.

3. Do a grocery pickup.

4. Try the “one in, one out” rule for non-consumable items.

5. Instead of searching for coupons, shop at stores known for great prices and everyday deals.

6. Steer clear from the inner aisles of the grocery store or the end caps of retail stores.

7. Keep reusable shopping bags in your car.

8. Reevaluate whether bulk buying simplifies or complicates your home.

9. Write things down on a list as you run out of them and give your whole family access to it.

10. Shop during the less busy times of the day and always shop for food on a full stomach.



1. Organize your kitchen for functionality, allowing easy access for what you use most frequently.

2. Pre-make and prepare healthy on-the-go snacks for when you are in a rush.

3. Remember that food is just fuel for your body.

4. Eat meals together with your loved ones.

5. Use a meal rotation system with meals that your family enjoys eating.

6. Make up a batch of freezer meals for when you are short on time.

7. Only keep the recipes that you use to save space, time and mental energy.

8. Try a freezer, fridge, or pantry cleanout challenge to use up the items that you already have.

9. Keep your inventory down to a manageable level to make sure nothing goes bad.

10. If money is not an issue, consider home food delivery services.

Final tip number 101: to truly live a minimalist life, find out what works best for you and to not worry about what other people think.

Simplify life

Use this list as a menu of sorts, and try to tackle one small change at a time. I hope this has given you some ideas on how to simplify your life.

What tip has changed your life for the better and made it less complicated? Share your wisdom in the comments!

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