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Downsize Your Life for the New Year

A new year often represents a new beginning. One of the best ways to start off the new year right is to think about how you can downsize life a little bit.

This isn’t just about moving to a smaller home [3]. It’s about looking at your lifestyle, and figuring out how you can make it a little bit simpler. As you consider what you want your life to look like going forward, it might be time to downsize a little bit.

Cut the Clutter

One of the best ways to downsize your life is to cut the physical clutter throughout your home. Cut the clutter in your home [4], and you’ll immediately feel the positive effects. First of all, look around. Does everything in your house have a place and a purpose? If not, consider tossing it out. Think about why you want to keep something, from that grilled cheese sandwich maker that you never use, to that knick-knack that you don’t particularly care to look at.

Get rid of your clutter by selling, donating it, or even tossing it (especially if it is not usable). Your home will feel more open, and you’ll feel better about life in general.

Learn to Say No

Sometimes, the downsizing needs to take place in terms of your general busy-ness. Do you really need to participate in all those activities? Are you really accomplishing anything? Being productive [5] is not the same thing as being busy. You can run from meeting to meeting, frantically in motion, and not really progress in anything meaningful in your life.

What you end up with is a life so full of activities and bustle that you may not spend quality time with the people you love. Or you might not have time for you. This is a problem if you want to feel as though you do something that matters with your life.

If you want more time for you, for family, and for the most important things, learn to say no. Figure out which activities are most important for your family, from extracurricular activities for the kids [6], to realistically assessing whether or not you can take on one more┬áduty. The say no to the things that aren’t helping you progress the way you want to in life.

Spend Less

Another good way to downsize is to reevaluate your spending. Perhaps it’s time to downsize your finances. It’s easy for finances to become bloated with unused subscriptions, unnecessary expenses, and an overabundance of stuff. You’ve decluttered your home, but will your spending habits just fill it up again?

Decide how you want to direct your resources, and get a solid idea of how you can reduce spending on the unimportant things and use your money more profitably for things that are actually important to you. You might be surprised at one you do without in terms of what you have been wasting money on.

There is no reason to stress yourself with a life that includes large amounts of activities and things that aren’t important to you. Downsize your life this year, and improve its quality drastically.

(Photo: mullica [7])