Simplifying My Life


Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I definitely did, and it consisted of some much needed rest and relaxation (breakfast with friends, taking walks, drinking wine in the sunshine with Jesse, getting a massage, easy meals, etc.). I’ve been pretty pooped out lately, especially when the end of the week hits, so it felt wonderful to kick back.

Meanwhile, I know I haven’t been sharing many recipes lately, so I thought I’d share a non-food related post. I’ve been working on simplifying my life pretty adamantly since the start of the New Year and so far, so good. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  1. Ridding myself of clothes I haven’t worn in 6 months or more. If I think I might want it, I’ll try it on and decide then, but I haven’t done this much at all. I realize that I really don’t need much, especially “regular clothes.” My job entails me to wear workout/comfortable clothing around the clock, so wearing “normal clothes” comes about once a week.
  2. Trading in books for credit on Amazon. I made $80-some dollars (in Amazon dollars) doing this and even though you have to ship the books on your own, Amazon gives you a shipping label to do it for free. So, all you need to do is provide the box. I also traded in my old 3GS iPhone and got $18. It’s not much, but still more than zero dollars. Plus, the phone is old and didn’t work well, so nobody would really want it anyway. That’s the reason I got a new phone in the first place.
  3. Recycling piles of magazines that I thought I’d come back around to for reference, ideas, etc. And, recycling old cards, papers, school assignments, boxes, etc.
  4. Cleaning out and donating other stuff. Lots of stuff. This was mostly Jesse’s stuff and his doing when he was snowed in last month (and I was in Kentucky for a workshop). I had already done this myself, but not to the extent that he did. He has a heck of a lot more stuff than me since he’s been out here much longer.
  5. Sifting through my computer and deleting documents, downloads, bookmarks, pins from Pinterest, etc. This includes cleaning up my email account as well and unsubscribing from various emails.
  6. Keeping counters less cluttered. I am often guilty of the notorious mail or junk pile on my kitchen counter. I am pretty sure I inherited this habit from my parents since they almost always have a pile of mail, papers, magazines, etc. on the kitchen table, chair or counter top. It’s a cluttery habit that I picked up and unfortunately, Jesse does it too, so we both contribute. But, we’ve both been getting better about it and the pile is either almost nonexistent or or not there at all.
  7. Decreasing the amount of time spent on my computer and iPhone. This is probably the hardest for me because I get sucked into social media, reading articles, etc. I’m trying to only use my computer when I need to and spend less time on social media when I do. Life is too short, and after losing a very dear and special friend last week to cancer, I was reminded of this once again.
  8. Going for walks to clear my mind on a more regular basis. This has been especially nice with all the sunny days we’ve been having lately. Sometimes, it’s just a walk to the grocery store to get a few things, but it always feels good and puts me in a better mood.
  9. Not stressing over my blog (or the sweating small stuff in general). I used to do this when I didn’t have something to share. Now, I let it go and move on. It’s not worth stressing over, especially because my blog is not my job. I often make really easy recipes that don’t always warrant a blog post or they’re things I’ve already shared before.
  10. Organizing my clothes closet, the linen closet, kitchen cupboards, etc. It’s all gotten a little refresh.

What have you done to simplify your life?


12 thoughts on “Simplifying My Life

  1. Megan March 24, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    I donated 3 garbage bags of clothing and shoes this week. It is so freeing just ridding myself of things I’ve moved over the last few years and never worn!

    • paleoinpdx March 24, 2014 / 2:09 pm

      Awesome! I know, it feels so good, doesn’t it?

  2. Paula March 24, 2014 / 4:31 pm

    I love to de-clutter–it actually feels so liberating in a way. I also make sure to have plenty of “me” time to enjoy my hobbies (a little each day and more on weekends when I can do it). I try not to over extend myself or take on more than I intuitively know I can handle. That keeps me sane and well rested!

    • paleoinpdx March 25, 2014 / 7:37 am

      Agreed, Paula! It sounds like you have a good handle on things and I like your approach. “Me” time is so important, as is not committing to too much.

  3. Chris March 24, 2014 / 11:44 pm

    I love your #8. Clearing the mind is just as important, if not more, as a good spring cleaning!

    • paleoinpdx March 25, 2014 / 7:36 am

      Thanks, Chris! I think clearing space in the mind is often overlooked and forgotten, but one of the most critical pieces. I’m glad you find it important as well!

  4. Naz (@CinnamonEats) March 25, 2014 / 5:53 am

    First of all sorry to hear about your friend, sometimes it takes those drastic events in life to wake us up and force us to look at what’s going on in our own. I get caught up in social media as well and sometimes I just feel like locking my phone and the computer away for a week and not looking at anything! I loved all the points you made here though and I’m definitely one for simplifying my life and can definitely feel the affects when there is too much clutter.

    I’ve always been the type to do a major ‘spring clean’ of my stuff, even as a kid growing up and all throughout high-school and university I would take weekends and go through all my things and donate things I didn’t need anymore, the problem was that my mum was and is the complete opposite to me so she would sift through the stuff and end up storing half of it away! She’s also the type to keep mail sitting on the counters at home (still did this when I went to visit in Australia) and that drives me crazy! I can’t stand mail just sitting there, it has to be organised and put away so I was always clearing it up when I was back home in Australia, not to mention when I attempted to clean my parents pantry/cupboard back home and my mum nearly had a fit because I wanted to throw out some things!

    Joe is opposite to me as well and he will hold onto things like crazy! When we moved to the States we had 5 HUGE bags (you know the big black ones for the large bins) of just his clothing to donate to charity, he still has clothes that he wore when was 15!

  5. Jodi March 25, 2014 / 11:08 am

    Consolidating clothing and equipment for different activities. Such as Yoga clothes in one basket, cross country ski items in a cardboard box, down hill ski items hanging together and camping items piled together. I got frazzled just thinking about pulling all the stuff together for a certain activity at each season beginning. It isn’t foolproof, but I can get my stuff together so much easier now.

    Sorry for your loss. We lost a gentle friend two years ago – it still surprises me that it can still sting after all this time.

    • paleoinpdx March 26, 2014 / 5:53 pm

      That’s great, Jodi! Anything to make it a little easier and simpler, right? Thanks for your kind words too. I appreciate it a lot. Losing a loved one is always tough.

  6. SimpleLivingOver50 October 26, 2014 / 7:37 am

    I remeber going through this when we sold our house in New Jersey to move to Oregon. I think we got rid of about 75% of our stuff. We live very simple now in Oregon City.

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