The Guide to Simplifying Your Life

The Guide to Simplifying Your Life

[At the Office]

Go Paperless Telecommute (if you can) One-touch system into three steps Clean up your computer desktop and bookmarks Use computer shortcuts Watch out for time sucks Set a 3-a-day rule

[Kitchen & Eating Routines]

Cook in advance to save energy and time Shop with a plan Make extras and eat your leftovers Re-assess what you need to eat with Re-assess your cooking needs Eating healthier

[Wardrobe & Closet]

Buy enough for 2 cycles of laundry Keep “Tidy” Organize your clothes in a logical manner Choose the right clothes for yourself Wear different jewellery as a substitute for having more clothes Keep a smaller collection of makeup Contain all the small things


Keep your hair simple Simplify your makeup Use up what you’ve got Simplify your routines

[Time Management]

Learn to say no Don’t do it all by yourself Don’t be so hard on yourself Think before you speak A stitch in time, saves nine Consolidate tasks and errands

[House and Home]

Digitize your life Take back your time Get rid of the big things Clean up & Pile up as you go De-clutter slowly


Automate your bills Consolidate bank accounts Simple budgeting and expense tracking Keep 1-2 credit cards and use them wisely Use cash or debit only Stay organized with your tax receipts

  • Kate

    These tips are so important. We underestimate the affect something like a messy inbox can have on our efficiency. Great post.


    • Anonymous

      I very much agree that a clean inbox gives me peace of mind. I hate seeing
      “TO DO”s lying around

  • Stacee

    Great tips! Short and to the point.
    “Simplify your makeup” and “Use up what you’ve got” is exactly what I did in my post at:

    • Anonymous

      Glad you enjoyed it :)

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  • Dennis

    Serena, this is a great guide for any minimalist. You should write a book, get a great publisher, make the NY Times best seller list, get millions of dollars and retire early. :-P

    P.S. – don't forget us little minimalists at the bottom. (LOL)

    dennis :-D

  • David William

    I've been dreaming of telecommuting for months now. I really need to figure out how to make that happen.

    But quick question, what is the 3 day rule? I think I may have missed something here…