Okay, this one is a freebie. Just for fun. Esther’s ten tips for simplification…whether you’re working on the carbon footprint, or the monthly budget, or creating space for more spiritual pursuits.

1. Let Yourself Run Out of Things.
The day that you run out of Ziploc bags is the day that you figure out how to reuse the bread bags. The day that you are running out of dish soap, you may find that you use only half as much. It’s scary sometimes, I know. But it must be done.
2. Write it Down. Say it Out Loud. Hear Yourself Saying It.
“Purchased hot beverage…four dollars, seventy-five cents.”
“Purchased hot beverage…one non-recyclable paper cup.”
“Purchased hot beverage…9 minutes driving, 6 minutes in store = 15 minutes…of my precious life
Cost/Hourly Wage = Value in Work Hours
4. Use Your Imagination.
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. “My life without this object/habit/distraction looks like…”
5. Share.
Share a car. Share a house. Share an outfit, or a color of nail polish. It’s generosity and simplicity at the same time. Or, you could say, free storage for your things when you aren’t using them.
6. Take the Challenge.
Some people do crossword puzzles. Some people do Sudoku. Some people come up with creative ways to simplify their lives.
7. Make Tiny Changes.
Failure isn’t fun. Don’t set yourself up.
8. Keep the Chaos, Lose the Container.
Every kind of chaos can be contained in the appropriate container. If your stuff won’t stay where you put it, consider that you might need to change where you put it. If you can’t get yourself on time, you might need to change the schedule. If you keep the container the same and try to change the chaos instead? You might make yourself very tired.
9. Don’t Have Stuff You Can’t See.
If you can’t see it, you don’t use it. And if it isn’t a part of your life, why is it a part of your life? See Item #4. Are you going to need it later? See Item #5. But you really, really, love it? Then bring it out and let it make you happy.
10. Keep a List of Things You Don’t Want To Do, But Are Going to Do Anyway.
Avoidance wastes resources. Admit that you don’t feel like doing it. “I don’t feel like doing this!” Put for as long as you need to, sure. But then get it off the list. And find yourself a little lighter when you do.