Helpful tips to simplify your life
Clear out clutter: bedrooms, closets, kitchen, bathroom, garage, basement, storage spaces
Simplify food: plan and prepare food ahead, eat lean, lose the weight
De-stress work life: lay out your clothes the night before, be on time, make a difference with your work
Finances: pay off debt, don’t be a slave to it – Proverbs 22:7 “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
Get rid of extra things – cars, buildings, hobby/craft things, junk. It’s rarely necessary to rent storage space (unless you are in the middle of a move or waiting on your house to be built) otherwise, clear it out and save that payment.
- Giving sets us free, while hoarding entraps us
- Giving changes the lives of others
- Giving brings blessing back to us
- Giving allows us to store up treasures in Heaven rather than on earth
- Giving makes you feel good
Walk with Jesus through your home, work, emotions, relationships and let Him show you what you can let go of, get rid of, and what to keep.
Stop doing things that aren’t important and waste time, there are many things we think we must do that really are not worth doing.
Too much stuff can leave too little room for God. With all the time required to shop for, use, store, clean, maintain, organize, insure, and worry about our stuff, there can be little time left for reading God’s Word, prayer, ministry, church, and reaching out to others. Is it any wonder that the Bible encourages simple living?
Keep these things in mind:
- Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status.
- Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you.
- Develop a habit of giving things away.
- Refuse to be swayed by advertising.
- Learn to enjoy things without owning them.
- Develop a deeper appreciation for the creation.
- Look with a healthy skepticism at all “buy now, pay later” schemes.
- Obey Jesus’ instructions about plain, honest speech.
- Reject anything that breeds the oppression of others.
- Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the Kingdom of God
Align your life with your values and pursue what matters most to you. Your sense of worth and self-esteem should be increasingly based on values and not material things and possessions.