Simple living is a very attractive concept to many people. In this day and age, who doesn’t want to feel lighter, happier, and have time for the things that truly matter most to them?
However, when people hear “simple living” they may automatically think that means throwing away everything they own in one day and calling it quits. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
Simplifying your life requires much more thought and extends to all areas of your life – your home, your finances, your digital life, and even your mind.
That being said, you can take simple steps to simplify your life in a slow and easy way.
These simple living tips will help you embrace simple living, feel more joy, and release anything that is no longer serving you.
30 Simple Steps to Simple Living in 30 Days
This list was created to show you just how simple it is to clear the clutter in your home, finances, life, and mind. You may not be ready to completely change your lifestyle, and that’s okay!
You will be surprised at how much lighter and happier you feel by embracing simple living in small ways.
Here are just some of the amazing benefits of simple living.
- Saving money (and even making money from selling your stuff).
- Living more sustainably by consuming less.
- Feeling less tired and stressed.
- Having the time for the people and things you truly value.
If you are ready to kickstart your simple living journey, here are 30 simple steps to simplify your life in just one month!
1. Eliminate Trash
Walkthrough your home with a few trash bags in hand and eliminate any trash that you see.
After you have thrown away your trash, finish cleaning up your space with some light dusting and vacuuming. Open up your windows to let in some fresh air and light your favorite candle.
Your space will instantly transform into a place of simplicity and you will be surprised at how much lighter you feel.
2. Grab a Donate Box
Grab an empty box and take a walk through your home. Take note of the possessions you have and see what you can donate to someone else.
Ask yourself if the item is something you still love, value, or get use out of. If the answer is no, try to find the item a new home.
3. Simplify your Wardrobe
Simple living advocates swear by cleaning out your wardrobe and opting for a capsule wardrobe. Capsule wardrobes can save you money and cut down on decision fatigue. There are many capsule wardrobe ideas on Pinterest if you are interested in learning more.
Start by going through your closet and getting rid of anything that doesn’t fit or is in poor condition. Donate clothes that are in good condition but no longer fit your personal style.
Whenever you do shop for clothes again, make sure that you are shopping for quality, classic items that will last years.
4. Do a Small Load of Laundry Each Day
If you simplify and downsize your wardrobe, doing a small load of laundry becomes necessary. However, you will live much more simply if you do a small load of laundry each day rather than leaving a huge pile for the end of the week.
You’ll no longer have piles of clothes that never get put away and take over your room!
5. Run Your Dishwasher Nightly & Put Dishes Away in the Morning
Another great simple living tip is to wash your dishes every night and put them away in the morning after you wake up.
Dirty dishes and a messy kitchen can affect your mood and the rest of your home more than you may realize.
Keeping your sink and dishes clean can help you feel more organized and you’ll be more likely to cook at home instead of eating out.
6. Clean Out Your Fridge and Pantry
Take everything out of your fridge and throw away anything that is expired or has a leaky container. Wipe down the shelves, the inside of the door, and the outside of the door. Organize the remaining items.
Repeat this process for your pantry as well!
Take stock of what’s left and see if you can write down three meals that you could make. Write those meals down and commit to making them instead of eating out.
7. Eat at Home More Often and Cut Down on Eating Out
This simple living tip goes hand in hand with the last one. Try to eat at home more often and cut down on eating out.
Eating at home is not only a healthier, cheaper option, but it saves more time than you think. Try automating the cooking process with meal planning and recipe lists.
8. Create a Recipe List
Write down every recipe that you know how to make. Be sure to list out the ingredients in the recipe and the quantities you will need to feed you or your family.
Keep this list on your refrigerator to refer back to. This makes for some easy meal planning!
9. Meal Plan
One of the pillar concepts of simple living is meal planning and simple eating.
Buy whole, nutritious foods and plan out your meals for the week. Keep your meals in the fridge or freezer for easy access.
If you are new to meal planning, check out our beginner’s guide to meal prepping. You’ll learn everything you need to know about taking the stress out of meals and simplifying dinner time.
You can also check out these 40+ meal prep ideas if you need some new recipes to try!
10. Declutter Your Bathroom
Clean out your bathroom including your toiletries, makeup bag, medicine cabinet, and linen closet. Throw away expired products and be sure to stock up on anything you use regularly.
11. Minimize Your Bedside Table
Make your evenings relaxing by clearing the clutter on your bedside table. Whenever you go to bed at night, you should have little distraction so that you can rest easily.
Only keep what you need beside you like a lamp, alarm clock, and anything you use regularly in the middle of the night (a glass of water, for example).
12. Organize Your Finances
Spend the day organizing your finances and evaluating your financial habits and goals.
Create a budget and make a plan to start saving for the future and getting out of debt.
13. Automate Your Finances
A great way to simplify your financial life is to automate your finances. This means setting up a direct deposit and automatically having a set percentage put into your savings account.
You can also set up automatic bill pay so that you never have to think about paying a bill or spend time worrying if something got paid on time.
This practice not only simplifies your life but is a great financial habit as well.
14. Make Bills Due On The Same Day
Making all of your bills due on the same day can make paying your bills so much easier.
There’s no need to worry about not having any money afterward, either. When you make all of your bills due on the same day, it becomes easier to calculate how much is coming out and makes it easy to save money every time you get paid.
15. Have a No Spend Day
Don’t spend any money today!
Stay home and relax with your friends or family, or take advantage of any free events your town may be having. There are many ways to have fun without spending money.
16. Be a More Conscious Consumer
This simple living tip should come naturally now that you are paying more attention to your finances.
Whenever you shop, be mindful of the things you are purchasing. Is this something you will actually use? Can I use something I already have for the same purpose? Evaluate your shopping habits and see where you may be able to save money.
17. Clean Your Office
Clean and organize your desk area or office. Discard any unnecessary papers and put away anything you aren’t using. Clean out your drawers and shelves and organize the remaining items.
18. Clear the Clutter on Your Computer
Simple living means clearing the clutter in your digital world as well. Take some time to clean out your computer files. This means deleting old documents, photos, and any other files that you don’t need.
You can also use this time to back up the files that you do keep and place them on an external hard drive in the event that something happens to your computer. If you have any photos that you would like printed, go ahead and do that now.
19. Simplify Your Goals
Take a look at your goals and determine if they are necessary or need to change for the benefit of yourself and others.
Do you have too many goals and nothing is getting accomplished? Do your goals match where you truly want to be in life? Are those goals in alignment with who you want to be?
After you have re-evaluated your goals, write them down. List out the action steps you need to take to reach those goals and keep them close to you.
20. Clear Your Calendar
Take a day to just do nothing. Cancel unnecessary appointments, commitments, or plans. Try to get as much white space on your calendar as possible!
Use this time for self-care, spending time with your loved ones, and doing the things that you truly enjoy doing.
21. Detox Your Social Media
This is one of the most important simple living tips on this list. Many of us waste so much precious time and energy on social media. Social media can take a toll on our time, productivity, and mental health.
Unfollow or delete anyone who makes you feel bad about yourself – even if they don’t mean to. If you find that you are constantly comparing yourself to others, delete or unfollow them.
Unfollow pages, stories, or people that spam you, don’t engage with you, or bring you any kind of misery.
22. Simplify Your Phone
Your phone may be taking you away from matters most in your life. If you have pages and pages of unused apps, take today to delete them.
Go through your apps and delete anything that you haven’t used in the last month. Aim for around 1-2 pages worth of apps and organize what’s left into folders for easy access.
You can also go through your photos and delete duplicates, blurry pictures, and even hurtful memories. The same process can be applied to your music library as well.
23. Simplify Your Email
Most of our inboxes are overflowing and completely overwhelming us. Not only that, but you may be getting constantly bombarded with ads that are pressuring you to buy unnecessary things.
Go through your inbox and unsubscribe from newsletters you never read. Organize important emails into folders.
24. Put Your Phone Number on the Do Not Call List
Avoid spam and fraud risks by putting your number on the Do Not Call List. It’s not a perfect system, but it can help simplify your life and ensure that you don’t get caught in anything risky.
You can put your number on the Do Not Call Registry here.
25. Cut Down on TV & Internet
TV & Internet can be a great source of entertainment, but all too often we get lost in them and lose sight of what is important. Take a day to cut down or completely eliminate TV and internet.
Spend time with your family, go out in nature, or practice your favorite hobby. Take the time to truly be present.
26. Practice Mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness and gratitude is an important facet of simple living.
Clear the clutter in your mind and take a few minutes each day to pray or meditate. Start a gratitude journal and write down the things that you are thankful for.
Try to find simple living quotes that resonate with you and remind you why you are on this journey.
27. Just Say No
Learn how to say no. If anyone asks you to do something that you truly don’t want to do, don’t say yes out of obligation. Learn how empowering the word “no” can be.
28. Do What You Have Been Putting Off
If there are any projects you have been procrastinating, now is the time to complete them. If you let them go any longer, they will only get worse.
These tasks have probably been weighing on your mind and dragging you down. Do them – they are probably much more simple than you think. Don’t wait until you feel motivated, just start.
29. Let Go of Negativity
Let go of any negativity that’s not serving you. Whether it be toxic people, physical clutter, or negative thoughts, it’s time to release things that are not bringing you joy.
Try writing down your thoughts in a journal or talking to a friend if you need extra support.
30. Schedule Alone Time
Schedule some alone time in your calendar. Alone time is so important for your mental well being and you deserve the time to take care of YOU.
Rest, be creative, or do something that you truly love. Spend time with yourself and reflect on your beliefs, values, and health.
Final Thoughts on Simple Living
While simple living can be a complete lifestyle change, you don’t have to go at it all at once. You can use these 30 simple steps to simplify your life in just one month.
The biggest simple living tip to remember is to evaluate everything.
After the 30 days has passed, think about how everything went. Is there something you need to change? Was there anything that truly resonated with you?