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Discover Simple

By August 30, 2017 2 Comments

Have you noticed how busy and complicated we tend to make life? We fill our calendars with way too many activities and appointments. We fill our homes with way too much stuff. We relentlessly search for the perfect life thinking it holds the key to our happiness.

Maybe it’s time to discover simple.


Why? Because we have a limited amount of time, energy, and money. You really can’t do it all or have it all. So why not simplify your life so that you have the time, energy, and money for what matters most to you.

What does simple look like?


  • Make your bed every morning
  • Sort mail every day
  • Pick up & put away



  • Eat the same breakfast every morning
  • Eat salad & soup or salad & sandwich for lunch
  • Write out 5 simple dinners on index cards that are easy to prepare



  • Select clothes every evening for the next day
  • Reduce the amount of clothes
  • Sort clothes by type



  • 15 minutes to clean bathroom sink, toilet, & tub
  • 15 minutes to clean kitchen counters & load/unload dishwasher
  • 15 minutes to mop the floors
  • 15 minutes to run the sweeper



  • Use items from nature
  • Decorate for the season, not the holiday
  • Rearrange & repurpose items you already have



  • Afternoon nap
  • Bike ride
  • Classic game
  • Dinner together
  • Early arrival
  • Fresh flowers
  • Gentle breeze
  • Happy faces
  • Ice cream
  • Joyful singing
  • Kind words
  • Library books
  • Making cookies
  • Nighttime walk
  • Organized spaces
  • Planting seeds
  • Quaint garden
  • Rainy day
  • Spectacular sunset
  • TV off
  • Unexpected card
  • Visiting seniors
  • Windy day
  • Xtra day off
  • Your smile
  • Zany doodles


Be refreshed the simple way:

S = savor

I = invigorating

M = meaningful

P = pleasant

L = lovely

E = experiences


“It’s experiences not things that bring true happiness.”

Cristin Frank, Living Simple, Free, & Happy


What simple experience will you enjoy today?


Olive Wagar

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  • Heather Anne says:

    I love this! I am in the process of trying to move towards simplification – but I keep getting bogged down! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Olive Wagar says:

      Heather, glad you were inspired by these ideas! Sometimes we just need a few fresh ideas to get going in a new direction. Every step you take to simplify your life will open up physical, emotional, and mental space for the life you really want to live.

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