Simplify Your Life FAQ's

Having trouble following the 2nd Annual Simplify Your Life Community Challenge? Check out some of our most frequently asked questions below for guidance. Plus, for more support and ideas on how women just like you are simplifying their lives, go to the Simplify Your Life message board!

I thought simplicity was about getting rid of clutter. But it seems like it's more than that. What exactly is simplicity?
Simplicity is the attempt to see clearly -- to know what's important and what matters most. It's taking stock of your life and stripping away the inessential. At the heart of simplicity is the process of self-examination and self-discovery -- deciding what you need to be happy. Simplicity is the age-old search for happiness. It is the art of living fully and being fully alive.

How do I start the Simplify Your Life Community Challenge?
Start by checking out the main Simplify Your Life challenge page. Begin by following Week One. When you're ready for more, move on to Week Two.

Is it too late to start?
No! Finding simplicity in your life is an ongoing process. So is this Community Challenge. Though the 5-week challenge officially started on October 14, 2002, the simplicity circle on the Simplify Your Life board will still be here. Feel free to begin the challenge -- on your own terms! Just as no two people will take exactly the same path to living simply -- no two people will move through the challenge at the same pace. You must do what works for you.

And make sure you let everyone on the Simplify Your Life message board know you are starting so you can get all of the support you need!

I feel like I'm behind and can't stay on the weekly Challenge schedule. What do I do?
That's okay if you're behind! It means that you're following your own pace -- which is great! Don't make another goal for yourself or go onto the next week of the Challenge if you are not ready. Remember, the Week One topic of this Challenge is about going slowly. This applies to the pace of the Challenge as well!

I am extremely busy. How can I take care of my family and not feel so rushed?
First, you need to revisit week one and cut down out one time-waster and slow down one thing in your life. Simplicity is about changing your life! Not about how fast you change your life (or your environment for that matter.) Do not try to get too much done at once! You already probably have too much on your plate if you are finding that this question relates to you -- so please start with one thing! Here's what some other women are doing to slow down:

  • "Rushing around makes me cranky and exhausted. My mom always had the perfect house and I need to accept that ours isn't going to be that way until the baby and three-year-old grow up a little bit!" --kimgarbi
  • "My worst habit is agreeing or offering to do stuff for other people. I've made a commitment to ONLY say yes to those things that really matter to me or to my kids. It's really hard to do!" --antimartha
  • "I'm trying to set more reasonable goals for my self -- not making up a "to-do" list that is just humanly impossible to complete in one day." -- jo.ann.b

I absolutely cannot find a way to slow down and cut down on my schedule. Any ideas?
Yes! First read this easy -- yet inspiring -- idea from Cl-Karenferguson: "I have decided that about the only thing I can give up is getting stressed over things beyond my own control. Like other peoples bad driving for example! " Here's some more thoughts:

  • "NO internet till I have had a breakfast, exercise, and have done my general house cleaning. Oh, and my Jack Russell, Tammy, insists on a walk FIRST." -- autumnmorn
  • "Sometimes I talk myself through each action such as: 'I am throwing out this useless piece of junk and it feels great..'. Helps keep out all the 'I should be doing this instead...' and slows me down." -- okura2
  • "I set up a morning routine. It takes a while for this to become a habit, but it is well worth the time and effort and my mornings are less stressed. Give yourself plenty of time. If it means getting up 10 minutes earlier, do it." -- eek_a_piq

I want to get inspiration from old messages on the board, but I can't find them. What do I do?
You need to look at the list of archived boards for old messages that you no longer see. Just click on the link at the top of the board that says "archived board" and walla!

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