24 Responses to “25 Ways to Simplify Your Life in 10 Minutes or Less”


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  1. Talia

    What a fantastic list! So many helpful things you’ve listed.

    Thank you for taking the time to compile and share!

  2. Thomas

    Ideed, a fantastic list how to move forward living more simple. This is rocketfuel for the journey. Thanks for compilation!

  3. Dawn

    This is a wonderful list, but especially thank you for #25! So important, yet so often pushed to the bottom of my to do list until something routine turns into something big.

  4. This is a great way to start managing anxiety as well. I have found that when we work to simplify our lives, our anxiety and stress levels decrease.

  5. Xanthi

    Dear Courtney, 2014 so far sounds like your year!!!!you surprise us ,amaze us every single day, wowowowowowo, thank you so much for putting all of our thoughts,maybes, to dos or not to dos, in a simple yet so much inspiring list….Thank you

  6. 10 minutes per day is super manageable and the tasks are meaningful. Thank you for this awesome list!

  7. Jen

    I really love this list! Thanks so much for posting it!

    #11 is going to be a tough one for me since I used to work in skincare and have so many products I don’t use yet am loathe to toss out!

    I’m in the process of moving at the end of this month (eek!), and I’ve found that minimalizing my life has made the packing process soooo much easier! I’ve been leaning on blogs like yours (especially this post!) to help me figure it all out. I’ve made 3 rounds through my closet in the last 3 weeks and I don’t think I’m done yet! :)

  8. Beth

    Thank you so much Courtney, I love reading your blog!

  9. Excellent list Courtney! Such insightful ideas and reminders. ;-)

    Thank you.

  10. Thanks! I needed that! I’m still going through the links but the first one, How to Complain Less, was just the splash of cold water I needed! Feeling a bit sorry for myself and this article reminded me why complaining is not only self-defeating but self-fulfilling.

  11. Anu

    Thank you for this list!

  12. I popped over to read Reset to Zero and every night before i tuck myself into bed i try to make sure my kitchen is reset so when i get up it looks like the magic fairies have been and cleaned for me.

    I have spent 2 years clearing and cleaning 15 years of clutter and although there are some thing i need to keep, such as enough cutlery, crockery and glassware for when all my children and grandchildren come over i have just one shelf in my crockery cupboard where i have two of everything, which is enough for me and a friend.

    However minimalist living comes slowly in ever decreasing circles and with each sweep there is less to put back, but my weakness will always be books but i do have a home for them i just have to train them to return there when finished with.

  13. Just done the car – that is one of my Friday jobs! It is astonishing what turns up in there.

    Fantastic list and lots of great links. Thank you.

  14. quent

    Your blog is inspirationally fantastic. If I had anything left I’d chuck it. Now. You are a star.

  15. Marla


    I notice, in a discerning sort of way, that your blog keeps getting better and better. Wow, you’re rockin’ whatever you’re doing. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.


    • dipti

      i stumbled into your blog while looking for ways to get minimalist, and have been reading you since october 2013 –
      and and its almost like deja vu – i think and you key it for me, to read my thoughts my struggle my desires in your words – its eerie spooky but its very you cause you are living it and i am a lie . . .
      come 2014 i am moving from my comfort zone from a spectator to actually follow that voice in my head – many voices leading to a big noise – and your silent voice helping me to pick up the right thread and pull myself in the right direction, this note is out of gratitude and to seek your blessings to ensure that i stay sustained in this path that i am desiring to choose…

  16. Rose Cole

    Thanks to you Courtney I am already doing a lot of the list, but now I am inspired to expand my goals for attaining the simple life and going even farther!
    Loved Reset to Zero. That is something I have learned to do the hard way, but it sure does work!

  17. Great thoughts! Thanks for sharing these practical tips.

  18. Great list, and thanks for sharing the link to “Get rid of the things that make you feel bad”! That was a great post.

  19. Thank you for the great advice! Sometimes it is daunting to think about the work involved in getting rid off stuff. But 10 minutes is manageable… If you do just 10 minutes a day imagine what you can accomplish in a month, or a year! And you’re so right about how should celebrate the small victories (instead of blaming ourselves for our shortcomings…). I think I will apply your 25 tips one by one, one per day (lucky for me, I can already cross some of them out, as already done! ;))

  20. Fabulous post! My favorite elements: get rid of stuff that makes you feel bad, and celebrate your positive efforts. Thank you, Courtney!

  21. Hey Courtney,

    I love this!

    I have to admit that I have a problem with #21. I love simplifying things and constantly work at it – I tend to do so as I go along in life, constantly questioning how I can make things simpler (I love the famous Einstein quote: ‘Make it as simple as it can be and as complex as it needs to be’) – but I am somehow attached to books – even though I read everything on my Kindle.

    I have so many books that I will probably never read but I just might, plus I like the look, the feel, the possibilities that books have – I somehow feel romantically attached to them. Weird I know. Everything else, fine, but books have some extra meaning for me, even if I’ll probably never read them. I did give lots of my very favorite books away to my list recently – particularly because I have digital versions of all the best ones – but then I still have many, many books left – most of which mean something to me but wouldn’t to anyone else (e.g. lots of French books to practice my French – which are difficult to get digitally without paying full price for each one again).

    On #19, I’m a little sick & tired of Facebook actually, but on any social media, I’m happy to ‘connect’ with people who want to connect with me, just because I believe in networking, being open to ‘connect’ etc. – but my system is that as soon as I get some evidence that I’m just a number to that person, that they just want to pitch to me or that I’m going to get spammed (e.g. lots of invites from someone I don’t know to those ridiculous games) then I’ll disconnect/unfriend them.

  22. Flor

    I have been facebook free since 2012 and never felt happier, the noise it produced in my life made me deaf to what is real, there is no substitute for meeting a friend at a coffee shop. People only put their best self in this digital world. Now i pick up the phone to call my cousin as oppose to checking her status.

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