By Rita Wilkins
The Downsizing Designer

Summer is here… Are you having fun yet?

Or are you still rushing around, shopping, packing to get away so you can finally relax and have fun? It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Hurry up so you can relax!

And then, after all of the running around, you get to your destination and you realize that you were so rushed to pack everything but the kitchen sink, that you forgot to pack some of the most essential items:

  • Beach towels
  • Beach chairs
  • Bug repellent

Of course, you can go shopping to buy those things once you arrive, but you’ll end up taking some of that precious time from family, friends, and having fun.

You might be wondering…

How do other people do it? They make it all look so easy and pack everything they need?

How can you make your life easier rather than harder when it comes to getting away on vacation or even for the weekend?

How could you max out your time for more fun and relaxation?

We can learn a lot from minimalists when it comes to living a simpler more manageable life with less.

These 5 minimalist hacks or shortcuts will help you think and act like a minimalist so you can make your summer simpler and more manageable can have more time and more fun!

5 Minimalist Hacks to a Simpler Life This Summer

1. Lighten up! Travel light

  • Identify what is essential.
  • Identify what can be eliminated.
  • Remove anything that’s unnecessary and take only what matters most.

Have the courage to leave it behind because it will free up time and energy, allowing you to focus on what matters most.

Think back to a recent trip where you overpacked for a vacation or business trip.

  • Were there things you packed but never wore or never used?
  • Did you pack too much just in case?

We’ve all been guilty of this from time to time, but if you want to lighten up, and simplify your life this summer, so it will be more manageable and enjoyable, think like a minimalist and only take those things you absolutely need.

2. Be intentional. Plan ahead

This simple tip will help you overcome over-packing.

Before your next trip even if it’s a weekend getaway take time to:

  • Write down what activities you will be participating in.
  • Write down exactly what you will need for those activities.

Don’t add anything else to that list and if you can, continue to edit and pare it down even more.

You will start to think and act like a minimalist during travels when you arrive at your destination with only the items that you need.

You won’t end up lugging extra stuff with you.

Try it. You’ll be glad you did!

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3.  Be ready, be set to go! Bag it!

I love this simple shortcut! It will make planning for your next trip or outing so much easier!

If there are certain things you do on a regular basis either at home or when you travel, pack a bag that is dedicated to that activity so you can be ready and set to go on a moment’s notice without the hassle and time it takes to gather everything up.

For example:

BEACH BAG

·         Beach towel

·         Bathing suit

·         Sunscreen

·         Flip-flops

·         Sun hat

·         Sunglasses

·         Cover up

·         Bug spray

·         Water bottle

·         Beach chair

SPORTS BAG FOR PICKLEBALL

·         Rackets

·         Balls

·         Shoes

·         Sunglasses

·         Water bottle

·         Sunscreen

·         Sun hat

·         Towel

EVERY DAY BACKPACKS

·         Wallet

·         Money

·         Credit Cards

·         Phone

·         Charger

·         Readers

·         Pen

·         Pad

In essence, have a bag ready to go for each occasion including walking your pet.

Each time you finish using it, be sure to replenish it so it’s ready to go the next time.

4. Clear your calendar… Do less!

Edit your calendar regularly. Say NO more often!

Rather than adding more activities, remove activities from your calendar that prevent you from having time and freedom to do what matters most.

Read the recent article: Steps to Intentionally Design a Clutter-Free Life

5. Shop like a minimalist

You can avoid buying more than you need if you learn to shop like a minimalist.

·         Be intentional.

·         Always have a list.

·         Plan ahead.

·         Think through exactly what you need and will use.

You will not only save time, but you will also save money and energy by using this simple minimalist hack.

These simple tools, tips, strategies, and hacks are used daily by minimalists.

It all boils down to processes that are lifetime skills that help you quickly decide what’s important and what’s useful. They can help make your life easier, happier, and more enjoyable!

These hacks are habits you can easily integrate into your life each day to make your life simpler and more manageable. Now that’s true freedom!

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