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We all want a simpler life, a less chaotic existence, but how?

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How to live a simpler life? It’s more than just throwing out extra stuff; let’s discuss.

Want a simpler life? It’s simple!

I finally did it! I am now the proud owner of a capsule wardrobe. I’ve been thinking about it and researching it and saying. “okay, this is the weekend I will finally make it happen” for probably a year or more now.

If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is, you probably at least know Steve Jobs’ standard wardrobe – probably the most famous capsule wardrobe of all – black mock turtleneck, jeans and sneakers.

Simple. Easy. Quick. No stress and no wasted time worrying about what to wear each morning. I have wanted that feeling for a long time.

The freedom of simplicity

I’ll admit, my capsule wardrobe does consist of more than just three pieces though. Probably 40 at this point. Essential basic items and some sentimental favorites that can all be mixed and matched to keep my days fresh. But it has simplified my morning routine like nothing else I’ve ever done. I don’t get up and worry about having “nothing to wear” because my closet is so organized I know exactly what I have in there.

My closet isn’t full of pieces I might wear someday, rather it’s put together with pieces I love and would be happy to wear any day! That simplicity feels wonderful – liberating even. And after reading Leo Babauta’s recent article about simplicity and freeing ourselves of the crap, I think he would agree.

Opting out

His advice and suggestions are simple, but not necessarily easy. He writes in an encouraging way, not at all condescending. In a nutshell, he encourages us to opt out. Opt out of social media, self-improvement, even work! And though he doesn’t mention my capsule wardrobe specifically, he does mention shopping, which for many steals our time, money and our sanity.

And if we do what he suggests – if we simplify and destress by opting out – what’s in it for us?

When you’re free of “stuff”

Babauta puts in more beautifully than I ever could:

Imagine waking up and being free to do anything. You could sell everything and travel the world with a backpack. You could start a business on a shoestring budget, building something meaningful. You could read more, take long walks, go on a bike trip, take classes and meet new people, teach something online, finally write that book you’ve been meaning to write, finally learn to draw, paint, play music, speak a new language, dance.

Or you could do nothing. Just sit. Be content with the world, as it is.

What will you opt out of?

The thought of being content and doing nothing – or anything – sounds quite appealing to me. After reading his article, is there anything you’re planning to do to opt out and simplify? I’d love to hear all about it.




  1. Scott Allen

    March 28, 2016 at 12:00 am

    One of the best things I ever did was realize that I only really needed 2 kinds of socks, so I bought 2 bulk bags of one and 1 of the other, and threw all the rest out. Now, I can open my sock drawer any time, and guaranteed pull out a matching pair. Laundry and packing are forever simpler. And if I really feel the need to, I make my fashion statements in other ways. But socks? Seriously?

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