Life tips

Clean Your Sponge

Sponges can pick up a lot of bacteria, especially if they’re left in the sink, so you want to make sure you clean them frequently. Pop the wet sponge in the microwave for 30 seconds to remove any bacteria. Just wait a minute or two before pulling out since it’ll still be hot. You can also put your sponge in the dishwasher to get it nice and clean.

Clean the Blender

Fill your blender with warm water and a drop of dish soap. Turn it on and let it go for a for a few seconds. Then just rinse it out with warm water.

Clean Cloudy Glasses With Vinegar

Just use a paper towel and a small amount of vinegar to get your glasses nice and clean again!

Tackle a Stinky Garbage Disposal With Lemon

Add a fresh scent to your kitchen by cutting up a lemon and running a couple of small slices through the garbage disposal. (This is also a great trick to use just before guests arrive!)

Do what you want, just do no harm

Finish off your year of minimalism with this simple motto that takes the complexity out of ethical dilemmas by granting you freedom to live by your own rules — so long as they don’t impede on anyone else.

Learn from the mistakes of others

You don’t have to put your hand in the fire to know you will be burned. A simple way to avoid setbacks is to watch those ahead of you. Sure, we learn from failure, but making avoidable mistakes isn’t a requirement for earning your stripes.

Be mindful and in the moment

You can’t change the past or predict the future, so try not to let what was or what could be disrupt what is.  Live in the present and be appreciative of right now, since it’s what you can control.

Manage your “wheel of life

The wheel of life helps you map out each area of your life and easily evaluate whether it’s in line with your overarching vision. It’s an excellent developmental tactic that helps you identify themes that need attention so they don’t disproportionately distract or hinder your progress.

Downgrade digital distractions

Be diligent in your use if technology. After determining your short list of minimal apps and useful online sites and services, cut out the rest. The pervasiveness of devices leads to an overload of stimuli that distracts and disengages. Minimalist living tips and tricks cannot be complete without addressing the digital aspects of our life. We’ve found that the digital organization tool called Desktop.com to be extremely helpful in eliminating clutter and distractions on all our devices. Make sure you read our review of Desktop.com.

Practice Gratitude

You’ve heard this a million times before, but that’s because it works. Practicing gratitude is an incredible happiness booster and positive thinking restructures your brain.

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