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For you, how could you make your life simpler? And, why do you choose to do it the hard way?

Asked by Jude (31977 points ) April 12th, 2010

I’m working simplifying a few areas of my life, and, I’d like to hear from you all. Perhaps, tips on how to make your everyday a little bit easier.

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unique's avatar

i should really pay parking tickets on-time.

CMaz's avatar

I do all my laundry, leave it in a pile. When it is all done, over the course of a couple of days, I then fold my wrinkled clothing.

Why do I choose to do it the hard way?

Because.

DarkScribe's avatar

We are about to make our lives simpler – we are hiring a new housekeeper. The cost is well worth the extra time we gain.

dpworkin's avatar

Oh, do I need a housekeeper! Except I’d be embarrassed to show this place to one.

Cruiser's avatar

Turning off the alarm clock would do it for me!

chyna's avatar

I had a housekeeper at one time. I spent the night before she came cleaning up the place because I didn’t want her to think I was a slob. Not really a timesaver for me.

Coloma's avatar

My life is already pretty simple compared to most.

I work in the city, but have enough space between jobs so I am not a slave to a commute.

Live on property in the foothills that allows me the space and peace I desire.

Have a gardener and pay for housekeeping every so often just because I can, and..those are my priorities over a brand new car every other year, and all the latest in techie gadgets.

My worst procrastinations revolve around taking the trash can up my giant hill of a driveway and the usual paperwork of life. lol

Pretty simple, pretty easy, pretty satisfying. :-)

bunnygrl's avatar

I suppose if I wanted to make my life easier, I would stop working. I only work part time but after each shift I am so drained, and in so much pain, but I keep working. I have rhuematoid arthritis, and I know that is what causes the pain. I do it because, I was once agoraphobic, still am to a very small degree in that the panic attacks don’t control me any more, but they make themselves felt occassionally. I am frightened when I am not in my house. If I stayed home, I know that I would never leave again. It was so difficult to be able to leave the house on my own, and I can’t give that up. I’m just not strong enough to go through what it took to get to this point again.

Emt3225's avatar

I know longer wait to do my wash on the weekend.. I do one wash every other day and it makes life easier for me on Saturday.. :)

susanc's avatar

As I keep telling you all ad nauseam, my husband died a couple of years ago, and we had accumulated a lot of stuff because we live in an old factory and had plenty of extra space. So now I’m redistributing stuff we never used and stuff he’ll never be here to use. But there’s so much! Right now I’m slowly selling his shop tools. (I will never, never use a wood lathe.) Flutherers helped me figure out how to sell his
automotive projects. Gave a good car away, sold another, motorcycles next, it’s getting clearer. As the Stuff dissipates, so does my brainfog.

Why have I chosen to do it the hard way? To me that means, Why didn’t I just take everything to an auction all at the same time – an auction, the dump, and the Goodwill? Answer: because letting go is a slow process. Every object I touch, move, or examine needs to tell me stories before I say goodbye to it.

cazzie's avatar

I’m married to a lazy slob who travels a lot anyway, but I’m then left with looking after his responsibility when he’s gone, including taking care of his teen age, autistic son. If I wanted to simplify my life, I’d divorce him so I didn’t have to pick up after him and look after his son. Why don’t I? Because I love the boy as if he were my own, and if we didn’t have the same address, I’d have to give overnight custody visits with our younger son and I don’t trust that he can look after him properly. Sometimes… the harder road is the better road.

J0E's avatar

Sometimes I think my life would be simpler if I would have never started using the internet so much. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve learned a lot and made some great friends. But in the end, it’s information I could have learned anyway and people who I will most likely never meet. The latter is what makes me sad sometimes.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer.

Coloma's avatar

@J0E

Yes, the internet does require self discipline as it is so easy to let the hours fly by when in braniac mode, lol.

As far as meeting others though, if you really have a desire and it is mutual you CAN make that happen.

BoBo1946's avatar

being the “simple shit” that I’m, life is very simple!

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@ChazMaz I’m not the only one who does that? Oh, thank god!

Sophief's avatar

My life would be simpler if I could learn to trust and be happy with face I’ve been given. But I don’t trust and I’m far from happy with what I’ve been given. I thought you were happy in your life?

Facade's avatar

Things would go exceedingly more smoothly if I just stopped procrastinating.

slick44's avatar

I could hop on a plane and move to florida. :)

janbb's avatar

I have kept my life “simpler” by almost always working part time rather than full time. It has been a trade-off in income and prestige, and obviously, I have been lucky to be able to afford to, but it has allowed me to live with a smaller amount of stress and more time to develop myself in other ways.

nebule's avatar

If I could just not have eating disorder issues. That is… if I could just eat to live and not live to eat…

philosopher's avatar

My life is tough because this is what I was given. I cope and do decently.
I have an Autistic Son.
I thank the Lord for all his success. I pray he will continue to improve. I fear the future; because he only has one year left in school.
I do not procrastinate I plan.

faye's avatar

My life is dismally simple! I’m waiting for weather to improve so I can at least be outside.

evandad's avatar

Money and lack of money.

YARNLADY's avatar

I wish there was a simple way to lose weight, but until they invent a pill that will let me sit in my recliner all day, and eat whatever I want and stay healthy, I will have to continue to do it the hard way.

jeanmay's avatar

@faye Waiting is not simple! It is one of the hardest and most complex activities of a human’s life, after all, aren’t we all just waiting to die?

Life would be more simple if I could learn to recognise the things that are important, and let go of the things that are not.

It would be simpler if I could ever allow myself to start an activity I enjoy without having to finish it in one sitting, e.g. put down the book and go to sleep.

It would be simpler if I could motivate myself to finish an activity I hate doing, without getting distracted in the middle, e.g. stop fluthering and get back to cleaning the bathroom, cooking the dinner etc.

It would be simpler if I wasn’t so obsessed with detail, and if I could focus on more than one task at once.

It would be simpler if I didn’t set such high standards for myself, or such unrealistic goals.

It would be simpler if I didn’t live half way around the world from my family and friends.

It would be simpler if I were less verbose.

mattbrowne's avatar

I skip every other software upgrade or so.

BoBo1946's avatar

@mattbrowne is that not the “dang truth!” Drive me nuts..

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