Simple Living Series Part 1: My Environment

Simple Living Series Part 1: My Environment

This post is Part 1 of 6 of Simple Living Series. Learn more about the series here.

Since my work as an architect deals with designing living spaces, I was inspired to kick-off the series with a list on best practices for creating an ideal environment to live in.


  • allot a sacred space that belongs to me in the house for my personal things and for activities that I prefer to do alone

  • keep essential papers filed in a secure place

  • keep every room in the house neat, simplified and organized

  • take care of the stuff that I have and attend to items that need repair

  • have a simplified capsule wardrobe that contains my essential go-to clothing pieces

  • know the type of clothes that work for me and keep only those that make me look and feel great

  • place real green plants and flowers inside the house to enrich air quality and beautify the place and ensure they are well taken cared of

  • care for pets like they are part of the family

  • create a sleeping area that allow me to rest well

  • live in a home and location that we love and is safe for the family

  • keep my work area effective for productivity, creativity and inspiration

  • reduce, recycle and reuse whenever possible

  • clean with products that are not damaging to the environment

  • listen to music that makes me feel good

  • own or acquire only things that represent my authentic self and not somebody else’s choice for me

  • have a regular schedule of purging my belongings and giving away the things that I no longer need to other people who would benefit them

  • do not keep something that I do not need or will never use

  • keep my home smelling good naturally

  • keep the car regularly maintained

  • enrich a room’s ambience if necessary by lighting candles/incenses or putting personal touches

  • use a family chore routine that is effective and works for everyone in the family

  • practice cleaning as I go and quick clutter pick-up

  • surround myself with beautiful things

  • evaluate my home’s changing needs regularly and be open to adjustments

  • make sure the layout and design of my home is in tune with our family’s lifestyle, values and needs and encourages healthy, loving and fun interaction among us

  • make sure there is ample lighting around me

  • minimize indoor pollution through letting fresh air in by opening windows

Part 2: My Body

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