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I’ve been getting requests for a post like this for a while, and I’m at a point in my life where this has become more important. I thought it was a perfect time to write it!
I love spring cleaning and all, but summer is the time of year that I think is perfect for getting rid of all of your stuff and simplifying your life.
The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and who wants to be bogged down by stuff and overwhelmed with too much going on? It’s time to relax and have fun!
My husband and I are also planning on moving soon, so this is the perfect time to get rid of all of the junk that we don’t need and only keep what we love.
Plus, I’m also sick of feeling so scattered and overwhelmed. I don’t want stress to be the norm for me. I want to be able to enjoy the small things and find joy in every day. Time to simplify!
So today I thought I’d share my best tips for decluttering and simplifying your life!
– Declutter your home.
Spend a weekend (or a week!) thoroughly cleaning your home and get rid of everything that you can. I’m not talking about going hardcore minimalist, just get rid of things that aren’t necessary.
I don’t know about you, but I want to live in a home that’s only filled with things that I want, need, and use. Carry around a trash bag for stuff to throw away and a box for stuff to donate/sell/give away.
When you’re done decluttering, organize what you have. Use cute baskets (like these) or shelves (like these) or drawers (like these) and arrange your home in a way that makes you happy and comfortable.
Even though it’s not springtime anymore, you can still use this free spring cleaning checklist to clean your home!
– Declutter your digital life.
This is one that took me a while! But it saves so much time and frees up so much space on my laptop and phone.
Here’s what I did to declutter my electronic life:
- Unsubscribe from unwanted emails and save space in your inbox using Unroll.Me
- Turn off notifications on your phone to keep you from getting distracted or wasting time
- Clean up your social media by unfollowing/unfriending people who cause negativity or you have no interest in
- Leave Facebook groups that you have no interest in
- Go through your files/folders and organize them so you can navigate them easier
– Organize your goals and priorities.
Sometimes we get so busy and distracted with life that we don’t even notice when we have no direction. This can lead us to feel overwhelmed and even lost.
One way to simplify your life is to set yourself goals, write down your priorities, and give yourself a clear direction and objective to move toward.
Also, get rid of any goals that aren’t moving you toward the intentional life that you want. And make sure you do something each day that moves you toward your dreams.
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– Set boundaries and declutter your commitments.
There comes a time in our lives when we have way too much on our plate. This can create a very hectic, overwhelming state in our lives. So, be clear on what commitments you’re willing to honor and which ones need to go.
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Take a look at each area of your life and figure out which commitments need to go. This can help you open your eyes to where you’re spending your time and where you need to cut back. Also, learn to say no to things you can’t do or things that will start cluttering up your time.
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– Declutter your schedule + routines.
So many of us don’t even have a schedule or a set routine for our work, obligations, chores, and tasks. And when we don’t have a routine, we can easily become distracted, unproductive, and not get stuff done that needs to be done. A schedule or a routine can help us take control of our lives and simplify our days.
– Improve your diet.
Eating healthy isn’t just good for your body; it’s good for your mental health too! Eating a healthier diet can help you un-fog your mind and think clearer. It can help you focus better and feel better. It can also help you be more mindful.
All of this is important if you’re trying to live more simply and intentionally. So clean out your fridge, cupboards, and pantry and try to get rid of your junk food, if you can. If you’re scared to do this because you think it’s expensive to eat healthily, check out this post about eating healthy on a budget (with a free workbook)!
– Let go of your past.
One thing that can certainly damage your dream of simple living is carrying around baggage from the past. You are not your past and you can create any future that you want!
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Free yourself from your limiting beliefs from the past and choose to be happy. I know that this may not be as easy as it sounds, but it’s essential to living more mindful and in the moment.
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– Declutter your finances.
Financial burdens are one of the biggest reasons why people are unhappy. Learning to live free of debt and financial stress is a big step toward living simply and having peace of mind. If you need some help getting your finances under control, here are some helpful posts:
- How to Take Control of Your Finances
- 7 Simple Steps for Setting Up Your Budget (Free Worksheets!)
- 10 Creative Ways to Save Money
I also totally recommend the book Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. It’s the single most helpful financial resource that I’ve ever come across and it helped me out A LOT!
– Start (or keep) giving back.
I don’t know about you, but fewer things make me as happy as the feeling of helping someone. It’s actually why I started this blog and why I’m writing this right now!
Giving back to the world isn’t just the right thing to do, but it also leaves you feeling so happy. You don’t have to do something big and grand, just try to do little things every day that helps others. I guarantee that your life will be simpler and you’ll be happier if you decide to make this a part of your life!
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– Make time for self-care.
Yes, helping others is great and important. But if you don’t take care of yourself properly, you won’t be able to do your best when helping others or get your stuff done or even be happy. Taking care of YOU is super important not only for you but for everyone in your life!
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So make sure you’re clearing time in your schedule to relax, do things you enjoy, and take care of yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually. Give yourself peace and quiet to do the things that make you happy so you can regain mental peace and energy.
What are your best tips for decluttering your life?