13 Ways to Simplify Your Life

How often do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed? I sometimes feel like I have at least a hundred things going on. Work, family, my social life, my daily responsibilities, goals, blogging- it’s easy to start feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. Next thing I know, the mail is piling up because I was distracted when I got home and instead of putting it away, I just threw it on my kitchen counter, I have at least 10 emails to reply to, laundry to do and two blog posts to write. It’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed.

I never considered myself a very organized person. I do love to clean, de-clutter and organize, but I always felt like things went back to being messy in no time. I call it an “organized mess”- it’s also something that I’m constantly working on changing. Getting rid of everything that you no longer have use for, things just sit and collect dust, things that maybe could be of some use to someone else- these are all things that make life so much easier.

CLEAN AS YOU GO

Wash your mug right after you finish your coffee- don’t let the dishes pile up. Do your bed right after you get up in the morning. Open the mail as soon as you get home. If you do these things “as you go” you will notice that you won’t have to spend a lot of time constantly cleaning and throwing things away, looking for things.

RE-EVALUATE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

Don’t waste your time for people who aren’t good for you or people whose company you don’t enjoy. Don’t be afraid to cut ties if you feel that the relationship is toxic. Your time is precious, make sure to spend it with those you care about- not those you don’t.

UNSUBSCRIBE

I have a tendency to immediately subscribe to blogs and websites, if I happen to like them at a first glance. Truth is, there are very few of those newsletter emails that I actually read. Once I unsubscribed from a whole bunch of them, my inbox is much neater and a lot more pleasant to browse through.

DE-CLUTTER

Get rid of old things like clothes, dishes, electronics, magazines, furniture,  old makeup– donate what you can. If there are some pieces in your closet that you’ve been keeping for years in hopes that you get to wear them some day- get rid of those, too.

WRITE DOWN YOUR SMALL GOALS

I’m talking about small goals like getting your workout in, finishing reading that book, organizing your pantry, etc. Writing things down can help you get them done, especially when you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start; write down a list of things and start with whatever task you dread the most.

SCHEDULE YOUR “EMAIL TIME”

I try to avoid replying to emails right away (unless it’s something urgent, of course)- it can be very distracting, especially when you get as many emails as I do. I try to schedule some time twice a day when I go through my inbox and respond to emails.

FORGET MULTITASKING

It’s stressful and most of the time you’re not as productive as you would be, if you were to focus on a single task.

CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE

This can be life changing. If you find yourself rushing out the door every morning, being in a hurry, getting an early start can give you more time to do things like sitting down and writing down your to-do list, preparing lunch and getting ready for the day.

RE-EVALUATE YOUR COMMITMENTS

Out of all your responsibilities and hobbies, which ones are of most importance to you? Home life, social life, work, side-work, family, any pastime activities- if there’s something that you don’t love doing or it doesn’t give you value, give it up- if you can. Pay close attention to what you do with your time.

SAY NO

Don’t feel obligated to say “yes” to things you don’t feel like doing. Don’t feel the need to explain yourself- if you don’t want to do it, just say no.

CLEAN UP YOUR DIGITAL MESS

Decluttering is also important when it comes to your digital life. Delete any apps you don’t use, any documents you don’t need, close those tabs. Old school papers, old photos; if you store anything important on your laptop, transfer it to an external drive.

STAY ORGANIZED

Have a place for everything, and put everything back where it belongs. This will make your life much easier.

PLAN YOUR DAY AHEAD

Know what to expect, plan ahead and you will feel more organized and will find time to do pretty much everything. Write to do- lists and set yourself small daily goals that will help you stay on track.

We live in times, where we’re constantly connected, we constantly have something to do and it’s important to know how to slow down. Keeping things simple is no longer… simple. It’s important that you value your time and spend it doing things you need to get done and doing things you love doing. De-cluttering, getting rid of anything that doesn’t serve you will help you simplify your life and feel more at peace. It’s hard to admit it, but sometimes you just can’t do it all. And that’s okay; focus on the things that matter the most.

Any other ideas on how to simplify your life? Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed with how much you need to/want to get done?

 

  • I’ve had to start saying no to things recently because I was taking way too much on and it was so stressful. I had a big unsubscribing spree a while ago and now my inbox is so much more manageable! x

    LuxeStyle

  • I feel like decluttering is SO IMPORTANT! research shows that clutter causes stress and anxiety. Plus, the most stuff you have, the more you have to clean. And it’s more stuff to move around when you clean. After watching the Minimalist documentary on Netflix I’ve been so into minimizing my life for all the above reasons!

    – Claudia
    http://www.justalittleblush.com/

  • You are so right – keeping things simple is no longer simple.. Feeling overwhelmed has become a normal state of mind – which it definitely should not be!
    Thank you for this great post. I really have to learn to say no to things I don’t actually want to do but some how feel obligated to..
    xx
    http://mariannelle.com/

  • Loved these tips! I love having a declutter and a tidy up of things. Always makes me think so much clearer and puts me at ease once it’s done and everything’s all neat and tidy x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  • Re-evaluating relationships is becoming more and more important to me as I get older– with only a couple days out of the week (max) that I have for friends, I want to make sure I’m spending time with people I want to see as opposed to people I “should” make an effort to see. The truth is, you’re not going to go through life keeping hundreds of friends, so it’s important to hang on to the ones you love!

    Sonia | http://www.prettylowmaintenance.com

  • Such great tips! I am starting right now.

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  • Lovely post, thank you for sharing! I definitely need to get into the habit of making my bed first thing etc.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

  • I used to be very clean, but not organized at all. Now, with the kids, I am super organized, but my home is a constant mess. They are two and I am just one and I can’t clean as quickly as they make a mess again. But I get a lot more done and learned to take the “clean” part easy.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • This is so hard! I try to organize everything I do and stick to that. But I end doing several things at the same time.

    Great post!

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

  • Melina Pena

    A lot of these are extremely difficult to do! What I have been working on is reevaluating my friendships. I feel like this is something that everyone has to do at least once between high school and “adulting”. People change so much between that time period, and people who were once really good for you, might not be good for you anymore. I’ve let go of so many people throughout the last year, and it’s done me a lot of good! I have to start working on the other instances in my life in order to make myself less overwhelmed. Great post xxx

    Melina | http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

  • This is a fantastic post! Super useful!

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  • I am actioning a few of these as we speak! Thank you ;-) Kelly xx

    http://www.KELLiLASH.com

  • Clean as you go is one of the best tips ever! You won’t notice 3 mins being spent here and there, but if you clean for 3 mins, twice a day that adds up quickly and you won’t have to schedule time to clean later in the week. Simply washing a mug or putting something away now is way more beneficial than you think!

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  • Natalie Redman

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

    http://www.upyourvlog.com

  • Ana

    These tips are simply great! I’ve tried some of them and I can totally say that they work so thank you for sharing xxx
    http://fallingforablog.blogspot.com.es/2017/04/the-best-cardigan-for-spring.html

  • Life can feel so stressful and busy sometimes, so blowing has definitely taken a back seat for me lately. But I try not to let it get me down and just realise that other things have to be prioritised right now. I love your tips and advice as always xx

    Beauty with charm

  • Love these tips!

  • Biana Perez

    Unsubscribing from emails and using unroll helps me simplify my inbox which is amazing to me!! xo, Biana

  • Yes to all these. Great tips! :)
    There’s many I already do, but some I should definitely add to my life.

    Caroline.x
    http://www.carolineelgeywhite.com

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    These are great ideas!
    I clean up as I go all the time, and I also have a morning ritual that I stick to every day.
    Weekends are a bit difficult to simplify as I do way too many things like learn Japanese, work on my business and my blog and try to fit housework in too!
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

  • Rachel Vaughan

    I need to be better about scheduling email time. I can spend hours each day checking my email/responding to emails intermittently when I could just respond to everything all at once at the beginning and the end of day in 45 minutes max. Thanks for the reminder and the awesome post!

  • Natalie Redman

    Great post. So handy to use these tips to help simplify everything!

    http://www.upyourvlog.com

  • Great Share Paula!

    Saying No especially in toxic relationships is very crucial. These tips are very important and am glad i came across them

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