19 Ways to Simplify Your Life in 2019
The beginning of a new year allows us to reflect and take stock of the goals and aspirations we have for ourselves. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by news, social media, and our culture - and it has created a desire in many of us to simplify our lives. What choices do you want to make in 2019 that will help you create the life you want? Here’s a list of 19 ideas for how you can simplify your life.
Clean out your closet
Tidying up your closet will give you a little breathing room. Letting go of things that no longer serve you will allow you to see and use the things you do want to wear.
Create an easy morning ritual
Creating morning habits that start the day off right will ease you into the day and make morning decision making much less complicated.
Unsubscribe from emails
Nothing feels better than pressing “unsubscribe” from a bunch of random emails. Virtual clutter can make us feel as overwhelmed as physical clutter. Spend 30 minutes going through all your emails and unsubscribe from any lists that no longer bring you happiness.
Organize your emails
While you’re clearing out your inbox - archive everything email you can! Inbox zero feels amazing.
Watch less TV
Watching less TV, and spending less time in front of screens in general, will allow you to slow down and relax.
Set your bills to autopay
I know this assumes a certain level of money in your checking account, but if you have it, anything you can set to autopay will save you time and stress. Not worrying about being late with the rent, utilities, or reoccurring fees is truly wonderful.
Say no to weekday events
This one is hard if you’re a social person, but if you’re working full-time or in school, allow yourself the time you need to decompress during the week. Try scheduling evening activities only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights for a month to see how it feels.
Spend less time on social media – set a timer
The infinite scroll of Instagram can be so appealing, but letting yourself just flip from app to app mindlessly can end of up feeling toxic. If you struggling putting your phone down, set a timer - let yourself graze on social media for 20 minutes and then put the phone down.
Start a capsule wardrobe or streamline your clothes
For people who express their creativity through clothes, this may be more difficult. But, if you find yourself gravitating towards a specific style or color palette, then a capsule wardrobe might be a fabulous idea. Capsule wardrobes are a way to pare down the number of clothes to a small number of useful items that you love. A capsule wardrobe is a great way to simplify your morning routine.
Meditation reduces stress and allows you to develop your concentration. I find meditation is a way for me to refocus my day - after I meditate I’m much more cognizant of what is important and what I need to let go.
Get rid of toxic friends
Perhaps the toughest on the list, but who needs the kind of drama toxic friends bring into your life? Not you! Let go of the people that you know are holding you back.
Understand your money situation
Knowledge is power. Not knowing where and how your spending your money can cause unnecessary stress and leads to poor financial habits. Master your money so it won’t become the master of you.
Track what you need to get done daily or weekly
If you write it down, you don’t have to remember it. Keep a list of what you need to get done today, this week, and this month so you don’t have to fret about forgetting things.
Let go of any resentments
Letting go of bitterness and resentments will free you up to let new things in and allow you to heal. It may take work with a trusted therapist or coach, but let this be the year you allow yourself to grow.
The ultimate act of simplicity can be as simple as saying, “Who cares?” Someone else’s life and mistakes don’t need to send you spinning and speculating. Leave the gossip, and the friends who gossip, behind.
Plan your meals in advance
Create space in your house
Right after you clean out your closet, make a plan for the rest of your house. Can you create spaces for yourself that are free of clutter and relaxing? Is there a spot where you can meditate or a place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee? Create some calm spaces in your home.
Have a Place for Everything
Certain things just seem to float around the house. In my house there’s always seems to be exercise equipment out of place, because we hadn’t dedicated a specific place for it. Make sure everything has a “home” and that it eventually makes it there!
Always ask - will this simplify my life?
Be honest with yourself and ask if it’s going to bring value to you.