Hi friends! I’m finally back to the blogging game after taking a much needed solo mama break and flying back to Tennessee for a few days. I stepped away from social media, ignored my email, and laid on the couch more than I’d like to admit.
On my two flights, I was able to finish reading Emily Ley’s A Simplified Life and it felt so nice to have that quiet time in order to do so. It’s chock full of ways to, you guessed it, simplify your life, and it includes tons of wise little gems of advice. If you’re unfamiliar with Emily Ley, she’s the queen of all things simple, classy, and organized. Her newest re-brand is precisely that, Simplified, and I’m loving her even more. She’s a young mom to three littles, a woman of God, and honestly just a breathe of fresh air. I’ve actually never owned one of her Simplified Planners, but if you’re looking for a good place to start with your Emily Ley fan-girling, that would be a good place. She also wrote Grace Not Perfection, which is another A+ read.
So after reading A Simplified Life, I really took away a lot and noticed several areas in my own life that need simplifying. I’m all about keeping things simple, so I really honed in on her tricks. I especially connected with her concepts for the home and the notion that less, is more. It’s so important to declutter and keep the STUFF to a bare minimum because the more stuff we have in our homes, the more stuff that’s constantly vying for our attention and taking our attention away from what really matters. It means more messes, more distractions, and more things added to our to-do list. This is probably the trickiest area of my life currently to simplify because it seems like every day the toddler tornado wreaks havoc.
I’ve come up with a list of things I’m setting out to simplify, and I’ve already even knocked off a few of my organizational goals for 2018! This week I cleaned out and organized (in true OCD container store fashion) our bathroom drawers and cabinets, and our kitchen “junk” drawer.
My Plan For a Simplified Life
- Clean out master closet…and I mean clean OUT, like basically do a semi-capsule wardrobe. I need to donate anything I haven’t worn in the past year, dresses I never wear, shoes I don’t need similar or the same styles in, old nursing or maternity clothes I know I won’t wear, get rid of old t-shirts, etc.
Clean out junk drawer in kitchen Gather ALL chargers and devices in ONE basket in the kitchen.Emily suggests this as a way to improve your sanity and decrease cord clutter. We already kept a lot of our chargers in one spot, but we’re also guilty of leaving them all over the house. So a designated spot will be nice.
- Clean out shoe boxes by the front door and start a sock basket to keep all our socks in one place.
- Walk around the house on a regular basis, throwing away trash and meaningless clutter.
- Sort playroom toys by kind and box up toys she’s already outgrown/toys we know the new baby won’t use for a while.
- Get back on track meal planning in a way that actually works for us. Make a long list of easy go-to recipes we know we can rely on.
- Decorate, make purchases, and organize with intention.
- Make self care an even bigger priority. In her book, Emily says, “Two enormous ways you can take care of yourself are eliminating your overwhelm triggers and giving yourself the gift of brain space.”
Clean out master bathroom drawers.
- Say NO to social media more. “Not everything you do in your life needs to be shared publicly…Some things should be kept special, tucked deep inside your heart, to be enjoyed only by you.”
- Clean out my makeup bag. I have no need for makeup that is several years old or that I don’t use every single day. One more thing to make my daily routine simpler!
- Minimize apps on phone, delete anything I don’t use at least once a week…remove email accounts I don’t need taking up my time on a regular basis.
- Continue to make date nights a priority and talk to Adeline about it.
I’m looking forward to making 2018 a year of organization, and simplicity. And it just so happens to correlate perfectly with nesting! Bring it on!
PS 18 weeks tomorrow! Whoop whoop!
How can you simplify your life? Where would you start?