When you think about simplifying your life, what's the first thing that comes to mind?
Is it the end result of an uncluttered home, a reasonable but not overly full schedule, time to focus on the things that are most important to you? Or does the overwhelm of the clutter stop you in your tracks before you even get there?
You want a more simple life. A life that isn't dictated by other people's choices and expectations — even the choices and expectations of your past self. A life with margin, white space, room for spontaneity and adventure. A life lived in the moment. A life that, when you look back on it, allows you to say without a doubt that you lived.
Maybe you see those images of curated wardrobes and homes or just witness people who seem to always have time for the things you only wish you had time for and you can't help but wonder how they got there.
Take it from someone who's been there, I know that simplifying your life can seem overwhelming. Decluttering the house, curating a wardrobe, reducing calendar commitments — it's a lot to think about all at one time. You might be exhausted and burnt out and running on fumes, but something about that seems easier than simplifying because at least the burnout and exhaustion is familiar. It requires work, sure, but it's a known entity. Not only that, but everyone else is exhausted and burnt out, too, so if all else fails, you can commiserate together, right?
For most of my life, I was extremely averse to change. If my mom wanted to rearrange furniture in my room, she would talk to me about it literal months in advance so that by the time she made the change, I thought it was my idea. Otherwise, I totally freaked out. So trust me when I say I understand that change is scary.
But what have you got to lose? Better yet, what could you gain? And what could you lose by not changing Simplifying can be overwhelming and change is scary, but the alternative is worse.
The best way I've found to battle the overwhelming nature of starting to simplify your life is by starting small. Trying to tackle the entire house in one weekend is only going to perpetuate the exhaustion and burn out and then you've given up before you ever really began. Picking one thing, like your closet or the bathroom, gives you a tangible goal and the more you progress through small areas, the more the momentum builds. Next thing you know it, nearly three years have passed by and simplicity has begun to touch every area of your life.
Every Friday for the twelve weeks that's what we're going to do — start small and go one-by-one through your home, your wardrobe, and your life to get the simplification process started. This isn't intended to be a comprehensive deep dive into simplifying any one area of your life, but a bit more of a broad brush to get you started.
The topics we'll cover are:
- Your Closet
- Your Bedroom
- Your Common Space
- Your Office
- Your Kitchen
- Your Bathroom
- Your Style
- Your Makeup
- Your Inbox
- Your Schedule
- Your Diet
- Your Exercise Habits
If you have specific questions about any of the above topics, comment below or send me an email and I'll be sure to address them when I get to the specific topic.
Next week we'll be kicking things off with the place I started my simple living journey — your closet!