15 Ways To Simplify Your Life

Resolutions are a funny thing. We set these “goals” before the start of the new year to become a better version of ourselves. And I’m all for setting goals & improving one’s self, but can someone just wake up an entirely new person? I don’t think so. I think it takes time & with a set of changes put in place. When I started on the journey of minimalism, I didn’t just wake up & say “I’m getting rid of everything I own!” It took time & reflection to get where I am today. And I’m here to let you in on some of the secrets to simplify your life this coming new year.

  1. SET SMALLER GOALS
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Instead of choosing one main goal for the entire year, why not break them down into smaller ones each month or even each day. In the past, I talk about the importance of celebrating your small victories & the way to do this is to appreciate every moment & set realistic tasks to accomplish. You’ll ultimately feel more successful & productive without feeling overwhelmed in the process.

2. DECLUTTER YOUR BELONGINGS

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A clear mind begins with a tidy environment. This is the perfect time to go through your belongings & ditch whatever is not serving you. If you are unsure where to even begin in the declutter process, here are a few posts to reference:

I Want To Declutter, But Where Do I Start?

10 Things You Don’t Need in Your Wardrobe

You Are Not Defined By Your Possessions

CHOOSE EXPERIENCES OVER THINGS

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I say this all the time, your experiences are what you leave with. I also talk about saving money & spending it on meaningful things. Experience are just that- meaningful. If you are someone who is able to travel the world (once it’s better) then go for it! Soak up all of that culture & newness. I think that’s also the best way to enhance your knowledge of the world & become less ignorant as well. There is so much more to life than your immediate bubble.

3. BE GONE OF TOXICITY

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I could seriously make a blog post solely on this topic. In the new year take pride in your social circle & choose people who really have your back. Toxicity can be found in many individuals, even family. If you have people in your life who suck the life out of you & create a burden to your wellbeing, let them go. I know if that individual is a family member, it can be difficult. But I’m here to give you the green light to even walk away from them. Life is too short to spend it with soul suckers.

4. PRIORITIZE YOUR REAL LIFE. NOT YOUR DIGITAL ONE

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On a personal end, deleting most social media (minus facebook) was the best decision ever. Granted, I still have a social media presence for my blog, I find that to be more business related. Even so, I make sure to take breaks from it all from time to time. I also have learned not to place such perfectionism to my overall aesthetic. The idea of themes & “brands” can overtake the mind. Stop clouding the mind with such pointless worries. If there is a social media platform you are tired of having, maybe this year is the time to get rid of it. I’ve even considered deactivating my facebook or at least seriously cleaning house of old content.

5. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF MENTALLY & EMOTIONALLY

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It’s easy to tell yourself to go on a run or eat a salad once in a while, but when was the last time you asked yourself how you were feeling? I think when it comes to living simple, you have to embrace those emotions & treat your mind with care. I preach self care very often. But the most important form of self care is letting yourself feel those emotions, reflect on them & use them in a healthy way. When I wasn’t feeling as emotionally sound, these were the times I ran to shopping for the cure. Don’t rely on external stimuli to mend your sensitive heart.

6. CREATE A ROUTINE

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This especially was helpful during these uncertain times where I had to make a entirely new routine for myself. Instead of laying in bed all day, I woke up most mornings to a cup of tea & breakfast, planned a workout & pampered myself so I was ready for the rest of the day. But the important part of this routine is to slowly take in each task. We live in a world that revolves around staying busy & moving fast. Stop and smell the roses once in a while.

Related Post: The Benefits of Slow Living

7. BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE

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Once you’ve decluttered your belongings & paired everything down, why not consider owning a capsule wardrobe with a set number of pieces? I can tell you, you’ll probably still have plenty of outfits to choose from & getting dressed in the morning will be quick & easy.

8. GET ACTIVE & BE HEALTHIER

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There are so many ways to transition into a healthier lifestyle. Drink more water, eat more greens, exercise for at least 20 minutes a day & just simply get moving. We live in such a sedentary world. We are on our phones & laptops more often than not. Especially being at home a lot this year, I find getting up, moving those legs & getting fresh air to be so important for our wellbeing. I don’t focus on the ideas of diets. That is a short term way of thinking. I like to consider it to be a lifestyle change because I’m more likely to stick with it. If I miss a few days or even a week, I don’t beat myself up over it. My end goal isn’t necessarily a number on the scale. It’s more so an active way of living.

9. TAP INTO YOUR CREATIVE SIDE

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As human beings, we wear a multitude of hats. I don’t think any of us are just one type of person. I found myself discovering a lot of new hobbies this year. I embraced my creative side & started writing. Whatever hobby you want to try or skill you want to learn, this is the year to do it. The simplest way to grow as an individual is to learn. Read more books, learn a new language or skill. You are never too old to be a student.

10. BE PRESENT

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Put down your phone & look up. There is so much more to the world then what’s on your screen. Sure, you may find all your news facts & information through the internet, but the best ways to enhance knowledge is taking a look around & listen to people speak. Start conversations, share opinions & open up your mind to new ideas. Use those senses of yours & dive deep into exploration. Life is short, so enjoy every moment. Next time you are at an event or location, try not to take any photos. I think our generation visits places all for the infamous photo op. I’ve found the most fun times were left pictureless.

11. BE MONEY SMART

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Instead of buying an entirely new wardrobe, why not pay off some student loans or credit card debt. I’m no finance expert, but I find people tend to spend money like it’s growing off trees. I’d rather live more modestly & have money to see the world. Prioritize your spending habits & possibility save as much money as you can this year. Last year, I participated in a low buy & I might do the same this coming year as well.

12. STOP PUTTING UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS ON YOURSELF

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Sometimes when we create these goals for ourselves, we focus too much on our fantasy self. If you want to read more about this concept, click here. Your fantasy self is this unrealistic or dream like persona. It’s the personality we wished we had. It’s the skills we wish we knew. And it can even go as superficial as appearance. Many times are fantasy self is exactly what is holding us back from our true being.

13. LEAVE OTHER OPINIONS TO THE SIDE

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I find a lot of my clutter results from items other people decide we need. Especially when you are young & starting out on your own, older people tend to see themselves as the experts to life. And don’t get me wrong, I still call my mom about how to properly boil & egg or folding a fitted sheet. But sometimes, adults are wrong. And as newly adults, we need to make our own mistakes & decide what is necessary & what is not.

14. RELATIONSHIPS ARE GREATER THAN THINGS

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I feel like sometimes we forget people don’t really care about what we have. The most important thing to be in this world is a good human. Personality will always be greater than appearance. Nobody is going to like you more just because you own a designer purse or a pool. (Well….a pool is nice). But seriously, what matters most is how you speak to others, what you do for them & building solid relationships. For the family you have, through blood or by choice, it should be cherished as such.

15. YOU ARE ENOUGH

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The biggest take away from all of this is understanding you are far more than what you own. If everything was taken away from you tomorrow, would you be proud of the person you are? You are the prize to the world. Everything else is just bonus. Never look at the things you have as tickets to be treated any better, seen as more successful & more liked. I don’t care if society has taught us otherwise. I’m here to tell you, in my mind, you are simply beautiful.

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127 thoughts on “15 Ways To Simplify Your Life

  1. Thanks a lot for this post. I recently started setting smaller goals and I’ve discovered it’s helped me achieve more over time. It’s less overwhelming.
    Decluttering is super important too and I’m working on making space for necessities only. To avoid distractions.

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  2. Very simple yet effective ways for a healthy and happy lifestyle. Decluttering does give you a fresh start.
    Setting smaller goals and cherishing small victories is a practical thing than to not achieving any big goal. Thanks for sharing such an optimistic post. 😊

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  3. I love this list. I just decluttered my writing space yesterday and it felt great! I also believe in setting small attainable goals. Happy New Year!

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  4. These are all such helpful ways to simplify life in 2021. I’ll be decluttering my space this weekend and enforcing a proper routine this year. I love how you prompt being present, and tapping into your creative side, especially when these tend to be put on the backburner. Thank you for sharing, and I wish you the best for 2021. 😊

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  5. Thank you for creating this list. I am going to strive to work on each of these 15 simple tips this year. Starting with setting realistic goals (smaller goals). It’s no need to make a resolution that I know for sure I won’t keep.

    And this year I definitely want to get back to being more minimalistic. And creating experiences is definitely something my husband and I make a priority. However, the pandemic did slow down our travel this year.

    xo Erica

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  6. I loveeeeeeee everything about this post! These are some amazing tips, number one being my fav! I love setting goals, but sometimes my goals are too big thay I become overwhelmed and never follow through. Las year I started setting smaller goals to achieve my big goals and boy what a difference it has made!

    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  7. I Love Love Love Love this post! I love everything about it! There are so many great tips on how to truly use this new year to your advantage and take care of such important things in you life! I especially love the get active and the advice of prioritizing your life not just your social media life! I am so happy I “met” you and came across your beautiful work

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  8. Out of all of these, I need to focus on 6 and 12 the most this year. I’ve been trying to create a routine and stay committed to it, for the past few months. But in 2021, I want a no-nonsense routine, that I will stick to. Thanks for these tips!

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  9. Yessss! Such amazing tips and I’ll definitely be taking them on board, especially setting smaller, realistic goals, being active and healthier, choosing experiences and taking much more care with my mental health 😊

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  10. I felt attacked while reading this blog post. You addressed several issues that I’ve struggled with all my life, but the one that hit close to home the most was the one about prioritising one’s real life over their digital life. This would be difficult for me to achieve, considering that I have no life outside my blog and social media. Everyone I consider a friend today is a social media friend. I tried to change this last year, I tried to go out and socialise with people, but then the pandemic happened. Even if it hadn’t happened, I doubt I would have succeeded. Sadly, I don’t really have much luck when it comes to relationships, but I’m hoping that will change this year.

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    1. Haha πŸ˜‚ Don’t worry, I’ve struggled with all these things before too. I understand where you are coming from. Through blogging I’ve met a lot of interesting people via internet. It has been rather isolating hasn’t it? I hope you meet great people in real life in the future. 😊 I’m sure you will.

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  11. This post is so accurate. When you wrote about leaving your phone to look up & prioritizing your real life instead of your digital one, I was like daamnn! This post is so real. Another thing that you mentioned which is decluttering your mind :0 This is all so true. You said it all!

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  12. Happy New Year! ✨ These are great ways to simplify one’s life in 2021. I did major decluttering on the last few days of 2020 and it felt great going into the new year with a cleaner room & an organised laptop. And agree on leaving opinions to the side – this is something I’m still working on since I tend to be a people pleaser. πŸ˜…

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  13. The entire list is so true! But what really resonates with me as I observe the people around me is the tip on staying away from toxicity and prioritize your real life, not the social media kind. So many people lock themselves from the world by worrying too much on how they look and how many reacts, they get (which luckily I’ve outgrown now). Young kids needs to hose down. There’s more to life than that. I need to show them this blog haha.

    http://www.lifebeginsattwenty.com

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  14. I love all of these tips for having a simpler life in 2021. Totally agree with setting smaller goals. I’ve seen those who want to have matching number of goals for the year.. To be fair, after a certain number, it starts to lose value. I saw that happening with me in 2016! Totally agree with taking care of yourself as well. It’s time to live your best life πŸ™‚

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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  15. I loved reading this post! It’s so true that we should set smaller goals, that’s something I’ll do this year! Also decluttering, taking care of ourselves and creating a capsule wardrobe are on my list! Thanks for sharing and hope the year will bring you even more opportunities x

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  16. What an amazing blog B!!! All of these sound great, and what makes them even better is they are super doable! Awesome use of GIFs too! I’ll share this on my page, for all my readers to see πŸ™‚

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