Tomorrow is National Simplicity Day and here at the Extra - we're celebrating early! I'm a huge fan of minimizing what you have and purging (its SO cathartic but also a heart attack) especially if you live in a small space. So, it's no surprise that coming up with these tips to simplify life felt so right. Living with less is just easier and a breath of fresh air.
Having just moved, I have actually gone through all of our stuff pretty recently and I'm trying to keep it
And let's be real -- who DOESN'T need to simply their life right now?
Life is just SO much.
Or, is it just me?
TBH I've been feeling completely overworked since moving and opening my law firm officially on July 1st. All the marketing + advertising, notifying so many clients, moving (twice!), and re-decorating two spaces from top to bottom - all since May 3rd - has left me just.wiped.out.
I desperately need to take a breather and recharge.
Luckily, this weekend we got to see our friends from college and that always makes things better. In fact, since moving we've seen our friends more in the last 2 months than we had in the entire last two years. That's been great for the soul and a definite WIN for both my husband and I.
Another thing I've been doing a lot of lately is -- organization. You guys know that I may be obsessed with organizing - it just always makes me so happy! Something about my space being neat and tidy just really makes my heart literally skip a beat. And, honestly, cleaning is such a stress reliever for me. If it takes over an hour -- even better. It makes me feel so accomplished - the tangible and immediate sense of something being complete. I love it!
SO, why wouldn't I be stoked for National Simplicity Day - a day basically built around organization and cleaning, even if it isn't literal.
This National Simplicity Day take head of these 12 ways to simplify your life - in all aspects of life:
1. Schedule a Digital Delete Day.
I am obsessive when it comes to my email account. I have to ensure its empty (or at least checked) every single day on both my personal and work email. Take the time to go through your personal email and unsubscribe from retailers and company sites. The promo codes are really more like spam constantly thrown in your face and lets be honest – we all know when those sales are anyway.
2. Only say Yes to something you truly agree with.
One of the most exhausting things to do is to be FAKE. Did you know that? It takes so much energy to be someone you aren't and it doesn't exactly help you make friends, girl. If you don't want to do something - just SAY SO. Otherwise, you'll be pressured into doing something and because you don't really care, will do it half-a$s (sorry not sorry for being real here) and then YOU'RE the only loser. Never produce bad results and always be fully committed, if you can't be - say "no."
3. Declutter Your Space.
It has been such an amazingly cathartic thing for me to go through all of my clothes, at least once a year, and declutter and donate items. It clears out so much space and you really start to narrow down what your true style really is when you’re left with half a closet. HERE are some great tips to deep clean your space.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to be Yourself.
I know, I know – much easier said than done, but letting go and being yourself is so completely freeing once you get over the vulnerability and scary parts. You can do it! And I promise your heart will weigh so, so much lighter.
5. Plan Better.
If you are constantly surrounded by clutter and chaos – it may be time to sit down with the family and set out a better way for the whole family to get involved and in on the plan. Better planning (and delegating tasks to older children – score!) can lead to much less stress and clutter at the end of the day.
6. Automate As Much As You Can.
One of the easiest things you can do is setup automatic bill payments and account settings online. This is how we run our household and half of our business bills as well. Anything that can be paid the same amount each month can be setup for autopay. You’ll thank me later.
7. Pack essential purse items in compartments and pouches for easy transfer.
I am such a sucker for a good clear pouch – I hoard them and have at least 3 in my purse at all times: (1) for any vanity items; (2) for pens and office items; and (3) for gift cards and business cards. Putting your items in pouches allows you to easily switch bags out and never miss your keys or wallet.
8. Know your style and create uniforms.
I tend to do this for Court – I don’t have many options for what I can wear in person in front of the Judge and my client, so I stick with black pants or a skirt and a white/black blouse with a black jacket and black closed-toe heels. This allows me to wake up at 5:00 a.m. if needed and not stumble around in the dark trying to find a blouse and put an outfit together. It’s already done!
9. Embrace Enough.
Going from “Perfection” to “Its Done” has been really hard for me, a type A person; however, things move so quickly in the legal realm that there isn’t time to make every Motion or every discovery request 100% perfect. Do I try anyway? Absolutely. But, I can’t spend 5 hours on one client and 1 on another over agonizing on minute details – that in the end won’t matter.
10. Choose Quality over Quantity.
Growing up, I’ve quickly realized that the days of Forever 21 are long gone for me – and good riddance! As much as I loved those $10 outfits – they only lasted one MAYBE two nights out and then they completely fell apart. Why? Fast fashion – invest in quality pieces and you’ll be replacing essential items much less often and you’ll look better too! Read my blog post on Sustainable Fashion.
11. Stop multi-tasking and start Smart-Tasking.
Stop trying to do multiple things at once; studies show you aren’t really getting much done at all. Switching from one task to another takes time for your brain to fully switch modes – losing you valuable time making money and being productive. Read this blog post on Time Batching and how to do this smart-task.
12. Be honest.
Lying can literally lay on your heart and eat at it slowly. You don’t want that and you really don’t want relationships in your life where you feel like you can’t be honest. If you do – that’s a big red flag.