Simplify in 2014!

Image via Pinterest & Martha Stewart
Image via Pinterest & Martha Stewart

As we continue to ease into the new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about what a new year means and what I want 2014 to look like. I love that each January, we have a chance to start fresh and work on rethinking and re-prioritizing things in our lives.

Sure, technically, you can do that any day of the year, but there’s something so wonderful about starting fresh during the first year of the month.

In the past, I’ve come up with words to help shape and guide my year.

This year, I’m going back to one of my original theme words from 2010: Simplify.

Is it just me, or does it seem like far too often life is crazy, overwhelming, and busy? My goal for the year is to scale back and seek simplicity.

To simplify my schedule and be more intentional with my time.

To be willing to say, “no” when things are too hectic.

To work daily on crafting a more simple, organized home. (I’m telling you, this remains a daily struggle for me).

To strip my life and my house of unnecessary clutter. (This will NOT happen over night, I’m hoping to tackle at least one project each week).

At the start of the new year, it’s easy to come up with all kinds of goals and lists that we say we’re going to do, but putting them into action is an entirely different story. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking of some practical, realistic ways to scale back and seek to simplify. Here are a few things I’m thinking of:

  • Unsubscribe from any email list that I don’t need to be on (trust me, it’s a lot)….just don’t take that as a hint to unsubscribe from this one…I love having you here!
  • Respond to emails within 24 hours, so I don’t let them build up.
  • Organize and sort mail the minute I bring it in from the mailbox.
  • Plan a weekly meal plan so I only have to go to the grocery store once a week.
  • Keep a stash of things I love for birthday gifts, baby gifts, hostess presents, and Christmas gifts, so I can avoid last-minute pressure purchases.
  • Look around at the things in my home and giveaway anything we don’t use or doesn’t have a place. (After having 75% of our belongings in storage for the past 6 months, I’ve realized we have a lot of junk in our lives that doesn’t really have a place. When we finally find a permanent home, with the exception of furniture, kitchen supplies, dishes, linens, and picture frames, I’m pretty sure we can toss the rest of it.) My friend Mary at Tulips and Flight Suits inspired this goal. Read more about what she did here.

Looking to simplify?  What are some of your best tips for creating a more simplified life?

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