With a new year comes a clean slate, and a chance to begin with a fresh beginning. Needless to say, I’m sure there are many of us who are looking for a clean slate this year. Even if you had an incredibly year, there’s always something exciting about beginning a new year. For me, I have a ton of motivation and energy to put toward my goals. One of those goals is to simply my life more in the new year, so I’m sharing eight things to simply in 2018.
My biggest focus for 2018 is to simplify my expectations of myself and of others. I’ve found when you remove expectations from yourself and others, you’re less likely to be disappointed. Now, I’m not saying you should have goals and expect to achieve them, but I am saying you shouldn’t have unrealistic expectations for your goals. Be kind and real with yourself and the people around you. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. Don’t let your expectations get the best of you.
I made a long list of goals and resolutions for 2017, which I was able to achieve the majority of them. However, looking back at the last year showed me that we put a lot of stress and energy toward these resolutions. Instead, I’m simplifying my resolutions this year in hopes that it will keep me focused and determined to meet them, and grow as an individual throughout the year.
It’s time to declutter your closet by asking yourself these questions. Take a decluttering challenge and go beyond your closet if you’ve already purged your wardrobe in 2017. You can always find something to pass on to the donation bin or a friend who would use it more. Decluttering is a great step toward simplifying your life. From a person who has taken decluttering seriously this past year, I promise there are benefits to doing so.
Why are we so enamored with the idea of busyness? Why do we feel that being on the go, and constantly busy is something to celebrate and enjoy? For 2018, I’m hoping to life a little more slowly. It’s something I’ve been incorporating in my life the last two months, and it really has its benefits. Pursing slow living is a wonderful step to take to simplify your life and to simplify your schedule in the new year.
5| Meal Prepping
Think of all the time you spend grocery shopping, making lunches and dinners, and stressing over what you’re going to eat the following day. It’s amazing how much time we spend in the kitchen altogether, which is why you should consider simplifying your meal time and preparation. Make a list and stick to it instead of wandering the aisles for an hour (you’ll also save money, too). On Sundays, cook the bulk of lunches and dinners for the week, so I’m not spending time worrying about making a sandwich, or getting a salad together last minute. It’s amazing how much time you’ll save throughout the week by simplifying this area of your life.
6| Cleaning Routine
Cleaning is another thing we spend a ton of time on. When you have less things, you have less things to clean, which means less time spent cleaning, which means more time doing the things you want to do. It’s really a beautiful thing. So simplify your cleaning routine by making setting a timer for an hour to get the big things done first like putting in a load of laundry, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in an hour alone. Find a simple routine to follow, and you’ll have a lot more free time throughout the week!
You know the friend who has changed a lot in the year, and you have found yourself drifting away from them? Or, the friend who hasn’t been lifting you up during a happy time in your life? Those people shouldn’t be in your life in the new year. Simplifying your relationships is one of the most therapeutic things you can do because not everyone who walks into your life is meant to stick around forever, especially if they’re a toxic friend. Find people who bring you nothing but happiness, and remove the friends who haven’t been there for you. You’ll find that simplifying those relationships will make room for the relationships that are most important to you.
As the years go on, the more I find that time is too short. In 2018, I want to simplify how I spend my time. Instead of scrolling on Instagram and Pinterest for two hours wondering where the time has gone, I want to spend it doing productive things that will help me accomplish the goals I have for myself in the new year. Instead of watching Netflix for no reason, I want to work on a goal I’ve had since I was 10 years old. Simplify how you’re spending (or wasting your time) and you’ll find there’s a lot of time for accomplishing your goals for the year.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading how you can simplify your life in the new year! So tell me, what do you plan to simplify in 2018? Make sure to share your thoughts below!