As someone who often finds herself overwhelmed, I have learned the secret to lessening stress can be found in simplifying my surroundings.
My family has spent a lot of time researching the benefits of minimalism. We have experimented with tiny house living, capsule wardrobes, and long term traveling with a single suitcase. Each time we simplify, we feel freer.
Simplifying can feel overwhelming, so I wanted to help you get started by giving you direction for how to declutter your life in just 20 minutes a day!
1. Delete unnecessary things off your phone (5 minutes).
This can be done during the fringe hours — waiting in a checkout line, sitting in carpool pickup, waiting in the lobby at the doctor's office. Go through your pictures, emails, contact list, apps, and declutter your phone! I once had over a thousand spam emails on my phone and a full picture app that didn't let me take any new pictures. Going through just these two apps and clearing them out made me feel so much lighter and organized!
2. Sort through loose paperwork (7 minutes).
Do you have piles of mail, bills, or miscellaneous paperwork that just doesn't have a place? This is what a camera phone is for! Take a picture of the paperwork you think you might need, toss it once you have a photo and sort into file folders on your computer! In the digital age, there are few reasons to keep piles of paperwork around.
3. Clean out wardrobe (3 minutes).
Next time you wake up and try to decide what to wear, toss 2-3 clothing items into a donate pile that you haven't worn in a year. I have bins in my closet as well as my kids' closets where I can throw clothes they've outgrown or ones that I don't plan on wearing again.
We all have those things we purchase and never wear. It's time to give these clothes a chance in someone else's closet. A simple wardrobe full of things you love makes much more sense. You'll find yourself wasting less time in the mornings — making more time for productivity in the areas of your life that matter.
4. Organize the junk drawer (5 minutes).
This is the drawer in my kitchen I like to ignore unless I need somewhere to toss things last minute before we host a guest. You know what I'm talking about…old bills, loose rubber bands, bits and pieces of odds and ends that just don't have a place. Well, take control of your junk drawer and spend five minutes a day sifting through it! This can be any time of the day, but you'll soon have to spend less and less time as it becomes more organized and clear.
What areas in your home need simplified? Start with these simple 20-minutes a day and let us know in the comments how it goes!