Ways I've decluttered my life

Hi Friends! I hope that you are having a great week, so if you read my latest post about my social media detox / just giving up my phone you may have noticed I'm trying to simplify my life a lot. In the last month, I've done a lot to just declutter my life.  I feel like my life is a lot less chaotic and way more productive so I thought I'd share that with you! 

A lot of these changes I’ve made had to do with visually decluttering as well as digital information

 

Changes I've made: 

Gotten rid of notifications I don't need - I did take off Instagram notifications but I had to put those back on because people were trying to reach me.  But I have taken away notifications from apps that don't really matter to me and just really peeled everything away to things that I felt I needed notifications.  This helped me to grab my phone a lot less and only see the important things right away.  Rather than constantly being bombarded with pointless information all day and sidetracking myself. 

One for One bottle - I have really decluttered our place by only buying things that need replacing.  My rule now if something is running low is "Will I run out of it in 3 days?", if so then I can put it on the list for the week.  If not it waits until next week.  I feel like I have saved a lot of money that way and our apartment is a lot less cluttered with items we don't quite need.  Rather than stocking up on everything and taking forever to get through it.  Also with makeup and hair products, I like trying out new things, so it doesn't make sense for me to buy duplicates.  I have found it almost wasteful at points. 

I feel like yes, cleaning and putting things away clears my mind, but purging and getting rid of things I dont need really gives me clarity in my home.

Threw out and purged things I didn't need - Spring cleaning here I come! Henry and I did a huge purge because we plan on moving soon this winter.  You can read about where we donated everything here.  But would you believe we donated 4 large boxes and now we are doing another pass and donating 2 more boxes?  I feel like yes, cleaning and putting things away clears my mind, but purging and getting rid of things I don't need really gives me clarity in my home.

Organizing papers - I have SO many papers from my car, home items, wedding things, receipts I needed.  One afternoon I just sat down and recycled anything I didn't need and organized everything else into folders.  Now I have no problem finding things I need and my desk is clear.  I have a little sorter on my desk that I put papers in and I make a point to go through and file those away every week. 

Getting rid of things visually - I donated and cleared a lot of things away that were just laying out.  Even if it was decorative, I really paired down my decor so that there would be a lot more space. I feel like I have so much working space and the place looks so my clearer. 

Unsubscribing from emails - If you haven't heard of unrollme, you should check it out.  It's this website that you sign on to your email and it shows you everything you're subscribed to. I was subscribed to things I didn't even know about.  It takes a few days for them to go into effect but seriously, not waking up to 50 emailed every day has been amazing.  I feel like I'm getting the information I need and not overloaded.

Deleting contacts/social media - I feel like I spent forever scrolling through social media and looking at things that didn't help me or I didn't care about.  So I unfollowed a ton of people, if I didn't like their post or got nothing out of it there was no reason to look at their stuff. I think did slowly add things that did help me like fitness bloggers or food bloggers. 

Overall I just needed to get a lot of the fluffy and unnecessary things out of my life.  Decluttering in the way of technology has been HUGE.  I feel like my days are better, I'm less upset about things I see and I'm WAY more focused on things I want to accomplish.

So tell me have you done any spring cleaning on life or your home?! Tell me how!