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!
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.
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!