It's FEBRUARY, you guys. One whole month of 2016 down. Craziness. January usually flies by for me - I'm still living on a high from the holidays and going strong on my resolutions/goals for the new year - but come February, things start to drag. The days are still long and dark (and cold) and the lofty resolutions I set for myself are a little easier to forget about, like going for walks every day because like I mentioned, it's cold. During February, I could definitely use a little kick in the butt.
Enter in Emily Ley. I'm sure you're all familiar with Emily Ley thanks to her fabulous planners, but I recently stumbled upon her Instagram account and became intrigued by the Simplicity Challenge she's been hosting. Basically what it is is 1 quick, simple step to simplifying your life every day for one month. She's been doing it for the entire month of January, but I'm way behind and instead of just starting in the middle, I thought I'd go ahead and use it as my motivational boost for February. Anyone want to join me?! I've listed each day below for easy reference, but you can also check out Emily's Instagram account for all of the postings.
Here goes nothing...
DAY 1 | Walk your home with a trash bag or five. Be ruthless. Papers. Receipts. Tags. Empty bottles. Lone board game pieces. Go.
DAY 2 | Set a recurring alarm for every weekday. If you're letting your kids wake you, set it for one hour earlier.
DAY 3 | Do something with all those precious photos and videos on your phone. Print. Back-up. Store.
DAY 4 | Simplify your phone. Delete old contacts and unused apps. Consider moving time suckers to the back. Change your lock screen to something that makes you happy and your wallpaper to something simple.
DAY 5 | Put two things that make you happy on your bedside table. You should also have a lamp and a clock. That's it. Move anything else.
DAY 6 | Clean out your fridge. Check expiration dates and throw things away.
DAY 7 | Restock anything that needs restocking in your bathroom. Cotton balls. Q-tips. Toilet paper. Shampoo. Toothpaste. If you don't have extra, make a list. Take that notepad into the bathroom with you and take inventory.
DAY 8 | Start the habit of throwing a small load of laundry in every morning.
DAY 9 | Go put gas in your car today. While you're there, clean out your car. Throw trash away.
DAY 10 | Buy a few birthday cards. Keep them on hand for birthdays that pop up that you're not prepared for.
DAY 11 | Put your number on the Do Not Call List. Call 1-888-382-1222.
DAY 12 | Walk your house with a donate bag. Schedule a pick-up or drop it off as soon as the bag is full. Walk your house with your keys if you have to.
DAY 13 | Dump your purse out. Throw away trash and create a little bag of essentials: chapstick, Kleenex, Shout wipes, gum, etc. Make your bag work for you.
DAY 14 | Pull out all of the formal dresses in your closet that you'll never wear again and choose a charity to donate them to. Put the bag in your car to deliver it.
DAY 15 | Do nothing. Today is your day to be still for 10 minutes. Go outside and sit and soak in the world. Clear your mind. You deserve it.
DAY 16 | Clean out your medicine cabinet. Trash duplicates and anything that may be expired. Make sure you have the essentials on hand.
DAY 19 | Detox your social media feeds. Unfollow anyone who makes you feel inadequate (even if it's friends). Follow inspirational and encouraging accounts. Remember for 2016: social media is a highlight reel.
DAY 20 | Clean off your desk. Keep only the essentials including your computer, mousepad, a cup of pens, a lamp and one other special thing. Ditch the clutter. Wipe that desk (and keyboard) down.
DAY 21 | Clear the clutter on your computer. Delete unused files and organize important ones. Empty the trash. Set a new desktop wallpaper.