5 Ways to Simplify Your Life in the New Year

If you want to start 2019 with a clean slate, you need to let go of some of the things holding you back. Simplify your life with these 5 tips.

New year, new you! We're not talking about making major resolutions, though. This is all about reducing your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life.

A busy life can be exhausting in more ways than one. You're already tired from running around. But, busy days also overstimulate our brains reducing our ability to sleep well.

We are so overstimulated. Media, home life, work... where does it end?

Right here, right now. Here's how to simplify your life in 2019.

Simplify Your Life in 2019

Take a moment to plan for a better way of life. You'll gain some clarity and perspective.

You'll also find some appreciation for the things you have and the people you love. Who doesn't want that?

Here's what you need to do.

Declutter

Yes, the first thing on the list takes a bit of work. But, you'll be glad you did it. Declutter now to benefit for the rest of the year.

Clutter around our home and workspace does something terrible to our brains. It robs us of clear and efficient work patterns. Start by decluttering your spaces.

Declutter the bedroom to relax and sleep better. Remove old food from the pantry to ease the pain of planning meals. Toss old hygiene items for a clean area to get ready for the day.

And clutter is not only in the physical realm. It's in your brain, too. 

Turn off the TV to get back peace and quiet time. Reduce social media use to establish personal and emotional boundaries. Save checking email for work time to separate personal and business hours.

Make To-Do Lists

Write down to-do lists to clear out brain space and worry less. Keep a notepad by your bed. You'll sleep better if you write down everything you need to do the next day.

Post your lists in a visible place. You'll be better prepared to face the day!

Delegate

Just because you ‘can’ do a task doesn’t mean you need to do it yourself. You have lots of different tasks and chores that need to get done to keep your life humming along but why not simplify by delegating those tasks to someone else. Ask a friend for help or better yet hire a home manager service like HeyThrivy to help get all those tasks done and delegate your to-do list.

Make a Smart Schedule

Do you overschedule your time? It's time to stop.

First, learn to say no. It's great to help others, but not at the expense of your sanity. Pick and choose when to help or events to attends based on which ones will be bring the most joy or need your unique skill and your available time.

Next, make a schedule of everything that happens in your house on a weekly basis. Kids school events, birthdays, and gym time all count. Put your schedule up in a visible spot.

Simplify Your Meals

Ditch complicated weeknight meals! Use your crock pot to have meals ready when you get home or put your Instapot to work for meals in a hurry. Cook larger meals on the weekends to make leftovers for the week.

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What Are You Waiting For?

Don't wait for the year to get into full swing! Think about your daily routines, your home, and work life. Make a plan to simplify your life, now.

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Danna Redmond