Like you, I am busy. I work full-time, try to blog daily, try to exercise a high-energy dog, try to break a sweat myself, cook healthy meals, keep a house clean and oh, try to have some downtime. I’ve been feeling absolutely crazed lately so I’ve been trying to identify ways that I can simply my life. Recently, I’ve made five little tweaks to my simplify my life and those little things add up to a calmer, less frazzled me.
5 Ways I’ve Simplified My Life
1. Not renewing (every) magazines (subscription) and recycling unread ones. I subscribe to a ton of magazines: Elle, Cosmo, Women’s Health, Shape, Time, Wine Spectator, Money, Marie Claire, and probably others I’m forgetting. They pile up because I can’t read them fast enough – especially Time since it’s a weekly publication – and then they stress me out because getting through them is one more thing on my to-do list. So I haven’t renewed my subscription to any that have come up recently, and if I don’t read the current issue before I get the next one in the mail, I just recycle the older one. It’s amazing how that simple act has reduced my stress level – magazines are supposed to be fun, dammit!
2. Wearing less make-up: only one shade of eyeshadow and no mascara on the lower lashes. I find that I spend the longest time on my make-up trying to blend my eyeshadows and cleaning up gunk that I inevitably smear under my bottom eyelashes. By nixing those two altogether, it frees up at least 5 minutes every morning (which is a lot for me – every minute counts in the AM!) and it gives me a more natural look that’s perfect for summer.
3. Not drinking wine during the week. I love me some wine. Having a glass with dinner is one of my favorite things. But wine, even one glass, makes me very tired the next day and usually reduces my productivity at night. So I’ve replaced my glass of wine with dinner with sparkling flavored water from Whole Foods. It’s refreshing, much cheaper and doesn’t give me the next-day drag that wine does. (Bonus: it has fewer calories – ie. 0 – than wine.)
4. Choosing my outfit the night before. Every morning as I get ready for work, I stare at my closet for about 5 minutes before picking out an outfit, and then oftentimes will change 2-3 times. That’s 10-15 minutes in the morning that I don’t have to spare. I spend that time at night selecting an outfit, hang all the pieces (top, bottom, belt, jewelry, etc) on a closet door hook, put that outfit on in the morning, slip on some heels and head out the door. If it doesn’t look quite right – which happens often since I love to mix bright colors – I throw on a basic black dress instead of trying to create a new outfit. (oh, and I used to do this as a kid. I’d lay out the outfit and shape the arms to look like the hand was on the hip. My mom even took a picture of it once after I’d gone to sleep so I have proof I was always this
OCD...smart. 😉 )
5. Throwing away one thing a day. I hate clutter. Unfortunately, I have a lot of it. I’m one of those… “Well, I might need it…someday…” people. So to combat ending up on Hoarders, I’ve started throwing away one thing a day. (Not counting food scraps or junk mail.) A crappy pair of socks, lotion that I never use, etc. Doesn’t matter what, as long as it’s something. (Please tell me that another Arrested Development fan automatically went to “doesn’t matter who” when they started reading “doesn’t matter what.)
K, your turn – tell me one of your tricks to simplifying life.