10 WAYS TO DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE IN 2019



New Years resolutions are great but I don't think you have to wait for a certain time of year to make a change to better yourself. I am constantly a work in progress. One thing I have been trying to work on and will continue to do so in 2019 is decluttering my life (and mind). I'd say I'm pretty organized when I want to be - I'll go on random cleaning/organizing sprees and I find that it really makes me happy and calm. When I find my environment or mind cluttered, I truly see it taking a negative toll on my wellbeing.With that, I've compiled a list of random things you can do to declutter your life in one way or another!


  1. The first and most obvious: declutter your environment. Physical clutter leads to mental clutter. Go through your entire home and fill as many garbage bags with items in good condition to donate. Toss the items you don't need that won't serve anyone else. Clean out your junk drawer. You know which drawer I'm talking about....we all have one. After that - set a calendar event reminder in your phone for every 3 months and go through and do the same thing. A tidy space is a happy space 😊
  2. Take control of the email inbox on your phone. There's two types of people in this world: those who have an inbox of  4 unread emails (me) and those who have an inbox of 58,901 emails on your phone (my mom - hi, mom). It may seem like a daunting task but take a little time each week (even when you're just sitting on the couch mindlessly watching re-runs of Bravo!!) to go through and delete messages you no longer need, reply to outstanding emails, delete old drafts and most importantly: unsubscribe to the junk to make your inbox less scary. Honestly, I think it's so therapeutic to unsubscribe to emails and seeing my inbox clear out slowly but surely. You can either manually do this or go to www.unroll.me, which is a free website that lets users unsubscribe from email lists easily!
  3. Don't think, just do. Stop putting off chores and tasks you don't want to do. If you set something aside with the intention of tending to it later, often times (or at least, in my case) you will just forget about it. Just do it without giving your brain any time to think about how much you don't want to do something. Tasks like unloading the dishwasher, making your bed, starting a load of laundry, hanging up the clothes you left on the floor, etc;  these are all very mindless and easy tasks but it is easy to get into the habit of putting them off. You will be amazed at how quickly you will see a neater environment!
  4. Have yourself an 'unfollow' spree.  Go through all the people you're following on Instagram and remove the people who make you feel less of yourself. You should only be following accounts that lift you, inspire you, and make you happy. If you find yourself thinking anything negative about a person as you see them in your feed you should not be following them. Unfollow the people from earlier stages in your life you're no longer friends with (you're better without them), any ex-boyfriends (you're doing just fine without them), and the cookie cutter bloggers or influences that you honestly couldn't tell the difference between yet still find yourself comparing to (you are perfect as YOU). Life hack: if you hate seeing someone on your feed but you know them personally so it's kind of awkward to 'unfollow' them on Instagram, you can 'mute' their stories AND their posts. Thanks, Instagram. 
  5. Automate your payments and go paperless. This one is great for so many reasons. Not only is it better for the environment, but it also reduces the physical clutter when the bills come in and start to pile up. It's also just one less thing you have to remember to do each month. Everything is so easy and accessible online that there is really no need to be receiving hard copies anymore. I save tabs on my laptop for each account I need access to (ComEd, DirectTv, etc) but with automated payments, you don't ever have to worry if you paid your bills on time. 
  6. Throw out your old makeup. I was blown away when I read about the expiration of makeup. This may be extremely naiive of me but I just like...didn't think it ever expired. Before I went through my makeup, I found products that I've had such as lipstick, eyeshadow palettes, etc for well over 5 years. YIKES. Here's are the general guidelines to follow for makeup expiration:
    Mascara - should be replaced every 3 months
    Eyeliner, eyeshadow, - every 6-12 months
    Lipstick - every 1.5 years
    Foundation, powder, other face makeup - every 12 months
    ....And here's me hoping I'm not the only one who never thought about this.
  7. Delete old 'notes'. Clear out your 'notes' on your phone. I started out with 143 notes on my phone an got down to about 50. Some were of value but I have to say probably 85% of the notes were junk I could get rid of or no longer needed. Some notes I deleted ranged anywhere from drafts of texts I needed to perfect before sending (😅), several (of pretty much the same) grocery lists, links to random things to buy, drunken jumbled up  etc. The notes I kept, you ask? Places I need to brunch, true crime books/podcasts/Netflix series to check out, future dog & baby names, blog ideas, and random passwords I always forget. You know... the important stuff.
  8. Timeblock. Multi tasking can be good but when you're trying to juggle too many things at one time, at what quality are they actually being done? Working on several things at one time starts to cloud your mind and eventually can get extremely overwhelming. Set aside a few mintues - even if it's just 10 minutes - and dedicate your full attention to just one task. This can be more difficult than you'd expect, with the fast pace world we live in, but it's an important habit to practice. My VP at work once said that if we're going to be checking emails while we're on one of our quarterly meeting calls, he'd rather us just not be on the call at all. Either focus on the emails or focus on the calls. If you have trouble focusing on one thing at a time try this TimeCube (recommended by Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential, so you know it's good) or the app 'Block & Flow'. 
  9. Reduce your commitment. Learn how to say no. Like I mentioned earlier, we live life at a very fast pace. With work, social commitments, and your mental/physical health, it can be hard to find the perfect balance with everything. Putting in extra hours at work, regular dinners to catch up with friends, happy hours, birthdays, holiday parties, etc. - life can get very crazy. If you commit to every single thing that comes up it will take a toll on your mental and physical health. You'll start to get overwhelmed; you won't get the proper sleep you need. Parties and happy hours will come and go but it's important to listen to what your body and mind needs. You don't have to please anyone but yourself!
  10. Get rid of apps you don't need/organize your phone into folders. I have a little project for you. If you have an iPhone go to: Settings, General, iPhone storage. You will see a list of all your apps and a date of when you last used them. If you haven't used an app in months, ask yourself: do I really need this taking up space and storage on my phone? Recently I got rid of: two games that I haven't played in a legit year, a sketchy 'scratch off' app that I thought I would win free stuff on (I didn't), a photo editing app that I only used a few times, and a few shopping apps that I don't need (#budgetin2019). After you purge through your phone, sort your remaining apps into folders. I can't express how stressful it is to see peoples phones who's apps aren't in folders and you can scroll 5 pages deep until you find the app you're looking for *shudder*. I only have one page of apps: I leave all the basic function apps outside of folders and sort the remaining apps into 4 separate folders: one for all the socials, one for all photo/story edit apps, shopping/banking/payment apps, and misc. items. 
What's something that you want to work on in 2019?



32 comments

  1. I had the best unfollow spree a couple of weeks ago! Thank you for sharing!
    www.caloveline.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Does the soul some good sometimes, doesn't it :) Thanks for reading!

      Delete
  2. Time to declutter our houses and our minds, thank you for the useful tips, Allie. It is time to unfollow few Youtube channels ;)

    Lots of love ♥ January Girl

    ReplyDelete
  3. So cute and warm photos!)
    Thank you for reminding to organize my phone apps! ))


    blog: MyBlondeGal
    insta: @myblondegal
    Youtube

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great tips that would surely work. Glad you shared and I wish you a very happy and blessed 2019.
    www.sophieatieno.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yes to all of this!! Last weekend I was getting rid of a lot of junk!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It feels so good doesn't it?! Thanks Jennifer!

      Delete
  6. These are all such good ideas; the perfect reminder to start off 2019 well! It's so satisfying to delete old emails and notes.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oooh I can't wait to declutter :)

    X Merel
    www.andathousandwords.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. These are good tips - especially the one about setting a reminder to come back and declutter again! I kind of do bits and pieces here and there, I need to be more intentional and regular with it. And a big yes to unsubscribing to emails - it saves me money as I'm not constantly reading about sales too ;)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you've had a wonderful start to 2019 so far! :) I've just started a new linkup on my blog for the new year, I'd love for you to check it out.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. omg LOL yessss you are so right on that unsubscribing bit! Not having emails about all the sales might be a good thing ;) Hope 2019 is treating you well!

      Delete
  9. Those are the best tips!

    Federica
    www.federicadinardo.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. Such a brilliant tips, I like Nos. 3 and 4. Thanks for confirming that unfollowing influencers that make me feel bad is OK :) Nice to see your blog.

    www.busyandfab.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. These are great tips indeed. I knew that makeup expires after some time but I often forget to toss expired products., this post was a good reminder.

    Nina's Style Blog

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't believe it took me so long to realize - yikes!

      Delete
  12. So helpful, time for me to see who I follow.
    Thanks for sharing
    Loren | plaidandsugar.blogspot.ca

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love these super cute and cozy photos!
    xo, Jane
    http://www.fitfabfunmom.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great Post Dear. Thanks For sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great, practical get it done type tips!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    ReplyDelete
  16. Get a new hobby by thinking about yourself rather than thinking about your resume. Aim to feel better and relax yourself.
    Would you do that to my best friend when you tried to charge or punish you? Think of it. You are one of those people who deserve love and respect from you.
    http://friv.party/

    ReplyDelete