I find myself going through a lot of different phases in life in repetitive loops. I have a hair loop-grow it out, cut it off, cut my bangs, grow them out, dye it ombre, dye it back then repeat all steps again. I have a online shopping loop-buy a million things, realize how many things you have purchased and swear it off forever, fall back into bad habits, repeat. I have a weight gain/loss loop- every year is completely different. I also have what I like to call a "simplify" loop. Every once in a while I realize how crazy un-organized and messy my life, house, and wardrobe has become and I just completely start over.
This time I have decided to set a few goals that I am hoping will stick for a longer amount of time. Here are a few of the steps/goals that I am going to follow in the hopes of simplifying my life-for good this time. Join me?
#1 Participate in the Capsule wardrobe project
Caroline, from Unfancy, is a friggin' simplicity genius. Her idea is very similar to Kendi Everyday's, 30 for 30 challenge, but I LOVE how she divides it up by season! It makes so much sense to remix the same items for a whole season. She also doesn't completely rule out shopping, but instead saves it for planning out the next capsule wardrobe. It really limits the amount of cashflow going out AND makes you more conscious of the items you are bringing in (I hope thought goes into it if you are going to wear it every day!) I can't wait to try this out! I have already started planning mine and can't wait to share my progress.
#2 clean, clean, clean
Start out with a fresh slate! I plan to clean up everything and get rid of the things we really don't use. Part of this is already taken care of in the capsule wardrobe challenge during the cleaning out the closet phase, so I will already be one step ahead. Dave and I had several random items laying around, old chairs, general crap, etc that just needed to go. We already sorted through the garage and it looks soo good!
#3 get organized
We of course just moved into our home a few months ago, so we are now reaching a point where we are realizing how every little thing will work- Where we typically throw our stuff when we get home, our most used items in the kitchen, that sort of thing. I have been taking so many notes about little organizational things that might help us keep our home from looking disheveled.
#4 Keep it clean
I am very good at leaving things where I used them. To the point where the weekend rolls around and there is the entire contents of my wardrobe laying on the floor because I tried on 6 different outfits every morning (also will be semi-solved with the capsule wardrobe), there is the nail polish I used on Monday, and there are all of the dishes waiting by the sink. You guys, my weekends are spent entirely cleaning, aka time to fix. My new goal is to just pick up after myself in the moment. Hang clothes back up, put dish in dishwasher, that sort of thing. Sounds like a good plan to me.
#5 regular meals with recipe cards and grocery lists
I have heard from many wise souls that this works really well. So I aim to give it a shot. Dave and I are finally starting to figure out what we like to eat on a regular basis so I think we might be ready to implement it! I already got us some adorable recipe cards for us to use and have started filling them out.
#6 clean out your pinterest
Now I know this sounds weird, but I am really feeling like this is going to work. Pinterest is supposed to be a helpful tool right? A place to help you organize your thoughts and inspirations, your wishlists and recipes. I found that mine was so bogged down with extra pins, pins that didn't really have any use to me, that it turned into something I didn't use any more. I am thinking I will delete all of the extras so that it will be useful again.
My hope is that when I am doing all of these things that it will make my day to day life a little easier. I won't have to spend long weekends cleaning and recovering my house from the state of doom that it is in. I won't have to panic each morning about what I will wear. I won't wait until we have absolutely no food in the house and then freak out about what we are going to buy/eat that week. My life with just be smooth and easy(er). Doesn't that just sound great? I will make sure to keep you all up to date with how I am doing and my tips along the way!