THE SIMPLICITY CHALLENGE
By Emily Ley, creator of the Simplified Planner
The Simplicity Challenge is athirty-day challenge toward achieving a simpler, more joyful life by Emily Ley, the creator of the Simplified Planner. According to Emily, each task should take less than 15 minutes to complete.
- Walk your home with a trash bag or five. Be ruthless. Papers. Receipts. Tags. Empty bottles. Go.
- Clean out your fridge. Check expiration dates and throw things away.
- Put two things that make you happy on your bedside table. You should also have a lamp and a clock.
- Simplify your phone. Delete old contacts and unused apps. Refresh your lock-screen.
- Restock anything that needs restocking in your bathroom.
- Restock pantry staples (with longer shelf lives) that need to be restocked.
- Walk your house with a donate bag. Schedule a pick-up or drop it off as soon as the bag is full.
- Start the habit of throwing a small load of laundry in every morning.
- Set a recurring alarm for every weekday. If you’re letting your kids wake you, set it for one hour earlier.
- Go put gas in your car today. While you’re there, clean out your car. Throw trash away.
- Buy a few birthday cards. Keep them on hand for birthdays that pop up that you’re not prepare for.
- Put your number on the Do Not Call list. Call 1.888.382.1222
- Do something with all those precious photos and videos on your phone. Print. Back-up. Store.
- Dump out your purse. Throw away trash. Create a little bag of essentials. Make your bag work for you.
- Pull out all the formal dresses in your closet that you’ll never wear again and donate to charity.
- Clean out your medicine cabinet. Trash anything expired. Restock essentials.
- Quit something today. Just say no.
- Write out three simple dinners you can make with the ingredients already in your pantry.
- Detox your social media feeds. Follow inspirational accounts. Unfollow anyone draining.
- Clean off your desk. Keep only the essentials including your computer. Ditch clutter and wipe it down.
- Clear the clutter on your computer. Delete unused files and organize important ones. Empty the trash.
- Take inventory of the mail coming to your mailbox. Visit directmail.com to remove your name from lists.
- Write your morning checklist and tape it to your bathroom mirror.
- Make a list of ten go-to meals. Tape it to the fridge for simple meal planning.
- Schedule a vacation or stay-cation for some time this year.
- Write down one goal for this year. Just one. Tape it somewhere important so you see it every day.
- Organize your inbox. Search the word “unsubscribe” and remove yourself from non-essential lists.
- Create your own weekly prep-list with tasks that make you feel prepared for the week ahead.
- Stock up on household items you use frequently. Pay attention to BOGO sales. Make a list of these.
- Rest. Schedule 30 minutes alone once a week. You give away what you put in. Take care of yourself.
My favorites are rest, say no to one thing today, keep birthday cards on hand, and clean off your desk. What about you?
Kristen “Spent the 1st50 Years Complicating My Life; Spending the Next 50 Simplifying It” Marks
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