The process of simplifying your life is a BIG one. It’s so freeing and exciting and it’s HARD WORK. Our 31 Day Simplicity Challenge features one step for each day that can be completed in 15 minutes or less. Physical clutter = mental clutter, so both of those areas are addressed throughout the challenge. At the end of the challenge, you’ll be able to breathe easier knowing that you’ve completed the process of purging, decluttering, and organizing your life to make margin for what matters! For daily encouragement and extra tips on the process of simplifying, join our Simplified Planner Community Group. To sign up for our newsletter and receive a FREE printable e-book of the challenge, click here.
No. 1 of 31: Walk your home with a trash bag or five. Be ruthless. Papers. Receipts. Tags. Empty bottles. Go.
No. 2 of 31: Go through your kitchen drawers. Do you have three carrot peelers? Two ice cream scoops? You only need one.
No. 3 of 31: Clean out your fridge, pantry, and spice cabinet. Check expiration dates and throw things away. Make a list of restock needs as you go.
No. 4 of 31: Simplify your phone. Delete old contacts and unused apps. Refresh your wallpaper and lock screen.
No. 5 of 31: Organize the Notes app on your iPhone to hold lists of all kinds (books to read, hashtags you use, or other information you often need to retrieve).
No. 6 of 31: Use the Reminders app on your iPhone to set alerts for routines or habits you’re trying to create (IE: take vitamins, put phone away, go for a walk).
No. 7 of 31: Consider reading as a brain break. Make a list of 10 books you’d like to read this year.
No. 8 of 31: Walk your house with a donate bag. Schedule a pick-up or drop it off as soon as the bag is full.
No. 9 of 31: Start the habit of throwing a small load of laundry in every morning.
No. 10 of 31: Set a recurring alarm (or use the Bedtime feature on iPhones) for every weekday. If you’re letting your kids wake you, set it for one hour earlier.
No. 11 of 31: Go put gas in your car today. While you’re there, clean out your car. Throw trash away.
No. 12 of 31: Buy a few birthday cards (and small gift cards). Keep them on hand for birthdays that pop up that you’re not prepared for.
No. 13 of 31: Put your number on the Do Not Call list. Visit donotcall.gov or call 1.888.382.1222.
No. 14 of 31: Do something with all those precious photos and videos on your phone. Print. Back up. Store.
No. 15 of 31: Consider the amount of INFORMATION coming at you all day. What can you turn off to quiet your mind? Turn off the television. Perhaps (gasp!) take a break from social media.
No. 16 of 31: Identify “pain points” in your day (IE: kids getting shoes on in the morning). Alleviate these (IE: put a basket for shoes near the front door for easy access).
No. 17 of 31: Dump out your purse. Throw away trash. Create a little bag of essentials. Make your bag work for you.
No. 18 of 31: Ruthlessly clean out your closet. Goodbye clothes that “will fit one day.” Goodbye clothes that “don’t fit quite right but I paid too much for them.”
No. 19 of 31: Clean out your medicine cabinet. Trash anything expired. Restock essentials.
No. 20 of 31: Detox your social media feeds. Follow inspirational accounts. Unfollow anyone draining. Are there platforms you can quit?
No. 21 of 31: Go through your credit card and / or bank statements. Identify any “subscriptions” you forgot you had and don’t need and turn them off.
No. 22 of 31: Clean off your desk and wipe it down (and your keyboard). Ditch clutter. Keep only the essentials including your computer.
No. 23 of 31: Clear the clutter on your computer. Delete unused files and organize important ones. Empty the trash. Refresh your desktop wallpaper.
No. 24 of 31: Take inventory of the mail coming to your mailbox. Visit directmail.com to remove your name from lists.
No. 25 of 31: Make a list of ten go-to meals. Tape it to the fridge for simple meal planning.
No. 26 of 31: Schedule a vacation or stay-cation for some time this year.
No. 27 of 31: Organize your inbox. Search the word “unsubscribe” and remove yourself from non-essential lists. Try Unroll.me.
No. 28 of 31: Using a large piece of paper or poster board, make a list of all your commitments. Which ones can you say “not now” to?
No. 29 of 31: Create your own weekly prep-list with tasks that make you feel prepared for the week ahead.
No. 30 of 31: Make a list of household items you use frequently. Stock up on these. Pay attention to BOGO sales.
No. 31 of 31: Rest. Schedule 30 minutes alone once a week. You give away what you put in. Take care of yourself.