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2020: The Year to Simplify

January 8, 2020

Happy New Year! Well, it’s already a week (+1 day) into this new year, but I am just now getting back into the swing of things. The kids went back to school, and I am getting caught up on life! We had a great break and were able to work in a lot of fun things, but also had time to chill.

I have been tossing around the idea of choosing a word of the year for a while. I have read other blog posts in the past about people’s word choices and why they choose that word, but I have never been drawn to choose a word for myself…until this year. I feel like 2019 was a stressful year. Several little things that added up along with a few big things just caused a lot of stress in my life and the lives of my family members. Some of those things were out of my control, but many were not. So this year, I want to simplify things in an effort to create a life that my kids will remember as fun and relaxed and joyous.

Does anyone else bring stress upon themselves? Unfortunately, I do this frequently. I sometimes prioritize insignificant things over things that should be top priority, then I stress about not having enough time in the day to do everything I “NEED” to do. I also create expectations for myself that aren’t always attainable or maintainable. This only adds to my stress, and when I am stressed out I inadvertently take it out on the people I love the most.

I have been thinking about the idea of trying to simplify my life for a couple of months, and I have come up with several things I want to try to implement…some will be implemented slowly over the course of time, and others will be implemented right away.

I won’t share all of my thoughts with you, but one thing that has been on my mind a lot lately is shopping. I love shopping (obviously), but I shopped WAY too much the past few years. I ordered and ordered and ordered things online and I felt like I was constantly returning things to the stores. I honestly didn’t even share half of what I ordered with you guys because I just simply ran out of time. I was too busy shopping and returning, which is pretty ridiculous if you think about it! This year my goal is to shop less and share more. Shop for things I am really interested in, not just the latest $20 sweater. Quality over quantity. Not to say I won’t be snagging a few things on sale from Old Navy, but I am trying to incorporate the less is more approach with my closet. It’s overflowing and I need to get it under control.

Which leads to another aspect of my simplifying goals: Scale down my closet. Yikes! This one is going to be hard. I love clothes, but I have way too many. I don’t wear half of them, but it’s hard for me to get rid of them. I think it’s the guilt of knowing that I paid money for it and I don’t wear it which makes it hard to just toss the pieces away. But, the reality is it’s not doing any good hanging in my closet, adding to the clutter. I also keep things for the reason of “what if”. What if I need it one day? What if I have to go to a funeral and I need to wear that black blazer I haven’t worn in 7 years? What if it comes back in style? What if I regret getting rid of it? What if I lose 10 pounds and it fits again?

Another thing I am going to try in 2020 is not linking every article of clothing I post on Instagram. It is incredibly time consuming to link clothes and accessories I am wearing through the affiliate links. Sure, I make a (small, VERY small) commission from these links if you purchase something through them, but so far, the amount I’ve earned hasn’t made it worth the time it takes to search for and link every single thing. That being said, I am MORE than happy to provide a link upon request! I was previously trying to proactively provide links incase anyone was interested, but there would be times when not a single link would be clicked. That’s a lot of time wasted, so I am going to take a break from automatically linking things and just provide links when people request them!

Those are just a few of the ways I am trying to simplify my business and my life. I would love to hear how you plan on starting 2020! Tell me in the comments below!

Niki French

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  • Alison January 8, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Maybe set goals that you know for certain are attainable and/or maintainable, doesn’t have to be a lot. Maybe set them for each month. You could put clothes you wear most near front and then maybe make you capsules like by season or occasion (night out with spouse, ladies night/events, outings with boys, church, weddings, engagements and showers, relaxing around house or running errands, etc. or touch each item and ask if you love it still, last time worn, wear again soon, or questions of your choosing

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