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Decluttering with Emily Ley

Decluttering with Emily Ley

A new year brings the itch to start from scratch. Unfortunately, we bury ourselves in so much during the year that starting fresh is pretty darn difficult. Starting from scratch means cleaning, donating, throwing away anything we don’t value. This process is a long and stressful one that I’ve never attempted because I never had much to begin with. Now as I’ve progressed through my career and my young adult life, I’ve accumulated quite the trove of things. The daunting task of going through and really cleaning up is too much. I still have boxes stacked up in an out-of-sight place that contained gifts from Christmas! Going through and figuring out what to keep, what to donate, what to toss…I don’t even like thinking about it!

Earlier this year I started following Emily Ley on Instagram and Twitter. She’s the creator of the Simplified Planner, a planner that I don’t use but the logic behind it really resonates with me. After reading her book Grace Not Perfection, I knew I was a lot like Emily – I wanted my life to be Pinterest perfect and beautiful, but I knew I wasn’t capable of maintaining that level of perfection. And in the attempt to create that “perfect home”, I have accumulated so many decorations. I need to buy more storage bins for the plethora of seasonal decorations I keep bringing home!

I’m like a chicken with its head cut off when it comes to decluttering. I’ll start with one thing, then run off on a tangent and start another little project before actually finishing the first one. Are you guilty of this? I’ll go into the living room to just tidy up and throw away some junk and before I know it I’m trying to organize my bookshelf alphabetically or by color, the garbage bag I was working on filling up laying next to me on the floor unused. It’s the worst, and it takes forever to get things done this way! Luckily for me (and those like me) Emily and her Simplified Planner team are doing a 30 day “Simplicity Challenge” to clean up and organize for the new year. I’m going to try to follow this challenge every day and see how my apartment will feel when it’s done! A clean home is a happy home, and my home is anything but! So hopefully following this challenge will lead me to a happier, more relaxed life at home!

Check out the challenge on The Simplified Planner’s instagram account and let’s clean up for the year together!


This post is in no way sponsored by Emily or The Simplified Planner, I just wanted to share because she is one of my favorite entreprenuers and she inspires me to be my better self and get my life together, and also I really feel this challenge will help me and my home!


xo, Karli