Simplify Your Life

The theme for the choose your own adventure challenge for the month of December was Simplify. I had a few ideas in mind for this challenge and since the theme was simplify, I kept them simple!

I wanted to focus more on living in the moment and keeping the phone away when I was in the presence of others. I did that for the most part this last month and will continue to do so in the future.

I also planned to discard things that are no longer of use. Unfollow blogs that I mark as read every day without even opening the link. Delete pins that I see on my boards that I never plan to use. Donate the remaining clothes that I have sitting around that I will never wear again. Clean out folders on my computer. Delete apps that I have never opened on my phone.

I did all of that! I still have another area in our house where I need to go through clothes, but I got rid of a lot. The Pinterest boards will be a work in progress because I seriously have a lot!

The theme this month is complete. Sounds like it was made for me. There are a lot of things on my seasonal goals list that keep getting carried over. This is the month that I need to do something about it!!!

1. Make eye doctor appointment

2. Finish cleaning out the dog room/my office

3. Gather research on plants that purify the air inside the home

4. Gather information and start planning spring garden

5. Purchase at least two things for the gallery wall

How did you do with your goal? Are there things you keep putting off that you just need to get done?

Life According to Steph


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  • Reply Ashley January 8, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I am an obsessive pinner too! I pin so many things in the moment and then I look back and I am like why did I even pin that! I just recently deleted an entire album of wedding decorations I pinned BEFORE I got engaged and now I think all of them were so ugly!

  • Reply kathy c. January 8, 2015 at 8:25 am

    you kicked ass with your Dec goals! good for you. i love january’s theme of complete….sounds like that’s right up my alley as well.

    as for plants — i heard that ferns are one of the better ones to purify air but to me, any green plant will do the job! that’s why our house is like freaking wild kingdom! plants errywhere!

  • Reply Laura January 8, 2015 at 8:30 am

    No pressure, but when you’re done with all of your goals, can you come over to my house and do the same? 🙂 I like this link-up, I may just have to join in!

  • Reply Bri @ My Life As January 8, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Getting rid of a lot of pins & boards was so liberating. Now that I have a lot less BS boards it’s a lot less of a time suck for me. Good luck with your January goals!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph January 8, 2015 at 8:39 am

    You kicked ass in December!

    I’m trying to take care of some shit that keeps carrying over too.

    I got rid of a lot of pins last year and it was great. It takes a while.

  • Reply joey January 8, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I’ve been simplifying like crazy lately! I deleted so much of my pinterest. I also went through my nail polish collection the other day (Gasp, I know) and I have EIGHTY ONE POLISHES that I’m willing to part ways with. And my collection is still pretty hefty even after that–hardly made a dent in it. I have a serious problem.

  • Reply kristen January 8, 2015 at 9:10 am

    girl you are seriously the best at completing your goals like organisation and shit, i’m in awe. i didnt make a goal to cull my pinterest boards, i just got bored one day – i had 45 boards now i have 15! and i unfollowed a shit ton of blogs, so liberating. good luck this month!

  • Reply Kate January 8, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Please share once you know the plants that purify. I’ll let you do the research 😉

  • Reply C.Lem (creativeclementine) January 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

    You’re a smart cookie to choose productive plants and to start your garden planning early. I waited too long last year and only ended up with time to grow potatoes… and got teeny tiny adorable potatoes that didn’t amount to much.
    Happy January!

  • Reply Julia January 8, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Cngrats on reaching your December goals! I am all about simplifying right now too, trying to keep that in mind when I go shopping so I don’t just buy MORE crap that we don’t have room for or need!

  • Reply Stephanie January 8, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Purify the air? That’s neat, I want to know what you find! Nice job with the pinterest, that one is always tough. There’s no easy way to do it. I wish they’d let you mass delete pins, like select 10 at a time and hit one delete button.

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal January 8, 2015 at 10:18 am

    You did really great on your December goals – I totally wanted to be up in there for December, however, my simplify was obviously to get away from blogging for 2 weeks. HAHAHAHA! Does that count?

    And I am with you for January – I need to get to the eye doctor. Like seriously.

  • Reply Tracy January 8, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I’m all about simplifying so I love this! So impressed that you decluttered not only tangible things but also digital things. That’s been on my to-do list for quite some time and I just can’t seem to get it done.

  • Reply Helene January 8, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I really need to go through and simplify! i like the idea of tidying everything up!

  • Reply Jenn @ Business, Life & Design January 8, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Ooh ooh! If you find good stuff for the plant air purifiers, please share. That sounds amazing!

    I actually made a category on Bloglovin’ for blogs that annoy me. That’s probably stupid and I should probably just delete them, but I feel like if everyone else is following them, there’s probably a reason and I won’t figure it out unless I suffer through!

  • Reply Erin LFF January 8, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I’m working on some ‘digital decluttering’ as well! Pinterest boards are a work in progress, I’ve slowly but surely been cleaning them up but goooood lawd is takes a long a time! Same with digital photos, don’t even ask me how many are on my computer!!!

  • Reply P.J. January 8, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I like the paragraph when you talked about discarding things. I need to do a lot of that, too. Add to it — clean out my e-mail. I save way too much. I might have to really focus one month on doing all of that.

  • Reply Biana Perez January 8, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I’m interested to hear what you learn about plants that purify the air in the home – you’ll have to share that!! I need to declutter a lot!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie January 8, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I like the staying off the phone one. I realized I needed to lay off my phone awhile ago, and a few weeks ago I was with friends and any time anyone would say something funny one of the girls would to “wait what happened?” she had no idea because she was on her phone and it drove me nuts. It makes such a big difference! I’ve been trying not to have it out when I’m with other people and I don’t even miss it!

  • Reply Kerry January 8, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I have the same problem with Pinterest too. I need to organize it for sure. Digital photos too are a work in progress, so many duplicates.

  • Reply Heather @ My Little HEA January 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I’ll be interested on the plants and purity inside the house, that sounds like such a great thing. I will say moving South helped with my dads health, allergies and my moms arthritis. The warmer climate was a great improvement to their lives. My Pinterest boards may be a little out of control. I could probably get rid of a few but I’m always thinking I need to separate them more, haha! My digital files are a mess!

  • Reply tricia coniglio January 8, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    hahaha! Yes, I agree – if I want to say fuck, I will! This was totally a side note from your comment 🙂

    Good job on all those things. I have noticed so many people on the phone or their device while with friends and I could never understand it. I don’t mind an occasional pic update but being present is so important. I have been working on removing clutter- that is the nice thing about moving.

    I got plants for the purpose a while ago and they died so my green thumb is not so green. Maybe I should try again.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says January 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    You killed it on your goals last month! Great job!

    I need to finish culling the Pinterest boards. Mine are all over the place with things I pinned that I thought would be fun to do or look at and now, I don’t need it. I found that taking all the social media apps except Instagram off my phone helps me stay off of it. I didn’t put them on when I got my new phone a couple of months ago and I don’t miss them at all.

  • Reply Tracie January 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you find out about the air purifying plants! I want to do the same thing around our house, so I am really curious.

  • Reply Amber January 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Good luck with your goals.

    I need to make an eye appointment too. It’s been a while.

  • Reply Caitlin January 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Great idea for a post! I love reading about goal setting, organization, efficiency, etc 🙂

  • Reply Ashley Servis January 9, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    You did awesome in December! I wish I could finish all my goals each month. It is good to schedule eye appointments and I like the idea of planning a garden, do you have a huge yard? Thanks for linking up with us this month.

  • Reply Kay R. January 10, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    You rocked simplify so I cant wait to see how you do in January!

  • Reply Duckie January 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    YES! “Complete” is a GREAT theme for January and something I’m working on too. I have so many ideas and projects that I start but never get around to finishing but this month I plan to hit that shit outta the park so I can move forward!

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