The Year of Less

About a year ago, I started making some conscious changes in my life because I wanted to focus on the things that matter the most.

There is an actual phenomenon called decision fatigue whereby the quality of our decisions diminishes when we have a lot of decisions to make. I found myself making  great decisions in the morning and terrible decisions in the evening.

We’ve all been there.

We wake up in the morning feeling hopeful for the day ahead. We wake up early, eat a healthy breakfast, and have endless patience with our family. But by the time 6:00 rolls around, we are depleted.  We flip out because the toilet paper roll is positioned incorrectly and end up eating directly out of the ice cream container.

This is decision fatigue.

I took specific steps to change my fatigue. I began wearing the same thing to work every day (black pants and a black sweater) so that I wouldn’t have to waste my brain power on what to wear. I started eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch. I gave away almost all of my books and added in more routines.

But it wasn’t enough.

I don’t want more organizing. I want less to organize.

Less stuff. Less decisions. Less organizing. Less spending. Less thinking.

And I want more time for creating memories.

Welcome to the Year of Less.

For the next 12 months, I am going to reduce the “stuff” in my life. I will eliminate clutter, let go of some memories, unsubscribe to emails, and I will surround myself with things that I love….really, really love.

I began my journey this week and have already eliminated over 200 items from my house. I’m logging them all and will track them on a chart so that I can visually see how much lighter I am one year from now.

I’ve already experienced some pretty powerful feelings in just the first week and I anticipate this year to be a completely life-changing one.

I hope you’ll join me in my quest for less. I invite you to find ways to create peace and simplicity in your life and encourage you to share your experiences on this blog or on our Facebook page.

I’m ready to jump in with both feet, and a lot less shoes, to my Year of Less!

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