25 Easy Ways to Simplify and Organize Your Life

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Finding ways to simplify and organize your life can help you make life easier and be happier. Minimalism helps eliminate the unnecessary stuff around you. Not only the physical clutter around your home but also the mental clutter.

The benefits of simplifying and decluttering bring you a clutter-free home and free up your mind. This makes you get back your time, save more money, and stress less.

Why “less is more”? To me, having less stuff means having a less cluttered life. Get rid of stuff you don’t use. The fewer possessions we own, the fewer things we need to take care of.

Learning how to simplify your life can help you focus on your goals and enjoy your life more.

Would you like to challenge yourself today? Here are 25 easy ways that you can simplify and organize your life. Start simplifying your life and you’ll get back your time and energy to focus on the things that truly matter to you.

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25 Ways to Simplify and Organize Your Life in 2021


1. Anything that no longer serves you needs to go.

Decluttering your home and making room for the things that matter. Anything that you’re not using in the past year, not fitting you anymore or you not loving it anymore, just purge it.

2. Start small.

It might be overwhelming at first when you start to declutter your whole house. Get a timer and start to do it 15 minutes daily. One room at a time and you’ll find that time goes so fast and you’ve done so much.

Getting Organized in 2021

3. Use a system to keep things organized.

After you get rid of clutter, set up a system to keep things organized and easily accessible. Don’t buy anything like containers to store your stuff until you clear the clutter. Remember, declutter first, organize second.

4. Make a to-do list.

Create a simple to-do list the night before you go to bed. Write down the top three things that you need to accomplish the next day. This will keep your focus on the important tasks without wasting time.

5. Keep a planner and calendar.

Keep a family calendar so no appointments or events will be missed. I like to keep a planner for myself to organize my life and work. I love my Midori Traveler’s Notebook and it goes with me every day.

Use Everything You Have Before Buying a New One

6. Using things up.

Use all those skincare and cosmetics before purchase a new one. Food stored in the pantry for a long time, check if expire, use it, or lose it.

Simplify Your Closet

7. Clean your closet or try a capsule wardrobe.

Your closet door always not closed? One of the reasons is you got too much stuff. Declutter your clothes. Sell or donate the clothes you’ve never worn, not worn in the past year, or not fit you anymore. Simplify your stuff. Create a simple wardrobe will help you save money and get rid of clutter.

Simplify Your Diet

8. Meal planning.

Have a meal plan and write down the list before grocery shopping. Doing this helps you save time and money for multiple trips and avoid grocery waste.

9. Simple eating.

Cook simple meals and simplify your meal planning routine. Home-cooked meals are always more nutritious than take-out. You can simplify even more with batch cooking. It will save you so much time in the kitchen during the busy weeknights.

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Simplify Your Kitchen

10. Organize your kitchen.

Reduce kitchen clutter by purging any unnecessary duplicates. Keep your counters clutter-free.

11. Clean as you go.

Clean up between tasks, which means washing, putting away dirty dishes, or cleaning up spills right away to avoid a mess after cooking.


Simplify Your Home in 2021

12. Downsize to a smaller home.

13. Create routines to clean and declutter regularly.

Create a daily cleaning checklist, weekly and monthly cleaning schedules will help keep your house clean and organized. Having a list of things to declutter will help you get rid of things fast.

14. Do laundry multiple times a week.

I personally do a load of laundry every day.

Simplify Your Finance

15. Set a budget and keep track of it.

Never live beyond your means.

16. Save money. Create an automatic savings plan.

Automate your savings by setting up a direct deposit of 10% or more of your paycheck into your savings account.

17. Streamline your bills.

Automate your bill payments to eliminate the paper clutter and avoid late payments.

18. Save money by cutting your cable.

Watch less TV and you’ll find much more time to work and accomplish your goals.

19. Spend money wisely.

Think twice before your purchase. Do you really need it? Or do you just want it?

Related Minimalist Money tips article: 16 Ways to Save Money with a Minimalist Mindset

Simplify Your Mind

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20. Be positive and learn to let go.

We are what we think. Positive thinking helps you move forward, boost your motivation and productivity. Negative thoughts will bring you stress. Your stress will not solve the problem and may affect your health.

21. Journaling.

Journaling helps you to reduce your mental clutter. Get the thoughts out of your head down on paper will help you gain clarity and a different insight.

22. Learning to say no.

Say no more often if you don’t want to spend time on something that you do not love.

23. Clearing distractions.

Limit your screen time. Set a specific timeframe for checking email and social media. They could eat up your time if you don’t set a limit.

24. Take time for your health.

Make time to do exercise and get enough sleep.

25. Slow down and make time for yourself.

Schedule a “me time” each day and allow yourself to relax, enjoy your own quiet moment and do something you love. It benefits your health and mental well-being.

Related Minimalist living articles:

10 Things I Don’t Buy Anymore

How to Have Less Stuff

7 Minimalist Habits that I’ve Learned from Living in a Small House

I hope the above tips will motivate you to start simplifying your life in 2021. Are you going to challenge yourself to start doing them? Please share in the comments.


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  1. Please don’t do laundry every day though

    1. To save energy and protect the environment, always wash and dry full loads. I prefer to do a load of laundry every day rather than do laundry for hours all at once.

  2. All good tips!

    My husband recently went into Comcast and changed our service to reflect what we actually use and saved us $700 a year!

  3. I love all of these ideas! We have a very minimal wardrobe and I can’t stand clutter! I can’t wait to implement some more of these ideas!

  4. I’m definitely guilty of not using up all of something before buying more. This is especially true with dental floss for some reason. I’m big on flossing, so whenever I see a deal on dental floss at Costco or somewhere, I usually pick some more up. But now we have a ton of floss in our bathroom, and it’s just taking up space. No more floss until we use it all!

    1. Hi Logan! That’s ok, you know you’ve tons of stock here, you’re using them and they won’t be expired, just taking up your space. I think it’s totally fine. Good thing that they’re not food or cosmetic which will get expired and can’t be waited to use. 🙂

  5. I agree with so many of these! Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed I always clean out my closet and head over to Plato’s Closet! Or I clean every part of my room: laundry, dust, fold clothes, anything!


    1. Hi Elena! Clean out closet eliminate the clutter and give me a fresh look! Love doing it regularly!

  6. I need to do so many of these! Decluttering, getting organized, meal planning, and clearing distractions. Thanks for sharing your tips and inspiring me to simplify my life.

  7. I am reading differnt posts to get odeas on how to become a minimalist. I feel I have always had that idea in my mind as I try to diclutter rooms and closets in my home. I have m, throughout the years, encouraging this idea in my children and husband. However, I’ve been feeling I have too much stuff everywhere eventhough people who visit say how clean my house always looks. Despite that i still feel an urge to get rid of things, which I do. However i feel I need to diclutter more down to the minimal. I actually started again in my closet and drawers and have taken out alot of things. My goal is to minimize everything around me in my home and personal life. Im getting some of your ideas and to help me diclutter mentally, emotionally and externally. I had never given though to dicluttering my mind and thoughts. I will put this into practice as something new for me. I have never put allowed myself to relax, enjoy and have me time. Thanks for your great ideas.

    1. Hi Linda! Thanks for the comment. I really think minimalism is a journey. We do decluttering in different areas of life every day which make our life easier. If you think you need to declutter more, go for it! I’m so glad you like the ideas of declutter a mind. It greatly improve one’s mental health. We really need to take some “me time” for ourselves, even just a 15 minutes is good to improve our well being.

  8. ellecreativerebel says:

    As I was reading through the list i kept going: “yep need to do that… and that… and that..” lol Thanks for the tips!

  9. Great ideas! I actually had a capsule wardrobe before they were called capsule wardrobes 😉 It was just because I had a really small closet. Honestly, it was one of the best ways to keep down clutter and stress. I never have a ton of laundry to do and it’s easy to decide what to wear in the morning!

    1. Hi Lauren, you’re so smart! Keeping a minimalist wardrobe has a ton of benefits. I go with you, less clutter, less stress 🙂

  10. Great suggestions! I know many people who have allowed their things to weigh them down and they don’t move forward in life because of it. It’s best to declutter and simplify. I like that you also included simplifying your mind in your article. Journaling is a great outlet.

    1. Thanks Teresa! Let go of the past and be present are the keys to make life moving forward. It may take time. Yes, I love Journaling. It’s one of the best ways to help declutter a mind.

  11. You make some really good points. I especially agree with the one about saying “no” more often. I know people who can barely manage to take care of their own lives because they’re too busy helping others all of the time. If you don’t have the time, say so. Most people are understanding about it and it greatly reduces your stress levels and lets you tackle your own to-do list.

    1. Yes, that’s so true. Committed to do something that we don’t have time to do or don’t love to do is really stressful. Life is busy. We’ve to know the priority and make life easier.

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