I always enjoy putting together a post at the end of the year with this year’s most popular simplifying, decluttering and minimalism posts on the blog.
It’s a great way for me to share the posts that resonated with readers most. Helping you re-read something to encourage you on your simplifying journey. And maybe find some new content you haven’t had a chance to read yet too!
I especially love seeing what you, the readers of Simple Lionheart Life, connected with most this year.
We are all in different places on our simplifying journeys. And where we’re each at on our own journey also shifts and changes over time. A post that wasn’t particularly applicable to you last year, might be just what you need to read right now.
I hope you’ll enjoy checking out the year in review of the most popular simplifying and decluttering posts on the blog this year. If you see one of your favourites on this list or something that really resonates with you, leave a comment at the end of the post and let me know!
This year’s most popular simplifying posts
Without further ado, let’s get to this year’s most popular simplifying and decluttering posts. Starting with number 10 and counting down to the most popular post of the year!
10. How to Slow Down: 20 Simple Ways to Slow Down & Enjoy Life
We live in a world that seems to get busier and move faster all the time. It’s easy to get swept up feeling like you need to do more, be more, get more done, etc., just to keep up.
But the trouble is, sometimes we spend so much time and energy trying to keep up and fit everything into our days that we can’t even enjoy them!
Learning how to slow down isn’t always easy. It takes intentional effort to resist the societal norm that “busy is better”, or that being busy equals productivity and importance, and choose to slow down instead.
Other times life seems to be throwing so much at you that it’s easy to forget you have the power to choose simple actions to help you slow down, simplify and enjoy your days more. Even when life is busy!
In this post, you’ll find 20 simple, practical and realistic strategies you can start using today to help you slow down and let go of some of the feelings of busyness and overwhelm. All so you can enjoy your days more and live more intentionally.
I hope you enjoy these simple strategies and use them to create a slower life that gives you more time and space to enjoy your days!
Read the full post here: How to Slow Down: 20 Simple Ways to Slow Down & Enjoy Life
9. The Minimalist Mindset Shift: 9 Ways Minimalism Changes the Way You Think
Minimalism is more than just decluttering and simplifying alone. While those are important parts of the minimalist journey, truly embracing minimalism involves so much more than just decluttering the “stuff” in your home.
Minimalism is about committing to owning less, rather than decluttering more often. It’s about changing your view of what you own and why you own it. It’s about shifting some of your habits, beliefs, patterns and even the way you think about some things.
Sometimes these shifts happen intentionally and consciously. Other times they happen naturally on their own, gradually and subtly, and in small ways.
But whether they are intentional changes or gradual shifts you didn’t even realize were happening, one day you look around and realize that not only has your relationship with “stuff” completely changed. But the way you think about so many other aspects of your life has changed too!
Your journey towards and through minimalism has changed your mindset, to what I like to call the “minimalist mindset shift”.
And that’s what this post is all about: the minimalist mindset shift and 9 different ways that it might show up on your simplifying and minimalism journey!
Read the full post here: The Minimalist Mindset Shift: 9 Ways Minimalism Changes the Way You Think
8. How to Downsize Your Wardrobe & Declutter Clothes
Check out this post for a simple, step-by-step guide to help you downsize your wardrobe and declutter your clothes. Including plenty of tips to make the process easier and more efficient.
Follow the steps in this post to get rid of the clutter in your closet, and create a simplified, clutter-free wardrobe you look and feel great in.
If your wardrobe is making you feel overwhelmed, stressed, exhausted, bad about your body, guilty or just plain frustrated, those are good signs it’s time to declutter your clothes and downsize your wardrobe.
Downsizing your wardrobe can help you get rid of the excess, the distractions and the things you don’t like or wear from your wardrobe.
Leaving you a wardrobe that makes you feel happy and confident. And makes getting dressed quick, easy and stress-free!
I’ll walk you through the whole process of decluttering your clothes and downsizing your wardrobe in an easy-to-follow, practical way!
Read the full post here: How to Downsize Your Wardrobe & Declutter Clothes
7. Why Highly Sensitive People Need Miniamlism
I think anyone can benefit from simplifying and decluttering their home. But I think certain people benefit from a simplified, minimalist home, even more than most. Particularly people who are Highly Sensitive People.
Until about 7 years ago, I had never heard the term “Highly Sensitive People”. Then one day I stumbled across an article about this personality trait. And it felt like it was written completely about me!
I realized many things I thought were just my own little idiosyncrasies, are actually things other people experience too. And better yet, there is even a name for it!
After learning being a Highly Sensitive Person is a “thing”, it became easier to acknowledge and accept these aspects of myself too. And start making adjustments in my life, where possible, to work with these aspects of who I am, rather than against them. Helping make life easier, happier and less stressful!
And one of the most significant realizations I made was that simplifying and decluttering our home, and choosing to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle, makes a huge difference for me as a Highly Sensitive Person.
I think anyone who identifies themselves as a Highly Sensitive Person can not only benefit from simplifying and embracing minimalism. But I even think us Highly Sensitive People actually need minimalism to make our lives easier, less overwhelming and less stressful.
In this post, you’ll learn more about what a Highly Sensitive Person is. As well as the benefits embracing a simpler, more minimalist home and lifestyle can have for them.
A lot of people feel stressed or unsettled in a cluttered environment. But Highly Sensitive People, in particular, can be more prone to being impacted by the negative effects of chaos and clutter. Easily leaving a Highly Sensitive Person feeling overwhelmed and stressed.
Read the full post to find out why: Why Highly Sensitive People Need Minimalism
6. Decluttering Rules: 15 things NOT to do when decluttering
First, let me clarify what I mean by decluttering rules!
I definitely don’t believe there are any definitive decluttering rules that are guaranteed to work for everybody, all the time.
BUT! I do believe there are things you can do (and avoid doing!) to make the whole process of decluttering your house quicker, easier and less painful in general! As well as help you avoid some common decluttering mistakes and roadblocks.
Breaking these decluttering rules often makes decluttering harder, take longer and be more frustrating.
These are the rules I have learned over the years (usually the hard way!) and continue to use as I keep our home simplified and clutter-free. I want to share them so you can clear the clutter faster and easier, and start enjoying the benefits of a simplified, clutter-free home!
Read the full post here: Decluttering Rules: 15 things NOT to do when decluttering
5. How to Get Rid of Stuff: 11 Reasons Why it’s Hard to Declutter & What to do About it
One of the best ways I’ve found to make getting rid of stuff easier is by getting to the root of exactly what’s making it feel hard for you to let go. Often, once you understand why it feels hard to declutter and get rid of stuff, letting go becomes a lot easier.
And I’ve found there are a few common reasons that can make decluttering feel hard that a lot of people struggle with (myself included!).
And that’s exactly what you’ll learn in this post: 11 of the most common reasons why decluttering can be hard and exactly what to do about each common struggle.
Learning how to get rid of stuff becomes a whole lot easier once you know exactly what is holding you back. And this post will help you dig into what’s making decluttering difficult for you, so you can start decluttering with more clarity, confidence and ease!
Read the full post here: How to Get Rid of Stuff: 11 Reasons Why it’s Hard to Declutter & What to do About it
4. How to Purge Your House: 11 Tips When Decluttering is Hard
Decluttering isn’t always easy. Sometimes it feels hard to declutter for a variety of different reasons.
You might feel emotionally attached to the things you own. You might struggle with guilt over getting rid of some things. And sometimes it just feels so daunting and overwhelming, you don’t even know where or how to start!
If you want to purge your house, but decluttering feels hard, you’re not alone.
Even for seasoned “declutter-ers”, some things are harder to declutter than others. And sometimes you feel more or less motivated to declutter too.
In this post, you’ll learn 11 tips and strategies you can use to help you declutter and simplify your home, particularly during those times when decluttering feels hard.
I hope this post will give you some tools and strategies you can use to push through and clear the clutter for good!
Read the full post here: How to Purge Your House: 11 Tips When Decluttering is Hard
3. 25 Simple Living Quotes to Inspire You to Declutter & Simplify Your Life!
Words are powerful. They have the ability to inspire us, motivate us and push us to take action. I have always loved collecting quotes and words that inspire me.
By sharing some of my favourite simple living quotes I’ve collected over the years, I hope they can inspire and encourage you to declutter and simplify your life as much as they have for me!
You’ll also find an image for each of the quotes in the post. Pin them to Pinterest, save them as your phone background, print them out and hang them up! Use them in any way you need to continue finding inspiration, motivation and encouragement towards simplifying your home and your life!
Read the full post here: 25 Simple Living Quotes to Inspire You to Declutter & Simplify Your Life!
2. Decluttering Clothes: 11 Tips to Make Clearing Out Your Closet Easier
Simplifying my wardrobe has been one of my favourite simplifying projects to date!
But decluttering my clothes hasn’t always been easy for me. And to be perfectly honest, I still struggle to get rid of some things….even though I know I love a small wardrobe!
But, I have learned a few tips and tricks that have made decluttering my clothes so much easier.
In this post, you’ll learn all of my favourite go-to tips and tricks I use to make simplifying my wardrobe easier and less painful!
If you want to learn how to be more ruthless when decluttering clothes, these 11 tips and tricks will help! Use them to help downsize your wardrobe, get rid of the clutter and enjoy the benefits of a simplified wardrobe!
Read the full post here: Decluttering Clothes: 11 Tips to Make Clearing Out Your Closet Easier
1. 12 Reasons We Keep Clothes We Don’t Wear & How to Move Past Them
If you’re finding yourself hanging onto clothes you don’t wear but are struggling to get rid of them, this post is for you!
In it, you’ll find out how to get to the root of why you’re holding onto the clothes you aren’t wearing or loving. Then how you can use that information to work through and move past what’s making it difficult to let go and simplify your wardrobe!
There are many reasons why getting rid of clothes can be difficult. This post is a great place to start to figure out what’s making it difficult for you.
You’ll find 12 of the most common reasons we hold onto clothes. And what you can do to move past each of these decluttering roadblocks and clear the clutter from your closet. All so you can create a wardrobe that you love, makes you feel good and makes getting dressed easier!
Read the full post here: 12 Reasons We Keep Clothes We Don’t Wear & How to Move Past Them
A year in review: this year’s most popular simplifying & decluttering posts
I hope you enjoyed this round-up of the year’s most popular simplifying and decluttering posts! I hope it gives you a chance to revisit some great posts you’ve already read. And check out any you may have missed and can read for the first time!
Which of these popular simplifying posts resonates most for you? I’d love to know. Leave a comment below and let me know what your favourite post was!
Thanks for being here and happy decluttering!