Simple Ways To Streamline Your Life

How to be more minimal in everyday life

I'm a fairly organised and together person (lol just kidding) but honestly when I hear anything about streamlining I just can't get enough. I'm all about how I can become more efficient and effective because the more organised and simplified my life is, the clearer my mind feels.

Story time: A few months ago I re-did my bedroom and there were boxes everywhere, un-made furniture (gotta love Ikea...) and my room was just a complete disaster zone with things randomly thrown everywhere. During that time I'd say I was the most anxious and scatter-brained that I've been in a long time and I always felt uneasy.

I sorted, tidied and organised everything in my room, removed the clutter, put into place a couple of routines that made my days run more fluidly and then I finally started to feel sane again. It's all about sorting out different areas of your life and making things run smoothly. Streamlining your life even in small ways can boost your efficiency, save you time, clear your mind and make you feel like a much more together person. Trust me, it makes a difference.


Charlotte Tilbury 'Instant Look In A Palette' review beauty blogger
Charlotte Tilbury 'Instant Look in a Palette'


Use do it all makeup products. 
If you're looking to streamline your daily routine or if you're just someone who's always in a rush (or always running late) then a great way to save time and simplify things is to start incorporating a few multi-use or 'do it all' products into your getting ready routine. It sounds simple but sometimes the best ideas are the simplest.

You could start easy by using a moisturising lipstick instead of a lip balm and separate lip shade, or you could take it a step further and try out an eye + face palette combo. I used to be really skeptical of these kinds of products but if you find a good quality palette from a brand you trust that contains a combination of shades that you'll actually use, then it's brilliant. These kinds of multi-use products are a ridiculously easy way to regularly streamline your morning routine.



I'd Recommend? *The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette
It contains the original Filmstar Bronze & Glow shades that I already use on a daily basis so that's extremely handy, two pops of colour for the cheeks and three very blendable, satin-finish neutral eyeshadows. The shadows are even numbered so you don't have to think about what to use and where. For me I use the lightest as my base shadow, number '2' as the crease colour and then I'll use the darkest shade smudged out as a liner. All of a sudden I've got an easy 'my eyes but better' look that saves me time and energy every morning because I don't really need to even think about what I'm doing and all the shades I need are in one place. This was the first eye + face palette I've used and now I've gone from thinking they're gimmicky to wanting more- would highly recommend. 



how to live more minimal


De-clutter. 
A big part of streamlining is de-cluttering and if you want a more streamlined life, make sure you're not holding onto possessions that unintentionally bring you stress. To get the process started, try going rome by room through your home and think about what stresses you out. Some objects may bring you stress when you look at them (i.e, presents you've kept out of guilt that you don't actually want) or maybe there are a few pieces of clothes in your wardrobe that you bought but didn't really wear so you've just kept it in there collecting dust. Ditch the maybes and just make a 'throw out/donate' pile and a 'keep' pile to get rid of the unwanted clutter in your life and to bring some new energy into your space. A decluttered space = a streamlined space, which = a clear mind.



Create routines. 
If you're the kind of person who regularly changes things up in your life that can be a great habit, but sometimes doing things differently every time can be a really time consuming process and a more fluid routine can be needed to keep areas of your life running a little smoother. I'm not saying that you should have a routine for everything but for me, I find having things like a morning routine to be extremely useful for saving me time and energy and helping my days to run more efficiently. If you're looking to streamline your life, figure out which areas in your life or times in your day are currently the most chaotic and try and implement a routine to change that. You want to find a routine that's going to keep you on task, motivated, reasonably relaxed, positive and productive.

What are your favourite ways to streamline your life?

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*Gifted for review purposes and Charlotte Tilbury palette is an affiliate link. Hopefully by now you'll all know that all opinions in this post are obviously all genuine and my own! 

53 comments:

  1. I'm so about decluttering these days. I'm prepping for an overseas move in a couple of months so that's definitely helped give me a kick up the butt to get going with it all, but you just feel so much better when you don't have stuff that you don't need everywhere you turn. And I can't think of a single thing that I've ever gotten rid of or given away that I've later thought about and wished I'd kept. I think everyone hangs onto things thinking they might need it one day, but you literally never do.

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    1. Oh wow an overseas move sounds incredibly interesting! Yeah I find the same with me, I have honestly never really missed anything I've thrown out and that's got to say something.

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  2. For me it is always preparing the nigh before , ironing my shirt, sorting my outfit, preparing my handbag. I like to be organised as much as possible as I cannot think when there is a mess and unknown! xx

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    1. That's a great tip! I used to always prep the night before but somehow got out of the habit, it was so helpful though for making me feel less stressed in the mornings!

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  3. Super cute guide. I love all in one make-up kits.

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  4. This looks like the perfect Sunday!

    Xx,

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  5. I must admit I need to work on creating a routine for myself so that I make sure I include the things that are most important to me as much as possible, as I seem to have gotten out of the habit. You've made some excellent suggestions and given me some great reminders to motivate me back on my decluttering track too. I love decluttering but can get a bit overwhelmed then put it off till later - then later never comes! So I'll combine my decluttering into my new daily/ weekly/monthly routines. Goodie, I'm inspired now :) :) (Oh, and lol for the above comment -"This looks like the perfect Sunday" :)

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    1. I find de-cluttering to be really overwhelming as well so doing a little bit at a time and then just leaving it always works best for me!

      So happy this motivated you and I hope you do end up nailing down some daily routines that help you feel more organised and streamlined :) x

      Oh, and it's definitely the perfect Sunday ;)

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  6. Oooh - I love this post! It's so nice when you finally de-clutter and let of go things which you don't need anymore!
    I really need to get things sorted out soon, I have so much and need to organise things again. It's like a weird circle… I tidy, I organise and then when I'm in a rush I grab a few things and then before I know it, I need to organise things all over again!

    Love your posts and loving the photos - can't wait to see more! Are you off on any travels soon? :)

    Layla xx

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    1. I feel like that as well sometimes, like nothing ever stays organised because when I move it it becomes untidy and it's like an endless cycle! Haha

      For me I just try to do the best I can and I'll usually try make things into a routine so it's easier for me and less stressful :)

      Oooo well I might be having a little staycation in Melbourne soon but other than that my next big trip is next year!

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  7. I'm a huge routine person so streamlining my life is a definite yes from me, I'm constantly trying to make life easier for myself through it! Loved this post x

    |Georgia Megan|

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    1. I'm the exact same way, and thanks Georgia :)

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  8. These are such great tips! I definitely have routines especially in the morning...it helps me stay organized!

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  9. Okay now I want to declutter both my make-up stash and my wardrobe (the latter one frightens me lol). I agree, when everything around you is more or less organized - you suddenly feel more proactive and even a bit better about yourself! xx

    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

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    1. I've been putting off my wardrobe as well since I wrote this post...it's the one that gets me the most!

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  10. I really need to declutter, I find that I get so overwhelmed because I just hoard things I don't even need! I love that makeup kit, that is definitely something I'd use! I'm quite simple when it comes to my makeup routine so I would have so much fun with that! Have a wonderful week xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

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    1. It is a really lovely little palette, I've been having so much fun using it lately!

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  11. Great tips, I really need to get better at sticking to a routine, I have the bad habit of doing things whenever I feel like it

    Technicolor ♥ Heart

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    1. Thanks Lou, don't worry sometimes that's actually a really awesome quality to have- just depends on the situation and how you look at things :)

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  12. Your make-up is the main asset of beauty. So, always put an attractive and natural make-up that suits your look. Also, you can try the healthy skin habbits to stay charming. Just go for it!!!

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  13. I barely ever organise my stuff, it's so bad. These tips are so good, that makeup set is fab! I'm always the type to have a massive 'maybe' pile when clearing out my clothes agh

    Dalal
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    1. That's why for me I just don't bother making maybe piles anymore, it forces you to be ruthless!

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  14. Love this, decluttering always is necessary for me!

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  15. It's very true that streamlining your life even in small ways can boost your efficiency, save you time, clear your mind and make you feel like a much more together person. Thanks for sharing such an amazing information.
    Skin Brightener Cream By Revitol :)

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  16. There is always such a great feeling of accomplishment when I reorganize and declutter my place =o)

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  17. Loved the palette. The colors are just amazing, one thing is that it is containing unique collection of colors which I haven't wore yet.

    Melissa@Revitol anti aging cream

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    1. I think you'd really like this palette then Melissa :)

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  18. That CT palette is so perfect for travelling! Lovely post as always and so many great tips x

    Tiffany Tales | Beauty & Lifestyle

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  20. That Charlotte Tilbury palette is absolutely gorgeous and you're right, every shade is so wearable! I also find that my mind is just a mess when my surroundings are untidy. I love to declutter too, it feels so nice once it's done and so much easier to choose what to wear when your wardrobe is neat and streamlined!
    Brigitte x

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    1. Exactly! When my space is messy I'm absolutely all over the place.

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  21. LOVED the tips hun! I am trying to streamline my life a lot this year.. so this post was perfect for me!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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    1. Ah that's so great to hear Lisa, thanks!

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  22. Oh that's a good suggestion about using a palette that has numerous uses. That Charlotte Tilbury ones actually looking pretty wearable for me, thanks for the idea!
    Amy at Amy & More

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    1. Glad you found that suggestion helpful Amy! Let me know if you end up trying out the palette :)

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  24. could not find a 'Do It All' Palette so I am definitely going to check the one you suggest. It would be a very good one to take for travels. Are there any other make up products that you could suggest? Best Wishes, Iga http://www.instagram.com/igaberry & www.igaberry.com

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    1. For sure! If you check out my post called 'The 2017 Beauty Edit ' I've listed so many of my favourite beauty products that I use every day :)

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  25. I've always been skeptical about purchasing those face and eye palettes, but once I saw that the one you suggested was from Charlotte Tilbury, I rethought my opinion, just like you did. Although I am quite happy with my almost-minimal makeup routine, it would be a nice alternative for travel! Streamlining your space really does affect your mind, I can agree! I would say I'm a pretty tidy person, who likes to switch my room up often, and I find that I can think straighter when my desk area has less clutter on it. Great post :)

    Kyia at WANDERLUSTGIRL// Lifestyle & Beauty
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    1. I was really shocked at how handy the palette is, I guess I shouldn't have been so skepitical toward those kinds of palettes seeing as I'd actually never tried one before!

      I definitely think a lot clearer when my space is all straightened up as well :)

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  26. I'm big into decluttering lately! Lovely tips x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

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  27. I actually love multi-use products! Rosehip oil as a cleanser, eye & stretch mark cream, serum, primer & moisturiser. I also love using a contour palette for my eyeshadow! I use the yellow tone around my eyes, the highlighter on the middle of my lid & brow bone, & the dark shades to contour my eyelids & make my eyes pop! I swear by it!

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    1. Ooo I've never used rosehip oil before, it sounds like such a good product if you can use it for that many things! I sometimes use a contour palette or bronzers for eyeshadows and I think they actually work so well for that but I'll try utilise contour and highlighting shades more like you do!

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  28. I love multi-use products- makes like so much more easier. Btw, I absolutely love your blog.

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