#JUNKFREEINJUNE Over 50s Lifestyle

#JunkFreeInJune – 15 ways to remove the junk from your life – Part 2

June 18, 2019
#JunkFreeInJune - 15 ways to remove 'junk' from your life

Have you been joining me in the #JunkFreeInJune challenge? I hope you have enjoyed the challenge and have started to make some positive changes in your life. One of the ideas that has been very popular is Unsubscribing from Emails and Subscriptions that no longer have value.

I kicked off the #JunkFreeInJune challenge, listing ways you can remove the ‘junk’ from your life for the first 15 days of June. Did you try any? I would love to hear what ideas resonated with you.

As promised, I am now following up with 15 more days to complete the month. By June 30 it would be a good exercise to review your month and tick off exactly what areas of your life you have addressed in terms of removing the ‘junk’ and taking back control of your life. It is such a great feeling isn’t it? Being in control!

#JunkFreeInJune – 15 ways to remove the junk from your life – Part 2

If you would like a copy you can download the calendar HERE and keep it handy for inspiration and motivation to clear the clutter!

Remember #JunkFreeInJune is all about Taking Back Control of your life. It is about removing what is holding you back and embracing new habits to create the life you want.

Take control of:

16. Your Health– Our health and well being is paramount but we can get so caught up in life that we can take our health for granted. Knowing our Family Medical history, incorporating regular screenings and annual check ups is important. You may be living a healthy lifestyle and not realise that there is a problem (because of genetics mainly) that you aren’t aware of until it is too late or you receive a scare. Make the comittment to schedule your regular medical appointments this week.

17. Your habits – the #JunkFreeInJune challenge is the perfect time to address those bad habits that have crept into our lives. Time to review your life and see what unhealthy habits need to be replaced. These include the obvious ones like improving what you eat, drinking more water, getting enough sleep and exercising. However there are other habits that can be inhibiting our growth as a person. My friend Christie from So What? Now What? recently wrote a post about The power of words and Mindful Speech she wrote about the challenge to:

Go one full day without speaking about anyone who isn’t present except as necessary to perform your job or other responsibilities. If you slip up, make note of it and continue with the challenge.

Christie Hawkes, So What? Now What?

18. Your body – You only have one body to last a life time. It isn’t like a car that we can trade in for a newer version. Treating your body with respect and nurturing it inside as well as outside is important. Start on the inside by taking a day to detox and cleanse and then aim to make some changes for healthier eating. Move more and be active – that is what our body is designed to do and take time to rest and restore.

19. Your Mental Health – If life is overwhelming to the point where you just aren’t coping you need to seek professional help. In Australia, Lifeline 13 11 14 provides Crisis Support so don’t be afraid or embarrassed to reach out if you need help. For most of us though, we just need to remember that we can’t keep up a hectic pace constantly. We need to take time to be mindful and do things to clear our minds of the day to day clutter. Meditation or just going for a walk can help clear our minds.

20. Your diet – no I don’t mean restricting what you eat to lettuce leaves. I’m talking about eating less processed foods, more whole foods and ensuring our bodies get enough nutrients to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Why not try a Meatless Monday recipe each week? Include more colourful vegetables and ‘eat a rainbow’. Remove the ‘junk’ from your diet and you will have more energy and certainly be healthier. Nancy Dobbins wrote a guest post earlier in the month describing how she and her husband Transformed their Eating Habits.

21. Your Spiritual Side – Whether you follow a structured religion or not, we all have a spiritual side which should be nurtured. Practising gratitude and being thankful for what we have in our life brings calm, peace and joy. Some people use a journal to record their gratitude, others meditate, others pray. Whatever is your choice make gratitude a part of your day.

#JunkFreeInJune - 15 ways to remove the junk from your life - Part 2

22. Your Social Life – Is your diary booked out for the next few months with social activities? Social connection is important for a healthy lifestyle but sometimes over-comitting to activities and catch ups can be detrimental. We can become overwhelmed and burnt out. Review your diary and adjust your social life to be a pleasure rather than becoming a chore.

23. Your Environment – Whether you believe in Climate Change or Not, we need to care for the environment in which we live not just for us but for future generations. What can you do to stop adding ‘junk’ to the environment?

24. Your friendships – We all liked to be liked, don’t we? However, sometimes we hang on to friendships that aren’t in our best interests. I’ve written before about the types of friendships that we have and the need to have the courage to walk away from those that are not supportive or are a toxic influence in our life. One true, supportive and loving friend is worth more than many shallow friends who want to pull you down.

25. Your fitness– being fit means having the best body you can for the life you lead. No, you don’t have to be a marathon runner or body builder. BUT you do need to maintain general fitness and strength if you want to live an active and healthy lifestyle. I keep fit and active because I want to keep up with my grandchildren, travel and also just cope with daily independent living as I age. The recommended amount of exercise is 150 minutes per week. DOING SOME ACTIVITY THAT YOU LOVE is the key that will keep your fitness at the desired level for your body and your mind.

26. Your Eating – I’ve talked about removing processed foods from you diet and preparing healthy snacks to keep on hand. Your eating is much more than this. The type of food, how and when we eat can be determined by our life experiences. Certain triggers can set off coping mechanisms and we turn to food for comfort or out of boredom. Finding the underlying cause of ‘why’ you turn to food through emotional eating is important for maintaining healthy weight and lifestyle.

27. Your alcohol– There is nothing wrong with drinking alcohol as long as it is in moderation. When it becomes a habit that you just ‘need’ daily then you need to review. My husband has now been alcohol free since March 2018 after realising that alcohol was affecting his lifestyle and health. I’ve joined him on this journey and a very proud of his achievement. You don’t have to remove alcohol completely but the health benefits of incorporating ‘AFD’s’ (alcohol free days) into your week are worth it.

28. Your possessions – Do you really need all of your possessions? What would happen if you lost them tomorrow? Society has developed a ‘throw away’ and ‘must have’ mentality where many don’t appreciate the value of their possessions. Recently we have moved and decluttered our own home plus my MIL’s home. It was a cathartic experience and made me realise I hadn’t used many items. Are there items in your life cluttering your home and space that you just don’t need or use?

29. Your time – My friend, Debbie Harris from Deb’s World has chosen ‘time’ as her Word of the Year. She wrote back in January about how to get more time back into our lives. Do you know you are control of how you spend your time? We all have a choice don’t we? I’m just as guilty as others of not using my time wisely and that includes making time to do nothing and not feel guilty about it. Time is precious so are you wasting your time in some areas of your life? Are you making the most of your time? Remember time and life has an end point so make sure you are making the most of it.

30. Take control of your self care – So much is written on this subject but

‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’ can you?

We all deserve to live the best life we can in happiness and that means making time to put the ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ sign out and indulging in some time for yourself. Being mindful to take care of yourself and learning to say NO when you feel pulled in all directions, not only shows you and others that you respect your body, mind and spirit but it shows that you LOVE and APPRECIATE yourself.

You deserve to look after yourself and find contentment and joy in your life because you are so worth it.

Well there it is, the second 15 ways we can take control of our lives and become #JunkFreeInJune. I have now completed the month with 30 ideas for you to clear the clutter from you life.

Are there any areas on the list that you can work on immediately? I know I can.

#JunkFreeInJune - 15 ways to remove the junk from your life - Part 2

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39 Comments

  • Reply Miriam June 18, 2019 at 18:00

    What a fabulous and comprehensive post Sue, you’ve covered everything. I like the analogy that our bodies are like an operating system, remove the junk files or they slow you down. I had a complete melt down on my computer recently and I had to reinstall and reboot everything! As a result I’ve got rid of a lot of files and programs I didn’t need and things seem to be working better. It really is like life isn’t it. Thanks again for a great post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2019 at 07:09

      Hi Miriam I love that quote and it really says it all doesn’t it? I need to do something about my computer literally but I don’t really want a complete meltdown to make me clean it up! At least you are back up and running thank goodness. Have a great day! xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris June 18, 2019 at 18:46

    Thanks for mentioning my post Sue, I’m very happy to share my thoughts on Time and hope it helps others. I love the pic about being like an operating system, it’s so true! I have taken the unsubscribing to a new level and it’s worked a treat, so may thanks. all your ides are wonderful and do-able too! Thanks so much for the ideas and motivation.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2019 at 07:10

      Hi Deb, my pleasure and it was a perfect link really. I loved the quote about the operating systems too – some people are so clever to come up with these thoughts aren’t they? Like you I’m in a frenzy unsubscribing and can’t believe how many emails I subscribed to that I have know idea why I did in the first place! Obviously I haven’t unsubscribed you! Enjoy your time in Qld and chat soon. xx

  • Reply Suzanne June 19, 2019 at 06:38

    I have always believed in not having junk around me, and I love the minimalist look. The harder one is the “junk” within me, forever deleting “stuff” that is not relevant and that is negative, especially now as I have to keep us both on a positive forward motion.

    Sue, I too loved your reference to deleting files to keep us moving ahead. Have a great week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2019 at 07:13

      Hi Suzanne, how are you and The Squire going? My husband loves the minimalist look and I’ve come to love it too. I also loved the quote about the Operating Systems it was just a perfect analogy. Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Bree June 19, 2019 at 07:06

    I am trying to cut down on junk in my life. Going through my clothes and donating to the Op shop I work in…that can be hard often bringing home clothes to try on. Not buying junk food …going to the gym more doing more repetitions with extra weight on the machines. #mstlp

  • Reply Michele June 19, 2019 at 07:59

    When I think of junk, of course I first think of clutter. I’ve been on a crusade for the last couple of years to get rid of the junk. I appreciate how you have included all kinds of junk here, from the junk in our minds to the junk in our diets. Junk is anything that doesn’t serve us well!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2019 at 08:31

      Hi Michele, I’m pleased you appreciate my thoughts on clutter and how it affects all areas of our minds. Usually when we hear ‘junk’ we immediately think of physical clutter or junk food but it is so much more than these two areas. Enjoy your week. x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey June 19, 2019 at 09:04

    I’ve been quieter than normal (touch wood) in the day job this week so have tackled my wardrobe and drawers. I haven’t done a good clean out in just over a year. I’ve also done the pantry and man it’s a weight off…or perhaps that’s just the slowing down of day job pace that is making me feel lighter…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2019 at 09:52

      So good to hear that day job has eased off a bit Jo. My daughter has a very high pressured job and trying to juggle that with travelling and two small boys 5 & 1 makes me concerned for her. Fortunately, her husband is very supportive and at the moment is being the Househusband and primary care giver and of course Nan helps out at least once a week 🙂 Take care and enjoy our beautiful home xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt June 19, 2019 at 09:22

    There is so much to this post to consider, Sue, it’s almost overwhelming, but oh so right on! I’m in a losing battle for now with my clutterbug hubby, but at least I can take care of my own stuff. One thing I need to do is delete a ton of old photos and duplicates that are haunting my dropbox account. I appreciate all you put into this post. Visiting from #MLSTL and beyond.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2019 at 09:56

      Oh yes Terri I forgot about the photos that is another area that I have to address so thanks for the reminder. My husband is a minimalist so it is more myself that needs to get on top of clutter. Having recently moved has certainly helped and I was very strict with myself on what I kept and what I let go of. x

  • Reply Vanessa June 19, 2019 at 09:46

    We decluttered a lot when moving last year. While we have added things since (we moved to a bigger house), they’ve been much more quality and “us” things.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 19, 2019 at 09:56

      We moved at Easter, Vanessa but downsized so I really had to make some tough decisions regarding possession. I love your thoughts though about ‘quality’ and ‘us’ things we all need those in our lives. Have a great week xx

  • Reply Agnes June 19, 2019 at 10:53

    I think your key phrase its Take Control of Your Life. It’s easy to sit back and find a thing or a person to blame for our foibles, but sometimes the fix, the regaining control, is just a slight pivot from where you are. Yes, the voice of experience talking as I rearrange my home this weekend to make it more conducive to living with young people in the upstairs suite.
    With the specifics you mentioned, I find keeping on top of decluttering the inbox one of the most valuable for me.
    As an aside, my daughter and her family have recently found themselves the “collateral damage” from a huge apartment fire in their block. As she sorts through the belongings they were allowed to keep, she’s realizing she can really simplify and so much of what we have, and believe, is not necessary to living a wonderful life. Good lesson to learn at 32!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 21, 2019 at 08:49

      Hi Agnes it is all about taking back control. I know my Inbox and Social Media are two huge areas of my life that need addressing. I’m sorry to hear about your daughter and her family and thankfully they are okay. She has learned a valuable lesson at 32. I’m almost 62 and I’ve only recently learned the art of decluttering because we were moving house. Now I’m determined not to go back to my old habits. Have a great week. x

  • Reply Jen Abel June 19, 2019 at 10:53

    Thanks Sue for a great list.
    Decluttering is more than just possessions and you have coveted some awesome areas

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 21, 2019 at 08:50

      Thanks Jen and I agree we immediately think of junk food or possesions but our mental clarity can certainly be hampered by all the junk we carry around in our minds. 🙂

  • Reply Theresa Muth June 19, 2019 at 13:15

    Hi Sue!
    I have been following all month and have taken your suggestions to heart. I must thank you for decluttering my emails as I’ve promised to unsubscribe from emails and I try to do a few every day!
    I love the idea of self care and I’m trying, I promise haha!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 21, 2019 at 09:09

      Good for you Theresa and thanks for following along. I feel so liberated decluttering my Inbox and like you do a few every day. We all need self care so make some time this week for yourself xx

  • Reply Christine June 19, 2019 at 13:23

    There’s so much to take from these, isn’t there? Some good reminders because sometimes it’s a constant battle. In the spirit of playing along, I’ve been shedding some bits and pieces, unsubscribing, clearing my head etc. Thanks for the inspiration. Have shared.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 21, 2019 at 09:09

      Hi Christine, good for you and I know for me it is a battle to keep the clutter out of my mind. I have so many ideas and things going on in there a psychologist would have a field day! LOL:) xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au June 19, 2019 at 14:33

    I really enjoyed seeing all these extra areas to think about Sue. I recently read about the 333 movement – 33 items of clothing/shoes for 3 months. I’m quite challenged by this and I’m now considering a complete wardrobe clear out and packing away (and eventually donating) a lot of things that I no longer (or rarely) wear. It’s part of what I want to think about as far as buying less, having less to make choices from, and using all I have. There’s always somewhere we can be junk free isn’t there?
    Thanks for c-hosting another fabulous MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 21, 2019 at 09:11

      That is a great concept Leanne – aren’t people clever coming up with ideas like the 333 movement. So simple yet effective. I’ve been through the wardrobe before I moved but went too far and now I’m struggling to find things to wear LOL:) I won’t be filling it up too much though as I don’t want to undo all of my good decluttering work!

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle June 19, 2019 at 14:36

    Speaking of getting rid of junk – I’m finally trying something new tomorrow to help with all the aches and pains I’ve been living with for far too long. A sore shoulder, tennis elbow, an aching hip, an ache down my leg and into my foot – all of this on my left side. Tomorrow I’m trying Bowen Therapy. I’ve heard really good things about it. I’m hoping it will remove this ‘pain junk’ that I’ve been living with for far too long … or at least ‘start’ the process. I may need a few treatments. Fingers crossed! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 21, 2019 at 09:12

      That is good news Min and I’ve never heard of Bowen therapy. I will be interested to hear how you go. Pain can be so debilitating can’t it? Fingers crossed it goes well and you will be on top of the world again and raring to go. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan June 19, 2019 at 17:05

    Without realising it cognitively I have been shedding some extra things that were making me tired, a bit cross and more stressed….and yet I was the one deciding to do them.So, I have lightened my load and a weekend of being slightly unwell meant I couldn’t leave the house so I slowed down to create art and listen to an audio book as well as read.

    Thanks for your ideas as I see them being helpful to many.

    Denyse #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 21, 2019 at 09:13

      Sometimes our bodies just rebel don’t they Denyse and make us slow down. Your weekend sounded very relaxing but I hope you are feeling better now. x

  • Reply Candi Randolph June 19, 2019 at 23:16

    So many practical and essential tips, Sue! I’ve been working on eliminating the processed foods from my diet as well as making more of an effort to purchase household products that are friendly to the environment. I’m making a conscious effort to be more purposeful about how I spend my time, trying not to get caught up in work related tasks and putting the “me time” on the back burner. #MLSTL and sharing on SM xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 21, 2019 at 09:06

      Hi Candi when I started thinking about the theme for the month the ideas just started rolling in. There are many areas in our lives that we can declutter. We don’t eat much processed food at all but I could be more aware of recycling and the environment. We are always a WIP aren’t we? xx

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins June 20, 2019 at 00:19

    Love the quote, Sue!
    #MLSTL, and shared

  • Reply Barbie Holmes June 20, 2019 at 06:32

    So many valuable points, Sue! A little bit of “clearing out” goes a long way. I am learning that to follow my intuition when I need to step back and rest. I used to plow through at all costs, but now if I stop and rest, my plowing isn’t quite so haphazard!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 21, 2019 at 09:02

      Hi Barbie, good point about stepping back and take a rest. It is all about balance in every part of our life isn’t it? Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes June 20, 2019 at 11:49

    So much room for improvement in my life! I have been working recently on creating less garbage–using less plastic particularly. I’ve also cut back on processed foods. I’m working up to reducing my sugar intake. I’m not quite there yet. 🙂 #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 21, 2019 at 08:53

      All positive changes Christie and great to hear! xx

  • Reply suzanne June 20, 2019 at 22:30

    Good reminder to be proactive with every aspect of healthy living. My stumbling block is staying motivated for long periods of time. I need to recognize that changing habits is a process, not a race to the finish line.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 21, 2019 at 08:53

      Exactly Suzanne changing habits takes time and is a lifestyle choice. There is no race and you just keep working away at things. Motivation is hard but even if you get off track you can always regroup and get going again. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by xx

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