Easy tips on how to simplify your life and home
I am sure you get the feeling that you are constantly behind or barely keeping up with all life has to give you, right? I mean, life just gets busy. Like really busy. But the thing is that we don’t have to let life run us. With these 18 tips, you will learn how to simplify your life and home and actually be able to achieve a more calming home life.
It is interesting how we can change during each stage in life. I recall that prior to Little Mister, I made gourmet meals, cleaned excessively, and dreamt of a huge house. Now, we moved into a 1,000 sq ft townhouse, cook easy meals, and clean on a much looser schedule.
Changing with your season is important, but you also have to put systems in place, no matter how much of a drudgery they seem like at the time. Are you ready to implement some easy tips today?
How to simplify your life and home starting with making a plan
1. Write it out
No matter what your work schedule looks like, you need to have it all written down. This is such a life saver for me especially in this phase of life. Your schedule could be a time block schedule with every last detail written down or a simple list of 3 things to accomplish that day. 3 things, you ask? Well that does not include your normal daily activities.
2. Set a simple morning routine
Whether you have kids, or don’t, work outside of the home or not, a simple morning routine is a MUST. It will set you up for success each and every day that you implement it. I practice my morning routine almost every single day, and I will tell you that the days that I don’t, I just am constantly behind.
I love and completely recommend Crystal Payne’s short and inexpensive course called Make Over Your Mornings. If you just want a few quick tips to implement today, check out my post Working mom morning routine for a better day.
3. Make over your evening routine
Some time ago I took a very short course that helped me look at every item that I wanted to do on a daily rotation. Make Over Your Evenings really helped me to know exactly the household chores, if you will, that I would do every night prior to going to bed. Now, it is part of my day to clean up the kitchen, put away papers, sweep the floor, much like a bedtime routine for a child.
If you need some ideas for setting up your own evening routine, check out my post on my own evening routine.
4. Simplify your meal planning
I get it, meal planning isn’t easy, but it is one of the easiest ways to simplify your life. I use to dread meal planning each week which is why I decided to just make a monthly meal plan. Now, I just sit down once a month at the beginning of the month and write it out. How many meals do we need? How many left over days? How many breakfast for dinner nights? Eating out? Events that need to be scheduled around?
This makes it so much easier. I am not going to lie, it has changed my life! It is done after 1 hour in a month instead of 1 hour every week. And my list of go to meals makes it even easier. Try it out!
Related posts: Easy meal planning for beginners
5. Create a monthly budget
If you have any type of debt, are not saving really well for retirement, and don’t have a huge (6 month minimum) cushion in your savings, then you need a budget. Not only will this eliminate stress, but it will simplify your life when it comes to making decisions about anything related to money (which is pretty much everything).
Simplify your life even more by using digital budgeting products like my Simple Budget Spreadsheets!
Related posts: How to create a budget
6. Create a family schedule
I resisted this one for a long time. Even though I am a blogger, I don’t embrace technology as quickly as I should. Paper planners were LIFE to me, but I was having difficulty lining my schedule up with the hubby’s.
I finally decided to jump on the iCal boat and it has been transformational for our family. Mr. Hubster puts in his schedule, I put in mine, and viola! All lined up! If you and your family find yourselves asking about your schedules a lot, this is the tool for you! I still use a paper planner for my own schedule, matter of fact, I use this one in my Shop!
7. Minimize the errand days
Errands can take up a lot of time away from family. Decide on 2 days that you will do errands and make sure that you get all of them done those days. Go shopping for toiletries or non-grocery items only once monthly. Grocery shopping just once a week or every other week if you can. Make a schedule that works for you and stick with it! If you are the paper planner type, grab my weekly working moms daily schedule printable here.
8. Make a list
Lists are an absolute must! Each month, I have a Target (toiletries, cat litter) list, a Costco (bulk groceries) list, and an etcetera list (Amazon, office store, etc). As I notice we need these items, I write it down. Keeping a list of items helps me only get what is needed at the store and to not forget things that we need.
Clear the clutter and simplify your life
9. Simplify tasks with digital products
As I mentioned earlier, using a digital schedule for your family and digital spreadsheets for your budget can simplify your life. But they also help you to clear the clutter which in turn will simplify your life. Look into ways or apps you can use instead of using paper.
10. Declutter your home
If you have been hanging around here for a bit, you know I am a fan of decluttering. Getting rid of physical clutter frees up time that you can spend pursuing passions, spend with family members, or just relax. Begin simplifying your life with decluttering, by getting rid of sentimental items, decluttering the toys, and just taking it one step at a time.
11. Minimize your clothing choices
We make far too many decisions each and every day, why should clothing be added to the list? By minimizing your clothing choices, you not only get ready quicker, but you are having a positive impact on the environment too!
12. Simplify your beauty routine
A few years ago I stopped wearing makeup. Like cold turkey, just quit! It was freeing and I really embraced my natural complexion. I have slowly added 2 products back into my morning routine (and sometimes lipstick if I am feeling fancy lol), but I can’t see myself going back to all of the makeup like I used before.
If you need to save time in the morning and simplify your life, then look to simplify your beauty routine.
Ways to simplify your personal life
13. Practice self care
Trying to figure out how to simplify your life and home and then adding self care into the mix can seem impossible. Here’s the real deal though. Practicing self care will help you have more energy in order to care for your home and family members.
14. Decrease the negativity in your life
Negative relationships can really bring us down. Ditch them and don’t look back. If it is a family member, talk to them about those negative aspects and let them know you don’t want any part of it. If they can’t oblige, slowly remove yourself from the relationship. I really enjoyed the advice in this post from the Pragmatic Parent, I hope you will too.
Ways to simplify your home life
15. Create a laundry routine you can love (kind of)
I mean, it is laundry and I don’t know of anyone that actually enjoys laundry. That being said, minimize the laundry pile drama by spreading it out and doing a load each day. Or, do it all in one day and have the whole family help. Whatever you decide, know that you CAN change it to fit your schedule better.
16. Stop buying unnecessary things
One super easy way to clear the clutter and simplify your life is to stop spending money buying unnecessary things! Pretty easy concept right? But you will have to make some conscious changes in order to make it a solid part of your new life, like ditching one time use paper towels and going to washable napkins. Read this post for even more ideas.
17. Cancel services you don’t use
While this seems obvious, it isn’t always so. Now that you are going to be doing a budget, watch your expenses for those small charges that come in frequently like iTunes charges, bank fees. Start paying attention to your bills to make sure you are actually using the services you pay for like cell charges or cable bills.
18. Simplify your menu
Meal planning is just the beginning of simplifying your life and home. Simplify your life even more by planning super simple meals for on the go (instead of eating out), having a list of quick meals your family loves, and planning for easy meals even when you try something new.
Lastly, keep in mind that, just as it turns from summer to fall, the seasons in life change also. Be flexible and don’t be hard on yourself. Lowering your expectations is not always a negative. It can be a real positive change as well. You and your loved ones will feel less stressed and have better together time. Who doesn’t love that?
Simplifying your life should make it easier for you to live the life you want. While it may feel a bit overwhelming at first, it really will become second nature. It takes just about 2 months to make a change a habit. So keep up the work and you will see the full effect soon enough.
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