Roundup of My Favorite Tips to Simplify Life
I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to simplify life so that I spend less time dealing with chores and more time relaxing or having fun with my family and friends. It seems like life just gets busier and busier these days.
I’m not sure if it is because of the prevalence of technology or the fact that we can now see exactly what the Joneses are doing thanks to social media. It could also be that life is busier because we’re a dual income household so there is no one making sure the household is running during the day so everything gets crammed into the evening or weekends.
Whatever the reason, I feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. That or we spend all of those hours doing the work and not having fun with each other and the kids. I’m always on the hunt for ways to simplify our life so we have more time for fun.
Shortcuts and Tips to Simplify Life
Here are some of the best shortcuts and tips I’ve come across and either am currently doing or plan to do. Hopefully some of these will help you simplify your life.
- Get a handle on incoming mail:
I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest annoyances is dealing with the huge pile of mail at the end of the week. To make mail more manageable, try these tips: recycle junk mail before even bringing it into your house, sign up for electronic billing and get off direct mail lists by opting out.
- Meal plan or batch cook:
Batch cooking has been my saving grace for getting dinner on the table. I simplify dinner by cooking 2 – 3 meals in large quantities on Sunday and heating and serving all week. If your family doesn’t like leftovers, you could do slow cooker meals or meal plan simple dinners. Pinterest is packed with freezer meals and slow cooker recipes so you should be able to find meals your family will enjoy.
- Shop online:
I used to love going shopping but between work, kids and my autoimmune disease, I just can’t spend hours walking around the mall. I shop for the bulk of my wardrobe online. I know what size I wear in certain brands so I just stick with what I know. I also order things like birthday presents for long-distance family and sunscreen and toiletries through Amazon Prime. I don’t have to pay for shipping and I don’t have to go to a bunch of different stores.
- Schedule downtime:
I have a hard time relaxing at home when I look around and see all the things that need to be done. So, what do I do? I schedule downtime outside the home. I try to keep one day free for just family relaxing, but sometimes, I need that relaxing day to be at the park instead of at home, at least for a few hours. I used to think it was lame to schedule time to relax but when I didn’t we just overbooked our weekend and never had time together, just the four of us.
- Get organized:
Again, it sounds counter-intuitive to spend time organizing yourself when you want to simplify life. However, if you have all your ducks in a row, life is just a bit less chaotic.
You won’t forget a deadline until just before a project is due – or miss the deadline all together. You’ll remember to schedule your kids’ well visits with their pediatrician before the pediatrician is too booked. You’ll remember that the campground you want for your summer trip books out six months in advance so you’ll book it in January to go when you want to go. Taking time to get organized pays off in the long run.
- Have a place for everything:
I’m not going to pretend that my home is perfectly organized. It’s not. My son’s birthday gifts from my parents are still sitting on the coffee table from last weekend. However, I have homes for things we don’t use daily so that I know where to find them when we need them.
I keep our pool bag in the front closet already filled with the pool toys and sunscreen so we just have to grab clean towels and go. I keep extra toiletries in the linen closet so everyone knows where to look when we run out of something. Having a system for certain items will help make them easier to find so that you’re not the only person who can find items.
If you are struggling to get everything done, having some shortcuts to simplify tasks can save you a lot of time. It may take time to set up your system, but I promise, once you do, things will run so much more smoothly.
What are your favorite shortcuts to simplify life?