Close your eyes and imagine how amazing it would be to have the option to sleep past 7am. How amazing it might be to have the whole house to yourself for the entire day or how nice it would be to have the day off from taking the kids to ball practice or band practice or any other extracurricular activity they enjoy. The reality is that our lives as parents are filled with endless conversations about topics our kids love. We spend countless hours traveling up and don the road. We have worked so hard to provide our family with the best that we are now running ourselves ragged. How nice would it be to have a more simple life? Well I am all about simple. Storage Prepper endorses simple and that is what we are going to discuss today. Here are the 12 ways to simplify your life that I follow.
Make a Plan In the Morning
Some will say this is a routine but I hate that word. It implies that we have to do the same thing over and over and it becomes very monotonous. The reality is that our day is going to be predicated on how well we start. Always take the time to set your alarm. While you might prefer sleeping in all the time, the truth of the matter is that you will be fresher and more productive if you are getting up at a decent time. On top of that you need to make sure that you are allowing enough time to prepare yourself for the day. If that means a shower as well as breakfast then you will need to accommodate that time into your schedule. The more you hurry and run around in the morning the more likely you will be to start off on the wrong foot.
Lose The Junk
Now I understand that calling your items junk might be a little harsh. We learned a few years back that we can make do with a lot less than we ever imagined. We took a trip to Belize, just the hubby and I, and all we took in the way of luggage was a book bag. I have learned that we can live with much less than we ever thought possible. So many people spend all of their time trying to add more and more stuff to their life/home and all they are doing is cluttering up the home. It makes it harder to clean and it makes it harder to save money as well. Clean out your house one room at a time. Donate the items to a homeless shelter or have a yard sale. You will find that the less “stuff” you have the better off you will be.
Kill The Electronics At A Certain Time
Some people will choose to do this after the evening meal and others will simply set a time such as 8pm. Whatever you decide will be fine. By pulling yourself away form the computers and tablets you will actually force yourself to be entertained by either a good book or your family. Either way you will be spending quality time with your people and that is what this is all about.
Clean As You Go
This step sounds all fine well and good until you actually start to put it into action. I used to think that I could never keep my house in order. And even now with young kids it is still hard to do. But we have learned that we can keep a leg up on the mess if we simply clean the house as we go. I simply pick up a few items in the room I am in and place them where they belong. When I make a mess I clean it right then. When the dishes are dirty I wash them right then. It makes for a much easier and cleaner home.
Stop The Extra Trips
How many times are you constantly running back and forth to the supermarket or the local convenient store? Not only does this use gas and time but it starts to create the mind set that we must have the items we want when we want them. As preppers we have learned that we really need to make do with the things we have. There might be a time when we can no longer get the items we are interested in and we would have to do without them. Make a list of the items you need from the store and go with it. If you run out of the items you love then just deal with it.
Step 5 leads to step 6. It is always a good idea to have a small stockpile of the items you use on a regular basis. Let’s be honest, people can get sick and sometimes you will use more toilet paper than usual. It is a good idea to have a few extra rolls around the house. The same can be said for a litany of other items you might find in your kitchen. Make a list of the items you use the most often and keep a small stockpile of these items in your house. It will help you cut down on those extra trips to the store.
Make Meal Plans Weekly
So much time and effort is spent trying to decide what will be made for dinner. How much simpler would it be if you already knew what you were going to make and all the items you would need to make it? This would make your grocery shopping much quicker and easier and it would also help you avoid buying items you have no intention of using.
Thin Out Your Clothes
Most of us have entirely too many clothes. The closet and the dresser are crammed full and we have no room for anything else. I have learned to live with less and it is not a hassle or even a setback. It is just the way we choose to live. It is simple.
Have Family Time
Go on a walk or just sit on the porch and talk. Set aside a time during the week when you all can just be together and nothing more. Don’t force dumb games or topics on anyone. Just be together.
Create Zones In Your Home
A great example of this is to have a set zone for where the dirty clothing goes. Have a set place or zone for where the mail goes. There are hundreds of other examples but I think you get the point. When everything has its place your life will be more simple and less cluttered.
Play With Your Kids
This one sounds goofy to a lot of people but the simple truth is that your kids will be little for a very miniscule amount of time. Take the tie to really play with them. Build a fort. Act like a kid. Roll around. They will remember it. You will remember it.
Remove The Drama
Let’s be honest. Girls are walking drama factories. I know it and you know it. I hate drama and I hate all the negativity that comes with it. If simplicity is really what you are looking for then maybe you should try removing the negative things and people that are in your life.
What are some steps that you have taken to simplify your life?