Happy Monday! I’m excited about my “Simplify” series! Here are things I do on the daily to help simplify my life in hopes that it will help you too!
- Create a morning routine. This has been a game changer for me because I’m so not a morning person. But if I wake up, make my bed, get breakfast ready, unload the dishes, throw a load of laundry in, squeeze a quick shower in to help me wake up, and read to my toddler — I feel like we are off to a great start for the day! (that sounded like a million tasks but they really don’t take very long and I’m done with those by 8AM so I feel ahead of my day already.
- *TIP for those of you who LOATHE laundry like I do: Do a small load every single day. I used to do it once a week and would have mounds and mounds of laundry that would never get all the way folded so by the next week I would still have a bin of clean clothes AND have another huge load to wash. (not fun!) My friend recommended doing it where you throw in a small load every day and it has changed my life!
- Don’t plan a million errands in one day. Mostly for your kids’ sake. I am the type where I just want to get everything done really fast. But sometimes kids don’t like to hurry or move as fast as we do. I usually try and stick to one errand in the morning, and one in the afternoon. That way we can get out, but not feel too rushed. I also try to switch off my “errands”, one for me and then a play errand for my toddler at a park or something fun.
- Meal Plan at the beginning of the week. Monday mornings we head to Sprouts to grab produce needed for that week. If you have an idea of what dinners will be every day that week, you won’t be so stressed trying to figure it out last minute and you also avoid having a hangry family.
- Get rid of clutter. The beauty of living in a 2 bedroom apartment is that we LITERALLY have no extra space for things we don’t need. I seriously get so happy when I can come up with a huge bag to throw out or take to Goodwill.
- Clean as you go. This one is a trick I am still learning to master… but it really does help so that by the end of the night you aren’t cleaning up a thousand projects. Coming from a mom of the busiest toddler alive, it’s possible. Also, organization has saved me as well and I hope to write more about that on a later post to help you too!)
- Give everything a home. Everything that you own should have it’s own place. If it doesn’t, and you don’t need it or won’t ever use it, get rid of it! For every one thing you buy, get rid of one thing you have. Easier said than done, but it makes a world of a difference. I’m totally one of those people who is like “Well, I might need it just in case…” Umm “Just in case” hardly ever happens. If you hardly use it now, you will most likely hardly use it later.
- Get outside. I know this one sounds random, but simplify your day by putting busy distractions and things that waste your time to the side and enjoy the sun for a minute. Sometimes we get so focused on things that we forget to slow down. When I go for walks or collect rocks with my toddler I’m reminded of that and it’s quite peaceful and refreshing.
- Don’t stress to impress. This one has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m not sure why us moms have to feel like we have to have it all under control, have perfect hair that no toddler has pulled out, or have perfect children who line up like ducks in a row with the perfect manners, the perfect clothes, and hair. Don’t get me wrong, while all that is important, I also believe that you have to be YOU. Don’t live to put on a show for others. The most important thing you are is seen from the tiniest eyes looking at you, and I’m pretty sure they think you are the most beautiful woman in the world just because you are their mom. Don’t stress to impress the others who don’t matter.
- Delete apps that you aren’t using. As a blogger, I use social media constantly. However, I have days where I delete those apps off my phone so that I don’t worry about checking it. If it becomes addicting to you or if you need a break from Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.. just delete the app and then add it back later when or if you want. Sometimes going on a social media fast does wonders for the soul. I think if we use it wisely, social media can be a wonderful thing as long as we control it and not let it control us. Which leads to my next point:
- Take a break from T.V. Last week we didn’t use the T.V. at all. I have to say that it wasn’t the easiest thing, but it definitely helped my toddler not be so grumpy (and me as well!) We figured out other things to do and discovered fun places and met new people. We went on more mommy/toddler dates and laughed with each other more. I’m all about Curious George, but sometimes by leaving it off, life just feels happier and I’m glad we took a break!
- Check your tech. I’ve mentioned this before in one of my posts, but we have a rule where we check our tech (phones, iPads, laptops, etc.) from 6-8 every night. It has been the biggest blessing because we spend those 2 hours before bed just the 3 of us. It gets pretty comical when we come up with fun things to do instead… like toddler minute-to-win-it. (ha!) We’ve done this “check tech” thing for almost 2 years now and I think it’s one of my favorite family rules.
- Give time for yourself and have a night routine for YOU. You have to give yourself time to survive motherhood. Whether that is reading a book or taking a long bubble bath. I’ve learned that if I take time for myself (especially after I put my baby down to bed) I am a better mom. My night routine includes loading up the dishwasher/starting it, cleaning up anything that is out of place, folding my small amount of clothes, and watching Amazing Race with my hubs or having a “reading night”. Whatever it is, you need it and deserve it.
What are things you do every single day to help simplify your life? Comment below, share with a friend, or pin for later!