So, I read this blog post a few months ago and while there was nothing earth shattering in the information, I found that the one simple trick of picking out your clothes for the week, really changed my life.
Ok ok, it wasn’t that dramatic, but it made the week run just a bit smoother and I spent less time in the morning looking at my clothes wondering what the heck I was going to wear that day.
And that got me thinking about the other things I do each day to make my life easier. . . and I thought that I would share a few of those things with you today in the hopes that I will make your life just a little bit easier. …
1. Meal planning.
I seriously don’t know what we would eat for dinner every night if I didn’t meal plan. Actually, I do. Cereal. Every weekend, I sit down and meal plan based on what we have on hand in the pantry, freezer and fridge in addition to new recipes I want to try. I always sit down with my calendar and factor in plans for each evening. Like if I am working an Urgent Care shift, I won’t be home until after 8pm, so that means leftovers, on your own, or something super easy in the crockpot. Or if there is a day that I am not working, that is usually a perfect opportunity to have a little extra time in the afternoon/evenings to spend on making dinner.
2. Do 1 thing around the house each night.
Like a load of laundry, wiping down the kitchen counters, cleaning the bathroom toilets, running the vacuum etc. I find that the house stays cleaner for longer and doesn’t overwhelm me if I just pick one task to do – and bonus that it usually takes less than 15 minutes. Extra bonus if I can get Scott to do one thing too.
And this handheld vacuum is a life changer. Perfect for picking up stray dog fur or granola bar crumbs. Yup, totally keeping it real on the blog today by talking about vacuums. #adulting
I try to unsubscribe from at least one email service per day. Seriously, I get SO many emails per day that are just junk. And it gets overwhelming to delete delete delete. And while it is quicker to just delete, I try to make sure that I unsubscribe from at least one per day – sure it takes an extra minute, but then I don’t have to worry about getting those emails anymore. And slowly but surely, my email has gotten better!
4. Getting everything ready for the morning and put by the door before going to bed.
Luke’s backpack packed and ready to go. Coats, shoes, my lunch, workout clothes. Anything that I will need to take with me in the morning, I get organized the night before. I do this for 2 reasons -1. I like to sleep in as long as possible and if I can do things the night before so I can sleep 10 minutes longer – win win. 2. Mornings are always rushed in my house. Scott and I trying to get ourselves ready, Luke up and dressed and out the door on time. Chaos. And if things are organized, I am bound to forget something. Heaven forbid I forget Luke’s backpack and have to deal with a screaming toddler on the way to school. Or if I forget my lunch? Sadness and granola bars for lunch. Not cool.
5. And my last thing for making life easier – dry shampoo.
This stuff has seriously changed my life. See above about sleeping longer. No time to shower, spray in, massage down to roots, style and go. More sleep and great hair. Win. win.
Do you have any tricks for making life easier??
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