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7 Easy Ways To Simplify Every Day

By Kathy Gates

Simplifying doesnít mean giving up what you want. In fact, just the opposite.

Simplifying your life gives you more time for what you really do want time and energy for (like reading, relaxing, taking a class, or spending time with friends). Try these ideas, to add more time, money, energy, support, and space to your busy life.

1. Hereís the easiest keep-the-house-picked-up strategy ever: "Never leave a room without taking something with you". For example, if during the course of the evening you get up to go from the family room to the kitchen or the bathroom, take something from the family room that needs to be returned to any room thatís on your way.

2. If you have a large household, with several people using the same bathroom, give each person an individual basket with their own toiletries, and have them take it back and forth to their room. It keeps the mess out of the bathroom, and each person happy with their own stuff - cutting way down on arguments and fussing.

3. Keep a box or basket in your closet or an inconspicuous corner. During the course of your daily work, you will find things that you no longer want for whatever reason - you may just be sick of dusting it. Take it right then - a total of 10 whole seconds - and put it in the basket or box. When itís full, call to make a donation, or drop it off at one of the charity drop boxes located around your city.

4. Go through the mail every single day over the garbage can. Then sort into 4 baskets: Bills to Pay, Respond To, To File, Read. It takes less than a minutes, and adds up to lots of saved time and aggravation.

5. Limit morning chaos by spending just 15 minutes getting things ready for the next day. Collect things you need to take, or post notes to remind yourself. Choose something to wear, hang it outside the closet. Lay out kids clothes, pass out lunch money or gather stuff for lunches on kitchen counters. Set the breakfast table. Decide on dinner plans. Update the calendar.

6. Pay bills each week, same day, same time, same place. You will always know where you are financially. Eliminates the possibility of late fees, lost bills, or overdrawn checkbooks.

7. Create FFYN - "fend for yourself night" (my sisterís idea). It means that each person fixes his/her own dinner and cleans up after himself. The kids might choose cereal, sandwiches, or leftovers. It not only gives the cook a break, but also helps to teach the kids to be resourceful and practice independence in a safe setting.

Professional Life Coach Kathy Gates is the author of several e- books and e-courses. If you liked todayís article, youíll love the step by step program "7 Weeks To Success". For more information, visit today.


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