7 Easy Ways To Simplify Every Day
By Kathy Gates
Simplifying doesnít mean giving up what you want. In fact, just
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
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