Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Simplify and Improve

I'm going to make the assumption that most of us are busy people. I happen to be a busy mom, but even if you don't have children, I'm willing to bet you're still busy. That's just the way life is. I'm a mom to two girls, and I stay plenty busy keeping up with them, my husband, and our house. However, there are always some tips and tricks you can include in your daily routine to make you life a little easier and better. Here are a few I'd like to share with you!

1. Put your cleaning supplies near the things that need to be cleaned. 
For example, we keep cleaning wipes in the bathroom, and use them on a daily basis.
Every morning when you get out of the shower, wipe down the sink or the shower walls and perhaps the bathroom floor.  A little bit of cleaning will help keep you from having to spend lots of time cleaning later on.

2. Utilize products you already have.
Vinegar and baking soda can clean a lot around your home! Vinegar is great for windows and mirrors, and baking soda is awesome for anywhere you'd scrub, like sinks and bath tubs. You can search on google for many more uses as well. Besides, cleaning products get expensive, and this is much cheaper!

3. Take a multi-vitamin.
 I still take a prenatal vitamin, because I'm nursing, but you should take whatever works for you. My prenatals include DHA and Omega 3s, but if your multivitamin doesn't, then you should try to take those as well.
I'm nearly certain that no matter how healthy you think you eat, you probably aren't getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Do your health a favor and start taking a vitamin :)

4. Get some sun.
On days when I'm not in the best mood, whether it be sad or angry or moody or just a little off, I try to force myself to go outside, even if I think I don't want to. A little sunshine can work wonders on your mood! Plus you'll soak up some Vitamin D too :) 

5. Lay out clothes for you (or your kiddo) the night before.
Mornings are hectic! There is no denying this. I don't know about you, but there are days that I can waste a good 20 minutes trying things on and not liking it, and going through 6 different shirts. You too? Save yourself some stress and do the prep work the night before. You'll be thankful for it come morning!

6. Recycle, donate, or throw things away when you're done with them.
Trust me, there is no reason to keep things lying around. This just leads to clutter. And no one likes clutter! In fact, I resolved to get rid of 55 things in February, and was glad to see them go! Some people have a hard time with throwing things away or donating them or otherwise getting rid of them, but trust me...you won't miss it when it's gone!

7. Make a to-do list!
Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time remembering all the little things I need to do. For me, a list is a necessity! And not only does it help you keep track of all that needs done, it also helps keep you focused. Make a list of things to do in the morning, and do your best to complete all the tasks that day. Bonus - you'll have a feeling of accomplishment when you're done!

8. Don't leave dishes in the sink.
It is way too easy to let dishes get piled up in the sink, and the more full your sink gets, the harder it will be to convince yourself to take care of them. It's so much nicer to do the dishes as you dirty them, one or two at a time, than it is to do a whole sink-full.

9. Settle for semi-homemade.
You can see the whole "recipe" here, but it's really more just a process. In this particular dish, I used all natural precooked chicken patties, smothered them in marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese and baked them in the oven.
I feel much better when I feed my family something I make a home rather than running through the drive-thru. I won't lie and tell you we never eat fast food, but I do prefer to limit it! This is good for your health and your budget!

10. Make enough for leftovers.
And then feel free to jazz it up! You don't have to eat your leftovers in the same way you did originally. I love to use leftover chili to make chili cheddar salad. Or leftover roast tenderloin (beef, pork, or turkey) to make sandwiches or stir-frys or a pasta dish. But you can definitely save a lot of time if you cook once and then just have assembly and re-heating the next meal.

So there you have it! 10 tips for simplifying and improving your day to day life. Yes, they are little changes, but hopefully you'll find them helpful.

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful tips!

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  2. These are great tips! I also like to keep cleaning products near what needs to be cleaned and can't live without a list!

    I should probably be taking vitamins - thanks for the encouragement! And you've inspired me to try to be a little more creative with our leftovers!

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  3. This is a good list! I love baking soda to scrub things, it works wonders on my stovetop!

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  4. great tips! The food one is very neat to see it transform!

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  5. Great tips! I also keep cleaning wipes in my guest bathroom...ha ha mainly b/c I'm dealing with the cloth diapers in there. Yes and a clean sink always makes me feel better :)

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  6. Great tips my friend! :)

    We are huge list keepers around here! So much so I even keep a list in my pantry and bathroom of things that I run out of so I know right when I run out what to get when it comes time to shop for it.

    I hate clutter myself, and find that I manage to rack up clutter rather quickly, quicker than I can get rid of it thats for sure! I've yet to understand that one!

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  7. LOVE these tips! I love to-do lists, the SUN and multivitamins. I could get WAY better at making and eating leftovers though...I always let things go bad...but it would be much easier! Hope you are doing well!

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  8. Great post ... I love my to-do lists and I wish I always cleaned up after myself, which I'm pretty good at most of the time. Then I go through spats where I am as lazy as can be, which is a phase I'm currently in. You do NOT want to see my apartment right now. It looks like a crack den.

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  9. I LOVE this! I'm such a planner/organizer/cleaner that most of these things I do every day (except for the cooking parts. I will be better with that when I get my own place).

    Unfortunately I live with two people who aren't OCD like me and it drives me mad!

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  10. I totally agree with you about cleaning supplies being out. I have a separate set of cleaning supplies for the bathrooms on each of the 3 levels of the house and that's pretty much the only way it's ever going to get done. :)

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  11. LOVED this post! I think I could have written most of it myself! I'm going to email you the to-do list that I keep for each week, I find it to be very helpful. Feel free to modify and use (it's in Excel).

    Hope you had fun in sunny Florida. You are very brave to travel with two on your own!!!

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  12. Awesome tips girly!! I could definitely use these, I feel like more times than not it is mayhem around these parts!

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  13. Great ideas! I have to admit I take my vitamins in gummy form... but at least I get them every day :) Your "semi homemade" food looks pretty good!

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  14. I LOVE these tips!!! Im sooo awful at keeping the sink empty! I hate washing dishes!! HATE it!!! Thanks for sharing these!!

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  15. I'm so glad you found my blog! And I'm SO glad I read this post! What helpful tips!!! I'm bookmarking this page and coming back here to implement these! I LOVE LOVE the idea about keeping wipes in the shower to clean up every time you're in there! The bathtub is like the forgotten corner of my house... i HATE cleaning it, but that wipes idea might just be what I need to get over my bathtub issues ;) :) I also love your leftover idea! I too often forget to be CREATIVE!

    You have such lovely daughters!

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