20 Quick Tips to Simplify originally appeared on Adore Them
After polling our friends and Facebook community on their favorite tips for simplifying their lives, I compiled this list to share with you. Here are 20 quick and easy tips to simplify life.
While all of these may not work for your phase of life, hopefully they can spark some ideas that you can begin to implement and try today 🙂
20 QUICK TIPS TO SIMPLIFY LIFE
1. LEARN TO SAY “NO” MORE OFTEN
Also, learn that not every “No” needs an explanation.
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2. LOOK LONG-TERM AT YOUR CALENDAR
Try this as opposed to just day/hour, when making commitments.
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3. KEEP ORGANIZED CHORE LISTS TO SIMPLIFY LIFE
This is great for your kids and even for yourself!
Discover and take advantage of these free printable sticker charts
4. SCHEDULE CLEANING AND HOUSEWORK DAYS
Everyone thinks to schedule doctor appointments and work meeting, but what about your days at home? By giving yourself a block of time to get things done at home, you will feel much more accomplished and better balanced!
Discover how to pick your days and organize your focus
5. TURN OFF NOTIFICATIONS AND SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE
Turn off notifications for all of the apps on your phone, and then only turn back on the ones that you truly need. It is amazing how freeing it can be when your phone isn’t dinging all day long!
Discover how to simplify your smartphone by watching this video
6. TRY DOING THE BARE MINIMUM FOR A WEEK
There will still clearly be things that you have to do, but you will realize where your priorities lie. Then you can work on letting those smaller busy-making items go.
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7. DELEGATE RESPONSIBILITIES TO SIMPLIFY LIFE
This can be much easier said than done, but you don’t have to handle everything on your own!
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8. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH OTHERS THAT HAVE A SIMILAR MINDSET
People who tend to over-schedule will make you feel like you should be scheduling more too.
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9. DON’T DO THINGS JUST BECAUSE YOU THINK YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO
Take the step back and truly think about your reasons for participating in certain activities, events, and other stressors.
Discover why/how one family dialed their life back to the basics
10. MAKE CROCKPOT MEALS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
There are many wonderful, healthy, and delicious recipes out there that will not require all day in the kitchen.
11. LIMIT ACTIVITIES AND FAMILY OUTINGS TO ONLY A FEW DAYS A WEEK
Activities and experiences are important for children. However, so is that genuine, innocent, imaginary play that is unprompted by others! Our kids are only young once, and they only have one childhood – so give them a good one!
Discover the importance of play, and how trading activities for more play time can be beneficial for the entire family
12. SCREEN TIME HAS TO BE EARNED
Screen time should be earned through chores and/or quiet time spent reading or coloring. Note – Quiet time helps the day to feel simpler
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13. LAUNDRY STRATEGY
Come up with a laundry routine and strategy that works for you!
Discover and try this simple laundry solution
14. DECLUTTER AND SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE INSTANTLY
Physically touch every object in your house and ask yourself “Does this serve a purpose or bring me sentimental joy?” If not, get rid of it. Note – Having Less makes chores go by faster, reduces cleaning time, and is less for you to pick up and organize at the end of the day
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15. ALLOW KIDS TO HELP YOU WITH DAILY CHORES
It doesn’t always have to be for money, and it will give you more quality time together, examples – setting table, putting away laundry, etc.
16. PLAN MEALS BY THE MONTH
Finding a few key recipes that you can make on rotation, or picking a day to prep a bunch of food for the weeks ahead, can be extremely helpful!
17. STAY OUT OF STORES
Not only does buying less help you to save more money, but it also saves on clutter.
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Often times little toys and accessories for our children just equals more little toys and accessories for us to clean up. Consider instead saving money longer to buy a larger toy, or plan for a special treat/event, instead of so many little items/things.
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19. SET UP A GOOGLE CALENDAR
Or use an app that allows your whole family to work off of the same schedule.
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20. SEEK ADVICE
Listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos, and read books that encourage minimalism and organization for additional tips.
Discover books on minimalism at your favorite book store
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