5 tips to start simplifying

Recently I’ve really started to take a look at how crazy my life has become.  I mean even crazier than when I first started Stressed Mommy.  Stressed Mommy really began as a fun idea.  For moms to laugh at the stress we were all under juggling our crazy lives.  But in the long term quest to make things easier and have a better life it often starts with short-term struggles of juggling even more.  We think “if I just work on this side business for one year then I can work from home”.  But that one year gets overwhelming.

So I realized I needed to look into Simplifying my life where I could.  I just wanted to start to make things easier and less cluttered.  I wanted to be able to find 2 socks that matched without going through a drawer for 10 mins.  I wanted to find containers with lids!  So I began researching and implementing and it makes so much difference.  I wanted to share 5 tips for a Stressed Mommy to Start Simplifying.

One step at a time —While we often have the post time on weekends, simplifying your life is not going to happen in 1 weekend.  It’s going to be a process over time.   It’s okay to take one step each day toward your simplifying. A plan to simplify shouldn’t be stressful, right?

Do 15 minutes a day —In just 15 minutes a day, you can reduce clutter, set up an auto-payment, unsubscribe from newsletters that clog up your email or cancel a credit card you don’t use. If you are feeling like you just don’t have time to simplify, it’s a sure sign you need to! Decide on one small task to complete each day.

Chose one room —What room or area makes you the craziest when you walk into it? What have you been meaning to clean out and declutter the longest? Start there. It’s taking up mental energy you can use for more important things.

Involve the Whole Family —the common areas of your house are not going to stay decluttered if you are the only one maintaining them. Make keep things decluttered a fun game for the kids.

Keep a donate box—Once you’ve made that first (or second) big trip to the donation location of your choice, you will still come across stuff that you didn’t notice on the first go-round. Keep a donation box in an out-of-the-way place so that you can toss things in as you find them. When the box is full, take it to your donation center.

Buy one, toss one— Every time you buy something new, make it a rule get rid of something. For example, if you buy a new pair of shoes, throw out a old pair or donate a pair you don’t use.   This rule doubly great —it helps you maintain the minimalist lifestyle you are creating, and it cuts down on impulse shopping.  Problem solved.