I thought I would share some of the things I do to help make my life easier and run more smoothly. Some of these things I will touch on now and then I'll go into much deeper in subsequent posts so be on the lookout.
Bathe Or Shower At Night
We all take our showers in the evening. For one thing I personally prefer to climb into bed at night all squeaky clean. I find a warm shower or bath is relaxing and a great way to end a long day. It also frees up a good 20 minutes of our morning and we aren't bottlenecking in the bathroom every day.
Wear Our Clothes Twice Before Laundering
Some people may be repulsed by this notion and that is fine, but I am not. We try to wear our clothes twice before they end up in the wash. With the exception of socks and underwear which are changed daily, of course. Unless I slop something on myself or it happens to be a hot and sweaty day I wear my tops, pants and pajamas twice. It saves on wear and tear on our clothes as well as the heap of laundry we need to do each week.
Run A Load Of Laundry Midweek
We don't have huge wardrobes. I keep a minimum of seven pair of socks and underwear but we don't have a lot of clothing in general. I have found that by popping in a load of laundry in the wash on Wednesday evenings to be a huge help. Not only does in insure that we have plenty of clean clothes throughout the week but it also lightens up the amount of laundry that needs to be done on Sunday.
Go Through The House And Put Stuff Away
Every evening as we head off to bed we all make a trip through the house to collect our things and make sure everything is put away. This is tremendously helpful so that our little house doesn't get cluttered up and out of control. A quick tidy up makes all the difference in the world and allows me to greet my day each morning on the right foot.
Make The Bed Every Day
We make our beds each day. It is amazing to me how this one simple task makes such a difference. The bedding stays nice all week, the room looks clean and tidy and who doesn't love to crawl into a nicely made bed each night? Big rewards for just a few minutes of time.
Have A Designated Place For Coats & Purses
In our laundry room are two sets of coat racks. I made them by simply screwing hooks into a couple lengths of painted board and then screwing them to the wall, making sure I hit a stud. The first one is quite tall and the other is lower so the kids could reach it when they were little. We keep our coats, backpacks and purses hung up and it is the first place we go when we come home each day.
Go To Bed On Time Every Day - Even On The Weekends
This one is a biggie. We try to go to bed at a decent time each night to ensure we get enough rest. Our bedtime routine starts around 9:30 so we are all in bed with lights out by 10:00. When my girls were younger we started much earlier but now that they are teenagers we are up later. On the weekends we stick to it too. It has become a really good habit.
Follow A Morning Routine
We each have a routine and I think most people tend too. I've notices overtime we all stager when we get up based on who leaves the house first. We have all pretty much streamlined our process too so most days it runs pretty smoothly for us to get out the door each day and stay on schedule.
These are just a handful of the things I do each day to help make life easier and you will notice that they don't cost anything. Just a little effort with a really big payoff.
What are some of the things you do to simply your daily life?