11 Life Hacks to Simplify, Organize and De-clutter Your Home and Your Mind
Life doesn’t have to be this hard! Throughout the years I have been on a bit of a quest to find the things that make life easier. Here are some of my favorite 11 easy hacks to make life simpler, and help you to organize and de-clutter your home and your mind.
Let’s think for a minute, what toll is stress, disorganization and clutter taking on your mental, emotional, physical health. . . Not to mention your peace of mind?
Clutter on the outside makes for anxiety on the inside. I know that this is true, but sometimes I like to fight it!
One thing I have noticed is this yearning to organize is seasonal.
As we head into the fall big changes, our natural rhythms of life begin to shift. Nature begins to gather and prepare for winter and I like to get things in order on the Homefront as well.
These tips will help you to plan ahead and make each day easier.
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Life Hacks to Plan Ahead:
-Have 5 meals ready to go with ingredients on hand, all the time
This is a lifesaver for me. I like to meal plan, not that I get everything cooked and ready mostly because I hate leftovers and always change my mind, but I try to have a plan for what I am going to eat that week. Sometimes, plans change, someone stops over or whatever I had planned doesn’t sound good anyone. So, I always have 5 backup meals with ingredients in my pantry just in case.
2. -Brainstorm 3 date night ideas and 3 family fun night ideas
Date nights and family game nights are important. We need to intentionally plan in fun and excitement or else life gets too boring and mundane.
Side Note: If you are an Enneagram fan, you probably noticed that my “seven” really shows in this one! My message for the whole is, everyone needs to let loose and have more fun.
3. -Organize your closets before you go shopping
This seems self-explanatory, but I am willing to bet most people don’t actually do it.
4. -Brainstorm: what are things that would be quickest and the least frustrating if you did them every day?
What things would be quickest and easiest if you batched them?
-Do one load of laundry per night
-Keep up on the dishes-at least once per day
-Meal prep your week-have a loose plan
-Plan your week on Sunday nights (family review) who is going to be where? What extra things do you have to do, who is driving?
Saving time and automating household responsibilities and chores can be a lifesaver. I used to dread the mountain of laundry that loomed in the corner of my room but now that started doing this laundry hack, the piles never build up and laundry can be faster and easier than ever.
5. -Get your butt up early
-Start your day with you
-Plan your day in advance with our Killer Mourning Routine Framework Download it for FREE at www.micultivatebalance.com/tools
6.-Keep your energy up by moving 20 seconds every 20 minutes
This keeps your energy level and your metabolism higher throughout the day. You can fight the afternoon-tired feeling and even reduce stiffness or soreness after a long day.
7. -Time blocking: especially if you have kids at home right now.
Time blocking means you set aside a certain amount of time to power through a task. Make these small digestible bouts so that you don’t have time for procrastination and inefficiency. Break up large projects into a list of small to do tasks. When we don’t have a clear next step or action item, we tend to lose track of time by doing research or get lost in other rabbit holes which quickly turn into distraction and time wasting.
8. -Create calendar triggers as reminders
I hate forgetting things and that feeling that “I was supposed to remember to do something before this meeting today”. In the past I have set up an appointment or project in my phone, when the day comes and I get the notification I remember that I was supposed to do something for that project.
This used to cause me so much stress until April Perry from Learn. Do. Become. taught me how to create calendar triggers or reminders to help me be prepared. On google calendar there is an option to customize an alert. Use this alert to remind yourself of things you need to do before a project deadline.
9. -2-minute rule -if you can do it in 2 minutes or less, do it now
Seems simple, but the hidden key to this is that when you do thing immediately if actually gives you energy.
10. -Have a power hour once per week to complete tasks that you hate (emails, clean house, errands run, bills paid, phone calls done, appointments made). Turn on the radio or your favorite podcast, (shameless plug: I recommend ‘Cultivate with Sarah Zastrow’) and power through all those less than enjoyable tasks.
Doing several tasks one after the other helps you to be motivated and get any things done. It creates momentum and you can power through several tasks in one hour.
11. -Do a clean sweep of your living area to pick up before bed and choose one chore to clean things up.
These life hacks are the best for busy people who are looking to get things done in an efficient and practical way. They will make your life easier by saving you time, helping you to be more productive and keep your life and your home organized and clean.
If you are feeling overwhelmed do not worry, choose one and implement it this week.
Master one task, then move on and incorporate a second. At the end of the day you have to find the things that work for your life and your schedule.
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