50 Ways to Streamline Your Life, Part Five

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Motherhood is not without its challenges. You know this. There are many demands on your time. And you just can’t do it all. And anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you.

But, what you can do is simplify and adjust. Make changes that allow peacefulness to reign in your heart, mind, and home.

(This is part five in a series of ways to make life easier and more efficient. Go here for the beginning.)

31. Ask God for help. I believe God desires that we love and nurture our families. And He has promised to help us do all that He asks us to do.

32. Start going to bed earlier. It may seem counterproductive to spend more time sleeping. But chances are you aren’t getting enough rest. And tired mamas don’t function as well as rested ones. So, make an effort to go to sleep 15-30 minutes earlier than you have been. Turn off the tv; shut down the computer; do not pass go. But, collect major dividends in the morning.

33. Lower your standards. I am one of those people who sets the bar really high for myself and for those around me. Sometimes this is a good thing. But, other times it feels like bondage. When I can’t meet my goal, I feel like a failure. If you find yourself in this situation, think about ways that you can readjust and set yourself – and your family – up for success.

34. Get moving. I recently have spent some time each day exercising. While these old muscles cry about it later, it is helping to energize me and make me a little more productive each day. At least that’s what the exercise gurus are telling me. And, I’m hopeful that they’re right.

35. Use the penicillin method for decluttering. I first heard of this back in the pre-blog days when forums and bulletin boards were the digital mode of communication. I loved the Organized Home forums. The “penicillin method” involves slowly reclaiming dominion over the messes in your home. Start in one area, like the entryway. Get that spot spanking clean. The next day, maintain that area, and tackle a new one. Slowly work your way to the next adjacent areas until cleanliness, spreads, like a bacteria – only a good one.

36. Find the quickest route from messy to clean. There are great resources out there to help you get your home in order. Speed Cleaning by Jeff Campbell is a great little book to equip you with tricks to get the job done. The video, though dated, is a great help in visualizing how to do it — and a great way to inspire the kids to help.

37. Learn to say NO. Mothers are notorious for trying to please everyone. Hello! You can’t! Learn the fine are of declining. You can even start in small ways. Instead of agreeing to bake five dozen cookies, offer to provide some store-bought ones, purchased with a coupon. Saying no to good things in exchange for saying yes to better ones is always a wise course of action.

#38-50. To be continued….

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Oh, did I need to read this! have you seriously been bugging my house over the past month? I’m notorious for being a perfectionist. I’ve been staying up WAY too late, and I’ve been overcommitting myself like crazy.

    This week I’ve been trying to get to bed earlier as a starter step. I also teach online, and I’ve asked them to not give me any new students for now. Once I get my enrollment managable, then I might take them on a few at a time. But I am currently taking steps to simplify and claim my life back. God’s going to need to help me with this one. I like to be busy, but too busy is not good!

  2. Over commitment seems to be an insidious virus for moms. I've definitely honed my time-management skills, but at what cost?

    Thanks for the reminders & encouragement. I definitely need to hear those words from another mother in the trenches!

    Pray is vital and I love the penicillin analogy (never hear it before). Look forward to reading more tips…

  3. Anonymous says:

    I really enjoy your blog. I love the penicillin method idea! For me, a rule that my family had when I was little has helped OH so much: Clean up when you finish what you’re doing. It’s that simple, but it makes a world of difference! As an adult, I have tried to convince myself that I’ll leave things out because I’ll work on it later. Almost never happens. Then, I’m overwhelmed with the mess. SO, I’ve learned to make the most of my time and then clean up. =)

  4. michellenotdawn says:

    wow-penicillin cleaning…I love it! Going to start this afternoon.

  5. Thanks for this site! I just found it recently and it’s been both inspiring and helpful. And you are so right about going to bed early. Once my kids go to bed, I’m so excited to have ‘me’ time, I stay up way too late. Now I aim to be in bed by 10:30 (oh oh, I’d better get going) and while I don’t always make it, I do notice that when I go to bed earlier, I am a much happier mama the next day.

  6. Your Frugal Friend, Niki says:

    Wow, I really need this series! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    :)

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