Do you have systems in place to help your life as Mom? Or do you end up spinning your wheels, making things harder on yourself than you really need to? Check out these 50 Ways to Streamline Your Life.*
Having a plan for your days is key to getting things done, but part and parcel with planning is having systems and routines in place that are quick and efficient. These don’t have to be rocket science, just small things that you can do to make your every day a little bit easier.
How do you streamline or simplify your tasks so that they take less time?
I’m going to endeavor to present 50 ways that you can do just that.
50 Ways to Streamline Your Life
1. Have a plan.
Figure out what you need to do in any given day, week, or month, so that these things don’t slip your mind. It’s all too easy to get distracted, so keep track of all the things on your plate.
It’s helpful for me to write these out the night before. The mornings can get crazy before I know it, making it hard for me to think straight.
2. Start your morning in a peaceful way.
Find a routine that works for you. Get up early enough so that you don’t feel like the day is happening to you, but that you are meeting it (and the children) head on.
While the house is still quiet, make a hot cup of tea or coffee, turn on your favorite music, read Scripture, pray, watch the sunrise. Refresh your spirit, even if it’s for a few minutes. Then, tackle that list.
3. Do as much the night before as you can.
Do what you can tonight to make tomorrow easier!
Lay out clothes and shoes, set the table for breakfast, pack lunches, collect homework, coats, etc. Performing these tasks at night can save you lots of hassle come morning. Consider these things you can do tonight to make tomorrow better.
4. Simplify your wardrobe.
The fewer clothes you have, the less you need to keep track of. Maintain classic pieces that mix and match so that you always look polished. Consider a mix and match wardrobe so that you have a better chance of coordinating. In fact, I go so far as setting up a capsule wardrobe so I know everything goes with everything else and I don’t have so many choices that I’m overwhelmed.
Check out these tips on building a core wardrobe on a budget. Great concept! Set yourself up to look good without a lot of fuss. It will save you time and you’ll feel good about your appearance.
5. Develop a laundry system that works for you.
Are you a once-a-week wash and fold kind of girl or would you rather do a load a day? Experiment with different schedules until you find one that works. Then stay on top of it.
6. Even if you’re eating at home, make lunch the night before.
Meal prep can take such a huge bite out of your day. You don’t want to stop in the middle of a project to fix lunch. Make it in advance. Consider these boxed lunches that are good home and away:
If you know that friends or neighbors are going the same place as your kids, talk with them about setting up a carpool. Not only will you save on fuel and money, but you’ll save some precious minutes getting other things checked off your list. Just don’t be a mooch, make sure you do your share of driving duty.
You didn’t think I could squeeze 50 tips in one post, did you? Go here for the rest of the 50 ways to streamline your life.
Got a great trick to streamline your life?
Share it with us. What makes life easier for YOU?
*This post was originally posted April 9, 2009.