Is your life busy, hectic, and out of control? I’ve been there! Recently I’ve discovered some ways of making my life feel less cluttered and unmanageable, and I can’t wait to share them with you! Check out these five ways to make your life easier!
Find a Haircut and Hairstyles that Work for You
I hate going to the salon and getting a haircut that takes 30 minutes to style everyday. I mean, seriously, who has time for that! Commit to finding the haircut that works for your natural hair, not necessarily the hairstyle you wish you could pull off everyday.
For example, I recently discovered that lots of layers keeps my hair looking fuller and accentuates my natural wave (I have long, thick hair, so when my hair gets too long, it can’t wave the way it wants to and it just looks strained all day). O also have a couple of five-minute hairstyles on hand that work with my hair in different situations (if it’s frizzy, oily, stiff, etc.). I might prefer another hairstyle, but it isn’t one that looks good on me or it isn’t easy to pull off without a lot of time, attention, and hair product! Learn to embrace your natural hair, and find ways of accenting that natural beauty.
Minimize Your Closet and Learn How to Dress
Having a smaller closet will cut down on the amount of time it takes to get ready in the mornings! Minimize your closet by getting rid of the clothes that don’t fit you or clothes you don’t really like. Pull out the items you’ve never worn and consider why you haven’t worn them.
Believe it or not, you can actually take classes on how to dress, and I highly recommend it! If you’re interested, check out www.deanstreetsociety.com! FULL DISCLOSURE: I have not taken any of the classes she offers, but she did offer a few sample classes about a year ago and I LOVED them!
Plan Your Meals
Stop waiting until the last minute to decide what you’re going to have for dinner. You don’t have to plan a month’s worth of meals at once, but you can at least plan a few days ahead of time. I use a dry erase board in my kitchen, and sometimes when we have a lot of extra food, I’ll write out a list of what my husband can eat if he’s feeling hungry 🙂 If you have teens, this might be a good way to get them to stop asking for snacks all the time! I also keep easy food on hand like lettuce for salads, lunchmeat, and soup in case I don’t feel like making dinner (I’m allowed to be lazy and so are you!).
Get yourself on some form of cleaning schedule or plan. I personally have a checklist and I try to clean every room in the house at least once a week. My checklist is on the fridge, and has a spot for me to write down the day I cleaned that particular room. I’ve found cleaning room by room works best for me, but you may find it easier to clean by task (vacuum, dust, etc.). You can download my cleaning checklist here. It’s made to fit an 8×10 frame that I got at the dollar store. You just stick the checklist in a picture frame, put magnets on the back, and you have a DIY dry-erase board cleaning checklist you can add to whenever you want. You can also check Pinterest for ideas on how to create your own cleaning schedule. Remember, find what works for you!
And when you make a mess, clean it up! Because we cook a lot, I wipe down the counters and sweep the kitchen everyday. I also wipe down the bathroom to keep it from getting grimy. Cleaning messes regularly keeps the mess from compounding, and cuts down on how much time you have to spend scrubbing later.
Use a Planner
Committing to do too much will just leave you tired and worn out. Having a planner and using it regularly not only keeps you organized, but it helps you realize how much time you actually have available.
The hardest part is using the planner continually. So, to help you conquer that, here are two tips:
- Get a planner that you can take with you. It needs to be complex enough to hold all of your stuff, but small enough to fit in your purse or bag. I personally have a binder that I plan my to-do lists in, and I use a small monthly planner to write down appointments. I keep the monthly planner in my purse and when I plan my daily to-do lists, I pull out the monthly planner to see what I’ve committed to each day.
- Look at your planner first thing every morning and/or last thing every night. It’s easy to forget what you’ve committed to. Look at the planner at least once a day so you know what’s going on.
Now, take your first step to becoming more organized and relieving stress by pinning this super fun infograph! This will give you something to look back to so you can remember these five steps.
With Love Always,