Living a sensible life can be kind of an adjustment at first. People aren’t usually looking for a sensible life until their current life gets to a point where the clutter and dissatisfaction are overwhelming.
Luckily, there are a few basic rules that you can adopt right away that will help you to get organized and dominate overwhelm.
Then, you can layer in more and more sensible living rules until your life is as peaceful and content as you dream it could be.
If you’re like I used to be, you have felt solely responsible for the way that your house looks. And, worked hard to make sure no one who came over knew that any actually living went on in your home.
Can you relate with any of these?
I have stayed up until 3 am toothbrush cleaning the bathroom floor on the night before company came over
One more than one occasion, I have hidden and not answered the door when a friend or neighbor came over unannounced for fear they would see dirty dishes in the sink
I have planned all of my kids’ birthday parties at the park or an event center to avoid having people in my home
As a former type-a personality, it took me some time (and a few chronic illnesses) to really let go of those feelings of control and hyper-organization.
Instead, I have found that there are a few basic rules that help tremendously and some that started to come effortlessly after awhile.
Plan With A Pen And Paper
It has been scientifically proven that if you are chronically disorganized you will do better with a pen and paper plan than an electronic one.
In fact, there is something that happens in the brain when you write down a goal, note or reminder that doesn’t happen when you type it out.
You become more committed to the things that you write down. So, if you have a planner and you write down things like “wash her jersey for Wednesday, sign his homework sheet, give them their vitamins” etc. You are way more likely to remember to do all of those things.
Plus, writing these things down helps to get them out of your head. So, you’re not bogged down with a bunch of “tasks” swimming around in your head making you feel overwhelmed and tired.
You can write them down and then feel peaceful that they will get done and not forgotten.
If you’ve been hanging out with me for a bit on the blog, you know full well that I hate cooking.
It’s not the same and not being able to cook. I can follow a recipe and, according to my brother-in-law, I make the best key lime pie he’s ever had (and, he’s the PICKIEST eater ever).
But, I don’t LIKE to cook. I would rather spend that time play legos, blowing bubbles, painting nails, reading a book or any number of other fun things.
Unfortunately, in our house, I am the dinner-cooker (as my 4-year-old says).
So, I make sure to take full advantage of every single hack, tip, and advice that I have heard to make dinner and meal preparation in general as simple as possible.
Meal planning is just common sense, really. It’s a time-management tactic that leverages time and creates more output for less input.
It’s just plain genius. Using a plan like online menu research + grocery pickup is a total game-changer.
Plus, it saves money and calories. Both hubs and I work from home so, we move around and, right now, we are living in the mountains 22 miles from any kind of grocery store. Meal-planning is necessary!
Technology Provides Organizing Hacks
With the internet and smartphones, there is *literally* an app for everything. You can actually talk to a cylinder and tell it to ship you some toilet paper and toilet paper will show up at your doorstep.
There’s no reason to ever go into a store.
In fact, you can just set a shipping schedule for all of the household toiletries that you need and the delivery of them will be completely automated. You never even have to think about it.
Plus, by staying out of the stores, you are not tempted to buy a bunch of stuff that you don’t need … i.e., clutter.
Amazon is our favorite for this but, there are other services that are offering it.
Basically, we just have items like toilet paper, shampoo, dish soap, toothpaste, etc set to be delivered to the house on a regular schedule and I get to stay out of Walmart! (We’re staying in a little mountain town right now and Walmart is the only store within 20 miles)
Make a list of all of the things that you waste time doing. Now think of a way that you could streamline that process so that it works for you instead of stressing you.
Tell me what you came up with!