Simplify: tips for a happier and healthier life

Simplify: tips for a happier and healthier life

Simplify tips

We’ve been talking each Saturday about simplifying areas of our lives, but what about simplifying our lives in general? There are so many things we do that add stress to our lives, and we don’t even know it.

I publish a blog each week called “Organized and Simplified,” but sometimes my life is anything BUT simplified. I am the world’s worst for trying to do too much, and it’s something I need to work on.

In order to simplify my life, I am doing the following things. Please feel free to comment below and add any more tips- I’d love to hear from you!!


  1. Know your priorities, and choose them wisely.

I am guilty of often trying to do too much in one day. I often try to do so much, that quantity takes over quality, and I end up doing a lot of things, but not necessarily doing them WELL. If you’re like me, I get stressed out by a lengthy to-do list. Just because you have a lot to do, doesn’t mean you need to do it all at once, or even in the same day. Give yourself permission not to be perfect. It’s OK- no one else is, either.


2. Read more, watch TV less

I am trying to make an effort to read more than I have been. I love reading, but I usually have no time for it, until summer or spring break. I have been taking at least 15 minutes a night to read something, and a few minutes during lunch to read my daily devotional.


3. Less phones!

Hooo boy, is this an area that I need to work on!! My family has been making a concentrated effort to put down the cell phones and just be present. Turn off your social media notifications, and allow yourself only a little cell phone time each day.  Being constantly tied to your phone stresses you out and makes it difficult to concentrate on other things.


4. Declutter your spaces by getting rid of what you don’t need.

A cluttered space is stressful and makes it hard to relax. A light, airy, decluttered space is a space where you can get comfortable and relax.


5. Focus on the present, not the future

Focus on what you’re doing right now, and what you need right now. Don’t worry too much about the future, as you can’t do anything to change the future. Worry about the future when it gets here. For now, enjoy where you are.


6. Don’t overcommit- you can say no, and you should say no. No one can do everything- it is perfectly OK to turn down tasks if you feel overwhelmed.


7. Don’t multitask- singletask when ever you can, to sharpen focus and effectiveness. Trying to focus on too much at once is like a computer browser with too many open tabs. Your brain runs more slowly and less effectively when you are trying to do too much at once. Focus singularly and you can focus more easily.


I hope you have enjoyed these tips for simplifying your life. Please comment below to share any additional tips you might have.


Have a great weekend!


Simplify Saturdays: Simplify Your Morning Routine

Simplify Saturdays: Simplify Your Morning Routine

I don’t know about you, but mornings are the most stressful time of day at our house. We are frequently in a hurry, the kids are lagging behind, we’re angry and yelling….you get the picture. Side note: it’s usually because someone doesn’t want to wake up.

We are far from having “smooth sailing” mornings, but I feel like we are getting closer. Today, I am going to share a few things we’ve learned that make our mornings run more smoothly.

1. Do as much prep the night before as you possibly can

The night before, we get our clothes ready for the next day. We pack lunches. We lay out the necessities for tomorrow’s breakfast. We put water and coffee in the coffee pot and set the timer. We put our book bags by the front door. We get everything ready for the next day that we possibly can.

2. Check your agenda the night before.

If you’re like me, you’re a list maker. The night before, I like to look at my agenda and see I need to do tomorrow. I check out my to-do list and see what items are more pressing than others. I get a feel for what the day ahead might hold.

3. Get up fifteen minutes before you think you need to.

This one is sometimes easier said than done, but if you give yourself that extra 15 minutes to get moving and get out the door, you’d be surprised how much less stressful your morning is.

4. Don’t go all out for breakfast; a simple grab and go breakfast will work just fine.

Around here, we love instant oatmeal and waffles we make ahead of time and freeze. They’re quick to heat up and easy to eat when you’re in a hurry. Plus, when you have several small mouths to feed in the mornings, simple is better.

5. Leave ten minutes before you’d planned to.

When you leave early, you don’t feel rushed. When you are rushed, you are more likely to forget things. Leaving earlier ensures you have adequate time to travel safely to your destination.

What tips have you tried for a less stressful morning? Have a wonderful weekend.

Simplify Saturdays: Simplifying Your Laundry Routine

Simplify Saturdays: Simplifying Your Laundry Routine


When you have kids, you often have mountains of laundry and full laundry hampers. Our house is certainly no exception. We also both work outside of our home full time, so there is often little time for large loads of laundry (how’s that for alliteration?)

To combat this, we have begun to use the following routine when dealing with our dirty duds.

1. Do a little laundry every day.

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is start a load of laundry. Since it takes me about an hour to get myself and two kids ready, I have time to wash one small load. I usually do the “non-dryables,” so I can just hang them up and I don’t have to worry about leaving a dryer running after I’ve left the house. Then, when I get home, I start the second load, which does need to be dried in the dryer. This eliminates the worry of leaving home with the dryer running. Then, I just fold the clothes when they come out of the dryer.

2. Get a washer with a timer.

You can put a load of clothes in your washer, load the detergent, and set the timer. This way, when you get home the washer has already started, and all you have to do is take the clothes out when they’ve finished washing, and pop them into the dryer.

3. Fold one load of clothes each night

If you wash a small load of clothes each day, then you’ll only have a small load of clothes to fold each evening. A smaller load of clothes to fold makes for a smaller load of clothes to put away.

4. Invest in a steam dryer

Did you know you can use a steam cycle on some items of clothing and then they don’t need to be ironed? This saves a lot of time in my house.

5. Iron on Saturday morning

Whenever possible, I like to wake up before anyone else and knock out the ironing. I don’t have to worry about the kids knocking over the ironing board, and I get a few moments of peace to listen to podcasts, watch the news, or just enjoy the quiet while I iron. It’s kind of like me-time that also happens to be productive 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed these tips for keeping up with the laundry. Have a wonderful weekend.