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8 Practical Ways To Simplify Your Life

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Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.

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Summer is quickly coming to a close. Before we know it, kids will be back in school, the weather will turn crisp, and the leaves will give us a spectacular color display. This is the perfect time to begin streamlining our lives. The first week of August is known as 'Simplify Your Life' week, but it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

Below I've outlined 8 practical ways you can begin simplifying your life today. These are relatively easy and doable actions that will make life a little easier, more organized, and enjoyable heading into the fall season.

1. Kitchen Clean Out

The kitchen is one of my favorite places to start. I love cooking and baking, it's where my coffee waits for me, and it's where I do much of my writing. I'm a person who loves to clean out the fridge and cupboards once or twice a month, but admittedly, I let it slide a little over the summer.

Now is the time to tackle this chore. Go through the fridge and get rid of all the science experiments, condiment packages you might have saved from take-out orders, and anything else that's expired. While you're at it, you may as well give the shelves and drawers a good wipe-down. I like to put Glade Press and Seal on each shelf after I clean them to prevent messy headaches in the future. If you'd like extra credit, go ahead and clean the kickplate clip. Be sure to remove it and vacuum in that space behind it too.

Do the same thing for your cupboards and pantry. You might be surprised to find snacks you forgot you bought, something that has happened to me a few times. You can also reorganize drawers, clear clutter off the counters, and maybe run the self-clean cycle on your oven.

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2. End Of Summer Cleaning

Spring cleaning is refreshing and hopeful, but there's also something truly satisfying about end of summer cleaning. As sad as I always am about summer ending, I always feel accomplished when I get the house in order before school starts. This is a great time to go through your closets and organize any clutter that has accumulated.

It's also the perfect time to create a weekly cleaning schedule so things don't pile up and get overwhelming. For example, I've shared before that I like to arrange my own cleaning schedule in a common sense way. I clean the bathroom once a week on trash day and I like to wash all the bed linens on my family's Friday. There's nothing I love more than fresh, clean blankets to snuggle in and it helps me sleep in a little more on our days off.

3. Tackle Your Garage And Attic

The two areas notoriously neglected are the garage and attic. Now is your chance to tackle these before life ramps up in the fall. Declutter, toss, or donate items you no longer use or need. You might consider holding a garage sale, selling things online, or simply giving them away to a good home.

4. Prepare For Back To School

Take stock of what you already have. If you've cleaned the closets out, you have a good idea of what clothes your children will need. Don't forget about supplies though. Check and see what you already have before adding to your shopping list. You might also double-check to see if and when your state has a tax-free weekend. This can end up saving you a lot of money.

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5. Clean Out Your Inbox

This might be the most tedious task on my list, but doing the leg work will pay off in the long run. Go through all your emails, empty the spam and trash, and unsubscribe from those companies and brands whose emails you never read.

6. Streamline Your Budget

Everyone loves to save money. Why not take a little time to sit down with your bank statements and see where you can cut costs? Consider canceling subscriptions and limiting your streaming services to one or two that you actually love. Are you eating out a lot or grabbing coffee at a shop every morning? You can easily save money by cooking your own meals at home, packing your lunch for work, and making coffee at home. Are you constantly driving back and forth to different places throughout the week? Planning your trips and errands in advance, to get things done at one time, can save on gas. You might also consider carpooling with your coworkers to work. The most important thing is to be aware of where your money is going so that you can make the best decisions for you and your family.

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7. Take A Look At Social Media

I love social media. Facebook is my main resource to connect with other parents and families of my son's school; Twitter gives me tidbits of current events; and Instagram has helped me meet many amazing friends who love fitness and yoga as much as I do. As with anything in life, social media is what you make it.

Take a little time to go through your accounts. Unfollow, unfriend, and unsubscribe from those profiles who no longer inspire you. If you feel like you can't do that, try muting instead. As you move forward into the rest of the year, make a habit of only following or friending people and brands that make you feel good and inspire you.

8. Reevaluate Goals

Did you set a New Year's Resolution? Have you met your goal? There are four months left in the year, which is plenty of time to achieve or at the very least, keep working toward what you want to accomplish.

Figure out what it is that you want. A new job? To lose weight? Save money? Then start incorporating small, doable actions in your daily schedule. Update your resume and fill out five new applications every week. Replace one soda per day with a glass water and go for a walk after dinner three nights a week. Plan to put five or ten dollars in your savings account each paycheck. Notice how each of those suggestions were not only small, but specific. That's the key to achieving your goals. Small, specific changes implemented daily or weekly become habits, and over time, can lead to big results.

Comments

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 02, 2021:

Absolutely! I'll look you up!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 02, 2021:

Hahahaha! Yes, I think we are pretty close to each other. Cleaning out the car is a great way to start! I actually just finished doing that this afternoon. It was a perfect day for it!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 02, 2021:

Thank you so much Lora!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 02, 2021:

A great plan, indeed, Bill!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 02, 2021:

Thank you!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 02, 2021:

Thank you Pamela!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 01, 2021:

Hey Alyssa...I'm on all those social media sites if you wanna connect...

Take care

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 01, 2021:

Alyssa

This article has a few great ideas.

I'll take care of the things like my emails...I really need too.

I've got 4 different ones and 2 of them are out of control with endless emails over the thousands.

But fall cleaning....I hear your close by? Want a job?

Just kidding gal...I know you got your hands full.

I promise I'll tackle this stuff one day, but I think I'm gonna start by cleaning out my car.

Lora Hollings on August 01, 2021:

These are wonderful tips, Alyssa, for simplifying our lives and helping us to set goals for ourselves. Your suggestions for tackling those household jobs are really useful and turning goals smaller, doable actions is a great start toward achieving our more abstract goals in the long run. Starting small and getting into good habits of practicing them daily will help us to succeed! Thanks for these useful tips.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 01, 2021:

We've actually done all of these except social media, and I'm seriously considering curtailing my Facebook activity. There is too much negativity on Facebook, and I don't want to spend my remaining years flooded by negative vibes sent by strangers.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 01, 2021:

A very nice advisory. Worth trying. Thanks.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 01, 2021:

You have listed many great suggestions for cleaning at the end of summer, Alyssa. I like to start in the kitchen also. Thanks you for you good suggestions, and I also think reevaluating your goals is a good idea.

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