Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.
The first week of August is designated National Simplify Your Life Week. This topic is right up my alley. Organization is one of my strengths and I'm always looking for ways to make daily life easier. Below I'm sharing my top four secrets to staying organized. These tips will help simplify anyone's life and make the day to day run smoother. Let's get started!
1. Reuse a Container to Store Popcorn Kernels
My family loves popcorn. So much so that we purchased an air popper. It has made my life much easier. Buying kernels in a bag is cheaper, and a better deal, than buying the tall, plastic containers. However, it's not always easy to get the kernels out of the bag. To solve this problem, I started putting the kernels in an old plastic container with a screw-on lid. Now it's faster and easier to pour the proper amount of kernels into the air popper. It also makes it easier to store them in the cupboard. All I do is pour the kernels from the bag into a liquid measuring cup, and then pour them right into the container. Problem solved!
2. Designate a Spot for your TV Remote and Car Keys
There's nothing worse than trying to get out the door in the morning only to realize that you can't find your keys. Likewise, when you are ready to settle in and unwind with your favorite TV show, it's frustrating to realize that the remote is nowhere to be found.
To solve these issues, designate a common sense spot in your home for these items and be sure everyone knows where they belong. When you arrive home, be sure to place your keys in their proper spot. Before turning in for the night, put the remote back in its spot so it's ready to go for the next day.
For us, keys go on the mantle in between our kitchen and front hallway. It's a spot we have to pass by before heading out the door, so it's easy to grab the keys and be on our way.
We have two remotes, one for the TV and one for our sound bar. The sound bar remote resides on our TV stand and the TV remote belongs on the table beside the couch. Because they have a designated spot, they never get lost and no one ever has to go on a scavenger hunt trying to find them.
3. Prepare Tomorrow Today
Despite rising before the birds most days of the week, I'm not a morning person. I'm a coffee person. One of the worst things is having to make coffee before drinking coffee. To solve this problem, I set my coffee maker up each night. Every morning, my coffee is hot and patiently waiting for me. To make mornings smoother, I don't stop at coffee. I prepare my husband's lunch for work the night before as well. Additionally, I make sure the kitchen is clean and everything is ready for the following day.
This evening routine can easily be customized to fit your lifestyle and needs. Making sure kids' lunches are made for the following school day, homework is done and book bags are packed, and an outfit for the next day is picked out and ready will help school mornings run smoothly. Make sure you have everything ready to go for work as well.
4. Keep A Cleaning Schedule
There's nothing more disappointing than looking forward to your days off, only to have to spend them doing mundane chores. A messy house isn't the end of the world, but it can make your life more difficult. It's hard to focus when piles of clutter are staring at you, having to search high and low for something you're looking for is annoying and time consuming, and the last thing you want is an unexpected guest knocking at your door.
Preventing the above scenarios is possible by implementing a common sense cleaning schedule. Develop a system and routine that works for you, your family, and your lifestyle.
Daily cleaning could include:
- Wiping down counters
- Doing the dishes
- Putting the clean dishes away
- Sweeping the floors
- Taking care of the mail
Weekly cleaning could include:
- Clean the bathroom on the day the trash bins go to the curb
- Mopping the floors
- Laundry as needed
- Clean out wallets, purses, book bags, and briefcases
- Clean up and put away any clutter that has built up over the week
Monthly cleaning could include:
- Run the self-clean cycle on the washer
- Clean your coffee pot, diffusers, and microwave with vinegar
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