Is your home running smoothly? What are the areas that feel bumpy? A simple rule of thumb here at our home that I know something needs to be changed is if something just doesn’t feel good or right. It usually means something needs to change. Today on the blog, I’m sharing with you four ways to create a simpler home.
1. Only have what is used or loved. Declutter the rest.
We have four kids here and any excess is really noticeable. It takes longer for us to tidy up and care for our things! Having less creates simpler days for us.
2. Reassess routines that no longer feel good.
If it’s becoming too much of an effort to push the routine or just feels “off”, it may be time to switch it up. For instance:
I created a flexible cleaning, tidying routine in the winter and it worked so, so well for us. But come the summer and it only ended up exhausting me and not working for us so we switched things up for the season. We switched to a periodic, as needed cleaning and tidying routine with some basics that are done daily instead.
So many times I’d push, push, push in the past when something didn’t feel good. I was on autopilot in those moments and not thinking!
3. Reassess systems that could be streamlined more.
If a system is never caught up with, then it’s time to rework it. I’m thinking particularly about our laundry system here. In the past, I used to think that I had to fold and have everything put away or laundry wasn’t done. Instead, I reworked it so that laundry could be done at a slower, more sustainable pace that didn’t always involve having things “put away”. Read about our routine here.
4. Get everyone on board little by little.
Working together reduces the load for the whole house. This one is so key for us here with six people and my dad. Many hands make light work!
PS if you’re on the journey to create a simpler home too, I applaud you. It’s a lot of work. And even still for us with a few years behind us. If you’d like 5 more tips like these ones to create a simpler home, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to share them with you too!
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