Simplify: to make less complex or complicated; make easier
My Life: working mom of two small children, wife, blogger, neighborhood event coordinator, friend, soccer mom, school volunteer, seamstress, house cleaner, paperwork filler-outer, reality TV junkie ………. And often times, all at once!
My Resolve: to find a way to keep my head above water.
Let me start by saying, I love my life! I feel so blessed with the amazing family I have and all the opportunities I have to fulfill my life with things I love doing. I have however come to the realization that there just are not enough hours in the day! DUH, you might be saying … but who out there doesn’t want to believe they can be supermom and somehow find a way to fit it all in?? So this year, my mission is to find ways, even the tiniest of ways, to try and simplify my life. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
Prioritize: As in think twice before readily agreeing to do everything. This is probably the easiest, and most obvious one. I am notorious for having a To Do list spanning both the front and back of a piece of paper – I can guarantee you that if it doesn’t all fit on one side, it will not all get done! By keeping my “to do’s” at a minimum, it forces me to think about what I really want to accomplish. This means also learning to say “no” every once in a while.
Delegate: While I might believe that “it’s just easier if I do it”, there is no reason Dad can’t help fill out the endless forms that come home from school or daycare. There are many things that by themselves are not huge time suckers, but when you add them all up … where did the time go?? As moms, I think we want to have control over the situation and therefore have a hard time letting go. Or maybe it’s just me … but I do use the phrase “it’s just easier if I do it” – whether at home or at work – way more than I probably should.
Hire help: This is a tough one, particularly in this economy. For years I have yearned for a cleaning lady but have never been able to bring myself to foot that bill. Last year for Mother’s Day, I asked for a one time brigade to come clean our house and I honestly think the residual effect it had on me lasted for weeks. The older I get, and the more precious my time becomes, I truly believe time is money and I would so much rather pay someone to take care of the tedious chores I don’t enjoy doing for some extra time to do the things I love.
Organize: The spring cleaning bug has bit me early this year. I have been on a rampage trying to bring more organization to our house – starting with the kids rooms. I filled bags after bags with toys that are no longer played with or clothes that no longer fit and have gotten them out! Just having a clean room and a place for everything provides such a calming effect. I even tackled one of my own personal issues – shoes! Living in a small 1950’s house does not warrant much space for all the shoes I apparently have. After years of stashing some here, some there, and most under the bed, I finally sought after a better solution for shoe storage – and as silly as it may sound, I couldn’t be happier!
Plan ahead: We hit the HT no less than 4 times a week. Sometimes even multiple times in a day! There was a time where I prided myself on weekly meal planning and made a big run every Sunday for that week’s groceries – I need to get back to that. And I know we’ve linked back to this post a gazillion times before, but I must throw it in here again – e-vic’ing is a total time saver, one that I’ve fallen off the wagon of and must climb back aboard. Still have not tried online grocery shopping, but feel I must give it a try.
And while we’re on the topic of food,
Easy Dinners: Dinner time, or what I call the witching hour, is by far the most stressful part of my day. Everyone is just getting home; tired, hungry, and often irritable (and I’m not just referring to the kids here) and then we all have to wait while dinner is prepared. I’m on a quest to find some quick, easy, and healthy dinner options – stay tuned for a post on this specific topic soon!
Time flies. Life is busy. But if we don’t take a minute to stop and enjoy it, we’ll wake up one day and wonder where it all went. So this is one resolution I am going to work really hard at. What smarty advice do you have? Would love to hear how other moms find ways to simplify their lives … or more importantly, just keep their heads above water!