Living in the moment and trying to make the most of everyday is something Ryan and I(try to) live by, but sometimes life is still so hectic and stressful.
Lately we’ve made some decisions on making things a little less stressful.
Here it is…
- Cut down on spending. Its no surprise to anyone that, the more money we make, the more we spend. Making a few cuts here and there can free up some time for you, or in our situation just lighten our preschool load, and make each day more enjoyable and successful.
- Keeping a schedule. We have days set aside for family time, date nights and boys’ night. Having this schedule helps us not forget what’s important to all of us.
- Keeping our commuting time to a minimum. This is easier for us in that we work from home. But we do travel a lot each weekend.
- Hire a housekeeper(as we can afford it). When I’m super stressed, nothing helps relieve that like a clean house, I can’t stress enough the benefits of having a housekeeper once in a while. We have someone come once a month for about 3-4 hours.
- Make household purchases online when you can. I am not a shopper, unless that means at the bookstore or garden center. I order many things from Amazon so I can place an order when I think of it and in two days, I know it will be here. Plus this keeps me from buying all the other things I see when I’m out walking the isles.
- Buy in bulk. This might not apply to many of you, but for Ryan and I we are a family of four, serving up to 13 preschoolers three meals a day. That’s a lot of meals. So we save time on shopping by hitting Costco once a month.
- Limit social obligations, even with family if needed. I am for the most part a loner. I absolutely need, first and foremost, my time alone, then my time alone with Ryan, and then my time alone with my family. Anything beyond that is limited. I’m an introvert, I don’t need a lot of social connections. I get a lot of that from you bloggers!🤗
- Work from home if possible. I’ve always worked from home, and I can’t see me doing anything different. I’d love to someday become a fulltime blogger, but I have yet to make my first dollar, so eh… 😐Working from home saves hours spent commuting each week, and you can fit in a load of laundry here and there.
- Work together if possible. This might seem weird to couples, but for Ryan and I, we work great together. One huge perk is, we have the exact same schedule and the exact same vacation days. When we have a light day, we can each have a few hours off.
- Remove meaningless distractions for you and your family. I do not consider WP a meaningless distraction at all, but I would argue that Facebook is, and so are many programs on TV and apps on your smart phone. Just make sure it’s not keeping you from doing something that’s more meaningful to you.
Recently, Ryan and I decided to make a big change with our traveling each weekend and vacation. We belong to Thousand Trails, a nationwide camping resort. We like to travel around the state each weekend, but we seem to be always loading or unloading the trailer.
Starting next month we will be leasing a campsite at the South Jetty campground. This will allow us to leave our RV there all year.
It’s very new to our family and we’re hoping it will simplify our weekends and family time.
What are the ways you simplify your life? Have a wonderful Tuesday!💗
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