Full days of work and school, calendars scheduled with activities and commitments seems to be the norm for families today. Life is busy!
Filling your life full of activities you love and events with people who bring you joy – is that a problem? It depends what is on the calendar, taking up your time. We all know that being busy, overwhelmed and exhausted is not healthy. How can you have a full calendar and not be stressed to the max? Being intentional about what you fill your calendar with is a must!
I honestly don’t know that perfect balance in a home exists. Creating systems that encourage simplicity in everyday tasks make full schedules seem more balanced and less chaotic. Having a full calendar is ok when its filled with things you enjoy doing.
What can you do to create balance so that you can enjoy more and stress less?
Routines – Create habits that become routines for everything you possibly can!
- Implement 10-15 minutes of nightly chores so the house is always picked up – Click here for more info on Evening Routines
- Laundry – Do 1 or 2 loads of laundry a day rather than once a week when the hampers are overflowing
- Fill the car with fuel when you pass the gas station rather than making a special trip
- Meal Plan – Get in the rhythm of planning meals weekly or every 2 weeks and prep food ahead of time.
- Plan Ahead – Prep the night before or even the week before for work events, class and activities
- Clothing Prep – Pick out clothing for all family members the night before, don’t waste time deciding what to wear in the morning
Put the Phone Down – Do you know how much time you waste looking at your phone? Decide how much time you want to spend on social media or playing games per day. There are plenty of apps that can help you control how much time is spent on electronics devices. How much time will you gain by not constantly engaging with your screen?!?!
Get the Family Involved – You can’t do it all by yourself. Creating routines that involve every member of the family are essential to the success of all the systems running smoothly.
Be Intentional – Take a good look at how you are spending your time and what you are saying “yes” to. Eliminate what is not necessary. If it doesn’t help you have the life you want to be living then make the best decision to say “no”.
The goal is to spend as much time as possible doing more of what you love and less of what you have to do. Look at your normal day, week or month and decide what takes up most of your time. Start by making simple changes. It takes almost 2 months to form a habit so give yourself some leeway as you create new systems and routines in your home. Stay focused and remember balance and simplicity are in your future.
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Lauren is a professional home organizer and owner of Intentional Edit in Scottsdale, Arizona. Intentional Edit is an organizing service and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels pretty has a positive influence on all aspects of life. Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos, is her priority. While design trends come and go, organization is always in style!
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