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How 'simplified' is your day, your routine - or your life? By inserting some simplification philosophies into your life, you can find real dividends in how your handle everyday tasks - and your life will benefit as a result.
Very often, people make their schedules and tasks much more difficult than they have to be. While there are hundreds--even thousands--of things one can do to organize his or her life, these seven alone can help you simplify your life.
5. Simplify your finances.
Group your credit cards. Most people can get by just fine with just one or two major ones. Speaking of credit cards, don't spend beyond your means. In fact, if your credit card bills run very high each month, consider paying for purchases in cash instead. Pay your bills online whenever you can. Balance your checkbook each month, so you don't fall way behind. Set up a monthly spending budget and stick to it so you don't go overboard with purchases each month.
6. Simplify your meal planning.
Choose one day each week when you sit down alone--or with your family--to decide what dinner will be for the next seven nights. Write those meals down and make a grocery list to match those meals. This is much easier than fretting over what you're going to make for dinner each day. Choose meals that take less than 30 minutes to prepare and cook. Make double, so you only have to cook every other night. Learn how to use a slow cooker so dinner is ready to eat when you get home from work.
7. Simplify your cleaning.
Clean as you go, and you'll never have to deep clean. Rinse dirty dishes and put them in the dishwasher immediately after each meal so you don't have big pile-ups in the sink. Use one or two cleaning products to clean your entire house--you don't need ten. Make yourself a cleaning schedule. You may choose to do a chore each day, such as vacuuming on Mondays, dusting on Tuesdays, etc. Or, you may prefer choosing a room a day, such as kitchen on Mondays, bathrooms on Tuesdays, etc. Divvy up cleaning duties among each member of your household. If your budget will allow, get a cleaning person to come in and clean once a week, or once every few weeks.