Day 9 is here and let's talk about Practical Self-Care
Just little things you can do to improve your life with practical ideas and keeping order.
1. Create a Weekly Schedule
Whether it's for a designated grocery run, a budget check, children's homework and school activities, et al, having a designated time and day for certain activities can be practical in our lives. It creates a mental expectation, smooths our hectic schedule, and creates stability. Don't be so rigid in this schedule that you miss out on spontaneous events too.
2. Designate a Place for Everything
We all know the frustration of searching all over for something we need right then. If we plan out storage spaces for things it would be so much easier to find things and easier on our nerves and patience.
3. Embrace Systems Whenever Possible
Create systems for many parts of your life - a finance system (savings, bills, retirement), a beauty regime, a home maintenance system, car care system, and many more. This just doesn't add ease to your life but will become a routine habit over time and be simpler to manage your everyday life.
4. Clean for 15 Minutes a Day
Doing a chore for 15 minutes a day every day will keep your home clean and well managed. It sure beats spending a whole Saturday going from top to bottom and feeling wiped out afterwards. One day just concentrate on the Kitchen, a bathroom the next, the vacuuming the third and so on.
5. Live without Excess Clutter
Do you really need all those knick knacks, magazine subscriptions, all that memorabilia from High School, and the like? Learn about de-cluttering and go through everything in your home and garage and really think about what's behind your attachment to certain things;
It sure would make finding things easier, make cleaning easier and make your home seem bigger without all that clutter.
6. Learn about Slow Cooking and Freezer Meals
It sure is nice to come home from a long day of work and have dinner already simmering for you in a slow cooker, or being able to just pull out a meal and pop it in the oven to cook while you unwind.
With today's hectic family schedules it sure is a time saver as well as a money saver as you don't spend so much grabbing fast food.
7. Live Within Your Means
Forget about the age old habit of "competing with the Jones" and trying to outdo your neighbors, co-workers, family and anybody else. Honestly these people don't really care about you as they're too busy trying to make themselves look good. Besides what people think of you isn't really any of your business.
So stop trying to get the newest technology, the better car, bigger house and so on. Your bank account and sanity will thank you.
8. Set up Binders for All Your Information
Set up small binders or files for different parts of your life that you need to find easily. Whether it's medical information for each family member, warranties and manuals for all your appliances, Contact names and numbers for every person that you'll need - appliance repair, car repair, doctor, dentist, vet, etc.
Also a master list of "repetitive information" is helpful, such as for filling out all that paperwork every year for your kid's school. It cuts down on time and energy.
9. Designate Time to Update Everything
Once a month, go through everything I mentioned above and update new information, make adjustments, learn new techniques and improve on them. Move things around, declutter some more, adjust your budget, whatever you think needs improvement.
This means "Keep It Simple Stupid". Too often we overthink, overdo, stress over and just plain overwork things. Keep things simple and practical. Look up different life-hacks to simplify things, keep a practical outlook on situations, take a step back if need be.
Life should be fun and enjoyable, so keep things simple and enjoy the ride.