There are some great ideas on this thread. I second the CD/DVD idea. One of the best things we ever did. We no longer have DVD's and their cases scattered around the living room, or mixed all together. We don't bother organizing them in the case, so that way my ODC tendancies don't take over and drive me crazy when a DVD gets put back out of order. It has gotten rid of a lot of stress, for me. :P
Something to contribute: I work every day, and the kiddos go to daycare. I'm also by myself for most of the time (DH works out of town and is gone for weeks at a time.) So I have had to majorly simplify and organize our routine. Some tricks I have learned for making my day-to-day tasks stress free.
1. Put out clothing the night before. I check the weather network online to see what it'll be like the next day, so that the outfit is appropriate. I lay DD's clothing on her night stand and she dresses herself before she comes to wake me in the morning (she is my alarm clock.)
2. While the kids are eating breakfast, I make my lunch, and check the inventory of the diaper bag, and set everything by the door. Everything is ready to go by the time they're done their oatmeal, so there is no frantic running around searching for necessary things.
3. At home at night, I do the breakfast dishes by hand while dinner is cooking. I leave the soapy water in the sink and wash the pots while the kids' dinner is cooling on their plates. The dishes get swished (don't even need to really 'wash' them since you don't leave them to get dry and crusty) and put in the sink to drip-dry. While dinner is cooking the next evening, I put them away, and the process repeats.
I hate using the dishwasher, so this dishes method works well for us. We also only keep a set of 4 dishes (I have a large set in storage for the few times a year we have gatherings), so that way we're never tempted to neglect the dish washing, lest we run out of surfaces to eat off of.
4. I run around and tidy DD's room (with her help) as part of our evening routine. This way, the room never gets to a state where it's actually a chore to clean.
-Other than the "hot spots" (like the dining room), I only vacuum once a month. The bedrooms really don't need it any more often than that, unless we've been wearing black socks (sock fuzz on white carpets - yikes.)
-I use vinegar and a cloth for most of my cleaning, so my "cleaning supplies" take up about 2" of space in the bottom of the pantry.
|In simplifying, I've come to realize that there is no sense at all to attach emotion to "things". People and memories matter the most. I'd rather see a picture of me in my graduation gown than to have the gown itself (and all of the moths as well. ) This is really key to me for keeping life simple.
Very true, and this has been a big help for us.