Guess what this week is? National Simplify Your Life Week! None of us mean to live complicated, cluttered lives but sometimes it just happens. Sometimes our homes get out of control and we just need a little invitation to simplify things a bit. Well ladies, here's the invite: Simplify Your Life Week is AUGUST 2nd-8th! Here's your moment. I'm going to take you by the hand (in a completely digital, non-creepy way) and push you towards greatness. You need to take on this challenge. SIMPLIFY. It's one of my favorite words. And now that I know that SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE WEEK actually exists, it's my new favorite week. So before I mumble any further, here are 9 ways that I have brought simplicity into my life. I'm not always perfect at all of them, but when I follow these principles…peace is restored and angels sing triumphantly. At least I imagine they do.
9 Ways to Simplify Your Life, RIGHT NOW
Go Tube Free. Tube as in reference to toilet paper, not tube as in television, or circular life preserve. “What?!!” you might ask? Did you know that over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are used each year in the US? That's enough to fill the Empire State Building TWICE. How many of those come from YOUR house? It's time to say goodbye to those cardboard tubes forever, because there is finally a better way. Scott Tube-Free Bath Tissue delivers all the softness and comfort that you desire in a roll of toilet paper, all without the wasteful inner cardboard core! Not only do you now have the opportunity of keeping extra waste from your home, but you can rest peacefully each night knowing you are being friendly to our environment. Every single part of the toilet paper roll gets used! I don't know why it took us until the 21st century to reach this kind of breakthrough, but I'm glad that we have!
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Tackle the Mail. Speaking of unnecessary clutter and waste, don't you dare bring unwanted mail into your home. We all know very well it's going to end up cluttering your counter somewhere. Sort that mail before you even walk back into your house! Imagine a dollar falls from the sky for every envelope that doesn't make it into your house and find delight in chucking some of that mail directly into the trash or recycle. If shredding is a must, put your shredder in the garage and force yourself to shred before you can walk back into your home. I'm not joking you. Just do it. Fold While It's Hot. Okay, I admit…laundry is my worst enemy. I have always hated it, and chances are I always will. But one thing has saved me from piles of neglected clothing, and it is this: Fold it while it is hot. Meaning set a timer, or turn that dryer buzzer on, or whatever you need to do to know exactly when that dry cycle is complete. And once it is, fold it. It's like a race. If you fold it while it's still hot, you win. And then you spend the rest of your day as a winner. Who doesn't want that? Buy in Two's. This is one of my favorite tips of all and has saved me endless amounts of time and frustration. Here is how it works: when at the store, always buy a minimum of TWO of each item. That way you are never scrambling when you run out, because there is always a backup. This also cuts your trips to the store down in half. Once you open the 2nd item, you put it on your list to buy again. You are in no panic and cookies can still continue in creation, because you won't be out of anything. Life just goes on without any meltdowns. Are you breathing easier just thinking about it? I thought so. Give magazines a (short) shelf life. One of the best moments in life came on the day that I let go of my attachment to magazines. All the magazines that I had kept for the last 8+ years (thinking one day I would read them) got dumped into the recycle can. It was hard at first, but then I felt so free. And I've never gone back. First, try to get your fill in the first sitting. Read whatever is interesting, and then get rid of it. If this is nearly impossible for you, give your magazine a “shelf life.” Say the words “Dear magazine, you shall live for one week and one week only,” and then follow through. And remember not to panic: It's 2015. Everything you need is on the internet anyway. Get Serious With Your Closet. Go to your closet right now and get rid of at least 10 things. After that, start turning your hanger around for everything that you wear. Once the season ends, if the hanger hasn't been turned, it means you didn't wear it. Discard it from your life and let it start a new life with someone else. The 1-Touch Rule. This is my husband's famous rule. You can read more about it here, but here's the gist of it: make sure everything has a home, and put everything in it's home on the first touch. Don't move it from counter to couch to fridge (3 touches) before it makes it to it's proper place. Clear the Fridge. We love our kids, but we don't love cluttering our house with 1,458 versions our our 2-year old's finger paintings. When it comes to kid's artwork, take a picture of it and make photo books out of the photos. The “Classic” rule. If it isn't Useful or Beautiful, it shouldn't be in your house. Don't hold onto something just for fear that you might one day “need” it. Chances are you won't, and it is just taking up space. Tackle one room today, and another tomorrow and tackle all that extra “stuff.”
Enjoy National Simplify Your Life Week!
Oh…and if you are curious how many toilet paper tubes your family uses each year, you can find out here. I know you're curious.