Thursday, July 31, 2014

Simplify Your Life-Clothes

Have all family members leave their clothes and shoes out the night before.  Use a spray bottle of water to eliminate wrinkles.
Dirty clothes should go directly into a light, dark, or delicate basket.
Do laundry as soon as you have a full load or when clothing gets wet to avoid mildew.  Sort, fold, and put up clothing as soon as it is washed and dried.  Have children help with the laundry and process their own clothes.
Keep clothes in your closet grouped according type and color.  Use one type of hanger.
Do not have more clothes than can comfortably fit in your closet or drawers.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Secret Keeper Girl


Simplify Your Life-Paperwork

As a homeschooling or afterschooling family, papers can quickly take over your life. 

Here are some tips to decrease the amount of papers in your life:
Process the mail as soon as it arrives.  Recycle all mail that your don't need as soon as you walk in the house.  Pay all bills immediately and recycle the paper.  Call catalogue companies and cancel the mailings.
Decline as many handouts as possible.  If you need the information, enter it into your calendar or take a picture with your phone and then recycle the handout.
Switch all of your regular bills to online banking.  Have everything paid automatically.
Have a designated area for special notes and artwork created by the children. 
Have a designated place for all school work.  Recycle what you don't need.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Simplify Your Life-Packing

We travel many, many times throughout the year on day trips, overnight trips, weekend trips, and long roadtrips.  When we pack, the goal is to be able to pack only what we need in a timely manner and to return with all dirty clothes.  We use one bag or suitcase per trip and bring a laundry bag.  If we are on a long roadtrip, we pack a BAGGU Reusable Shopping Bag with one set of clothes per hotel room and bring the dirty clothes out in the same bag.

Children's List (the parents' lists are comparable)


1 outfit per day per child (we have tea collection dresses that we use for trips)

1 pair of shoes (sandals are great in the summer)

1 toothbrush per child

academic materials

Almonds and apples are good food for the road because they are not easily damaged.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Simplify Your Life-Stuff


Simply have a place for everything and everything in its place.  Put everything in its place every day.  Check the "place" before you buy a new item.
Take care of the items you have.  Find a brand and stick to it as long as it works.
Use all of an item before you buy more.
Make your beds as soon as you get up.
Have family members clean their bedrooms and bathrooms daily.
Bring as little as you can into your home.  Decline items you do not need.
Process everything that comes into your home as soon as it comes in.
Do not buy a decoration until you know where you will put it. 
Consider putting party favors and whatnot directly into a container designated for Operation Christmas Child or another pertinent charity.
Donate all items you do not need.
Keep only items that you need or love.
If you probably don't need it and can buy it at Wal-Mart, donate it.  It is cheaper to buy a new item than to buy a new house because you have too many items.
Teach yourself and your children that things do not equate love.
Surround yourself with beauty.