How to Simplify Your Household

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How to Simplify Your Household
Simplifying your home can reduce stress and save time and money. (headache or stress image by Kathy Burns from Fotolia.com)

Although ideally a source of refuge, your home can be a source of great stress in your life. Disorder, mismanagement, clutter and multiple projects can cause you to feel overwhelmed and out of control. Fortunately, simplifying your home can provide a solution to your problems and re-establish balance and order. Simplifying your home requires a decision to make a change; a plan of action; and the commitment and dedication to stick to the plan.

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    Remove unnecessary clutter from your home. Clutter is often caused by excess. If you have too many books, clothes, shoes or other items, removing them is key to creating a simplified home. Go through your closets after each season and get rid of anything you did not wear at least once. Do not hold onto clothes and shoes for years with the misplaced belief that you will one day wear them. Instead, clean out your closets, donate or sell any usable items and junk everything else. Go through your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and get rid of any products that are expired or that you no longer use. Repeat this process in every area in your home until you have eliminated everything you do not use. Make a commitment to remove clutter from your home at least twice a year. Additionally, for every new item you bring into your home, remove one item. This will help ensure you keep your home clutter free.

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    Establish routines for your home. If you or others in your home are constantly running late, neglecting duties or losing items, establishing a routine is vital to simplifying your home. Establish a set time for activities such as homework and household chores. Assign each person in your home a task so that the workload is shared. Instead of waiting until morning, have your children pack their book bags and choose their clothes the night before school. Pack lunches the night before as well. Establish a spot in your home for important and commonly misplaced items such as keys, purses, book bags and briefcases. Repetition is key to ingraining a new routine. Hold everyone accountable and do not allow anyone to deviate from the established rules. It may take a few weeks, but with repeated practice, your household routines will become second nature.

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    Cut back on extra activities if you feel overwhelmed or constantly rushed. If it seems as if everyone in your home is constantly rushed for time, consider making some changes to the schedule to allow for more time. Allow your child to participate in one or two extra-curricular activities rather than several. Likewise, limit your calendar to those activities you really enjoy and can comfortably fit into your schedule. Exercise your right to decline invitations or to take a break when needed.

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    Make a list of priorities each day and focus on completing those tasks. It is easy to become overwhelmed when you think about all of the things you need to do each day in your home. However, if you take a moment to reflect you will realise only a few of those tasks are important. Creating a priority list will help you ensure each day is dedicated to doing something important to your home life. Work on completing those tasks first and if you have time, work on lesser tasks.

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