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Now that our family has recently grown to five, all while living in a tiny house, I have realized I can’t go about life like I did when I only had one child. With three six year olds there is more mess, more toys, more clothes, less time and more chaos. Here are 8 little things that have made my life easier.
1. An Organized Mess is what I like to call the approach of having a place for everything. One of the decorative boxes above the fridge is filled with candy and sweets and the other is filled with the kids’ crayons, markers, coloring books, etc. They aren’t exactly the most organized, but having a space for everything means less junk around the house. This is just one example of my “storage” spaces. When the house is messy it feels more chaotic.
2. Have Kids Help Out. I think it’s important for kids to help out around the house. I can’t do it all myself and I am surely not the maid. I wish we would have started a more defined routine of “chores” but the kids know they need to make their beds in the morning, take their dirty clothes to the laundry, put their backpacks and shoes away after school and put things away after they are done with them.
3. These I call Life Binders. I bought the pretty binder at Target and I should really go get two more to replace the other binders. One holds all of my recipes (more info here), one is a general life binder that holds bills, coupons, receipts, and the kids’ important papers from school. The last binder is our adoption binder, which obviously everyone won’t have. Again, these binders might not be the most organized inside, but I know where everything is and it’s all put away rather then on the kitchen counter.
4. The life binders lead me into the next essential part of organizing a busy household. Meal planning. I know it’s so hard to get into a routine of doing this, but it makes life so much easier. Pinterest has become a huge tool in my meal planning. I have several go-to meals: homemade freezer spaghetti sauce, breakfast for dinner and stir fry.
5. Automatic bill pay. It’s so much easier to not have to worry about paying the bills on time and what bills I have/haven’t paid. I still check to see if everything is correct, but this is just one super easy way to eliminate some stress.
6. Automatic savings. I understand that everyone may not be able to build a savings depending on life circumstances or where they are at in their lives. With every paycheck we automatically have a certain amount going into savings and we never account for that in our available budget. Having savings on hand equals less stress.
7. Find products that work and stick to them. I can’t tell you how many times I have bought a beauty or cleaning product because it was on sale only to find I hated the scent, it didn’t work as well as I wanted it to, or it really wasn’t as good of a deal as I thought. I tried both the Tide pods and NEW Gain flings (available at Target) and love both the scent, stain fighting capabilities and ease of just throwing the pods in. As you can see my clean laundry for today is piling up, but at least they are clean! With three six year olds, I need all of the stain fighting I can get.
8. One stop shop. I used to be big into coupons. It consumed too much of my life. Cutting the coupons, going to several different stores, keeping my eyes out for sales and comparing. I realize this works for many people, but it really made my life more stressful. My one-stop-shop is Target. I can pick up a new outfit for myself, pick up something the kids need for school, get groceries and cleaning supplies all at the same time. (I also always love searching those dollar bins!) One-stop-shopping has made my life less stressful.
What tips do you have that make your life less stressful?
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