You can’t go more than 5 seconds on the internet these days without seeing people who are trying to live more simply and intentionally. I can’t blame them, because I feel like it is a very important thing to do. We all want to be intentional about how we spend our time so that we have quality time over quantity of time. I mean we don’t know how much time we’re going to have anyway, right? The #momlife can sometimes feel overwhelming though as we try to plan for our child’s future and give them all the best. Here are 10 ways I’ve simplified my #momlife.
1. Do less housework.
Yes, you heard me. I’ve talked about this before here, and I can assure you that it’s true. No one will remember how great your house looked, but they will remember the quality time you spent with them as a family. You’ll risk stepping on a Lego or two, but it’s worth it. This isn’t to say that my house looks like a complete wreck. It doesn’t. I just chose to only clean up after my son once a day versus twenty times a day. It saves me a lot of stress and he’s able to freely play with the toys he loves.
2. Cut the cord
This may sound silly, but it’s totally not. Have you ever sat down in the evening and watched a show only to wonder why you wasted that hour? I have. I don’t have to worry about that anymore, though. We don’t have cable so I have to be intentional about the shows we watch. Currently, we’re binging through Stranger Things. Yes, we realize we are late to the party, but we had other shows to watch first alright! What are you watching currently?
3. Automatic banking
Do you suffer from mom brain like me? I bet you do. Automatic banking has been a savior. I no longer have to worry about the car payment. It’s just done. Whoo hoo!
4. Get rid of things you don’t love
The Kon Mari method made this popular, but I’ve been doing it since long before I read the book. Mainly, I didn’t want to have a lot of things I couldn’t wear mocking me in my closet. When I got pregnant the first time, I kept the basic things that I knew I would love after the baby was born, and I worked to fit into them again. This time, I kept very little. Styles changes in 2 years. My idea of what I like changes in 2 years. It had to go!
5. Do laundry once per week for EVERYONE
Yep, I don’t do anyone’s laundry more than once a week. Now, I don’t necessarily do all the laundry on the same day, but I could. I choose to do it when it’s needed, but I also choose to own enough clothes that it’s not necessary more than one time per week even if my son changes clothes twice a day. That’s 14 outfits ya’ll. It’s not a big deal.
6. Build your awesome village
You can build one locally, or you can join the #momsquad
7. Go outdoors
Everyone will be happier with a little bit of sunshine. I promise. The world revolves around us all getting our much needed Vitamin D. Take your child out for a walk around the neighborhood or to a local park.
8. Don’t overschedule your life
Free play and free time are important for all of us. Sweet Baby J now goes to preschool twice a week so I try not to schedule much for the other days. I like to get out of the house as much as the next person, but I find that we are able to explore our neighborhood. You’d be amazed at how long a stick and a row of ants can entertain a small child. Oh and don’t forget fish. There will be plenty of time for classes so just enjoy some free time to wander and learn.
9. Love yourself.
This is so important. You have to love yourself in order for everything else to really take. You have to spend some quality time on your self-care. You can make this a super simple practice, but it will be well worth the investment.
10. Write a family mission statement.
You will be so glad you’ve done this once it’s over. Your family mission statement will help guide you and the decisions you make for your family and child. You’ll say yes to fewer things that you don’t really want to do. It’s a beautiful thing.
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