Nothing can throw a wrench in your routine more than kids being out of school for the summer. Whether they’re home all day or go to camp, the change in routines and the hotter weather calls for some adapting.
I know I definitely need to make things easier and more streamlined to avoid summer stress. Here are a few ways I adapt for a lower stress summer.
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If you had more money, lots more money, what would you spend it on?
Houses? Cars? Jewelry?
I would spend it on travel.
Everybody loves babies. Little ones toddling around in diapers is just the cutest thing. Right? Ok, maybe everyone doesn’t think that, especially when they start screaming. But I think babies are pretty darn cute. Enough to get that twinge of sadness sometimes that my kids will never be babies or toddlers again.
Teachers do so much for our kiddos all year. So I like to give them a gift to show them how much we appreciate them just before they hand them back to us for summer.
But I also try to stay with a strict budget. Because with so many teachers between homeroom, art, music, dance, swim, etc… the list can get pretty long.
Life is hectic. And moms’ lives can be a downright circus. But one thing that can contain and manage some of that crazy is planning.
I’ve been meal planning for years and frankly couldn’t get by without it. It’s a life saver for my time, my budget and my sanity.
I have to admit something.
I’ve never used a lot of coupons.
I give props to people who have massive binders of coupons and a garage full of soup and toothpaste they bought for 5 cents. I’ve just never had that kind of time, patience or storage space.
But give me a way to save money with a few minutes and a few clicks online? I’m so there!
When Earth Day is around the corner, you see a lot more tips and posts about being kind to Mother Earth, like this post right here. 🙂
But wouldn’t it be great if we thought and acted like this all the time? You can! Here are a few changes you can make in your life today and every day to be a little kinder.
I would start off each pay period with the best intentions. I promise I did. I even followed my own advice and used my Cashless Budget Tracker, budgeted for expected expenses and tracked spending in each category.
Yet so many times I would come up short and have to dip into savings or rack up more credit card debt to get us to the next paycheck.
So, what was happening? Sabotage. Self-sabotage. Ugly, messy, make you want to kick your own ass sabotage.
The one thing that kept my budget train hurtling off the tracks was my failure to plan.
The KonMari method of tidying up is nothing short of a phenomenon. So says the more than 10 Million books sold.
It changed my life years ago when I read Marie Kondo’s book about letting things go that don’t spark joy. Then I re-read it. Then I proceeded to purge practically a tractor-trailer’s worth of bags filled with clothes, shoes, kitchen stuff, papers, anything that wasn’t nailed down.
I do it all over again, occasionally, when I feel like my life and my space is getting a bit bloated. When things get cluttered and pile up around me, I feel claustrophobic.
I honestly don’t know where it starts. Maybe it’s as simple as liking a tidy space, and when that space gets out of control, it triggers something in my brain to feel just as messy.
Or perhaps my mind gets cluttered first and I project that onto the space around me. And that sparks my need to purge and minimalize the things in my path. Maybe that’s my way of coping with what’s jostling around in my head.
That must be why the KonMari method speaks to so many people. It’s not just about things. Not at all. When I really evaluate the stuff I’ve accumulated I’m forced to confront the reason why I have them. Did I buy those things for me, or the person I thought I should be? Check out this post for a list of things I KonMari out of my closet and what you should ask yourself to KonMari your way to a more authentic life.
So why not make KonMari about more than what’s in your closet and your kitchen cabinets? Why not apply the concept to your life?
Evaluate what really sparks joy for you, in what you surround yourself with, what you let live inside your mind and who you spend your precious time with.
I haven’t been shy about my love for Marie Kondo’s life changing magic of tidying up, called KonMari.
The basic premise is to let things got that don’t spark joy in your life. Literally everything in your house… from clothes and toiletries to papers and pictures. You lay all like things out together in a big pile and hold each piece in your hands and make a decision about their place in your life.
It’s a process that can be down-right liberating, like lifting literal and emotional weight off your shoulders. I’ve used Kondo’s methods to purge things that I bought for someone I’m not. And things I was holding on to for someone I don’t really want to be. Check out What I’m KonMari-ing Out Of My Closet in this post.
But guess what? That literal weight has to go somewhere. And the one thing I wish Kondo covered more, is what to do with all of it after you’ve decided it doesn’t belong in your life.