National Simplify Your Life week falls during the first week of August, and it’s the perfect time to declutter, organize and plan for fall’s arrival. While we’re not quite ready to say sayonara to summer, Maglio is gearing up for autumn schedules, changing weather and back-to-school prep. After all, there is something comforting about a return to structure after navigating summer’s fancy-free vibe.
This August, join the Maglio Electric team as we celebrate simplicity and restore sanity to our homes, schedules and families.
Simplicity Hacks: Embrace Meaning & Say No to Stuff
Simplicity does not just happen; it requires motivation and a plan. It’s establishing routines that offer breathing room instead of crazed multitasking. It’s minimizing clutter and streamlining chores. Most importantly, it’s prioritizing what is most important to you and keeping it front-and-center as you tailor your schedule, spending and leisure time.
Whether you are a foodie or not, you have to eat—but you don’t have to spend five hours a day in the kitchen. Embrace tips like these to make kitchen life easier:
Make asimple weekly meal list that incorporates each family member’s favorites. Rotate them every two to three weeks and add seasonal produce to round out each meal.
Throw together aslow cooker or programmable instant-pot meal the night before an upcoming busy day. When everyone arrives home, dinner will be ready and waiting.
Incorporate healthy meal delivery programs into your family’s food plan. Yes, you’ll pay more for meal-prep services like Gobble and Freshly, but many families find it is worth the investment. Older kids can easily follow instructions and make dinner for the family, and most programs have allergy-friendly options for those who are vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free.
Simplify dinner ingredients. Select five or six healthy, whole foods and find recipes that call for these staples. Put the ingredients on your weekly shopping list, so you are always ready to put together a quick meal on a moment’s notice—no recipe required.
Make plans for leftovers. Can tonight’s dinner carry you through lunch tomorrow? Can you use Monday’s grilled chicken for Taco Tuesday? Wise leftover planning extends your groceries’ useful life while minimizing food waste.
Check out Courtney Carver’s Capsule Kitchen Challenge to learn how less is cheaper and healthier. Three months + 33 ingredients = time and money savings!
Look at new activities through the lens of your priorities. Will volunteering in the classroom give you extra quality time with your children, or will it be a time drain that adds stress to your family? Consider the consequences before saying yes.
One of the best ways to reign in family busyness is by setting activity boundaries. Have each child or family member choose just one or two activities per semester—so sports, music lessons and volunteer gigs don’t run the show.
When possible, delegate. If your budget allows, consider a housecleaning or grocery delivery service to free up room for downtime and family togetherness. If this is not feasible, turn cooking and cleaning into a family project, and celebrate with dessert when the work is done.
Free Up Brain Space
We’re facing a crisis of complexity, where decision-fatigue characterizes our days. Too many choices, too many features and too many screens leave us impatient, overwhelmed and longing for less. During Simplify Your Life week, free up brain space and embrace your inner sense of calm by:
Keeping your phone out of the bedroom. Charge it in the kitchen, and disconnect from it after dinner. That way you won’t begin or end your day with frenetic email- and message-checking habits. It’s also wise to avoid blue light for one to two hours before bedtime.
Using devices for necessary communication, only. Disable (non-emergency) notifications and delete time-sucking social media apps—at least for a while.
Adopt a new, non-technology hobby or habit like crossword puzzles, Sudoku, sewing, cooking or gardening. Plan to spend at least two hours a week participating in your newfound interest.
Commit to ridding your home of one piece of clutter every day and performing a five-minute tidy before heading to bed. One UCLA study notes a link between a high density of household objects and elevated stress hormones in female homeowners. Research shows clutter can overstimulate and eventually drain your brain, so less is best.
Simplify Home Maintenance
One of the most stressful things facing today’s busy homeowner is their long list of seasonal maintenance tasks. If you’re not careful, these chores can hijack weekends, evenings and family time. At Maglio Electric, our team of licensed electrical professionals makes your life easier by providing affordable, comprehensive safety checkups, seasonal maintenance and code corrections. Find out how we help simplify your life and shorten your to-do list. Call 908.735.6218 or connect online today!
Happy Simplify Your Life Week, from our family to yours.
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