Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Simplify Your Life Week!

 

Did you know this is Simply Your Life Week!  You may remember that I have been  trying to simplify things around me for a while now, so I was pretty excited when I realized this was coming up.  At first I thought about organizing tasks around the house and asking you guys to do it along with me.  But then I realized that it would be just too much work.  And not simple at all.  Kind of defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

I realized instead that I should just share some the things that I have been working on this summer that has seemed to be successful in helping me cut out waste,  in both time and space.

The first thing is my android phone.  I really wasn’t interested at all in getting a smart phone, until a friend of mine showed me how she could scan products to find where to get it the cheapest.  SOLD!  It’s hard to justify the cost of a smart phone and the data plan, especially to save a few bucks on juice boxes.  But after having it for a while I feel like this is worth the extra costs and here’s why:

1.  It’s a camera

2.  It’s an MP3 player

3.  It’s a kindle (albeit small)

4.  It’s a baby sitter/tutor – The loads of free downloadable games are a perfect child-distractor (especially great for grocery shopping and restaurants).  Extra bonus: A lot of the games are educational, like flash cards and tangrams  Huge Minus:  Can we say addiction?

5.  It’s a blog reader – Strangely enough it reduces the amount of time I spend on the computer!  When I have a few minutes I can click on the Google Blog Reader App and read a few at a time, without having to be tied to the computer.  And I am less likely to look at random stuff and get sucked in. 

So basically my android is like an electric Swiss army knife . . . it even comes with a flashlight.  But here is the kicker.  All of the above does make my purse a lot less cluttered, but my android does another function.  It helps me clean my house . . . . . . honest!  I’m not joking.  There is an app that I use called Checkmark.  It’s an app for making to-do lists.  Of course I use the free version, and  I have set it up on my phone with a list of repeating chores that I need to do every week.  I originally got the cleaning lists from Money Saving Mom and Real Simple but adapted it to my needs. 

My week of chores looks like this:

Monday

  • Clean Upstairs Bathroom
  • Clean Front Bathroom
  • Clean Master Bathroom
  • Sort Hot Spots

Tuesday

  • Disinfect Doorknobs and Light Switches
  • Dust
  • Vacuum Main Floor
  • Coupons

Wednesday

  • Wipe Out Refrigerator
  • Scrub and Disinfect Kitchen Sink
  • Swiffer Kitchen Floor
  • Wipe Down Outside of Refrigerator, Stove, & Dishwasher
  • Wipe Down Table and Chairs

Thursday

  • Laundry
  • Wash Upstairs Bedding
  • Wash Master Bedroom Bedding
  • Sort Hot Spots
  • Wipe Down Outside of Washer and Dryer

Friday – Catch Up Day before the Weekend

I also have Monthly reminders for other things like:

  • Clean & Deodorize Microwave – monthly on the second Wednesday
  • Wipe Down Fronts of Kitchen Cabinets – monthly on the second Wednesday
  • Dust Ceiling Fans – monthly on the first Tuesday
  • Vacuum and wipe air vents – monthly on the first Tuesday
  • Dust Molding – every 2 weeks on Tuesday
  • Clean Stove Burner Grates – every 2 weeks on Wednesday
  • Check Batteries in Fire Alarm – every 6 months on day 1
  • Flip mattresses – every 3 months on day 1

I know that home organization binders work for a lot of people, but for me it’s just too much to keep up with.  This way I can keep up with what I need to do, and I get the satisfaction of checking things off my list! 

So what do you guys do to simplify your life?  If you have a smart phone, do you have a favorite time saving app?

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