National Simplify Your Life Week

July 28th, 2015

It’s the last week of July, the back to school commercials are in full swing, and we have no idea where the summer has gone! Luckily, National Simplify Your Life Week is the first week of August and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We know how hard it can be to keep things tidy at home when you have kids running in and out of the house and you barely have the time to sit down, but take a moment to breathe, relax and read our list of ways to simplify your life.

1. Eat at your dinner table

Rather than grabbing a granola bar as you run out the door in the morning, or eating take out in the living room while you stare at your computer, tweak your schedule to set aside time to make a home cooked meal, set your table and and sit down to eat. As life speeds up, we tend to neglect the small rituals like eating at the dinner table. Take this opportunity to be with your loved ones, share stories and simply be in the here and now. If you are alone in your home, put a lot of care and effort into preparing yourself a nice meal. When you sit down eat it, you will enjoy it that much more. Use this time to reflect on your day, week, or life and just relax.

2. Plan the night before

Mornings can be one of the most peaceful points of the day; however, for many, it is a rushed and hectic start to the day. A lot of times this is caused by not knowing what to wear to work, scrambling to pack a lunch and getting your work bag together. Instead of stressing in the morning when you don’t have the time, plan the night before. Your mornings should consist of sipping on coffee or tea, eating breakfast and enjoying the way the light shines into your home at this time of day.

3. If you don’t use it, lose it!

Why do we insist of having things take up space in our home when we don’t even use them? Whether you realize it or not, the clutter in your home can complicate your life and leave you stressed. Carve out time in your schedule to get organized! Decluttering your home will leave you feeling fresh and in control of your home.

4. Add the scent of cinnamon

The fragrance in your home can have a big effect on your mood. If you are making a huge dinner and are overwhelmed by the smells it’s creating, simmer some water on the stove and drop a few cinnamon sticks in while you’re cooking. Cinnamon has been used for many centuries for aromatic purposes and the smell is often associated with the feeling of warmth. Even the smallest aspects of your home like the fragrance can change your mood, so try to incorporate smells like cinnamon, citrus, vanilla or lavender to add positivity and relaxation to your home life.

5. Switch off

We are all guilty of this: taking your phone and/or computer in bed with you at night. While it’s become second nature to look at a screen right before bed, it’s inhibiting you from quality sleep. Electronic devices like phones, tablets, and computers emit a blue light, which slows the production of melatonin, a hormone that controls your body clock and helps you sleep. The physical brightness of the light also makes you feel more alert, leading to less sleep at night. Our constant access to email and communication puts us at a disadvantage as well. When you check your work email late at night, you find yourself thinking about work and stressing yourself right before bed. Swap your computer out with a good book and give yourself a solid hour away from screen time before you go to bed to ensure that you get the proper nights rest.

These five tips can do wonders to simplifying your life and making you feel more relaxed as you head into this last month of summer. Enjoy this beautiful month of August.