In trying to live a more balanced life, one of the issues is all the things that one needs to balance.
Now obviously you can’t get rid of your kids, or necessarily quit your job, or rid yourself of a demanding family member. There are still responsibilities that have to be taken care of. However, many of us are living life in default mode and could probably make some major choices today, this week, that could make a difference in your life.
Activities and responsibilities
While I don’t recommend you just dropping things if you have a responsibility for them, consider if it is something you really want to be involved in.
Do you really want to be on the PTO committee?
Do you really want to coach softball for your daughter’s team?
Does your daughter even really want to play, or is it a default decision?
Before taking on any new responsibilities, count the cost!
How much toys do your kids really need? Do they play with what they have? Try storing some and rotating, it is less to clean up.
Do your kids have way too many clothes? Are your drawers (and theirs) full of things that don’t fit right or don’t really match anything? Clear out the useless stuff.
Make stations to contain your stuff. A basket for papers and mail. A box near the door for things needed for errand running. Books go on the bookshelf. Toys in the toybox.
Are your kitchen cabinets overflowing with things you don’t even use? This makes it more difficult to whip up a quick meal. Clear through those cabinets and get rid of stuff you don’t use.
The Weekend craziness
Be selective of what things get relegated to the weekends. Try to do some of your errands or chore during the week.
Don’t feel obligated to say yes to every birthday party or other invitation you receive. Don’t lie, just say that “Due to our schedule, we won’t be able to make it.” No excuses.
Don’t spend the weekend shopping and looking at more things to buy for you, your family and your home. Be selective. Buy necessities.
Remember, the most important thing that your child or loved one wants from you is TIME, not stuff.
I am going to be writing a good bit about this topic over the next few weeks. I have lots of resources to share from many blogger friends. I have put many of these ideas into practice myself as I worked to regain balance in my life.
What are some other areas you can see in your life that could use clearing out?