In today’s modern society our homes have become offices and our offices have become our homes. The line is blurred between leaving work at work because we struggle to keep up with the demands of our jobs. Stress takes a great toll on us whether it is work or something in our personal lives that is causing it. To feel better, you eat out all the time or find relief in retail therapy. However, in the back of your mind, you are actually longing for a simpler life. Today, we will discuss a few ways to help you live a simpler life while saving you some money.
Eating At Home
You may think that eating out is easier than making meals at home; it definitely is. But it isn’t a positive action for your wallet. We both know that. Now, I know you are probably thinking that cooking isn’t for you and will probably stress you out even more. The key to an easy and stress-free homemade meal is to prep. Fruits and vegetables like berries, apples, oranges, carrots, celery, lettuce, and cucumbers can be sliced and stored in the fridge. Come to think of it, you can eat some of these as a snack. Meats can also be pre-prepped. You can marinate meat and store it in the fridge or freezer, locking in the flavor when you store it. When it is time to make a meal, it will be as simple as taking the pre-prepped ingredients out of the container and cooking it.
Here is a quick and simple smoothie recipe that can get your day off to a good start. You will need a blender, ½ cup of blueberries, ¼ cup of yogurt, half a banana, 3 1/2 ounces of Monin Blueberry Purée, a tablespoon of honey, and ice. To make, blend all ingredients in the blender, including the ice. Pour mixture into your favorite glass or cup. As an option, you can add chia seeds and a piece of banana on top. See, that wasn’t so hard, was it? It’s tasty too and it doesn’t break the bank.
So perhaps you have accumulated a large number of miscellaneous items from several of your retail therapy sessions. I know, it’s kind of hard to ignore those last-minute items that retail stores strategically display around the checkout line. You bought two of the three items displayed and when you got home you realized you really didn’t need them after all. As you begin to look around at home, you realize that your home has become a storage unit. It’s time to get rid of the things you haven’t used and properly organize the things you do use.
I know, I know you’ve been too busy to clean up. I get it! You’re probably wondering how to start decluttering. Consider starting in the living room or at the entrance of your home. Now, I’m not saying that you have to complete decluttering all your stuff in one day. Take it in strides. Perhaps you can begin decluttering a few minutes each day and add more time to it if additional time becomes available.
Tip: You might want to do a walkthrough of your home and begin to look at the items you have not used, first. That way you can figure out a game plan to either donate the items or throw them away if they unusable. This will make it easier for you to organize the other items that you have been using around your home, later.
Now that you have donated some of your things, it is time to tackle cleaning, especially the bathroom. The bathroom is one of the rooms in the home that many (including myself) tend to avoid or forget cleaning. Unfortunately, it is also the room in the house that tends to get dirty the quickest. If you haven’t cleaned in there in a while, it may take a good amount of time to scrub off soap scum and grime. This is unavoidable and there aren’t any shortcuts for really scrubbing it away. However, you can simplify your cleaning so that the next time you do clean the bathroom, it isn’t going to take an outrageous amount of time doing so. Keep bleach on hand and use a spray bottle to spray various areas of the bathroom, this includes the toilet.
Tip: You can use white distilled vinegar to soften up build-up, but you will need to let it sit for several hours. Ideally, letting it soak or sit overnight will yield better results.
These are only a few ways you can start living a simpler life while saving money. Making meals at home, finding reasons to lessen the urges of buying unneeded items, and finding a simpler solution to cleaning are some of the ways to help you save money. This, in turn, leads to living a healthier and simpler lifestyle while also alleviating stress along the way.