Simply Livin’ Friday Five

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Kicking off a new Friday tradition with a new look for the blog and going into the weekend with a few “To Dos” to simply our lives.  Join in with your suggestions for simplifying this weekend in the comments section.


  1. Declutter & Purge.

Overwhelming right.  There is sooo much stuff and where do you begin?  Begin with that shirt you haven’t worn since Y2K was a thing. 

With our two moves in the last two years I have come to the conclusion that next time, if there is a next time, we sell it all and start over.  Even though our current house is a bit bigger than our previous house, the walls are not configured the same and not everything fits the same way it previously did when it was purchased for a specific space.  To be honest…I’m just not into some of that stuff anymore.  This weekend I am placing a bin upstairs and one downstairs and the family will fill it up with stuff we no longer want or need or doesn’t fit anyone or anywhere in the house.  When they are full…off to the donation center they go.  I think this will be HUGE for the boys…all three of them.  Bonus: a less cluttered environment will lower stress and improve your well-being.

  1. Set Monthly Goals.

It’s the beginning of a new month.  Set yourself 1-3 goals for the month.  Revisit some of the goals you thought about at the beginning of the year.  Break down the larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks.  Such as…floss for 21 days straight, meal plan every Thursday of the week so you can verify what stuff you have in your pantry and shop on Saturday, walk 8ooo steps 21 out of the 30/31 days. I like this monthly goal map…it is more than three but it is something to work up to. Don’t let life run you.


  1. Meal plan for the week.

Plan your meals for the week and shop.  Try and make them as balanced as possible, if you find it difficult…work up to it.  Grand plans of having salads for every meal for a week will crash and burn by the end of day three, although I am thinking it will be closer to the end of day two.  Focus on getting into the habit of meal planning for the next few weeks (21 days) and once you are consistently meal planning then focus on choices.  Pinterest has several meal plan examples and templates.

  1. Me Time.

Carve out time for yourself.  What might that look like in your space?  I am thinking about getting up an extra hour early to get ready for the day.  The Husband is already at work so I can stay in our room without being disturbed by kids or the dog.  (I may need to consider moving the coffee maker.)  Take a nap.  Go for a drive on nothing but back-roads.  Spend some time at your favorite coffee shop.  Breathe…



  1. Do one thing that is fun.

Adulting is made up of to do lists and a laundry list of responsibilities and often times we put a line of people before us.  Remind yourself to stop, breathe, and do a cartwheel. Only if you are confident you won’t end up in urgent care with a broken all the things and a concussion.  Have a Nerf war with the teenagers in your house.  Play in the sprinklers.  Do what makes you laugh like you did when your best friend walked into the sliding glass door at a college party.

I will check back in on Monday.  Make this weekend count!

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