Basically, the premise of the 31 Days meme is to make a list of 31 things and then write a short post on each one for a month. I love lists, so I can’t resist.
So this month, my topic is Simple Systems: 31 Small Ways to Simplify Life.
I think as stay-at-home moms we often don’t even realize just how many draws there are on our energy, even our mental energy. Decision-making is exhausting and implementing a system means there’s less stress in that area once it’s in place. Multiple small systems can add up to a significant reduction of that burdensome drain we can feel by mid-afternoon when it feels like there’s nothing left and we don’t care any more. Or is that just me?
Simple Home System: Simple Kitchen Command Center
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A command center is an organized home for important things
A command center is simply a place to keep the things you want to be handy: envelopes & stamps, an inbox for mail or papers to be kept, pens and pencils, and whatever else your particular situation might call for. The point of the command center is that when you need an administrative item, you know where to reach. And when something important is incoming, you know where to put it (and hence, where to find it when you need it).
Pieces of this system at my house
- A small mail sorter that holds checks to be cashed, mailing supplies, the checkbook, and the church directory.
- A 3-ring binder that holds our kids’ payment & savings moneys.
- Two cardboard IKEA magazine holders: “temporary holding” and “scan then shred” ( I file most things digitally ).
- 2 jars: one penny jar and one old marshmallow cream jar for pens and pencils.
- A container to hold paperclips, white out, a small stapler, and that sort of thing. If it doesn’t fit in this home, it can go live at my office desk – I try to keep this one pared down and decluttered. It’s behind the pen jar.
- A repurposed gift container to hold random things that are handy – packing tape, the camera & its charger,
- A little container for a hairbrush, nail clippers, scissors, and a ruler. This container has high sides so these items can take up more vertical space than horizontal.
Find out more about my own command center at this post: How to Make a Simple & Effective Kitchen Command Center
Make This System Useful For You
A command center doesn’t have to be fancy or cute or impressive. It has to get the job done and be useful and make the stuff you need more accessible and convenient. Don’t get distracted or discouraged by cute and crafty versions online if that’s not your thing. Just find a spot to hold your stuff where it’s convenient yet not cluttering up counter space.
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