Good morning! Who is ready to overcome that overwhelm? For a recap on why I started this challenge head here.
Ready to conquer your clutter with me (boy do I need the accountability!!)? Ready to rock your time and manage your checkbook? Okay. Let's go.
Have I ever mentioned how much I hate laundry? Here is how I do laundry.
Step 1. Put it in the washing machine.
Step 2. Forget it's there for three days.
Step 3. Wash again.
Step 4. Put in dryer.
Step 5. Put in basket and leave in basket for ALL ETERNITY.
Repeat steps 1-5 until the day I die.
Oooooooor I could come up with a better solution. Just this week Kendra from The Lazy Genius did a podcast all about her laundry routine. I know that sounds super boring, but I promise it was not.
So I am changing up the way I do laundry, because my current situation is just not working. (Seriously. I did no laundry Monday and somehow ended up with four dirty loads and no clean bras. What. The. Heck?)
So I am implementing a brand new laundry day system where I wash everything in one day.
Now, that might not work for you. But I want you to pick a system, name it and let it stay. Maybe it's washing all your clothes in one day per Kendra's advice. Or maybe it's doing one load everyday, folding it and putting it away. Whatever system you decide just commit to it. And join me in putting the clothes away. Apparently that's what your dresser is for. Who knew??
Money challenge and time challenge:
Today's time and money challenge is a two for one deal. Who doesn't love a two for one deal?
You have heard me talk about meal planning and you're probably sick of it. But what if I confessed to you that I fell off the meal planning wagon for several months? Not only did I fall off, but I got dragged behind the wagon for several miles. It got ugly. One night when Jason was working late I gave my kids hotdog buns for dinner. Not hotdogs. Hotdog buns. So much shame.
But not meal planning doesn't just result in regrettable dinners it also results in having no money. Going out to eat, wasting food, going to the supermarket and buying all the food you don't need, that's where money gets wasted.
So let's commit to meal planning. Do it for two weeks and see that it will give you some time and money back.
Meal planning saves tons of time. Looking at your pantry and planning your meals, even if it's just weeknight meals, will save you a TON of time. Need an extra 2 hours in your week to get more done or just relax.
If you spend 30 minutes a week planning your menu, you are done. If you spend 30 minutes a night figuring out what to cook that is 2 extra hours a week you wasted staring at the contents of your freezer.
That's 104 hours or four days a year you have earned back!