I remember graduating from high school and thinking, “wow! I’m totally an adult now.” And then I graduated from college and felt the same thing. And then I had my first baby, and second. I don’t know when it’s going to sink in that I’m actually a grownup. Over the years there has been a lot of exciting and real life change, from having those babies, buying a house, a car, and also running a business. There are a lot of things about being an adult that aren’t the most fun or glamorous but I thought today I’d share how I make some of those grownup tasks more manageable- and kind of fun!
5 Tips for Making Grownup Tasks More Manageable
- Savings – I try to put aside a certain amount of money every month for savings. When I know I need to do it on the last day of the month, I do it! It’s become an easier way for me to remember to save. When I was single, I would also list out all my expenses, give myself a budget for the month, and then everything else in my back account I would move straight to savings. I did this every single month and I swear this is how we were able to pay our down payment on our first house!
- Meal Prep- Meal prepping has saved my sanity as a mom of 2. Instead of that hectic scramble for lunches and dinners with a crying baby and a busy toddler, I can put together a meal quite easily. On Friday evenings I take about 20 minutes to look through my cookbooks and Pinterest boards to find recipes to make for the week. I make a list of all the ingredients I need to buy at the Farmers Market and grocery store the next day. Then, I keep my Sunday evenings free for meal prepping. Those few hours pay off exponentially over the week!
- Dedicated Laundry Days – I try to always do our laundry on Friday mornings and then I spend Friday nights sorting and folding. Not totally glamorous for a Friday night but I can watch TV at the same time so it’s somewhat enjoyable. I hate letting the laundry pile up and it’s nice to start the weekend with drawers full of clean clothes.
- 10 Minute Cleanups- I know I’ve mentioned this tip several times on the blog before, but it’s worth repeating. Matthew and I try to do 10 minute cleanups every evening after both kids are in bed. It helps SO much I can’t tell you! We pick up the toys, put away folded clothes, go through the mail, etc. 10 minutes goes by so fast but the amount of work done is noticeable. I love going to bed and waking up to a cleaner house, even if it does get destroyed shortly thereafter!
- Carry Insurance – When you have people and things you want to protect, insurance is crucial. Insurance isn’t the most exciting thing to talk about sometimes but it’s incredibly important. Esurance’s mission is to make insurance surprisingly painless by being easy to understand, transparent, and most important affordable. When I’m out with my kids I don’t want to worry about my home or my car being protected. I can enjoy my adventures with the little ones knowing I’m covered. Life is so busy these days so I really appreciate how simple Esurance makes the entire process of getting insured. It can be so confusing sometimes, can’t it?! I feel like the questions that run through my mind are, “Do I have the right coverage? Is it enough? Do I need to get insurance for X, Y, and X?! Esurance has a great Coverage Counselor Tool too so you can better understand what coverages you might need and also demystify some of the confusing insurance jargon. Anyone else notice how insurance people LOVE to use jargon? Premiums, Deductibles, Coinsurance, Comprehensive Coverage, Contingent Beneficiary. It can be a little overwhelming! Esurance works to make insurance easy to understand and transparent. I found this AMAZING reference page to help “decode” some of those confusing insurance terms I mentioned. Picking the right insurance company makes all the difference!
Do you have any tips for making grownup tasks more manageable? I’d love to hear! I’m always looking for ways to simplify and streamline my routine!
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photos by Vanessa Lentine