There are three things I do that have made my life easier. And two involve socks. For all the grand changes I've wanted (or attempted) to make, these single three things make me think, "Damn, this was a good idea" every time I deal with them.
First up is socks. I hate sock laundry! Half of them wind up lost and it takes forever to sort out the "looks the same but actually very slightly different" pairs of socks we used to have. A couple years ago I decided I had had enough and I donated every single pair. In their place we bought several pairs of the exact same mens trouser socks and I'm wearing a pair in the above photo. My husband wears them too. No more sorting...ever! The amount we spent to buy all new pairs has made itself back tenfold in the amount of time I've saved.
Second up is more socks. The toddler & baby surely can't wear our socks. Colorful, tiny baby socks are so precious and fleeting that making a switch to all boring white or something wasn't gonna happen. We all know that washing machines eat socks, right? Well, washing machines prefer tiny baby socks. You put those yummy baby sock morsels in there, forget about 'em! After every load a few more will be gobbled up and gone forever. Finally, I got one of those garment washing mesh bags and now put all the wee socks on it. No more missing socks.
Speaking of wee feet, isn't clipping little baby nails nerve wracking at first? I hated doing it the first few times. The only time it is really possible before they can cooperate is when they are nursing and falling asleep. Trouble is, I'd remember to do this when he was already nursing and the nail clippers would be in the closet. Finally, I had the brilliant idea (really, this one was all mine, the other two tips I've heard elsewhere) to stick the clippers in the Boppy nursing pillow, just inside the zipper. So I sit down to nurse and baby falls asleep and my clippers are right there already.
What are your top three simplifying tips?