How to Pack Simply + $300 Sweepstakes (Closed)

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For years when I traveled I liked to make things complicated for myself. From the packing process to figuring out what to wear once I got there, it was never a pleasant experience for anyone involved. And then finally someone taught me how to pack. After 24 years of packing by throwing all of my favorite pieces into a suitcase that didn’t match or go together, I finally figured it out. 
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01: Plan it out. First look at what you will be doing on the trip. I know this sounds like a ‘duh’ piece of advice but sometimes I forget that I’m going for business and I pack all of my vacation outfits instead. So know where you are going and what the right attire is. For this trip to Vegas I worked out a plan for what I was going to take just by making a few outfit equations (e.g. this top + these pants + these shoes). I made sure that everything could be mixed with everything else just in case I changed my mind. (I know myself well.) Stick to this list while packing and go ahead and bring your list with you. That way you know what and why you packed what you did. 
02: Pack by day/event. I almost titled this step ‘pack by outfit, not emotion’ because let’s be honest, I’m an emotional packer. Whatever I’m feeling in that moment, I pack and then three days later I don’t know what I was thinking. So let’s go by another rule: pack by day or event. I know there are a lot of rules in packing out there like roll your items instead of folding, but I tend to pack and fold by the outfit. My suitcase literally looks like mini-outfits when you open it up and I know what I’m wearing each day or for each event. I fought this method for years saying it would defeat my creativity (*eye roll*) but it’s not a headache anymore when I get to my destination. I know what I’m going to wear, when I’m going to wear it. I also pack a LOT less when I do this which is good for everyone, since I can never lift my own bag. Who knew simplifying could be so helpful? 
03: Do your homework. On this trip I waited until the night before our flight to do laundry. Thankfully I had my trusty Gain Flings which made it extremely easy to just toss some clothes in the washer and continue on my mad dash of packing. (These are little miracles when you are running behind and I pretty much always am. Basically they are little detergent packets that you literally toss in to the machine, no measuring or thinking and walk away. Your clothes come out smelling like you didn’t do laundry at 2 am because it has more Gain scent than the liquid version and it packs Febreeze. A busy girl’s dream come true.) We’ve all been in this ‘I forgot to do laundry and now I have nothing to pack’ boat before right? Your clothes aren’t completely dry when you pack them so the rest of your suitcase gets a bit…humid. So do as I say not as I do: when you are planning your outfits a few days in advance go ahead and make sure all of your pieces are clean, laundered and dry. Your future self who packs at midnight will thank you. 
04: Stay tried and true. I’ve heard this piece of advice before and I’m a living example of it’s truth: don’t try new styles or items out when traveling. Now I think packing a few new things is great, it’s fun to look new and fresh on vacation or when traveling. I think the advice lies in the fact to not try out completely new outfits or styles that you’ve never tried before when you have no other options. I like to stick to silhouettes and favorite piece I know work so when I get ready to go I’m comfortable and confident. I used to pack by favorite pieces and would become so frustrated that they didn’t work as complete outfits. Try things on before you pack and stick to what you love. Your suitcase will thank you.
05: The 80/20 rule. Much like the advice above, I like to pack 80 percent basic, easy pieces and 20 percent wild cards. By basics I mean your favorite jeans, a little black dress you know that fits, a favorite jacket, shoes you know and wear comfortably, etc. Try to pack these staples first and fill up 80% of your suitcase with what you know works. And then have fun. Throw in a few extra pieces may it be a colorful clutch, a funky blazer, cute shoes you know will only last through an evening, etc. Do this and you’ll be as happy as a girl sitting alone on a bench in an airport. πŸ˜‰ (See photo 2 above.)
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  1. Utah Girl says:

    When I cook a meal, I make a little extra so I can freeze it for later. πŸ™‚

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  2. Emily Szelestey says:

    I make it a point to give myself three goals in the evening. I accomplish those, then I can sit down and relax, unburdened by the thoughts of “all of the things I should be doing!” It helps me simplify and forces me to relax.

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  3. I’ve been making more of an effort lately with things like always always moisturizing or taking the time to walk somewhere rather than taking the bus, little things for my well-being that just help my day feel that much more well-rounded and that will make a huge difference in the long run!

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  4. Megan C says:

    Making sure to call my family often.

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  5. Samantha Klein says:

    I put out my exercise clothes the night before. It saves me from stumbling around half-asleep, and it gets me motivated to have my activity “scheduled” for the next day.

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  6. Emily R says:

    I pack leftovers after dinner for lunch at work the next day!

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  7. Emily Scott says:

    I pack lunch for my husband and me every day for work– less money spent every day!

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  8. Making lists, and then checking things off as I complete them! I actually really like your idea of packing outfits together. I never do this, but it sounds like it would make getting dressed a whole lot easier.

    Kristina does the Internets

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  9. Shannon Snead says:

    I always check the weather a week before and then the day before I pack, so I know what (on average) to expect. And then I throw in an extra jacket (or two) just to be safe!

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  10. Chrysta Archer says:

    Little things that go a long way… plastic containers to pack my lunch in; cuddling with my dog and husband to unwind; cute coffee cups.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  11. Rita Ann says:

    I’m not sure if this is what you’re looking for but for me it’s smiling. I make an effort to smile and life seems just a little bit easier. Also, I brush my hair in the car…just saves me time.

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  12. Nicole Boyd Shepherd says:

    Programming the coffeemaker and filling it up the night before so that it’s one less thing to worry about when getting everyone ready and out the door in the morning.

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  13. Kumiko says:

    Related to traveling, always always always be sure you are checked in for your flight more than a few hours before it takes off, and it’s never a bad idea to have a print out of your flight itinerary or boarding pass with you too.

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  14. K T says:

    I bought a small organizer from the dollar section of Target and keep all my clipped coupons in it in my purse, so I always have them handy when I am out shopping.

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  15. Megan O says:

    I lay out all of my workout clothes the night before along with my outfit for work. It saves me so much time in the morning!

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  16. Callie Ward says:

    I always make sure to make time to exercise in the morning before the day truly begins. It helps me start the day focused, energized, and feeling accomplished!

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  17. jenb276 says:

    When I’m feeling down or tired, I schedule a facial at the local spa. Even if my budget does not allow, I will at least schedule an express facial or something. It usually perks me right up!

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  18. Kimberly says:

    I use my phone for so many “little things.” When I travel I use mobile check-in and the mobile boarding pass..makes it so much easier because I’m always afraid of dropping my boarding pass before making it to the gate (not that I’ve ever done that) (yes I have)

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  19. Marie says:

    Blow drying (for bounce) or french braiding (for curls) my hair at night so it’s quick and easy to style in the morning for work!

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  20. liz says:

    little things that go a long way? keeping my car stocked with a comb, mascara, deodorant and nuts. lets me change plans at a moments notice without having to completely reroute my day.

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  21. The 80/20 rule is such a good one! I’m the worst packer, even for long weekends I find myself needing my giant suitcase and then I really only end up wearing half the things I brought because I ambitiously bring along all my wild cards, hoping their time may come. Naturally it never does, but I know if I didn’t pack them I would be kicking myself over it. I can’t win.

    The little things I do that go a long way are writing Thank You notes to people for everything and always bringing along a home baked gift to parties. People appreciate being appreciated, and I think when you put the time in to make them something special or go out of your way to appreciate something they did for you (be it cook a meal, drive you around for a weekend when your car is in the shop, or let you crash at their place), it goes a long way for holding onto friendships and even fostering new ones.

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  22. Jaclyn Ball says:

    Being kind and showing respect to everyone I meet, always comes back around

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  23. Something little that goes a long way in my life is planning my outfits for the work week on Sunday. This is a great way to have everything ironed and ready to go making getting ready in the morning go a little smoother.

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  24. Emily says:

    Working out in the morning, so I don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day!

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  25. Elizabeth says:

    I try the “2 minute” cleaning rule. If I know something will take me less than two minutes to do, I’ll do it right then to avoid a major clean (and more time) later down the road!

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  26. Name says:

    Before I get up in the morning, I take a couple minutes and think about how lucky I am and that today’s going to be a great day!

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  27. Amanda says:

    I try to invest in classic, basic pieces that are really well made. I never question whether they are in style or ill fitting.

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  28. Lauren D says:

    I pack my lunch the night before…saves me 10 minutes in the morning!

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  29. Elizabeth Taylor says:

    I like to be prepared for the worst, so I don’t have to worry. Hats and gloves are kept in the car in case we get stuck. Extra chili ingredients are always kept stocked in the freezer in case we have friends show up unexpectedly for a meal. A diaper and wipes in my purse at all times for the kid, etc. . .

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  30. Carey On Lovely says:

    A smooch from the Husband and cuddle from the pooch are the littlest things that get me off to the best start.

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  31. Amy Goddard says:

    Before bed, I try to make sure I’ve packed my lunch and gym bag for the next day. On good days, I’ll even plan my outfit. It makes the morning a lot less hectic.

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  32. Lindsay says:

    When it comes to packing, I rely on my little hanging scale. You strap it to your suitcase and then pick it up and it tells you how much your suitcase weighs. Which is really necessary when you are a chronic over-packer like me!

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  33. Lindsey says:

    A little thing that goes a long way – a good morning text from my boyfriend (makes the whole day better) and a fountain Diet Coke on a road trip (makes the drive much more enjoyable).

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  34. Shannon Steinhouse says:

    I pack my lunch the night before and plan meals for the week on Sunday.

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  35. Tracy says:

    I still feel like I’m in elementary school, bit I still lay out my clothes for the next day πŸ™‚ I’m not a morning person, and it’s so nice to not have to think about what I’m going to wear when I have hit my snooze for the 10th time that morning, lol

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  36. Catherine Casey says:

    Getting things ready the night before, to make life easier in the morning. I have two small children, so getting us all out of the door by 8:00 can be an experience! I try to make sure I have clothes picked out and ready the night before, and the diaper bag and my pursed packed. That 10 minutes at night can save 25 in the morning! I don’t always follow my own advice on this, but when I do it makes life so much sweeter.

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  37. Happinessatmidlife says:

    I pick out my clothes the night before and it saves me so much headache in the morning.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  38. This is perfect considering I’m currently planning my packing list for a vacation right now!

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  39. Deciding what I am going to wear while I am showering. Then I don’t I feel rushed and indecisive when trying to get ready and leave for work. When I do it in the shower I have time and it is more leisurely allowing me to change my mind several times, which I often do!

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  40. Stephanie says:

    A little thing that goes a long way in my life is when old friends and family send a quick text or Facebook message to check in. I just moved away from home for the first time, so the transition into post-grad life in a new city has been tough without my support system physically here, but it’s nice to know I have people that still care and show love, even if they are miles away.

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  41. Amelia says:

    Taking baths to unwind. It’s the perfect way to have a little “me” time. And luxurious bath products from lush don’t hurt either.

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  42. Larissa says:

    Wow I LOVE the 80/20 rule! I’m pretty good at packing light. At least at first. Then I get anxious and think either 1. everything’s too boring I need look better than basic or 2. I packed only nicer things and I’m going to hate it because I’ll want comfy and casual (toss in a sweatshirt, yoga pants and sneaks, bulk up bag).

    Things that go a long way for me are multi-use or multi-stylable pieces. Plus quality shoes that I love and can wear for ever. Plus a perfect-fitting sports bra (Champion is my favorite right now).

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  43. Alicia says:

    Planning my outfits before getting out of bed!

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  44. Mandy Stewart says:

    I get my twin girls up early and let them play in the bathroom while I do my make-up. It’s a little time with them that goes a long way in my day. πŸ™‚

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  45. Tanya says:

    I plan out meals for the week BEFORE I go food shopping, including picking the days that I’ll be eating out at a restaurant. I save money and I don’t waste 30 minutes every evening trying to figure out what to eat while munching on chips & salsa to “hold me over.”

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  46. Ah learning how to travel was a huge one for me too! I am a nervous traveler and I discovered a glass of wine on the flight was a lifesaver as was just getting a bit more low-key about it. Wear sandals, a maxi dress, and pack light. It’s so relieving!

    ladies in navy

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  47. heather says:

    I like to have “ready to go” beach bags packed for the summer that make a spontaneous evening out on the boat after work doable. I always keep clean towels, sunscreen, tennis balls (for the dogs) etc. stocked so all we have to do is grab that bag and quickly fill the cooler with snacks and we’re out the door – which equals more precious minutes out on the water enjoying ourselves πŸ™‚

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  48. Hannah says:

    A day of sunshine and adventures, with my husband by my side. ‘the little things you do that go a long way in your life.’

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  49. I love my Keurig for the same reason those Tide Pods and Gain Flings are so useful: I just pop the little cup in the Keurig, and presto! I have coffee!

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  50. Rachel says:

    I clean dishes as soon as I finish using it, so I don’t end up with a sink full of dirty dishes!

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  51. I love the pink and polka dots in this look!!

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  52. Isha T says:

    I load up the coffee machine at night so that all I have to do in my morning haze is flip a switch. Last thing before bed: filter, scoop coffee, water, close top, done. I’m amazed at how long it took me to start doing this, but I’m sure my coworkers appreciate me being a bit more awake when I arrive to work.

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  53. Becca Jones says:

    Meal planning! It takes all the guesswork out of what to make for dinner that week. It only takes a few minutes with my lap top, cookbook and pinterest. I typically go ahead and plan for the entire month using iCal. Then it is easy to switch things around as needed but I have plenty of ideas when needed! Perfect for life on the go with a three month old πŸ™‚

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  54. Danielle says:

    I try to shower and blow out my hair at night so that I’m a little less rushed in the morning!

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  55. ginny says:

    Looking at my calendar the night before so I can plan out my to-do list. If I look at it the morning of, everything from planning my outfits to eating breakfast gets thrown out of wack.

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  56. Amanda says:

    Every night before bed i like to pack my snacks and lunch for work, turn the TV on the station i like to watch in the morning and fill the Keurig for the boyfriend since he has to be at work at 4am. Makes the mornings super easy πŸ™‚

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  57. Leslie says:

    I set an alarm for 30 minutes of cleaning everyday. It is amazing how much you can get done in 30 minutes. By keeping up on chores I am never scrambling if someone drops by on shirt notice.

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  58. Ashley says:

    I always cook extra to freeze and eat throughout the week, the coffee maker automatically makes my tea in the morning, and I lay out my outfit the night before. If I didn’t plan what I was going to wear, it would take me all morning to get dressed. Believe me, I’ve done it before!

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  59. Ash says:

    To simply, I like to pack as few shoes as possible. So I try to bring outfits that will all match black shoes.

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  60. Jillian says:

    Lately I’ve been traveling so much on the weekends to see friends/family, I keep my toiletries fully packed and fill them up/edit my bag as necessary. That way when it’s time for a trip, I take a quick glance, throw in what I need and I’m good to go!

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  61. Kathleen says:

    The little things, I clean in my kitchen while I cook. It’s taken some practice but it is amazing to not have to ‘clean up’ after dinner.

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  62. Holly says:

    I plan Everything from my outfit, to lunch, to packing my gym bag the night before. Then I am not running late or don’t forget anything crucial for the gym!
    Holly
    http://www.lovingallthis.com

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  63. kbax says:

    I wake up a little early in the morning so I have time to do a little yoga and not feel rushed.
    On Sundays I pre-make all of my lunches for the week so I can just grab it and go. I eat pretty much the same thing every day so it doesn’t even take much time out of my weekend to prepare these things.

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  64. I try to write important things down. I like to think I’m one of those people who will remember stuff, but I never do. So always try to have something to write on, either a little notebook or a notes app on my phone.

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  65. Annie Moore says:

    I lay out my daughters outfits for the week on Sunday evening so even if we’re running late, my husband can dress her, and she won’t look absolutely crazy (he literally tucked a dress in to leggings once). Now if only I could do that for myself we might not be running late :).

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  66. I make sure to do at least one load of laundry a day (I don’t have a full size W/D) and that really helps me keep up with it!

    26 and Not Counting

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  67. Sarah Coker says:

    I set iphone reminders for everything.

    “Siri, remind me to call my mom back in one hour.”
    “Siri, remind me to get cash from the bank tomorrow at 10AM.”
    “Siri, remind me to not be a weirdo, like, all the time.”

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  68. Emilee Parsons says:

    A little thing that always goes a long way is planning a weeks worth of meals and getting the groceries Sunday Morning and prepping everything that day. Then during a busy work week I already have the ingredients and can whip something up quickly. This also goes a long way with our family budget, eating out constantly is expensive!

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  69. Katie says:

    A latte every morning and a piece of dark chocolate at 3pm go incredibly far in getting my dissertation written.

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  70. Court says:

    The little things I do that go a long way? I spend 10 minutes before I head to bed trying to do a little something that will make my life easier in the morning or for the next day. Maybe it’s packing a lunch to bring to work or setting out tomorrow’s outfit, maybe it’s writing a little to-do list or folding that last load of clothes from the dryer…maybe it’s as little as setting out everything I need to make coffee in the morning! It helps to go to sleep knowing that I the next day will be off to an easier start–however small!

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  71. Molly McCracken says:

    Recently organizing my closet according to color helps me sort out my clothes/outfits and also showed me I have way too many gray pieces!

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  72. Jenna says:

    I pack my lunch the night before, that way I don’t feel as rushed in the morning and can take that little extra time to enjoy my cup of tea! Jennakaspar.com

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  73. Amanda says:

    I try to work out in the mornings so I have my evenings free for other activities and errands.

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  74. I’ve recently tried keeping on top of my laundry by doing a load a night, folding and putting it away. I used to let it all wait till the weekend, have 5 loads to do and then they’d end up sitting in laundry baskets getting more and more wrinkled because it was too overwhelming to put away. Saves time and my sanity πŸ˜‰
    xo jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

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  75. Samantha Korenfeld says:

    I do whatever I can to make things easy on myself. If I know I have to remember to do something that I probably would never remember on my own I will set a reminder in my phone and write it in my old school planner so that I can save room in my brain for more important stuff. It sounds simple (and it is), but it takes a lot of stress off of my day-to-day!

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  76. Erin says:

    I like the make extra dinner for lunch left overs – so easy and it really helps the budget from going out at lunch!

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  77. I have some travel stuff (toiletries, etc) that stay packed in my suitcase at all times. This way, I know I have the essentials taken care of for when I travel and I only have to worry about packing clothes and shoes. It’s nice knowing that I won’t realize I don’t have a travel shampoo when packing at midnight before an early flight.

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  78. Danielle says:

    The hour to myself every morning before the husband wakes up.

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  79. I try to only wash my hair at night if the next morning is a work day! 10 more minutes in bed makes my day a whole lot better!!! By leaps and bounds I tell ya! πŸ™‚ Great giveaway! Thanks! β™₯

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  80. Beth Rodway says:

    I make my breakfast for the week on Sunday and bring it to work Monday to eat off of all week. I never have time to actually eat at home…it’s so helpful!

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  81. Amanda says:

    Instead of having one big new years resolution, I make an excel sheet with little monthly goals for every area of my life. Something as simple as planning a date night in March or checking out a new hike in August keep me going throughout the year. ahuskin at gmail dot com

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  82. Shannon Benson says:

    … packing lunch and laying my clothes out the night before. It helps the morning not seem as hectic :).

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  83. I leave for Vegas in the morning so this post couldn’t have come at a better time.

    I keep lists on my iPhone for everything. Packages I’m expecting. Gift ideas. Questions I need to ask the accountant. I sync all my devices so no matter if I’m at my desk, traveling, or in bed on my iPad, I can pull up those lists and add/edit.

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  84. Chelsea says:

    when I’m packing, I sometimes go to http://www.kendieverday.com and get ideas πŸ˜‰

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  85. I think basically, to try and find the silver lining in every situation! That’s certainly helpful πŸ™‚

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  86. Tori Johnson says:

    A little thing that goes a long way for me is writing everything I have to do for the week in my planner on Sunday. That way I can focus on doing things, not worrying/trying to remember what I need to get done. As a college student this helps me manage my busy schedule, and make sure I am always prepared academically, however I know this will serve me well the rest of my life.

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  87. MariD says:

    When I’m done with something, I put it away! This obvious tip does wonders with house clean-up and keeping my sanity. Now to teach the rest of my family this trick…

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  88. interiorsandheels says:

    A little makeup and a short workout go a long way in terms of inner and outer beauty.

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  89. Megan Zudar says:

    I try to plan out things in advance and make sure to keep some free time to my self. It helps keep me sane!

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  90. Megan says:

    the little thing I do that goes a long way is always fit all my clothes in a large carry on. I never check luggage because it adds 30-45 min to travel time.

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  91. Alicia Hahn says:

    Cleaning my room before bed every night only takes a minute or two and means that everything is tidy for the morning! This is especially important when I try on a million outfits in the morning.

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  92. Heather C. says:

    I’m still trying to figure this out! Keeping my gas tank above half at all times is a good one.

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  93. Kelly G says:

    I would say the best little thing that goes a long way is portioning out lunch items (fruit, chips, etc) into individual baggies at the beginning of the week. Making lunches in the morning is SO much quicker this way.

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  94. Clarissa says:

    A little thing that goes a long way for me is taking good care of my skin. I just don’t feel comfortable if my skin condition is bad.

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  95. becca1612 says:

    I literally have no tricks! I need to get some, obviously, to make my life easier!

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  96. Madeline Mihaly says:

    I make a to do list for my day the night before & try to lay out anything I will need so I can sleep a bit longer & not forget anything.

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  97. Megan says:

    My little thing that goes a long way is making sure I go for a quick walk every day. Getting outside and moving, even for a few minutes, is such a pick-me-up, especially during a cooped-up snowy winter.

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  98. Lauren says:

    little things…I try to exercise daily (if I can’t do that then I at least have some “ME time”; reading a book; watching a tv show I like; etc.), I really to enjoy planning meals for the week from breakfast to dinner that way when I wake up or when I get home from work I don’t have to waste time or energy thinking about what to eat, it’s a done deal!

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  99. Alison R says:

    I organize my closet according to items i wear most often and then anything that doesn’t get worn I bring to consignment. No point in having clothes take up space and this way I also make money for new things πŸ™‚

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  100. JB says:

    Making lists help me stay organized and productive!

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  101. Katherine E. Torres says:

    Honestly, I’ve made the mistake of trying a new outfit out while travelling. I promise I’ll never make that mistake again…. Anyway, one little thing I do to get ahead is plan my meals a week in advance and shop for those meals on the weekend. That way I won’t have to make any midweek trips to the grocery store and I can budget the money I spend on food.

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  102. Ivy says:

    I keep track of everything on my work calendar – including not work events. I have to look at my calendar everyday, so it helps remind me of things I need to do!

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  103. MeganC says:

    While making dinner, I wash pots and pans as I go. This helps reduce clean up time after the meal and allows me to spend more time with my family.

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  104. My “little thing” that goes a long way is not having so much STUFF to begin with. I can pack, clean, and enjoy other aspects of my life much better when I don’t have to sift through so.many.thins. (But I get overwhelmed easily)

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  105. Susie says:

    One little thing I do that makes a big difference is pack my lunch and prep my outfit the night before during the work week. I am not a morning person, but by taking these smalls steps I walk out the door feeling confident in my look and knowing that I have a healthy lunch packed!

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  106. SL says:

    When I’m traveling I always pack a big handful of granola bars or other easy to grab snacks. That way if I end up running through an airport to make a connection, or I’m waiting in a long line for a rental car I’m not an angry bear by the time I get where I’m going (it doesn’t hurt that they’re way cheaper too)!

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  107. maria anne says:

    I pre-set my coffeemaker the night before. Those extra 10 minutes waiting for my coffee to brew in the morning when I forget really slows my morning down. It’s the little things!

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  108. Jessicaisbaking says:

    I try to make meals on the weekend that can last the week!

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  109. katherine says:

    applying a good lip moisturizer before bed – these winter months give me nothing but constant chapped lips!

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  110. emily says:

    packing my salads for the week in jars so I can grab and go in the morning! Dressing first, then the goodies; top with lettuce and I’m good to go!

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  111. Jessica says:

    Ah yes, I’m all about the little things that make life easier. Biggest little thing for me: shop smart at the grocery! What I mean by this is, I have 15 mins for lunch, right? Buying items like hummus, carrots, string cheese, etc. makes lunch an easy hodgepodge of yummy foods that require no prep time and little clean-up. Easy. πŸ™‚

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  112. Abby Brithinee says:

    Making my bed in the morning! It makes me feel like I accomplished something right off the bat, and it also makes for a nice, clean, flat surface to fold laundry on.

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  113. Elyssa says:

    I have a bag of sample or carry-on approved toiletries ready to go at any time. I also stock up on things that I run out of immediately after returning from a trip. That way I don’t forget anything the next time!

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  114. Lauren says:

    I make sure to not over schedule my weekends. I work full time, have an almost 4 year old, husband who travels for a living, and in my last trimester of pregnancy! I make sure to say, “no” to things I don’t absolutely want to do in order to really have rest and relaxation time on the weekends with my family. It took me about 3 years to figure this out but now that I have, I am so much more relaxed, less stressed, and actually look forward to my weekends! I didn’t for so long because I was overwhelmed with everything that I had to accomplish in my 2 days off. I also let go of any guilt or feeling of responsibility to others by turning down invites!

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  115. Sarah says:

    Cooking at home, always have leftovers for lunch! Also, prepping my outfits saves me hours in the morning!

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  116. kipling573 says:

    working out in the mornings so i have time for “life” in the evenings and packing my lunch and gym bag in the evenings, too!

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  117. Tara says:

    I workout! It really makes me feel better and gives me the “me” time that I need!

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  118. Winnie says:

    Post-It notes!

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  119. Target is my favorite! I’d love to win this!…. For me, picking up clutter that goes to a certain room every time I’m headed that way helps me keep my living room picked up! A little goes a long way to keeping my space clean! πŸ™‚

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  120. Caitlin Kelley says:

    Making my breakfast for the entire week in advance (I make and freeze smoothies) takes very little effort and is a total game changer for my mornings

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  121. Chelsi Krause says:

    Setting the coffee pot the night before makes the morning go so much smoother. It throws my whole day off if i’m ready to walk out the door and realize i have no coffee ready to be consumed.

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  122. Holly + Casey says:

    I think staying organized is something that definitely goes a long way…I also write down every thing in my calendar (I have to have a paper calendar, I just can’t get behind the electronic kind) even if its a bill that automatically comes out of my account. Also keeping a spreadsheet of my spending – that was a life changer!

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  123. Marissa Whitehouse says:

    When I start to get anxious about something, I try to take a step back and figure out whether it’s worth the stress (likely not), and if it is, what rational steps can I take to reduce it. Thanks, Kendi, Tide, and Gain!

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  124. carrie says:

    There is a front desk worker at my health club that takes the time to learn all the regulars’ names and greets us each morning and logs us in without us reciting our membership number like a robot. Then he wishes us a good day on the way out. It’s a little thing but it goes a long way to be treated with kindness and like a a human being early in the morning.

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  125. Amanda Worthington says:

    I’m a planner, so I like to plan my workouts for the week on Sunday night. A little thing that makes it so much easier to have a healthy and productive week!

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  126. My mistake is I TOTALLY always wanna try new outfits when I’m traveling! πŸ™‚ …and then I get there and wonder what I was smoking when I packed, lol. At least the past few times have involved flying to meet up with sisters, so I can always borrow clothing from them! πŸ˜‰
    xox
    giedre

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  127. Catherine says:

    I do the exact same thing as Tanya! I make sure to coordinate our weekly dinner menu with my boyfriend so that I can go to the grocery store with a complete list. I can’t stand going back to the store for 1 item because I forgot to make a list!

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  128. amohs01 says:

    Creating a place for all the little things and being diligent about putting them back when finished. That way when you’re in a rush you aren’t wasting time looking for your checkbook or the other earring… so nice to know exactly where they are when you need them! Love your blog– thanks for the great giveaways!

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  129. Grace Holt says:

    Love all these tips! I’m always the person that packs two suitcases for a weekend trip, so maybe this can help me streamline a little bit! Plus, for shopping, my ‘little thing’ is that I hold to is the one thing in, one thing out rule: if I buy a new sweater, I better be willing to give a sweater away. That way, my closet doesn’t overflow into the whole house!

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  130. preethi says:

    One little thing I do is only doing laundry on one day. With two kids, it would be easy to do laundry all day EVERY day. Makes me not feel like I’m constantly consumed by laundry if I limit it to one day a week.

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  131. Katie Crabill says:

    I make my to-do list every morning written out BY HAND ON PAPER! I bought a pretty day planner and fun pen, and it makes writing out my list so much more pleasant. It helps me keep track of what I need/want to accomplish, but also doesn’t feel like so much of a chore.

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  132. Charlotte says:

    I always make my bed before I ever leave the bedroom. This keeps me from dreading to do it after breakfast. AND clean your kitchen before going to bed. So refreshing to great a clean kitchen in the morning!!

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  133. Emily says:

    I just went on a trip last weekend. The only thing I forgot to pack and didn’t? The lint brush. Kind of a mistake when most of the stuff you pack is black and you are a guest of someone who has a pretty doggy πŸ™‚

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  134. Jackie says:

    My little thing is to get up from my desk/the couch/wherever every hour to stretch my legs and look out a window and clear my head. It sucks when I’m in the zone and I have to break it, but I always feel better afterwards

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  135. Ashley MB says:

    Little things that go a long way with me include: washing my face every morning and night, moisturizing like a maniac and proactively telling my students when they are on the right track…positive reinforcement baby!

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  136. Nicole Reineck says:

    Every night at dinner (whether it is a chaotic grab-and-go dinner or not!), my husband and 2 year old daughter sit and talk about one thing that we did that day that made us smile. Alot of them are funny, so we get some good laughs out of it. Always a good way to look at the positives in life no matter how crazy things may get!

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  137. I keep a very tidy home by not having a ton of ‘THINGS’. I purchase art, objects, etc. for my nest that I LOVE and if it doesn’t serve me anymore, it goes to a better home. Having a clean slate to reside in, is the best thing in the world. So peaceful!

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  138. Amanda M says:

    I make a list of all the things I need to get done and I always have an up to date calendar.

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  139. Emma says:

    I took a long hard look at the ingredients I use the most and made them into a google spreadsheet. Now, before I go grocery shopping, I look at that spread sheet and assess what I actually need, and then buy similarly to the 80/20 rule (80% of what I know I will always use, 20% of new or exciting items).

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  140. Jannira says:

    Lists!! I love lists! They are my life and mind saver. If I’m going on vacation I list every single item from underwear to belt to toothbrush, lest it be forgotten. Groceries, must make list. List of bills to be paid. I love lists. They truly help.

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  141. Jessica says:

    I travel for work quite a bit, and found that keeping a stock of of travel-size shampoo/conditioner, facewash, toothpaste, q-tips, etc. in a travel bag (along with a travel toothbrush and a Ziploc bag for that fun TSA 3-1-1 rule) helps me when packing (always at the last minute!). I keep all of those necessities in a bag that I can just grab and toss in- and when I get home I restock the bag so that it’ll be ready to go next time!

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  142. Kristin says:

    waking up an hour before everyone else lets me enjoy some “me time” and a quiet house before the toddler-induced madness begins! πŸ™‚

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  143. NeenaJ says:

    I am a procrastinator not a planner. But, when my alarm goes off and I need 10 more minutes before my feet can hit the floor, I plan my outfit for the day and mentally go through the day’s task list.

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  144. Lindsey Solomon says:

    Two words: dry shampoo. Extending my good hair days saves so much time on busy mornings.

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  145. Megan says:

    I have two smallish clothes closets in my apartment and I sort clothes by work or weekend. That way I only have to go to one closet in the mornings!

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  146. Bee says:

    The little things that go a long way in life when traveling include all your tips plus I bring a handwritten “event” schedule for each day of my outfit “ideas” keeping me on track for each day! Makes it easy to coordinate the items throughout the week when planned in advance !!

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  147. Roni says:

    Remember to thank everyone and everything. Keeping a positive outlook is a small thing, but can make a load of difference!

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  148. Megan Gagliardi says:

    Planning all my meals the weekend before the next week helps during the week!

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  149. Stephanie Hansbury says:

    Writing out a to do list – by hand or on my iphone. I’d never remember anything otherwise.

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  150. Mel says:

    At least once per month, I have a “cooking day” where I make half a dozen meals and put them in the freezer for later. It saves time on those rushed nights when I’m too tired from work to make something from scratch.

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  151. Shanna Schlabach says:

    One of the little things that makes my life easier is getting bags, lunches and diaper bags ready the night before. It doesn’t always happen….but I try. πŸ™‚

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  152. Michaela says:

    I have my gym bag always prepped with little travel bottles of shampoo/conditioner/face wash, and then use the various compartments for makeup and other necessary “getting-ready” items. It works great for daily morning gym trips, but also an awesome set-up for a weekend away as well. The little things!

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  153. I do my best to use my drive to work as a time to pray and think through all of the good things that happened the day before. Having thirty minutes a day devoted to just being thankful for my life really gets me started on the right foot! Love the packing ideas, Kendi, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  154. Linda says:

    I make lists to keep me on track of things. I also make the most of the time traveling in the car. I have my kids read on the way to sporting events or errands.

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  155. Liz Toftness says:

    Spending just a few minutes with Jesus in the morning (in between calming/getting ready 4 crazy children) gives me the grace I need to joyfully get through the day. It helps to whisper a few extra pleas throughout the day, too!

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  156. Margo Williams says:

    I’m going to have to join the “lists” bandwagon. Whether it’s packing for a trip or even a day away from home, going to the grocery store, or working in the office, I have a list for everything important. Helps me keep track of all the moving parts and make sure I remember everything I need. Oh, and I agree that they have to be hand-written!

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  157. Alyssa says:

    One of my little things that I do is schedule cleaning. I set aside specific days for laundry, vacuuming etc. It doesn’t make it feel so cumbersome if you break it into small chunks!

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  158. kendra sands says:

    this is fantastic. I tend to pack the day before, and then the morning of the trip, pull half of the stuff out and mix it up. But i am a master packer.
    little thing that goes a long way? cold brew french press the night before. let it brew overnight in the fridge and then i wake up to perfect iced coffee. It’s a life saver.

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  159. Lauren Hum says:

    The “little” thing I do that helps me be successful is keeping a planner on me at all times. I always pick out a cute design around Christmastime and gift it to myself. It is a lifesaver. Sure, I can add tasks to my iPhone calendar, but I love the act of writing down appointments. At the beginning of each week, I open up my planner and take a look at everything I have going on. I’m a visual person, so it helps to have it all in front of me in an easy to comprehend format. Really crossing my fingers for this giveaway, I <3 Target! Thanks for the packing tips, these will be especially helpful now that we are packing for a baby as well.

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  160. Sarah says:

    The week before we have company, I make a cleaning schedule to prevent chaos during the 24 hours before the guests arrive.

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  161. Donna Culler says:

    A great work out, really goes a long way for us. Gives us energy to be able to do our daily activities.

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  162. Andrea Bautista says:

    I’m all about your rule #5! Taking basics that work well with other “wow” pieces helps because you can instantly change your look up. This especially works when you’re traveling for work and need something to change your look from day to night.

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  163. Daizy says:

    Two little things I do everyday that have helped more than I thought they would is that I do laundry EVERY DAY… It seemed like a pain at first, but it has really given me more free time on the weekends and now that its part of my daily routine, it only takes a few minutes. Also, I plan several outfits for the week on Sunday evening. I don’t always know which day I’m wearing what… but when I am groggy and running late, it really helps to have something already put together that I can just grab and throw over my head…

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  164. Danica Whitman says:

    I block off time on my calendar right at 5 to remind myself to stop working. Even if I have more work to do, it’s nice to be reminded to take a break, step away and come back to things!

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  165. Manette Mattingly Gutterman says:

    I plan my week’s meals before going to the grocery. It not only saves me money so I can search for coupons ahead of time, but it saves me from buying more at the grocery

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  166. Kate Jackson says:

    I ALWAYS take five minutes to myself in the morning and have a cup of coffee. It may be the only quiet five minutes of my day, but at least it starts things out right.

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  167. Laurie Harris says:

    This is such timely advice. I’m going on vacation (to Panama) at the end of March/beginning of April. Whenever we go on vacation I usually end up bringing way more than necessary and only end of wearing half of what I bring.
    Little things that I do to make my life easier are to simplify my daily routines- preplanning lunches and using great little container to pack them in, laying out my outfit for work the night before so I’m not in a panic in the morning. Also, doing laundry- I try to pick a detergent that has fabric softener build in. No more having to use multiple bottles which just makes doing laundry more of a chore than it already is!

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  168. MadisonMayberry says:

    I’m a huge list maker so I’m always making lists before we travel. And like you said, making sure that I’m caught up on laundry so I have all my options available to me.

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  169. Jennifer Pimentel says:

    I like to wake up in the morning and just have “me” time. Just thinking about what I’m going to do today and how it’s going to play out. I know I can’t plan for all disasters, but I feel if I have this 20-minute “me and coffee” time to just decompress before the day officially starts, that I’m much more prepared.

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  170. haley b says:

    lists! they’re so simple but it really saves me to make lists when shopping, working, packing, cooking etc. I am very prone to forgetfulness, so lists are my savior πŸ™‚

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  171. bethanyagilbert says:

    I like to sit down on Sundays and plan out my week. It helps me feel less overwhelmed and more prepared to take it on. πŸ™‚

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  172. Abby says:

    In the winter skin can get so dry, especially around cuticles. I use a multi-use rose salve for lips, elbows, and cuticles every night. The 6+ hours of hydration does wonders on your skin!

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  173. Sarah says:

    One of the little things I do that makes life easier, is once a month I grocery shop for “lunch items” that I can keep in my desk drawer at work (cans of soup, granola bars, fruit leather, almonds, trail mix, etc.) so that if I’m running late one day, and haven’t had chance to make a lunch, I don’t go hungry!

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  174. Morgan says:

    I have to agree with all the other listers on here. Making a list helps me keep my priorities straight and get things done. I love checking things off with a since of accomplishment.

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  175. Brittany says:

    One of the little things I do that goes a long way is taking a couple of hours on Sunday to prep meals and clothes for the week. I make up some easy things for breakfast/lunches (wash and cut fruit and veggies, hard boil eggs, plan some dinners). For clothes I try to have laundry done, folded, put away, iron anything that needs it, and sometimes even pick out a couple of outfits for the week – it makes a big difference!

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  176. Lenyer Vestal says:

    My little thing that I do is I read a nonfiction book for one hour every day. I find that if I don’t specifically set out time to do this, it doesn’t get done and there are so many great subjects I want to read on! Anyway, thanks for these tips, I have been none to break them before!

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  177. Sarah Haldeman says:

    I work out first thing in the morning and it goes a long way to make me feel like a million bucks as I head out into my day. AND I don’t have to worry about doing it when I’m tired after a long day of office work πŸ™‚

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  178. Joyce says:

    Doing most of my meal prep on Sunday! Really makes those weekday dinners so much easier.

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  179. dot says:

    Pro packer, right here, except that I never have the right coat. The most crucial little thing I do is have a morning cup of tea. I used to be so rushed in the morning that tea seemed like it’d take too much time, but without it I’m cranky. Making time for tea means I’m caffeinated and have a few minutes’ peace in the mornings! And that, certainly, goes a long way!

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  180. Camille says:

    Meal planning! Apparently you need to eat about every meal, and when I spend an hour doing it and another grocery shopping my whole week goes smoother.

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  181. via Rayna says:

    About once a week, I try to get up an hour earlier than usual to get a head start on things like laundry, my nagging to-do list, and sometimes even running a quick errand. An extra hour earlier in the day really helps me get so much more done than if I waited until after work to attempt the same tasks!
    P.S. You look so cute in those boots!

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  182. Stepha says:

    I love that polka dot bag, where is it from? πŸ™‚

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  183. Jen says:

    Great advice. I’m always a last minute packer but I’ve taken the outfit per day/event approach on a couple of my recent trips (a bachelorette in NOLA and a ski trip in Utah). Not only do you save time and stress while packing, you also save it on the other end when getting ready since you have already planned it out. I wish I could adopt this process in my daily life as it would make getting ready for work much more efficient….new goal I guess.

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  184. Kristy says:

    If I don’t write everything down, I will forget it. So I have a daily to-do list that goes everywhere with me. It helps get me through my workday and also reminds me of what I have going on at home too!

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  185. Mary Beth says:

    I love to take five minutes in the morning and clear off counters and the coffee table. When our place is looking clean it makes me feel better, and something about doing it in the morning sets me up for a great day.

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  186. yourfaceislikethesunshine says:

    Planning ahead always helps me in the long run. It takes a little longer, but I never regret being prepared!

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  187. K says:

    Doing laundry during the week. I used to dread Sundays, because I knew work was imminent, and I had a mountain of laundry to do. My weekends didnt really feel like a full weekend. Now that mundane chores are out of the way during the week, I feel like weekend is that much longer, and I can enjoy Sunday instead of dread it.

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  188. Michelle says:

    Cooking a few staples on Sunday to prep for the week; laying in bed a few extra minutes in the morning until I decide what to wear!

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  189. veeb says:

    Little things I do that go a long way: Super simple, but buy an extra set of sheets and pillow cases! Then you can change them out so much quicker – and save the laundry for another day.
    I also love throwing my pillows in the dryer w/ dryer sheets for extra volume and to freshen them up.

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  190. Angeliqu says:

    My friends call me an expert packer because I can usually cram a lot into my bags. My key tip is to start with the shoes! I usually pick 1-3 pairs of shoes and then build my outfits around them because they take up the most space.

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  191. Melissa says:

    A couple things…first I taught my children how to do their own laundry as soon as they were old enough to reach the buttons! As a single mom, that simple act of delegating has saved SOOOO many headaches as everyone is responsible for their own wardrobe!

    I also choose my outfit for the day the night before. Since I run chronically late in the morning it has often been a lifesaver!! The only kicker is that I am an “emotional dresser” and if I’m not feeling the outfit the next morning then all my planning goes out the window unless I can talk myself into sticking with the plan. LOL..

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  192. Pamela says:

    Writing up a new to-do list at the beginning of every week. I love keeping lists, as it shows not only what I have left to do (so I can remember!) but also reminds me of all I’ve accomplished the previous week. Great giveaway!

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  193. Haley says:

    I always, always, always write a to-do list…I would forget the little things if I didn’t1

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  194. Elisabeth Walker says:

    The little thing I do that goes a long way is to take 30 mins a day picking up/cleaning the house. You would be surprised how much you can get done if you focus for 30 mins a day!

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  195. Megan says:

    The “little thing” I do that makes my life and travel easier is to take pictures of my outfits laid out before a trip so I can just check my phone and go. πŸ™‚

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  196. Sarah says:

    I grocery shop based on the layout of the store, and I organize my groceries based on how I want them to go in the sacks.

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  197. Sarah says:

    I get my coffee and lunch ready the night before. Saves me so much time in the morning!

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  198. Nicole says:

    The little thing I do that goes a long way is taking some quiet time for myself each day. It helps me regroup and get ready as a mom for my next selfless task πŸ™‚ thanks for the great giveaway!

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  199. Having multiple calendars. I use the one on my cell phone, the one of my desk at work and one at home. It keeps me in line so I’m not crazed.

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  200. Lindsay says:

    i’m a huuuuge fan of to-do lists, and every week like clockwork i have a chores night (laundry, cleaning, etc.) so that i’m on a schedule and always get things done. awesome giveaway!!!

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  201. Heidi Hueseman says:

    I always pack my lunch the night before, lay out my outfit (or think it through in my head) and set the coffee machine. This way I don’t have to think too much in the AM!

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  202. Pamela says:

    Writing up a new to-do list at the beginning of every week. It not only shows me what I have left to do (so I can remember!) but also reminds me of how much I’ve accomplished over the previous week. Great giveaway!

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  203. Nicole Kivitz says:

    Taking care of my skin and teeth. Making sure I take care of things that will help me look and feel better later in life πŸ™‚

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  204. Sarah says:

    I am loving acupuncture these days. 1 hour a weeks keeps the stress at bay and sustains me through the week.

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  205. Natalie Hankins Brown says:

    With two kids, the little things are what keep me from going insane! Packing lunches for myself and them beforehand, keeping a dry-erase calendar of all the goings-on and even including what dates I need me-time for running or errand completions, make my life a whole lot easier.

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  206. Sarah Quail says:

    I always clean as I go whether I’m cooking, crafting, working or playing with my little guy. I also prep and cook as much of our meals as I can during nap times to minimize cooking time before dinner.

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  207. lindaloui232 says:

    Planning my outfits the night before, or planning a few outfits on Sunday for the coming week. Cooking a few things on the weekend to pack for weekday lunches and getting the lunch packed the night before.

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  208. Julie Nicole says:

    Picking out my work outfit the night before! My day seriously starts out so much more smoothly just by eliminating that one decision from my morning routine. πŸ™‚

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  209. Cheryl Thibodeau says:

    I like to think of small things to give me and my husband a break when we need it. Like pouring a glass of wine and ordering a pizza once in a while, instead of trying to cook a big meal on a weeknight. We get more time together and feel recharged, with a little treat to get us through the week.

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  210. Kate says:

    I do laundry, go grocery shopping and clean my apartment on Sundays, so I start the week with a clean home and enough groceries to ensure I eat healthy and save money by not buying lunch or ordering in.

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  211. claire armijo says:

    This is a great post and I thoroughly agree that we make packing much harder than it needs to be. I always pack things that I think will be great for a trip and then freak out because I’ve never worn that piece for a reason. Great, useful post!

    I think by being a teacher—prepping food on Sunday for the week so I have food to go quickly and ready at any time and having many meals on hand for versatility.

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  212. Megan says:

    I try to plan meals and outfits on the weekend before the work-week starts and that definitely helps keep me sane Monday-Friday. Not having to think about what to wear or pack for lunch really goes a long way!

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  213. Susan C says:

    Cleaning a room a day has helped my whole house stay cleaner for longer. And it saves time on the weekend so I don’t have to lose a whole day scrubbing and dusting, but can enjoy the time off work to play with my family.

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  214. Allie says:

    Those shoe gel inserts! When you have to go to events looking professional, but don’t want to be in pain for hours, they make standing in heels SO much better. The heel ones are also great in case your heels slip out of your shoes easily.

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  215. Jen says:

    Working from home caused a lot of worlds to collide. At first I slept ’til it was time to “clock in,” and felt discouraged at the end of the day that I hadn’t gotten enough done. Now that I’ve started waking up earlier I’ve found time to stretch, read, catch up on blogs before I have to start work. And since I started using a French Press for coffee, I use that brew time (a whopping 4 minutes) to mentally prepare for the day. It’s remarkable how much that helps my attitude!

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  216. Sarah says:

    Making my own meals, at least once a week (I’ve gotten way busy with a new job!) – even making something super simple makes me feel much more in control of life.

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  217. mowh says:

    Hanging up my outfits for the week on a clothes rack makes life so much easier and goes a long way when Monday morning strikes and I have “nothing to wear”.

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  218. s cast says:

    Cook extra on the weekend and freeze the meals for quick weeknight dinners!

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  219. LaurenJamison says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only crazy person who packs a list of outfits in their suitcase πŸ™‚

    Working out in itself is something little that goes a long way, but sometimes my favorite part is recording my achievements in my workout journal. Looking back it’s the ultimate motivation to see just how hard I’ve worked and how far I’ve come over the year.

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  220. hogarthc16 . says:

    I try to plan my outfits the night before I wear them. Its the only consistent way that I look put together! If I don’t do this, there is a good chance I will be wearing some sort of polar fleece to work. πŸ™‚

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  221. Jenn K says:

    My little thing… I unwind at the end of the day with a little blog reading! haha it provides some comic relief to my life and is a lifesaver. The other little thing is I guard my one day off each week. I don’t let social life, work life, or anything crowd it out. That keeps me feeling on top of life, even when I’m not.

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  222. Selma Zelda says:

    Lists! Usually a “things to do” list on a sticky note on my dresser where I’ll see it every day and a “things I need” list in notes on my phone so I never forget what I went into the store for. Works like a charm to keep me organized πŸ™‚

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  223. Kristin says:

    Mornings are not my favorite. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been laying out my outfit the night before so I don’t have to think about getting ready in the morning. It makes mornings so much less stressful and I can stay in bed those extra 10 minutes I would have spent staring at my closet.

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  224. Molly says:

    Making lists is my lifesavor! Whether its at work or packing – I make day by day or even hour by hour lists, for travel I write down the 2 outfits per day that I’m wearing, lay everything out, make edits, then pack.

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  225. Tracy1782 says:

    Picking out my outfit the night before goes a long way to smoother morning routines! PS love your scarf and bag!!

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  226. Karen L says:

    Delegating chores to my kids and teaching them how to do things for themselves, like folding and putting away their laundry, saves me time and teaches them life skills. So, even if you don’t have kids- don’t try to do it all yourself- delegate!

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  227. M. Soleil says:

    Lists! To-do lists, grocery lists, bucket lists – writing things down makes a huge difference. And then you have the satisfaction of crossing things off when completed.

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  228. Jennifer says:

    The little thing I do, is solicit help. My kids may not do much, but I have them carry laundry baskets and load dishes and such, and those little things save so much time. Great post today, Kendi – awesome tips.

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  229. Emily Everett says:

    Trello is a great, free app that helps me organize my life with lists!

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  230. Jeanne Montgomery says:

    The little thing I do that goes a LONG way is planning and ironing all my outfits for the week on Sunday. I can take time to look for inspiration and it reduces my stress in the mornings!

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  231. Lindsay Kelley says:

    I use a simple journaling/list-making method called “bullet journaling” to plan my everyday events. It also keeps me organized when stressful things come up, like traveling or gift giving. All my lists are in one place, with a table of contents, so I can quickly look back and see my notes to myself. Takes some of the pressure off my brain to remember everything πŸ™‚

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  232. Emily says:

    I put oatmeal in the crockpot the night before so in the morning my house smells so yummy and I have a hot breakfast waiting for me.

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  233. Ashley says:

    I’m a pretty detailed packer as well. I use a spreadsheet and everything. πŸ™‚

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  234. Courtney Mills says:

    Meal prepping breakfast foods on Sunday! Every Sunday I make a big pot of slow cooked oatmeal (the healthy stuff) and egg cups. That way come morning time during the week (when I am always slow and sluggish and overslept) I can simply reheat a portion and I have a healthy nutritious breakfast. It has helped me eat better throughout the day and I’ve lost 3lbs this year! It is the best little change I have made!

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  235. Packing my gym back the night before helps me not skip workouts simply because I didn’t have time in the morning to get my gear together.

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  236. Audrey says:

    staying organized with to do lists!

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  237. Kristyn says:

    Spending some time on Sunday to meal plan and prep what I can for the week ahead. It’s a little thing that makes a big difference – and keeps me from eating too much junk when I’m feeling too lazy to cook!

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  238. My little thing which is huge is making a list. As soon as a trip is imminent, I start that list bc things will keep popping up in my head. I write it on a bright colored sheet of paper so I don’t misplace it. Love this post!!

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  239. Nicole Ackman says:

    Using lotion every day on my face and arms has been saving me this winter! With it so cold outside and so warm inside, it’s so important to keep your skin hydrated πŸ™‚ It takes about a minute so why not do that for yourself??

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  240. Kristin says:

    picking my outfit the night before saves me HOURS in the mornings

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  241. Tidying up before bed in my best trick for my sanity. Our home is small and our family is plentiful so it gets out of order quickly! It’s nice to at least start the morning out right.

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  242. Laura says:

    One little thing I do that goes a long way is taking at least 15 minutes every evening, after my little one goes to bed, to tidy up and pack bags for the next day!

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  243. I try to pack in red, white and blue for every trip. I always look (excessively) patriotic but at least most things go together.

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  244. Elizabeth Hawn says:
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  245. h says:

    I don’t really like laying out my outfits (then if I change my mind, I have to put everything away!!), but what I do do is spend ten minutes at night making a polyvore or two of an outfit I could/might wear the next day. Then if I get stuck in one of those “omg I hate everything” ruts, I can just open up polyvore and I have a plan.

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  246. Missy says:

    Doing a quick clean up of one targeted area each day lets me have more free time on days off. Also enlisting my partner to help with some of the chores helps out a lot.
    P.s. I <3 target.

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  247. lillypea says:

    I’m a list maker.. I always have a list and a list of a list! I’m awful at packing too, I always overpack- even when I try to pack by day/outfit. Next time I travel I’m going to use your tips!

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  248. salcam says:

    I use the “Out of Milk” app on my phone and add to my grocery list as the week progresses, or as I find recipes to try. That way I always have my list with me. I plan 3 dinners and 4 school lunches for the kiddo, so when I find a minute to go to the store, I’ve got everything I need listed.

    I MUST know the provenance of the pink purse – pretty please? It’s gorgeous!

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  249. Katie says:

    To do lists are my favorite! Oftentimes, I’ll add tasks that I’ve already done just so I can cross them off and feel more productive!:)

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  250. Katie says:

    To do lists! Sometimes I’ll add tasks that I’ve already done just to make me feel more productive!:)

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  251. Christeen Faucette says:

    I tidy up the house a little bit everyday so it never gets too dirty

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  252. Christina M says:

    Make sure I do the dishes every morning, first thing. This way they don’t build up and the house always looks cleaner when the dishes are done.

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  253. Erin says:

    I pack all of my gym outfits and work outfits on a Sunday so picking out clothes and packing my gym bag is as simple as reaching into a drawer. This really helps me get up and get going even after long work nights when I’d rather skip the gym.

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  254. JDavis says:

    prepping foods and cooking as much as possible on Sunday so there’s less time cooking and more time relaxing in the evenings during the week

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  255. Jeanette Caban says:

    Planning ahead and making lists!

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  256. Andrea Foster says:

    Lists, lists, lists! They help me organize my entire life! Without them I’d be a hot mess in need of a personal assistant, nanny, maid, and personal chef and I certainly do not have the financial means for that lifestyle. πŸ™‚

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  257. Sheri says:

    I try to pre-cook at least a few meals a week on Sundays, and that REALLY helps me with my busy evenings!

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  258. Sam H says:

    I always try to live by the rule “if it takes two minutes or less to do – do it now!” That keeps me from flinging my coat on the chair, or not loading my glass into the dishwasher. Helps keep my life a little extra organized!

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  259. Erin says:

    Packing my lunch every night before I go to bed is a little thing that goes a long way toward keeping me healthy. Taking 10 minutes to do this in the evenings prevents me from being late for work in the morning or having to spend money on something unhealthy at lunch.

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  260. Sarah T says:

    I make my lunch every night so I don’t feel too rushed in the morning (aka so I can sleep in 5-10 minutes later) and I try to pick out what I’m wearing the night before as well. Little things like that make my morning go that much smoother.

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  261. Kate says:

    For traveling, I keep my travel-sized items (shampoo, face wash, etc) stored in quart size bags in my suitcase, so I don’t have to hunt for them every time, and I no longer forget little things and have to use the (always terrible) hotel conditioner!

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  262. Lisa P. says:

    I make a lot of lists and I use my calendars at work and on my cell phone religiously–scheduling everything and adding alerts helps me stay organized!

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  263. Kimberly Cochran says:

    I try to make sure the kitchen is cleaned up before bed so that I don’t have to wake up to a mess!

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  264. Callan Carow says:

    Taking the time to make, sit down, and eat my breakfast each morning gives me a chance to collect myself and think about what I have to do for the rest of the day.

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  265. 10101010101 says:

    packing wise I never listened to anyone who said to roll your clothes but I finally did it the last time I flew and it saved so much room! Little thing I do that goes a long way is programming my coffee maker to start brewing 10 minutes before I wake up. Saves me time and I wake up to the smell of fresh coffee!

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  266. Jo says:

    One little thing that goes a long way … Coconut oil! I have been using it on my face this winter and it works wonders!

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  267. khb says:

    i separate my laundry by person. I used to throw all the dirty stuff in together, but then I started sorting before I wash. It makes the sorting/folding after it’s all done much easier, and it also allows me to use different detergents for different loads (fragrance free for the little people; regular for the big people). Even if the clean laundry piles up, I still know where to go to find something for everyone.

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  268. Jordan says:

    I try to not wear the same thing again until I’ve worn everything else. It keeps me from wearing out my favorite pieces and I throw out items I never wear so I can get back to my favorite pieces instead of keeping my closet full of junk!

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  269. macrain says:

    My fiance has gotten me into the habit of unpacking right away when I return from a trip. It’s so easy to just leave that suitcase lying around for days. If I do it right away, it’s done!

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  270. sarah says:

    i plan out a weeks worth of outfits ahead of time so that in the morning getting ready is a breeze! great system now that i have to get myself AND baby ready in the mornings!

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  271. I was always taught that I should roll my clothes when packing too! Great tips, I struggle when it comes to packing, but I tried planning out outfits for my trip to Seaside Oregon and it was actually a great idea. I knew what I was wearing and when. The one thing I didn’t do was try them on before hand, definitely going to be going that next trip I go on! http://aworkinggirlscloset.wordpress.com

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  272. JenWu says:

    Packing my lunch and gym bag the night before definitely helps me stay sane.

    Love this post, Kendi!

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  273. Victoria says:

    I like to plan out my meals prior to going grocery shopping so as I don’t impulsively buy tons of food at the grocery store.

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  274. andee B says:

    Love and support from friends and family

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  275. Lisa T says:

    The little thing that I do when I’m traveling (and even as a busy student) is make sure I have access to documents in at least two places (ex. Digital and printed boarding passes

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  276. Lauren says:

    Definitely packing my gym bag the night before with my outfit already picked out. I spend too long picking accessories and clothing combinations to leave that task until the morning. I also LOVE your 80/20 rule. I tend to go overboard on my wildcard pieces

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  277. Rachael C says:

    My “little thing” is to read at the end of the night. Instead of thinking about work or responsibilities, I can unwind a bit and escape πŸ˜‰

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  278. Billie Hubbs says:

    I’m a list person too, but I always star the 1-3 “big” things that need to get done in the day. It helps me prioritize and not get distracted by the little things.

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  279. Deana says:

    I make lists on my iphone so they don’t get lost in the bottom of my purse.

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  280. Sony Mansoori says:

    Little things that i do that go a long way is cooking for my friends when they come over instead of having the usual potlucks that we do at each other’s place. Coz not only everyone can come to my place on time without worrying to cook something first, I dont have to deal with someone assigned with main course not showing up at the last moment and me running around at the last moment to find a substitute dish

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  281. Lindsay D says:

    I lay in bed about 10 minutes each morning before getting up to really wake up, decompress, and take a quiet moment before the busyness of the day starts.

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  282. I’ve been trying to get better about planning my outfits at night to save time when I’m getting ready for work in the morning. Since I have a little more time to plan out what to wear, I usually like my outfit a little more!

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  283. Shannon Cullinane says:

    I always browse my Fashion pins on pinterest the night before and settle on an idea for an outift…if I’m lucky, I try it on before going to bed.

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  284. Emily Jones says:

    I pick out my outfit for work the night before and lay it out on the dresser. No groggy morning ‘what was i thinking’ outfits! I also pack all my food and necesities the night before too. It makes the morning much smoother!

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  285. heather says:

    I always try to take a few minutes at night to get my lunch ready for the next day and set out my gym clothes for the morning – that way I have no excuses!

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  286. LaurenK says:

    A cup of tea every morning, and a list of what I’m thankful for each night : )

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  287. Kati says:

    My favorite discovery this winter- coconut oil! It is fairly inexpensive and does wonders for your skin.

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  288. Alice Feurtey says:

    This is a very useful post. I like all your tips and they are especially helpful to me since I’m planning a work trip right now ! Thank you !

    I also have to point out that this is both the weirdest and cleverest product placement ever. I like that you have found a way to place that laundry thing without breaking the continuity or usefulness of your post. (I still won’t buy it though, I live in France and this brand doesn’t exist here.)

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  289. Sarah Q says:

    My husband and I each take a separate bag, and mine is always bigger. At the end of the trip all the clean items, toiletries and shoes go in my luggage and all the dirty clothes go in his. When we get home, the dirty stuff goes right to the laundry room and the luggage with everything else goes right up to our room to be unpacked. No sorting through multiple bags looking for the rogue dirty sock! Makes life SO much easier!

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  290. Rachel says:

    Not clothing related at all, but the first thing I do every morning is unload the dishwasher. I hate that chore, so getting it out of the way when the coffee is the only way it will get done.

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  291. Greta says:

    Taking the time to pack my lunch, pack my gym clothes, and lay out the next day’s outfit is a huge time saver in the morning! Woo more sleep!

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  292. rivula says:

    Having breakfast ready to eat the next morning really helps me handle a newborn as I’m trying to wake up!

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  293. Amber Tucker says:

    I work Mon-Fri so on the weekends I make sure all my laundry gets done, cook my favorite meals I don’t have time for during the week that I’m craving and clean. This makes the work week less hectic for me. I can come home after a long day and just relax knowing nothing needs to get done! Taking “me” time during the week has been really great for me!
    PS I LOVE YOUR BLOG KENDI! Thankful for the friend who told me about you.

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  294. Meg B says:

    One of the things I do to make life easier when traveling is I always pack my carry-on first! I pack it with the essentials: toiletries, any documents I need, my tech stuff, AND I always make sure to pack 1-2 outfits in, just in case! I’ve been a lucky traveler so far and haven’t need my “emergency” outfits– but I am always prepared!

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  295. Cordelia says:

    lists, for sure! I need to write it all down so that I don’t forget.

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  296. I like to keep things super simple. When I make a meal I make double the recipe. That means enough for us and enough for lunches the next day!

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  297. Erica says:

    I pick out my clothes work the night before, so when I wake up in the morning, it’s one less thing I have to think about before my coffee!

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  298. Maureen Gaj says:

    I travel all the time for work, so I bought a whole “travel kit” that has travel size toiletries and second set of makeup. It makes such a difference because I can pack it in the suitcase as I’m going and not have to save room for my makeup bag and squeeze it in the morning of!

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  299. Christine Bruha says:

    In the mornings I always wake up, put on a big pot of coffee, and then turn up the music and dance and sing as I get ready and pick out outfits!

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  300. Alex says:

    I make lists for literally everything. It helps me stay organized and makes me not forget anything!

    Thanks for the packing tips and the opportunity to win!

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  301. Theresa says:

    I keep lists everywhere (on my phone and paper) so that I can stay on task everyday and accomplish what I want to! I needed these packing tips, I’m the worst!

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  302. Caitlin Lewis says:

    I allow myself in the morning to eat a good breakfast, drink strong coffee, and Pinterest before the rest of my day begins. This gives me some time to myself to prepare for the day ahead.

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  303. Tina says:

    We just remodeled our bathroom and I put a bin for each kid in the vanity drawer. Now everyone has their own space and toothbrushes, floss, hair products, etc. aren’t mixed together in a big jumble like they were before.

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  304. ashley says:

    I pick up messes and clean some things when I see them, which means I never spend an entire day cleaning house!

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  305. Tanvi says:

    I am a planner. I plan all the meals for the next week on Friday and then do grocery only for the items on the menu and cook everything over the weekend. All the snack and meals are pre-prepared, taking the guess work of eating healthy out during the week!

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  306. Casey says:

    A to-do list for every day is my life-saver πŸ™‚

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  307. emily n. says:

    packing cubes. i mean, they are the best.

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  308. Linda says:

    Packing breakfast and planning out my outfit the night before is huge time saver in the morning = extra sleep and less stress!

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  309. Autumn Gardner says:

    Sticking with tried and true pieces when traveling is so hard to remember when I’m packing! A little thing that I do that goes a long way . . . hm. Having my kids lay out their outfits for the next day as part of the bedtime routine. And, if I can manage to stick with what I picked out the night before :), picking out my clothes for the next day also helps during the breakfast / get out the door / get to school / get to work rush.

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  310. Rachel says:

    This may sound a bit silly but grabbing a Starbucks coffee while taking care of my errands at Target always makes my day. Enjoying that little treat while getting my shopping done (and browsing the awesome products at Target) is my favorite “to do” item!

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  311. shellylovestwilight says:

    Lunch for work is always leftovers from the night before. This way, I’m less likely to buy lunch (i.e., spend $$) or make not-so-healthy choices.

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  312. Elisabeth says:

    I actually use your 30 for 30 method for packing. I generally try to stick to X pieces for X days (although this does not actually work for an overnight trip, I do bring clothing). But I try to stick to the principle and pack mix and match things, I can wear more than once.

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  313. jesslee says:

    a to-do list and a smile #thelittlethings πŸ™‚

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  314. six58 says:

    Dry shampoo. Hollaar for second or ever third day hair, ya’ll!

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  315. Ana says:

    This post is very helpful. I am a stressful packer and usually end up hating everything I packed because I didn’t plan before throwing clothes and shoes into my suitcase. I read a little every morning. A book, uplifting magazine, scriptures, content that makes me think. My days are better when I do this and I have a better attitude about life.

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  316. I am currently working on my graduate thesis and am in my final semester. To keep myself on track, I try to write a weekly list, divided into days of the things I need to do and a rough track of pages I need to write. This list allows me to tick things off as I go and make sure I am making progress. I try not to beat myself up if I can’t finish the list but seeing at least half of it ticked off makes me know that things are on track and I feel a sense of achievement!

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  317. Jolene Miesner says:

    If I can remember to do it before bed, grinding my coffee beans and putting water in the kettle seems to take so much less effort at night than it does in the morning!

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  318. Abbie (M is for Mama) says:

    I pack my kids’ snacks up, fill their juice cups, etc. and then I put those in a bag along with my phone/purse/other random paraphernalia on the counter right beside the door, so I can literally grab everything at once as we leave instead of running around to five different spots at the last second (or at least I do this on days when I have my act together, have gotten enough sleep the night before, the sun is shining, and no one is screaming {too loudly}).

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  319. Anna Smith Russell says:

    My husband and I leave each other little notes in the morning because we don’t always get up at the same time (he works retail and I work a 9-5). Those notes count for a whole lot of ‘romantic’ in our marriage.

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  320. Krista says:

    Planning for the day the night before! That way I can wake up with a plan πŸ™‚

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  321. Sarah Haslip says:

    I like to get my “machines” humming at night before bed: dishwasher and dryer, to be specific. Makes me happy to wake up to clean dishes and clothes.

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  322. liz piccione-volger says:

    Calendar for the month and list for the day works for me and a bath after my evening workout instead of a shower relaxes me at the end of the day

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  323. Natasha Kugel says:

    I always, always, ALWAYS make a list before I pack anything! I list every single item I plan on bringing with me and I make sure to only stick to my list. I helps me to not over pack and to make sure I don’t forget anything.

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  324. megan says:

    i try to be as proactive as possible in all areas of life. i think it’s so helpful (my husband may think it’s annoying)!

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  325. Sarah S says:

    I try and work out in the morning! It’s tough to get up, but so nice to get it out of the way early!

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  326. jesscuellar says:

    so important to have options when you travel, after a piece of cheesecake i might not want to wear that fitted pencil skirt and heels. i may need spanx, a maxi dress and denim jacket. http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/02/worrywart.html

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  327. Shana says:

    I open, sort, and shred my mail as soon as I get it — fewer pieces of paper piling up.

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  328. liz piccione-volger says:

    LOVE that polkadot bag! Where is it from????

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  329. Toby Trachy says:

    I have to write down my schedule so I will remember πŸ™‚ I have a planner in addition to my work calendar. It helps me stay so much more organized than relying on modern technology!

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  330. Molly says:

    I plan all my dinners out for the week, and shop once. If I decide to switch things around, that works….but I know I have the ingredients to cover all meals!

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  331. Jessica says:

    a little thing that goes a long way for me is picking out meals, writing a grocery list and going grocery shopping for an entire week. It helps save money because i’m not tempted to go out to eat during the week since i already bought food and it saves time not going on multiple trips to the store or having to think about what i’m going to make every day.

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  332. Several people have told me “how do you pack so lightly?!” and I can easily say “I follow Kendi’s 30×30 example” it was really inspiring, just to think differently about my clothes, to take full advantage of them by mixing and matching πŸ™‚ And honestly, at home we re-wear items, so it’s good to keep that in mind while packing too πŸ™‚

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  333. Michelle says:

    I make lists for everything.. Groceries, meal planning, to do lists, birthday ideas for my husband, you name it. It sounds so simple but goes such a long way. I find that if I’m not rembering everything in my head, I feel much less stressed and I can accomplish more (or some days, relax more!).

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  334. Jessica Staley says:

    I travel a lot and I tend to over pack. I have started trying on all outfits before I pack them, just to make sure I like what I have chosen to wear… no suprises by a lack luster outfit and wasted space in my suitcase.

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  335. DKersten says:

    I pack my lunch the night before – that way, when I push my snooze button a few extra (5) times, I don’t panic and throw a banana and some chips in a bag as my “lunch”! I eat more veggies this way, too! πŸ™‚

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  336. Whitney Skirvin says:

    I am the biggest list keeper ever!! I got this awesome notepad called “What To Eat” that helps me meal plan for the entire week (because I seriously need some help in that department!).

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  337. Michelle says:

    Cute office supplies to write my notes and lists on help me keep everything straight. Scheduling is a big part of our life with a one year old around here!

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  338. GB says:

    I now plan what to pack for school lunches the night before. I also have a master list of kid-approved school lunches that are in heavy rotation. Saves my sanity in the morning and spares everyone from the crabby mom routine! πŸ™‚

    Loved your tips on packing right–after years of trial and error, I think I’m slowly getting there! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  339. My Chapstick!

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  340. Allison says:

    We have some really neat local markets near us, but they all have different & strange hours. So I took a page in the back of my day planner and wrote down the open hours of all our favorite markets so I’ll always have them with me.

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  341. Heather Gibson says:

    Spending quality time with my daughter now will pay off and help our relationship in the future πŸ™‚

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  342. JillGG says:

    a little thing that goes a long way in my life is a little quiet time, to catch up on blogs or housework or just to read!

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  343. Smiling!! So simple and even if you’re down it can completely turn things around. πŸ™‚

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  344. Jennie says:

    Great post! I take 10mins and pick up my house before I go to bed. That way each day is a fresh start without any lingering clutter from the night before.

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  345. vnssa906 says:

    the little things you do that go a long way in your life: making lists. I am a list fanatic, mostly because I have the memory span of a goldfish.. or Dory the fish. Keeping a list of things I need to buy, to do, to cook, beauty items I’m lusting after, what I have to do today, etc keeps me and those around me sane.. especially my husband. πŸ™‚

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  346. Headphones! They brighten up my morning commute and put me in a good mood!

    XxMO

    madame-ostrich.com

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  347. I save all my household chores for the weekend…if I can. This let’s me relax when I get home from work, and luckily I find organizing [and sometimes cleaning] soothing, so I just work laundry, dishes and cooking into my Saturday and Sunday. It is such a catharsis after a crazy week at work.

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  348. Rachel says:

    I sync my work calendar to my personal calendar so I can easily view and mentally prepare for the next day. It’s also a huge help when trying to coordinate personal events after work or even doctor or dentist appointments.

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  349. Lizz Pierson says:

    I pick out my work outfits the weekend before (plus one or two back up outfits)! With a baby, it’s hard to find time each morning to look put together. Ever since starting this simple routine, my wardrobe staples have become even more versatile and my fun accessories are finally getting put to use!

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  350. Lissett Caviston says:

    I have twins, so spending some one on one time with each of them goes a long way. They love the individual attention, the chance to have mommy alone, and I love giving them every bit of me during that special time.

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  351. Hi Kendi! I love using the Tide Pods! My Mom and I used to make our own laundry detergent but it was leaving a residue on my dark clothes. I was so happy to find the pods! They are so easy and a great price for how many you get. I will have to try the Gain Flings!
    I write stuff down as soon as I run out or am critically low on a list stationed on my refrigerator. Then when I go to the store I don’t have to rack my brain trying to remember what I need or run the risk of forgetting. In other words, I’ve stopped being such a procrastinator….on that.

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  352. Liz says:

    I love Tide Pods and just noticed the Gain Flings on sale at Target too! They are TRULY a ‘little thing’ that makes life so much easier.

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  353. A Gabel says:

    Lists on sticky notes that are carefully arranged on the wall just above my computer. They can be moved around depending on priority!

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  354. Whitney says:

    Writing cards and little notes to people–both those who I see all the time and to those I’m just getting to know. It’s a rare thing to hear how appreciated you are, and I love to share that.

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  355. Jessica says:

    I meal plan for the week so there’s no ongoing “what’s for dinner” conversation!

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  356. Dani Rose says:

    A little thing I do is do at least 15 minutes of cleaning a day! That way I don’t get stressed over a completely trashed house! Between school, my internship, work and a dog… Things get crazy!

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  357. Elizabeth says:

    Drinking more water! Makes everything better πŸ™‚

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  358. ChickenPIB says:

    Tried and True is a good idea. Thanks Kendi

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  359. Bookmarking this post. I am the queen of overpacking and it’s high time I rein it in.

    Thanks for the tips!

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  360. i freelance from home so my schedule, while flexible, is often a challenge to manage. even though i don’t have a set 8-5 i still plan my days accordingly dedicating time to blogging, photoshop, work, exercising, reading, etc. i find it makes me feel so much more content!

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  361. scuzers says:

    I pack a week ahead and slowly weed out outfits I know I won’t wear so I don’t take too much!

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  362. Amy L. says:

    I always plan my lunch and outfit the night before so I am not running around the next morning!

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  363. Robin says:

    Lists for everything make such a difference for me! Lists for groceries, errands to run, things to be accomplished in a week, etc. I love crossing items off!

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  364. librarirun says:

    Little things: running every day, talking with my family on the phone, and making sure to hug my 3 dogs daily!

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  365. jenna says:

    I have a few tricks: I start a load of laundry every evening (the next morning, I move it to the dryer, and then fold it and put it away before bed) – we don’t create enough dirty laundry to make 7 loads a week, so there’s always a few days off of laundry duty, which feels like such a break, especially when compared to my old life of trying to do a whole week’s laundry in one day.

    I also plan all our meals about a week in advance, which makes things so simple! My jewelry is always on display near my dresser – if I didn’t see it every day as I’m getting dressed, I would forget to wear any of it! And I use my phone’s reminder function to keep me on task, depending on my day.

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  366. Holly Daymude says:

    I love to bake, but hate the clean-up, naturally. I make myself clean as I go, so I’m not overwhelmed at the end of everything and can enjoy the process. That sense of self-satisfaction of looking at an empty sink does wonders for me! (No dishwasher here, so it *really* means a lot!)

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  367. elizabethread says:

    A little thing that I do to go a long way is make sure I have enough time each morning to take a relaxing shower! It is my favorite part of the day since I am able to relax and process the day ahead of me.

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  368. Nice packing tips! I always get so overwhelmed when packing and leave it for the night before. Never a good idea! Last time I travelled, I did a mini remix challenge, and that helped keep down the suitcase weight! To make sure everything went together (or with as many pieces as possible), I made a list! Lists are definitely my “little thing that goes a long way”. Can’t ever have enough.

    xo Kimi
    http://www.twentysomethingsimple.wordpress.com

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  369. Lana says:

    To do lists! They make my day easier to handle when I know exactly what has to get done. Usually they are just in my planner, but I feel accomplished at the end of my day when everything is checked off, and not like a spazz trying to figure out what I have forgotten.

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  370. Nadila Yusuf says:

    My closest girl friends and I have a group e-mail/ Google spreadsheet where we share our healthy practices. On the Google Drive Spreadsheet we make weekly goals such as: call a friend, go to the gym, study for GREs, etc. On e-mail we send healthy recipes, work out tips, and any personal updates. We started this because it is really hard for us all to get together in one place. We noticed that we hardly stay in touch because we are so busy in our professional lives and wanted to find a way to support each other without feeling the pressure of calling and meeting up all the time. We have learned that staying in touch via e-mail and through our spreadsheet keeps us motivated in trying to balance work and personal life together. It also keeps us accountable to each other and lets us see if anyone is struggling. It’s honest, real, and true. Although it’s via e-mail/ Google drive it has really allowed us to stay in touch and continue empowering one another. It’s a small gesture but it goes a long way for all of us.

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  371. Heather Donahoe says:

    I love household disinfecting wipes. I keep a canister in pretty much every room of my home. I love using them to spot clean EVERYTHING. I probably rely on them too much as a cleaning shortcut, but the results speak for themselves!

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  372. Sarah Destrehan says:

    Great packing tips. Hmmm. the little thing I do that goes a long way is to make a list of things to take on. I’m not scatterbrained, but I am thinking about a million things at once. Once I have a list, I can take the brain power I was devoting to trying to remember to actually doing the things!

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  373. sandyalamode says:

    i roll all my clothes in my suitcase!! it totally saves room and allows me to bring more! πŸ™‚

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  374. Arlynnda says:

    I write down all of my exams and major projects that will be due throughout the semester on the first day of class. That way I’m never surprised about homework or a test and I can start working on things ahead of time!

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  375. Maggie says:

    The “little thing” I do is buy fresh flowers every week! They brighten up my apartment and always make me smile.

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  376. Mia says:

    I go to the gym while my clothes are in the dryer! It’s right up the street from the laundromat so I know I have a good hour to work out while they dry and am also using the time well, as opposed to lounging around my apt or watching TV.

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  377. Michelle says:

    I *try* to clean up the house before I travel, so when I get home everything looks nice and all my luggage isn’t just adding to the mess.

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  378. Hayley Z says:

    Some little things that make a big difference in my life:
    – making to-do lists and sticking to them!
    -choosing my outfit the night before
    -packing my lunch the night before

    These small things make life so much easier when I am scrambling in the morning to get out the door!

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  379. Kristin Farries Golemon says:

    Have a toiletries case always packed with travel-sized products, so all you have to do is grab your favorite make-up and toothbrush!

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  380. Caroline Deck says:

    Lists! And cutting up fresh veggies to keep in the fridge so they are easily accessible. That way, when my toddler needs a snack and I’m in the middle of something I can grab them out quick πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  381. mary says:

    there are a few things i always do every single day – a few minutes of yoga/quiet meditation, play with my cat & hold hands with my husband. the are simple but effective!

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  382. Sasa Zoe says:

    Awesome tips for packing. I need to improve my packing skill, hehe<3

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  383. nicole_e_c says:

    When I helped pack outfits for the kids I babysat who were going to summer camp, the best thing we did was pack each outfit in a gallon size bag. Everyday the kiddos knew what was clean and what to wear!

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  384. Martina Lynne says:

    The little thing that goes a long way in my life is my dog! Since she’s a 60 pound hound dog, she’s not actually all that little, but the little ways she changes my life make all the difference. She’s my gym (long walks!), my clock (the dog needs to pee, so it must be 2pm), my therapist (snuggles and endorphins, baby), etc. And since she drags me through mud puddles every day, she also makes me have to rely on *other* little things, like my laundry machine…

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  385. Laura says:

    I’m a list maker – life saver!

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  386. Katie says:

    The little things I do that make a big difference: to do lists (every dang day) and actually utilizing drop off service at my local laundromat – this saves me SO much time and costs about the same as doing it myself. It really is the little things!

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  387. Pretty to do lists. It sounds silly, but I am SO much more likely to follow my list if I make it look nice (plus it’s fun for me–I love any excuse to get creative!).

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  388. Teresa Krammer says:

    LISTS! I make a list of outfits I want to wear that week, and it saves me at least 15 minutes every morning when I’m getting ready (aka time for more coffee!). I also plan out my meals for every week before I go grocery shopping. This saves me time and money at the grocery and we don’t end up with spoiled food. Also – no “what’s for dinner” tonight conversations!

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  389. Raegan says:

    My morning is crucial to my day’s success! I get up a few hours early so that I have time to workout, shower, make breakfast and lunch and prep for dinner as necessary, watch Good Morning America with my coffee in my robe, and leave the house looking clean and inviting for when I come home. I am a better employee, wife, homemaker, and individual because of my morning routine. Days when I sleep in and miss it seem so scattered, rushed and short in comparison!

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  390. Nikki says:

    As the new mom of a 3-month-old, I’m trying to wear at least one of my favorite things — a necklace, my good jeans, a pair of cute flats — every day. It’s tempting to stay in my pjs, but doing this “little thing” keeps me energized and brings a smile to my face.

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  391. Jen Friedman says:

    Planning out meals for the week so that I don’t waste groceries or buy unnecessary items. And (this one is hard for me) getting up a few minutes early so that I am not stressed and rushing in the morning.

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  392. Karla V says:

    One little thing that goes a long way is making the most out of my 40 minute commute home in the evenings by listening to my favorite CD, listening to a book, calling friends I haven’t connected with in a while (using my hands free set of course!), or reflect on the days events. It’s so easy to get frustrated in traffic so I use this time for myself, which helps me decompress so I’m ready to focus on my loved ones waiting for me at home.

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  393. Naomi Brunner says:

    Making a to-do list, packing the night before, laying everything out on my bed so that I can see it before packing, and buying a couple fun magazines for the flight!

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  394. I keep an active “to do list” on my google docs that both my husband and I have access to…it really helps us remember to get all those small things done.

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  395. Elana V says:

    A little thing I do that goes a long way in my life is snuggling my kitten. Affection, given and received, in any form can add so much joy and warmth to life.

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  396. Lorena says:

    Little things I do is kiss my girls every morning when Im dropping them off at school! they have this huge smile on their face and it melts my heart.

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  397. Shannon Mason says:

    Exercise — it gets my endorphins flowing which makes me a happier person! Yoga, spinning, or anything outdoors!

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  398. Adin Blankenship says:

    Thank you for these tips. We do travel a lot, I mean do road trips a lot and we have two kids. And packing for kids can be overwhelming and you could end up taking a lot of things. But lately I have been packing light and like you said, take 80% basic and the rest wildcards. I too make a list of things even when packing. I have been doing it for so many years now, even when I was still single and traveled a lot. I sit in my room looking at all my clothes planning on what I would pack with me. I list down everything I need from from toothbrush, toothpaste, underwear, and so on and so forth. I thought I was crazy, but that’s how I do things. Plus, everytime I make a list, I end up not forgetting things I need. And when it is time to go back home, you can check your list again to make sure you packed everything and you are not going to leave it behind. So yes, making a list of things is something that works so well for me.

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  399. Dawn says:

    I always make lists and plan ahead. On Sundays you will usually find me making meal plans, grocery shopping for the week and prepping what I can ahead of time. This saves me a lot of stress during the busy week!

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  400. Kelly Stout says:

    Since I am working full time and finishing grad school, I’ve had to become more of a planner for my every day life. Having a cute planner goes a long way to keep me organized!

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  401. My little thing is planning out things months in advance! It seems crazy to plan out June in February, but in June I’ll appreciate that I have nothing to worry about!

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  402. jenny says:

    great packing tips. the one thing that goes a long way for me is packing a lunch the night before. saves me so much time in the morning

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  403. Rachel LaForce says:

    Little things that make life easier – cleaning as you go instead of putting it all off. If you put dirty clothes in the hamper right away and load the dishwasher in small batches your life will stay more organized throughout the week. I would rather spend 2 hours on Saturday touching up instead of 5-6 deep cleaning everything that I avoided.

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  404. elissa says:

    Love the packing tips! My ‘little thing’ is Netflix on my phone. Oddly, riding the bus home from downtown each day while watching Scandal on my phone helps me relax for a minute after a brutal day in the office~!

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  405. Gina says:

    love this giveaway! little things I do – using the slow cooker. makes healthy eating really easy :).

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  406. Kileen says:

    great post, Kendi! for me, I start my packing 3 days early cause otherwise I always end up forgetting something essential!

    cute & little

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  407. TroisValisesRouges says:

    I continue to shop my closet each season. It is crazy how many new uses I can get out of older articles of clothing if i just try them in new combinations. Looking through pinterest and inspiring blogs always help make for great outfit ideas!

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  408. Midory Esquer says:

    the little thing that goes a long way? mascara! haaaa… for some odd reason mascara can do wonders for you!

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  409. Melissa Van Grinsven says:

    Waking up on a quiet peaceful morning and drinking my coffee before heading off to work/class – it’s the little things that go a long way.

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  410. Robin says:

    I pick out my outfit the night before and hang it up by my mirror. I find i’m very indecisive in the morning and so having it ready to go when I wake up can save me up to 30 minutes of trying on outfits.

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  411. Sarah says:

    The first thing I do every morning is make my bed so I a. won’t get back in and go to sleep and b. have a neat room to come home to after work.

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  412. Sarah says:

    Having the right scarves with me when I travel goes a long way! Helps me put together even if I pack the wrong clothes!

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  413. Jessica M says:

    I don’t know if it’s considered a little thing but even 15 minutes of yoga can totally change my day. It calms me down and helps me focus even if I woke up in a terrible mood.

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  414. Jen Belliss says:

    My husband and I live in Calirfornia and are lucky enough to rent a small apartment near the ocean. We don’t have the luxurious Calirfornia lifestyle that you may be envisioning, but we do try to walk our two dogs to this one hidden beach cove as often as our jobs and the weather allows. We have to hike down a slippery cliff side to get to the remote beach, but we have learned to always bring a trash bag with us. As our dogs run up and down the beach with smiles on their faces, my husband and I walk and pick up all the pieces of styrofoam, bottle caps, plastic bottles, and lighters that have washed ashore. We can easily fill an entire tall kitchen trash bag in one afternoon and even though it’s messy and not so glamorous, my husband and I gain such a sense of accomplishment when we look at the pristine beach we are leaving by the end of the day… Even though we know it will be recovered by the time we return.

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  415. Karissa says:

    We recently started laying out my nine-month-old’s outfits for the week on Sundays– we even put them in little see-through containers with labels on them (what can I say, I’m Type A). It saves us time and hassle in the mornings when we’re rushing to load him up for school and get out the door, and it’s kind of fun to sit together in his nursery on Sundays to assemble cute ensembles. Dressing babies is kind of thrilling…

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  416. Caroline Landis says:

    i always have raisins with me in my bag so I can have a healthy snack instead of grabbing some junk food.

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  417. Shari says:

    Prep lunches and set the coffee up with timer before bed so my morning routine can be done leisurely.

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  418. Kendra says:

    Every morning (well, most mornings), I get up 20 minutes early and do some simple yoga stretches and sit ups. The stretches make my body and mind feel ready for the day, and the sit ups keep me from having back pain. My 30’s have taught me that little things go a long way to making me feel like a happy, productive human!

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  419. jeanette says:

    I put together several outfits each week, then I can pick which one I feel like wearing that morning. I have the shoes and accessories picked out in advance too. Makes life that much easier in the mornings.

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  420. april deann says:

    With just recently moving into our first house, I had to make the household ‘to do’ list more manageable (so I didnt cave, and hire a maid), so I created a spreadsheet of household cleaning tasks that I customized to my own personal weekly schedule.
    I basically give myself Monday-Wednesday to clean the Kitchen, Office and Guest Room, Thursday-Saturday to clean the Living Room and Bathroom and Sundays for the Master, Basement and all the ‘not so fun’ tasks like laundry and yard work.
    Since I’m most busy Thursday-Saturday, I made sure to lighten the load on those days and specifically clean the main ‘public spaces’ in case of unexpected guests. This has already helped make the house feel cleaner and less overwhelming to keep up with!

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  421. Brittany says:

    I always make an effort to put clean sheets on my bed right before leaving for a trip so that when I come home exhausted I can fall into a nicely made bed!

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  422. Cinamon says:

    Always try to pack a lunch the night before work which always saves time in the morning!

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  423. Cassidy Boatright says:

    My ‘little thing’ is EXERCISE!! It keeps my head clear, my heart steady, and it kickstarts my creativity & productivity! β™‘

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  424. A says:

    Two things come to mind: committing to only using a carry-on suitcase for travel unless moving or being gone for a month+ (used to be an epic over-packer), and getting Evernote. As a busy grad student it’s a lifesaver and I use it constantly on my phone and computer πŸ™‚

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  425. Katie Burke says:

    For me getting a sweat in every day makes all the difference in the world for my stress levels–even a small jog or bike ride can help turn the day around.

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  426. Setu says:

    I only drink soda once a week in order to reduce my “empty” calorie intake…I think it’s a little thing that will go a long way in my life

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  427. Jenna C says:

    I plan out all my dinners for the week on Saturday and go grocery shopping just for the ingredients I need.

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  428. Emily L says:

    Every morning, I have a cup of hot water + honey + lemon before breakfast. It’s super hydrating and calming and sets a healthy tone for the rest of my day!

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  429. Kristen says:

    Little thing I do at work that goes a long way is spend time at the beginning of each semester (I work at a university) to plan out week by week what needs to get done by the end of the semester – then I go in every Monday morning to update that week and add things that have come up. It really helps keep me organized and make sure I know everything will get done by the time it needs to!

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  430. Alison - NYC Recessionista says:

    One of the things I’ve learned to do over the last couple of years — and it really goes a long way in my life — is to do a lot of the cooking for the week on Sundays. That’s when I wash and chop lettuce and vegetables for salads, roast peppers, grill chicken, portion out fruit for snacks, and make soups. Then it’s not such a chore to eat healthier during the week!

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  431. Hannah B says:

    Make my bed every morning! It is so much nicer to come home to a tidy looking room

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  432. Pam Blankenship says:

    Little thing that goes along way for me is when coffee is made for me before I even get out of bed!

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  433. Patti says:

    When I come up with a good outfit that makes me feel good and looks like I have some sort of style, I write it down in a journal and include all details like shoes, sccessories, etc. Then I can refer to this later when I am in a pinch and trying to get ready to go on a trip!

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  434. $2405998 says:

    My Little Thing That Goes A Long Way is just putting things away immediately when I get home – for everything from unpacking after a trip, getting home from the grocery store, or coming home from work…so much time saved hunting things down and so much frustrationg from living surrounded by clutter has been saved since I FINALLY started and stuck with doing this!

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  435. Sam says:

    I made sure to keep a bag ready of basic toiletries and makeup in my suitcase. It’s things I know I freak out when I don’t have them, so then i worry less about forgetting something important.

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  436. Hi lovely says:

    My morning smoothies and warm towels fresh from the dryer make my days that much better!

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  437. Adi Ziv says:

    My “little” thing is a glass of water. When i’m studying at home or i’m at work. In my Bag there is always a bottle – when on the way!:)

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  438. Marie says:

    I don’t leave the house without some Benefit Erase Paste on my dark undereye circles, they look so much better and you only need to use a little!

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  439. Kelly H says:

    It’s often a mad dash for me to get to the plane. I always carry packets of chamomile tea with me to calm me down once I’m finally there. Order hot water on the plane and pop it in…even just the smell of chamomile calms me down. Then I doze off for a few hours, and I feel refreshed when I arrive.

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  440. kdkeating says:

    I plan out my meals two weeks in advance to cut down on extra trips to the grovery store & extra money spent.

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  441. Kate says:

    Taking time to savor big moments while you’re in them!

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  442. Amber Dorsey says:

    I always wash the sheets before we go out of town and be sure to do a quick clean so when we come back it looks like a maid has been there in our absence. which helps when faced with all the laundry that has accumalted from 3 people travelling. And because we are now moving I have a wicked awesome packing list by room. Each room is assigned a number sequence (i.e. Kitchen = #300) and then boxes are labeled in that sequence and my list shows what’s in each box so I don’t have to dig through 10 boxes labeled kitchen to find my spatulas. I’m pretty excited about it.

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  443. Sarah H. says:

    When I pack I try to take one thing from each outfit and work it into the next outfit. It really cuts down on the number of things I pack! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ~Sarah of Sarah’s Real Life

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  444. Emily ACanDoAttitude says:

    I makes lists, I would forget everything without one. Plus I am nerdy and like crossing things off.

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  445. Jackie Cook says:

    My little thing that goes a long way is coming home from work and IMMEDIATELY putting something cozy on. That feeling of getting my dressy, worn all day, work clothes off and my comfortable, loose pj pants on…..there’s nothing better.

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  446. Amy says:

    My ‘little thing’ is having a separate email address that I use for promotions, list serves, etc. That way my personal inbox stays clear for important emails that need my attention!

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  447. Lauren says:

    My little thing is having my lunch packed before bed so that when I get up, all I have to do is throw it in a bag and go. Saves money. Helps me make healthy choices. Helps save my sanity on busy mornings.

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  448. Nadia says:

    This is really helpful. One thing I also do is pack only a couple pairs of shoes (since they can be bulky) and pack outfits around the shoes.

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  449. lauren says:

    keeping my laundry day on schedule! and always putting it away as soon as it comes out of the dryer! πŸ™‚

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  450. A says:

    I bring my lunch for the whole week on Monday, so I never have to worry about running late in the morning and not having time to pack it everyday

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  451. Katy B says:

    I always try to pack in a similar planned-out fashion, but it never fails that when I get to a destination, I hate all the clothes in my suitcase and go out and buy something new. So, now, my favorite “little thing” is making sure I have some extra room in the suitcase for new goodies.

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  452. Sandra P says:

    I make coffee every morning! As a college student, it is really important for me to be alert when I go to all of my (too early) morning classes!

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  453. Roya Kamrani says:

    I pre-plan my kids outfits for the week on Sunday – including, pjs, spare clothes and uniforms(soccer, karate, etc.) Save me a lot of time during the day.

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  454. jj cefaratti says:

    The simplest thing I do that saves a TON of time and stress is I have a go to travel bag with all my necessitites in travel size. I never have to worry about if I forgot something since it’s always in the same bag. If I run out, then I make a quick dash to Target and refill before the trip. The whole little satchel that I carry is small enough to fit in a purse or carry on. Smart, easy, and very convenient and i can find everything that goes in it at Target so boom! piece of cake! Now that i have your outfit suggestions, i will be a complete packer πŸ™‚ thanks!

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  455. Michelle says:

    My little thing is having a separate email address that I use for all kinkds of promotions πŸ™‚

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  456. Jennifer B. says:

    I get everything I need for the morning ready the night before. That means packing my lunch, choosing my outfit, and packing my gym clothes. It saves me tons of time and gives no excuse not to make it to the gym after work!

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  457. Stephanie says:

    My little thing is remembering to smile during life’s little hiccups. Not letting it phase you goes a long way.

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  458. Navya says:

    I have a carry-on bag packing list on my phone which I always pull up while packing so I dont miss packing anything for the plane.

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  459. Amy Nalette says:

    Sometimes, when I’m feeling down, I’ll go to the pet store near work during my lunch break and play with the kittens. It’s little things like this that can totally turn my day around! πŸ™‚

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  460. Tracy says:

    I try to prep lunches the night before and plan ahead for dinners. Last minute meal preparation usually results in take-out so it’s important I stay organized.

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  461. SueAnn says:

    I have to make lists for everything! I freak out that I forgot something otherwise. I’m in love with crossing things off and looking at the list all scribbled up, feel like I accomplished something big:)

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  462. Vanessa Walton says:

    I plan out my route to every place I go in my city mentally when I leave. If I know it is rush hour, I will take roads less traveled to get to my destination faster! It might sound anal, but I just call it being efficient! πŸ™‚

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  463. Kate says:

    I like to lay out my clothes for the next day before going to bed. That way I can sleep in an extra few minutes and not look like I grabbed the first thing on the pile!

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  464. Kimberly Hoye says:

    always make time for hair and make-up in the morning- it makes my day that much more enjoyable!

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  465. Aubrey says:

    Yoga! It keeps me healthy in body and mind and allows me to be the best I can be for the other people in my life, which I’m sure they appreciate.

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  466. Charly says:

    I cook ahead and freeze all kinds of things. Saves so much time!

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  467. Monica says:

    The little thing in life I do is smile. Not only does it make me feel better, it creates a better atmosphere at work.

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  468. Brooke says:

    The little thing I do that goes a long way in my life? Slowing down! Play w/my son, walk outside, read a book, bible study. All these things help me to focus on things that truly matter.

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  469. RobynK says:

    I’ve been waiting for a packing tips post! Great advice. Maybe an example 30-for-30: Vacation Edition is in order (perhaps modified as a 10 for 10 or something)? Anyway, my “little thing that goes a long way” is list-making. From groceries, to to-do’s, to clothing items I’m always searching for, my trusty lists keep me on track and goal-oriented. So even if I want to make an “impulse” purchase or indulge in some procrastination, I have a list of viable options that ensure I’m still doing something positive.

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  470. Stacey C says:

    The little thing that goes the farthest for me…. clean sheets and towels. And if my husband changes the sheets or hangs new towels for me, well, that goes beyond! Also, my greatest joy is big open mouthed slobbery kisses from my eight month old’s little mouth. There’s nothing as small and big at the same time!

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  471. Liz Marquez says:

    Every morning I make a list of the things I need to accomplish for the day and include some reminders too about things I need to get done the following day. I am able to sit down and think about what I need to do so I have a rough idea of what needs to be done that day. Makes me more efficient and feel less overwhelmed when there’s a lot to do : )

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  472. mary r says:

    my little thing is to take a picture of each outfit as I’m figuring them out and packing. Instead of writing them down, i have a little photo gallery on my phone. πŸ™‚

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  473. Melody Hart says:

    the lil thing in my life everyday is say Thank you, it doesn’t cost you, it takes one second, and it make you and the other person feel good.

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  474. Elizabeth says:

    I keep something sweet around constantly. Chocolate and candy are just little things that go a long way to brighten up any gray day!

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  475. Michelle Harrison says:

    Good packing tips!

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  476. Rebekah says:

    Working in customer service has taught me that the little things such as smiling or just making the decision to have a good attitude go along way because these decisions affect not only you, but also those around.

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  477. Fat White Cat says:

    I have been really making more of an effort to let myself relax. Guilt-tripping myself over unfinished things is sort of my default mode, but life feels so much better when I can let that go for a while!

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  478. Layne says:

    My little habit: taking my dogs for a walk. It’s an exercise in responsible pet ownership that teaches me that giving of myself (my time, resources, etc.) goes a long way. For my pets, my family, my friends and my community.

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  479. Kelly Jo says:

    Ok I’m not really a ‘pink girl’ but that second photo of you is so pretty and I kinda wish I had a pink scarf. Is 28 too late to try pink? One little thing I do that goes a long way is to make breakfasts for the week on Sundays. Whether it’s smoothie packs or homemade granola, cutting up fruit. It makes the mornings so much easier!

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  480. There are a few things I do that were taught to me by my parents that have made ALL the difference in my 41 years of life.
    1) Live within your means.
    2) Listen to someone carefully BEFORE you speak
    3) The things you have and truly treasure in life are the things you work for. If you feel you need something else, work harder for it. If you don’t achieve it, don’t be discouraged, it was not meant for you. That is OK!
    As long as you worked your hardest, you gave it your best shot…and that in itself good enough. πŸ™‚
    4) Do all things with great love.

    These are only a few but have made all the difference to me living a happy healthy life. I hope that by “living” these things that I am demonstrating their worthiness to my two sons…and they will carry them on and live happy healthy lives as well.

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  481. Jessica says:

    I actually used a few of the things you just suggested on a trip last week and you’re absolutely right, it made such a difference! Especially knowing what I was going to wear in advance because I am perpetually late so anything that saves me time in the morning is a plus! So that’s my little thing, trying to prepare things for myself as much as possible the night before- clothes, food, hairstyle, things I need to bring with me etc. anything to save me a few minutes!

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  482. We make big batches of meat and veggies each week so we don’t have to stress about what’s for dinner every night–plus, it helps us stay on the healthy eating track rather than reverting to fast food options.

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  483. Mia Collins says:

    The little thing that I do that goes a long way…is I wait up unitl about 1:30am every morning so that my husband and I can pray together.

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  484. Alicia F. says:

    Honesty. It goes the distance…

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  485. Lisa says:

    I know if I clean up the kitchen at night it will greatly help my sanity the next morning. πŸ™‚

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  486. Natalie B says:

    Packing my lunch and picking out my outfit the night before helps my mornings go much smoother (and gives my an extra 15 minutes to sleep in).

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  487. Jessica Pitt says:

    The little thing that goes a long way for me, hot yoga. In an hour long class, you have to focus on your breath, let go of your fears, stress or insecurities. It really makes you focus on yourself.

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  488. Erin S says:

    The little things I do that go a long way are packing a lunch and picking my clothes out the night before. This saves me from the dizziness of trying on 10 tops that all end up wrinkled on the bed.

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  489. Kelly Ann says:

    To-Do lists and yoga. Helps keep my crazy mind focus and breathe!
    Thanks for the packing tips! πŸ™‚

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  490. michellerose630 says:

    The little thing I do that helps us is lay out my children’s clothes the night before school-makes mornings go smoother!

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  491. Nikki says:

    I love taking a few minutes every day/week to text or talk to my mom on the phone! we don’t see each other often and the communication helps to keep us closer!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

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  492. LatteLove says:

    Packing a lunch makes me day 1millionx easier. Now if I actually DID it, it would go a long way.

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  493. JenniferB says:

    The little things I do that go a long way? Meditation before I start my day, even if it’s only ten minutes. Show my husband that I love him and tell him–often. Keep a stash of chocolate because it makes everything better. Buy fresh flowers because they make me smile. Layout my clothes for the week (even iron them!) because I’m too indecisive to pick them out that morning. So so many little things I do that make life happier and easier!

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  494. Emily says:

    Every night I make my lunch and lay out my clothes for the next day. It’s little things like this that help me to stay calm and focused.

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  495. Catharine Youngs says:

    Get enough sleep and wake up early so I don’t feel rushed in the morning!

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  496. Beth says:

    Good info. I always forget something.

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  497. Erikka Treatch Hedberg says:

    Deep breathes. Sometimes the day gets so busy and chaotic but when I’m reminding myself to breathe, it takes a weight off of my shoulders, circulates the oxygen, and helps me slow down.

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  498. Jess M says:

    Make coffee in my nespresso at home! perfect lattes.

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  499. Jesse Coulter says:

    My comfy granny robe! My husband makes fun of me for wearing it, but it’s perfect to slip on after a hot shower.

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  500. I can totally relate to your comments about packing. I used to overpack or under pack. Most of the time, I packed things I never ended up using or wearing. LOVE the 80/20 rule. As for something that helps make my day a little easier? Waking up an hour before I have to. I like to make a cup of coffee and sit by the window and watch the sunrise before my alarm is supposed to go off. There’s something so relaxing and romantic about watching the sky go from black to blue to draped with sunlight. It’s relaxing and helps me stay at ease (since I’m usually one who has 900 things going on). xx

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  501. Taylor Lacey says:

    I really love to make sure I pack healthy snacks where I go. It makes me feel so much better that I can eat what I like whenever I want :] It makes a big difference in my day!

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  502. melody-mae.blogspot.com says:

    The last few trips the simple tip I do: EVERYTHING I pack is in the same color scheme. They do not need to be complete outfits just every thing in the same palette so that I can mix and match everything I pack.

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  503. Ali says:

    I make sure an outfit is picked out the night before so I don’t have to worry about it in the morning.

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  504. Kelsey A says:

    My little things: Chocolate. Chai tea. Passion Iced Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. Lighting my Capri Blue scented candle at the end of a long day.

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  505. Lynzey Lou says:

    I always pack my work bag the night before so that I won’t forget anything. If there are things that can’t be put in the bag, I put a reminder on my phone to go off before I leave.

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  506. Heather M says:

    Taking a couple of minutes to make a cup of tea in the morning keeps me sane at work. It’s a treat to sip on something yummy while I’m stuck in my cubical taking care of business. πŸ™‚ A weekly shopping spree at Target is always a boost to my happiness level as well. You go in for mascara and come out with $100 of stuff you didn’t know you needed.

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  507. Texas Tamie says:

    I take pics of each outfit that I plan to wear during travel, complete with undies and accessories. Makes life much easier, instead of trying to mix and match again in the moment.

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  508. Linzy says:

    I try to get everything ready the night before so in the morning I have to just think of the basics and not waste time picking out what to wear or what to pack for lunch!

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  509. Christina says:

    Giving myself a little treat especially when travelling for work. That can be a starbucks coffee, pedicure or massage when I am travelling or when I get back. It helps me relax and feel refreshed!

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  510. Sarah Giesler says:

    I set up morning essentials the night before: coffee ready to brewed, breakfast options on the counter, smoothie packs thawed in the fridge. Basically anything and everything easy so that I don’t have to worry about it in the morning.

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  511. Sarah Simpson says:

    I always pick out my outfit the night before and iron it. Otherwise I’d be wearing black slacks and wrinkled white button up everyday!

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  512. Ris says:

    i always make an electronic list of what i packed juuuust in case of a lost bag.

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  513. Tiffany Bolton says:

    My go to: planning out my day the night before. It is just good to know if I have a fancy meeting (or if I can sleep in a bit). That way I am not rushed and I can put together some semblance of polish.

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  514. Erin says:

    Take 5-15 to plan the next work day (list), and lay out the outfit for the next day. That way if you are rushed (like I am) you can immediately throw clothes on and rush to that to do list you already took time to do.

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  515. I make the bed every morning. As a SAHM it is easy to feel like I haven’t accomplished much at the end of the day, so seeing the bed made makes me aware that I do a lot of little things. (You know, in addition to keeping a small human alive and happy a majority of the time!)

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  516. Jackie Luskey says:

    I treat laundry like a treat by putting on a podcast or blasting my favorite album. As I fold and hang my clothes out of the dryer, I always task myself with the challenge of coming up with a new outfit combo…some of my favorite styles have come from this special part of me week!

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  517. Meghan says:

    The little thing that works for me everyday is to put a stack of everything that needs to be put in my purse on my way out the door under my car keys. I won’t get far without my keys, so I know I won’t forget the essentials (wallet, planner, lipstick… obviously!)

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  518. Taking time to sit down, eat breakfast, and drink a cup of coffee in the morning! It’s nice to take a few minutes to relax in the morning before rushing off to work!
    I’m pretty good at planning outfits when I’m traveling. What kills me is wanting to bring 5 pairs of shoes…or more πŸ™‚

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  519. Allison says:

    During the day I take two to three minute “screen breaks” each hour to protect my eyes. I practice deep breathing and enjoy the small stress relief!

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  520. grad.nauseam says:

    The little thing that has made a huge difference in my packing? A dedicated toiletry kit, with travel sizes of everything I need – shampoo, razor, toothbrush, makeup removing wipes, my BB cream… everything. I even put in one of those little Stila eyeshadow palettes, so the only makeup I need to pack is my Bare Minerals stuff and my brushes (no liquids!). That stuff used to take me forever to pack and now it’s always ready for me to just toss in my suitcase.

    Re: packing – I am a packing ninja. I won’t even pretend to be modest about it. Last spring my husband and I went on a 12 day road trip around France with only carry on luggage.

    My tried and true packing rule is this: Pick your “neutral”, and build all of your outfits around it, that way everything is pretty much mix and match, and you need fewer pairs of shoes and probably only one bag. For most people that means black – black shoes, black bag, black coat. For me it’s brown (I almost never wear black) – I can wear my brown riding boots and navy blazer on the plane, pack my brown leopard print flats and a pair of nude heels, and carry my brown leather tote. From there, I can pack a bunch of navy and grey basics with pops of color, and everything in my suitcase goes together. If I try to add one black outfit to that mix, that means packing at least an additional pair of shoes and another bag. It means bringing a black blazer in addition to the navy one, etc. etc.

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  521. sopho Konjaria says:

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  522. Caitlin F. says:

    Laying out my outfit the night before saves me at least 20 minutes (and a messy bedroom) every morning. Amazing how much time a little planning can save us πŸ™‚

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  523. Kate M. says:

    I always wake up about 30 minutes before I need to so I have time to sit and watch the news or read some news articles on my phone. It helps me wake up and get ready for the day slowly before the rush starts.

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  524. Mary McNealy Czarnecki says:

    I have a couple favorite mugs that were handmade by local artisans… on mornings when I need a little extra boost to start my day, I’ll grab one of these mugs and it’s like drinking coffee from a piece of art!

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  525. Bri Towne says:

    take a walk every day. even if it’s just around the block. even if i really don’t want to. it makes me feel so much better once it’s done.

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  526. bklover says:

    Stepping out of the office and getting a cup of coffee with a colleague. It’s simple but such a nice and needed break through the day!

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  527. Rachael Manuel says:

    Meal prep. Meal prep. Meal prep. I cannot stress it enough to anyone and everyone! Every Sunday I prep my meals for the entire week! It is a great stress reliever and time reducer during a busy work week. It also gives me a chance to try out all the fun recipes on Pinterest!

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  528. Chelsea says:

    I really enjoy reading a chapter or two of a book before bed. It allows me to unplug from my phone (those candies don’t need to be crushed all the time!) and wind down for bed. Right now, i’m reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan – great read!

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  529. This post was perfect timing because I am getting ready to head out of town next weekend for a week so I will definitely be using some of these tips. For the most part, I try to plan out what I’m wearing and what shoes and jewelry will go with several outfits which really helps to not have a billion necklaces and earrings all tangled together in my bag!

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  530. Betsy says:

    Good advice. I guess I’ll stick to the travel theme and say that when flying I always wear layers and when it’s winter, scarf is the best thing ever. It can be cute but then be used as a pillow or small blanket if needed. That little thing goes a long way!

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  531. Trace says:

    I like to keep a pair of earrings in my travel makeup bag, because even if I forget to pack jewelry for outfits (which is often), at least I have a pair of earrings.

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  532. Grace says:

    I am definitely a “stay tried and true” packer. I pack my very favorite pieces for whatever season I’m traveling. It’s awesome because I know I will look and feel great no matter what I pull out of my suitcase. It’s also a bit scary because if I lose my luggage, well, there goes all of my best styles.

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  533. Rachel R. Vail says:

    Pack lunches and set up the coffee maker the night before. godsend.

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  534. divya says:

    the biggest thing I do is wash my face and pray. Five minutes of prayer is my few minutes of peace where I’m not looking at a screen or being crazy. Its nice.

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  535. CareyK says:

    It’s always the little things that make the big things go smoothly. Picking out my outfit the night before always makes the morning go smoothly no matter what I have planned for the day. Thanks for the packing tips, I too suffer from over packing!!

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  536. lbradsha says:

    Honestly, nothing. I’m not very good at planning ahead and life is usually chaos.

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  537. Guest says:

    I try to make sure my husband always has plenty of homemade food/leftovers for each of his meals throughout the week. He works so incredibly hard to support our family which allows me to stay home with our toddler. Making food for him each day so that he doesn’t have to stop and think about what to get for breakfast or lunch while he’s at work, is just a small way that I can help make his day easier.

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  538. Deborah says:

    I make time to travel even if it is just for a weekend or by myself. I always feel renewed when I come home. It makes my life less stressful.

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  539. Rachelle says:

    Making too much dinner so I can bring leftovers for lunch the next day. I never give myself enough time to plan a lunch in the morning and this saves me money and stress!

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  540. Nikell says:

    One little thing I do is spend time reading my bible. I try to spend at least 30 minutes a day reading and studying. It make a world of difference. I may not see it right a way, but it always pays off in the long run (^_^)

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  541. Lisa Burnette Karohl says:

    I didn’t realize I would enjoy my Keurig as much as I do! I quickly get a cup of coffee ready in the morning and it’s enough for me to get breakfast ready for the kids and small tasks accomplished. I usually save some cleaning up for the morning because I know I’ll be more productive!

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  542. Elizabeth says:

    I try to run the dishwasher before I go to bed with a enough time to unload it before bed. That way I can start the morning without something already looming over my head.

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  543. Michelle says:

    Lately all I’ve needed is some “me” time. Just a few minutes each week to sit and be still and read goes a LONG way for me. I think I forget sometimes how calming/relaxing a good book and some quiet time can be! It goes a long way for sure! πŸ™‚

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  544. Jackie Hanus says:

    I try to make sure my husband always has plenty of homemade
    food/leftovers for each of his meals throughout the week. He works so
    incredibly hard to support our family which allows me to stay home with
    our toddler. Making food for him each day so that he doesn’t have to
    stop and think about what to get for breakfast or lunch while he’s at
    work, is just a small way that I can help make his day easier!

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  545. Lori King says:

    When Im cooking a big meal I try to measure out the night before any of the ingredients I can and put them in food prep bowls. That way the next day/night when I need to cook all I have to do is throw everything together. It makes cooking faster, more enjoyable and easier clean up so more time enjoying the meal.

    Your post today works great for me because Im packing for a trip tonight. πŸ˜€

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  546. Kelli Cohee says:

    the little thing that goes a long way in my life right now is having my 16 month old come up to me out of the blue while I’m cooking in the kitchen and hug my legs… looks up and gives me the biggest grin. nothing like it.

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  547. Mo says:

    One little thing I do to make my life go a long way is take some time to play with our dog Elsie. She’s always up for it and it reminds me to embrace her spirit and zest for life!

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  548. ATran says:

    Adding chia seeds to my morning smoothie helps me start the day with more energy!

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  549. Anne Schwartz says:

    Always having chapstick. I mean seriously.

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  550. Chalayn says:

    Hmm… the little things? Well this is a boring one, but when I’m at the top of my game (har har har) I pack my lunch the night before work. Whenever I do this I save myself from being late and/or going hungry all day because I don’t have enough food.

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  551. Hope Varnedoe says:

    i plan my meals the night before and i also pick out my outfits the night before – including my work out clothes and then what i’ll wear after. makes the mornings so much more peaceful.

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  552. Katie says:

    Love these packing tips! I will definitely try the packing by outfit advice. A little thing I do is try to think of an outfit starting point either before I go to sleep at night or before I get up in the morning. It cuts down on the time flipping through my closet when I know I’m definitely going to wear a certain shirt/shoe/pants/bag.

    See What Katie Wears

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  553. Elaine says:

    Walking the dog every day is great for my sanity.

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  554. Chloe says:

    Take the time to make yourself a whole pot of tea! Nothing says hello you, today is yours and now it’s time to seize it like a pot of tea on your desk. πŸ™‚

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  555. Maria G says:

    I try to get most things I need for the day ready the night before. So I’ll make sure my lunch is packed and in the fridge, my coffee pot is on a timer, and my water bottles are filled up. That way I’m not in a rush in the morning trying to get everything together! And sometimes, I’ll even plan outfits the night before too… although that’s still a work in progress πŸ™‚

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  556. SallyLustig says:

    No matter how tired I am, before I go to bed I clear my kitchen counters and sinks. There’s nothing better for me than to walk into a clean kitchen in the morning.

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  557. Agi says:

    I totally agree about planning ahead. I do that and it makes things so much easier. It’s actually fun because i look forward to wearing that outfit. I’m already starting to plan for upcoming trips that aren’t until November.

    Great post.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  558. Vanessa says:

    I pray first thing in the morning, in bed, where I’m still snuggly and warm- I visit with my Creator before talking with anyone else πŸ™‚

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  559. Gabi says:

    My little things that go a long way: I do little things in small spans of time, which end up going a long way. For example, if I only have three extra minutes, I sort a pile of laundry and then continue doing whatever I was doing (cooking, leaving the house, etc.). The next time I have three extra minutes between chores or events, I’ll throw one of those sorted piles in the washing machine. My next three minutes, I’ll read a short book to my 2-year-old. My next three minutes, I’ll pick out a recipe for dinner, etc. And YES to those who have said they make extra dinner for leftovers, or do their meal prep the night before! Awesome tips.

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  560. Arielle says:

    I make sure to always wake up a little earlier than I need to, just so that I can give the man and dog some early morning love. It’s a little thing, but sets the tone for the day.

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  561. JPG says:

    When I’m having a terrible commute (traffic is the pits!), I put on my oldies pandora station and jam out. Something about a little doo-wop brightens my mood and takes my tension down a notch.

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  562. lutris12 says:

    Not procrastinating on work goes a long way, no more all nighters for me!

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  563. Kelly Havens says:

    Being present with my family, it’s hard sometimes when there’s so much to do and so little time!

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  564. Megan says:

    I make a weekly meal plan. It’s so much nicer, faster, easier, and cheaper when I have this set up each week. Less stressful and I get to try the millions of recipe pins I’ve marked on Pinterest!

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  565. Melanie Boggan says:

    I tell my husband I love him every day. It may sound cheesy or cliche and I probably don’t always appreciate the importance of it, but when he’s out of town or I’m having a bad day, it’s so comforting to know that no matter what, I’m loved by at least one person.

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  566. brooke lyn says:

    making lists, lists, lists!

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  567. gabbiegrl says:

    Starting a load of laundry before work each day. I can toss it in the dryer when I get home and I can fold/iron while watching a TV after dinner. It saves me from tying up my weekend doing chores.

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  568. Amy W says:

    I constantly create iPhone calendar reminders. Everything from actual events I need to attend, to tasks I need to complete, to birthdays I need to remember. Those little alerts keep me in line. Don’t know what I’d do without technology to remind me of everything!

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  569. Joanne says:

    I make time to read any books that I am interested in. Whatever genre that may be. My favorite thing to do is borrow books from the library because just in case the book turns out to be a dud, I’d be glad I didn’t purchase it.

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  570. love your 80/20 tip! I am the worst packer….

    My little thing that goes a long way in reflecting on at least three things I’m grateful for at the end of every day. It keeps me grounded and appreciative for all the great things in life and helps me to concentrate on the good rather than the bad. Positive vibes always go a long way!

    http://www.from-TheLionsDen.blogspot.com

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  571. K Wells says:

    Great points. I love to travel and I like to pretend that I like to pack! But, let’s face it- I’m always a mess when I do it. I love your carry on bag. Who’s it by?

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  572. Lindsay says:

    Sleep!

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  573. Andrea Darst says:

    I make sure to hug (really hug – for more than just a second) and kiss my husband and daughter every day. The physical contact and connection is priceless!

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  574. Jessica says:

    One of the little things I do every day is find a few minutes, when I’m the only one home, to sit in silence. Usually when I’m eating breakfast. I don’t watch TV, listen to music, or even look at my phone. It’s just me, my two dogs, and quiet. It’s so nice – and a great start to the day!

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  575. Sarah says:

    My little thing is waking up early to start the day off right instead of rushing! Makes such a difference in my mood.

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  576. Kenda Yust says:

    I lay out my clothes for the next morning. That way if I’m rushed (like everyday of my life) I can immediately throw clothes on and run out of the door.

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  577. Emily Kerr says:

    It feels so good to lay out my outfit and pack my purse for work the night before, and it feels even better to pick out my outfits for the work week on Sunday!

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  578. Rachel Buckingham says:

    My little thing that goes a long way is going out by myself for coffee and a scone once a week just to have time to think, reflect and plan.

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  579. Jen N says:

    I like to plan out my month in advance, that way I know what I have to do each week and can plan accordingly!

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  580. Melanie says:

    My little thing is to plan out the night before what I’m going to wear the next day. I also pack my bag the night before so I don’t forget anything in the mad dash to get out of the house (usually because I didn’t like what I planned to wear and had to try on four more outfits!).

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  581. Kristin says:

    I do EVERYTHING the night before – shower, kids’ baths, lunches pakcked, outfits readied. So helpful!

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  582. This might sound too obvious, but for planes rides, I’ve found it’s easier if I pack my purse in my suitcase (the one I check) and then put everything I need for the flight in a backpack. That way I only have to keep track of one bag (and one coffee usually, haha) when I’m at the airport and waiting to board. I can stow the backpack under the seat and don’t have to put it in the overhead, and I have enough room to pack small electronics, my laptop, wallet, phone, etc! I also always wear boots (and socks!) that are easy to slip on and off. There’s nothing worse than having to take extra time to put your shoes on and tie your laces, AND keep track of the carry-on and purse you just sent through TSA when you’re running late and afraid you’re going to miss your flight. So slip on shoes and a backpack make things so much easier!

    I’ve also found that as I get samples of products, like the ones I get in my birchbox or ones that come free with Victoria’s Secret purchases are easy to throw in my suitcase. Cheaper than going out to buy sample sizes of everything I need and lighter than packing full size items!

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  583. Jocelyn Sauter says:

    I feel pretty good about how I pack, b/c I do exactly all of the above! People make fun of me, but I never over pack and I’m never frazzled or unhappy with what I have to wear. Another “go a long way” trick that I employ is to have a pre-printed packing list – everything that I might need to bring when I travel is on the list in categories. I also have spots to write out my pre-planned outfits. This has made my traveling so much easier and pleasant b/c I don’t forget anything.

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  584. Grace says:

    Love the 80/20 rule, girl. Great advice! And gorgeous shots!

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  585. Melanie says:

    I’ve tried to plan packing and I still feel like I struggle. I packed like 15 items total for my wedding anniversary trip last year and I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was wearing the same thing all week…haha.

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  586. Hobbylobbyist says:

    The little thing I do? Laugh as much as possible. Life is funny, you can’t take it too seriously.

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  587. Anne says:

    I make lists!

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  588. Sue Xiong says:

    Thank you for sharing your tips. I also pack according to day/event. Now that I have a little one, I’ve learned that packing outfits and putting them in ziplock bags (and labeling it) is my little thing that goes a long way. I never have to search through the entire luggage again for pieces to an outfit!

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  589. Lora says:

    I am a detailed list maker! Without a list I am beyond lost. This is especially true when packing for a trip.

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  590. Meagan says:

    My little thing is Sunday brunch. After I sit and have a quiet brunch with some tea and a great book I am ready for whatever the week has to throw at me.

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  591. Caitlin says:

    I like to put spare change in a jar at the end of the day. When the jar is full and I deposit it at the bank, it’s always amazing how much has accumulated, that would have probably been wasted otherwise.
    My roommates and I leave happy post-its for each other too. Seeing “Hey Gorgeous” on the mirror when you brush your teeth is a little weird, but it makes us smile.

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  592. Annie says:

    I always always do a little series of stretches while still in bed before I get up! It’s a nice moment of peace before the craziness of my day! (Although my husband and cat usually get kicked or nudged in the process! πŸ™‚ )

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  593. Caitlin says:

    Also, send cards for birthdays or even just thinking of you cards. I’m trying to get better at this.

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  594. Danielle says:

    I allow some of outfits to be repetitive. I’ll switch the top or bottom, but sometimes when travelling, I just need to get dressed without much thought.

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  595. Sara DiRienzo says:

    Someone else making the coffee in the morning!!!!!!!!!!!

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  596. Rose says:

    Little thing that goes a long way? Focus on my breathing. I do some yoga the day before my trip. This calms me and gets me going in a positive way.

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  597. Katie says:

    I love picking out my outfits at night before I go to bed so I can do less thinking/spend less time running around my house in the morning!

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  598. Chelsey says:

    Realizing Instagram and facebook are filtered versions, not everyone’s real life!

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  599. Laurel Greene says:

    This is a small thing, but whenever I change the sheets or put out fresh towels, I always thrown the dirty ones in the wash that same day instead of putting them in the hamper. That way I always have clean stuff ready to go when I want fresh towels or sheets.

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  600. Katie Baker says:

    Having an outfit that can go from work to out. Pieces I can wear in multiple situations are a huge budget saver!

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  601. Kelli says:

    Setting up my coffee to brew the night before. It comes on at the time I tell it to and I spend less time feeling grumpy and throwing out yesterday’s grounds.

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  602. Mary Beth says:

    Fresh flowers in the house–brings life in. πŸ™‚

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  603. Crystal Palmisano-Dillard says:

    As a rather OCD person there are tons of things I do to create order in my little world but the little things that’s going a long way for me lately is relinquishing some of that control and letting my husband do some things…even if they aren’t done my way. What a difference it makes!

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  604. Chasity says:

    I always pick out my clothes for work the night before. My brain just can’t create a cute outfit at 6:30am!

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  605. Stephanie Lackey says:

    So many lists and calendar reminders, and I’m still completely disorganized.

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  606. Lisa says:

    planning meals for the week! i no longer get to 5 pm and am stumped about what to make for dinner. it doesn’t take much time to do, there is less stress when it’s time to cook, and i am less tempted to just get takeout!

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  607. For me it’s finding ways to get myself to workout. I always have a set of workout clothes in my car and if I plan on working out in the morning then I sleep in my workout clothes.

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  608. annie.42 says:

    Lots of planning, and relative uniformity. It might sound boring, but it made my life a lot easier when I figured out the basics of what I like, and then stuck to variations on that theme. That means my variety makes me happy, but not stressed!

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  609. Van Nguyen says:

    I do laundry a few days before I pack (night of the trip). Then that night that I’m packing, I just have to do one load of dirty laundry that accumulated.

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  610. Lucy says:

    Particularly for travel, I like to stick with basics and then add different jewels, pins, and bracelets. It makes getting dressed fun and easy!

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  611. Meghan Reckler says:

    Lists.Lists.Lists. It keeps me organized and there is something SO satisfying about crossing things off.

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  612. Amanda says:

    lots of calendar reminders and a list on the fridge – it’s central to everything so I’m always sure to see what I have to get done.

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  613. Kia says:

    I love to cook so I make sure I always have an onion, fresh garlic, salt and pepper in my kitchen

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  614. Nicole Arredondo says:

    Morning talks with my son. The best time because its just the two of us and his imagination. We talk about random things and I always try to encourage him to go for what he is talking about. I think to make things the easiest is giving kids time no matter how small they will always remember it and you will never get that time back.

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  615. Payal says:

    I used to be an over-packer and then turned into an under-packer and both were stressful when on trips. What works for me now are some of the tips you’ve listed above. I use post-its to label the day of the week and start building outfits for the week (with overlapping pieces) and refill my toiletries. I found a checklist on-line that I can customize so I don’t forget trip-, house- or kid-related to do’s.

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  616. Juliana Coleman says:

    Putting together a menu on Sundays so I have our dinners planned out for the week. But…
    The little things that I do that go a long way in life. Hmm. Somehow I think this should be something that I do that improves other’s lives, too, rather than my own. So, my husband and I are always trying to be servants to others. Finding a way to serve others goes a long way in our lives because it makes us so happy. Filling other people’s needs fulfills ours. Serving isn’t always big- sometimes it’s helping a mother with a pacifier she dropped; other times it’s going out of our way to help a stranger move a large piece of furniture or spending a few hours shoveling out the ice from parking spots in our development. In any case, those are the little things that we do that go a long way in life

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  617. Eliza says:

    Say “Thank you!” The hubs keeps doing the laundry, so I don’t have to!

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  618. Meghan says:

    Making lists and using my planner. I’d be a lost cause without them!

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  619. Wendy Norman says:

    I write all the things I have to pack “the morning of” the day I travel (shampoo, toothpaste, phone charger, etc) on my mirror in dry erase marker. It’s right in front of your face, and I cross them off as I put the finishing touches on my packing. Then you can glance at your mirror on the way out the door, and if it’s all crossed off, you are ready to TRAVEL!

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  620. Jo says:

    On lazy Saturday mornings, sometimes I use baby powder to freshen my hair.

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  621. amh0212 says:

    The calendar on my iphone, enough said.

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  622. Allison says:

    Drink coffee!

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  623. Kari McNabb Lacey says:

    Im a clean freak so doing little things during the week to keep things tidy.. quick vacuum in the evening or clean swish of the sink etc.. when things are neat and tidy i just feel more at ease! πŸ™‚ Thanks for your inspiration Kendi-

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  624. Alyssa says:

    Love this post! A little thing I do that goes a long way is taking weekly yoga or barre class, no matter how busy the week is.

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  625. Anne says:

    I make lists but also try and keep the color schemes somewhat similar to avoid packing too many shoes – that’s alwaays my downfall. if I can get away with one pair of heels and one pari of flats and all the outfits match the shoes, I am golden….

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  626. Virginia Salo says:

    Making easy breakfasts for the week on Sunday night. I’m always running late in the morning, but I’m also always starving! So if I have something quick to grab (like hearty muffins) it makes life easier (and less expensive!)

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  627. EvaNadine says:

    ever since high school, i have set my clothes out the night before. ive never been a morning person, so this gives me the time i need to wake up without having to make those sorts of choices and decisions first thing in the morning.
    these days, ive built on that by setting my 5 work outfits for the week out on sunday night. i check the weather forecast for the week and take a look at my work calendar so i know what my workload is and how many important meetings i might have, then i go to town! if something comes up, ive always got the freedom to put together a different outfit, and if i do, ive already got one waiting in the wings!

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  628. Logan says:

    Keeping my wallet/ handbag organized SAVES MY LIFE. It really is the little things. (LOVE your packing advice… I need to bookmark this for my next trip.)

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  629. katie o'meallie says:

    accepting help!
    recognizing that my way isn’t the ONLY way to do things saves a lot of headache when my husband offers to do the dishes or my mom offers to watch the baby

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  630. Ashleigh says:

    The thing that makes my life easiest is to have a cleaning schedule. It sounds awful, but I only clean one small thing a day and then I never have to tackle it all at once!

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  631. Shelley Traylor says:

    I lay out my clothes and I pack my lunch and everything else I need for the next day the night before. It’s inevitable I’ll forget something or change my clothes 100 times in the morning if I don’t.

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  632. Lindsay says:

    I think the littlest thing that can go a long way is using my words and asking for help! I have inherited my mom’s lovely “I can take on the world by myself” attitude when it comes to getting things done, especially around the house. My husband is constantly reminding me to ask for help… it is so helpful when I can practice what I preach (because I am a therapist and constantly telling my kids to ask for their wants and needs!)

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  633. Larissa Butler says:

    Thanks for the tips! I also like to lay out all my outfits for each day to get a better visual of what pieces I can double up on. And it keeps me on track for how many days I will actually be there. If I’m going on a 5 day trip, if I don’t lay them out, I’ll often pack for 10 days and my bag is too full and overwhelming.

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  634. I take a moment on the weekend to plan my outfits for the week so that I don’t have to think about them in the mornings. Makes mornings way easier!

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  635. Lisa says:

    One little thing I always do is to keep an iPhone charger next to my bed to charge my phone at night, and another one in my purse to charge on the go if I need it. Two years ago I didn’t even have a smart phone…and now I use it so much everyday for things like getting directions, checking my bank account and paying bills, snapping photos of daily life, and just keeping myself entertained playing scrabble or scrolling through instagram…not to mention all the texting and calling! I should probably just get one of those portable batteries they make now!

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  636. Karen Twelves says:

    Finding some easy crock pot recipes has saved me so much time and effort. I’ll usually dump in a bunch of frozen chicken breasts along with 1/2 or 2/3 of a bottle of sauce (curry, bbq, honey/maple syrup mix, whatever!), and set it on low for 7 hours before I leave for work.

    When I come home, I’ve got plenty of food for dinner and lunches to take to work for at least 3 days!

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    • Kate says:

      This! We have a recipe for pork shoulder – I buy a piece that is 4-6 pounds and rub it down with garlic, chili powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper. In the morning I throw it in the crock pot and add some apple cider vinegar and water and cook it all day. We make pork dishes for a few days: BBQ pork sandwiches, crisp it up for carnitas, throw it over some rice with veggies for a stir fry… crocks rock.

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  637. Amy Gouker says:

    Thanks for sharing your packing tips! I’m always looking for ways to simplify my life and keeping my weekly routine basically the same really helps. I plan out my week each Sunday afternoon (laundry on Monday, grocery shopping on Tuesday, etcetera), factoring in things that might change throughout the month (holistic health class I’m teaching or a book club I’m attending). Planning is definitely key!
    I’ve followed your blog from the beginning and appreciate the simplicity your style tips have brought into my life. I’ve learned how to shop my own closet and to purchase wisely clothing that is timeless. Thanks for that!

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  638. Livivua Chandler says:

    i talk about everyone’s day in my family

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  639. Andrea says:

    I like to pack my lunch and lay out my clothes for the next day before I go to bed. It makes the mornings so much easier when I don’t have to rush around getting things together!

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  640. Natalie says:

    Great packing tips. A well packed suitcase can make all the difference in the ease of a travel vacation πŸ™‚ As for little things that go a long way, I keep a Tide-to-Go stick in my purse.. it has come in handy more times than I can count!

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  641. starlinton says:

    Finally having a budget so I don’t have to panic every time we spend money!

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  642. Lauren G says:

    Walking my dog before and after work is a built-in stress reliever of my everyday schedule. It’s time for us to bond and I can forget about all the other crap that’s weighing me down.

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  643. Liesel says:

    Skipping sweets when I REALLY want some is just less I have to work off later, or more like less that isn’t going to build up in my body. Ha!

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  644. Ryan Olivia says:

    I always keep a creamy hand lotion and lip balm in my nightstand so that I can lather away right before bed and wake up with baby smooth skin the next morning (or close to it). That and dry shampoo, which helps women in the fight against bad hair days one day at a time.

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  645. Brooke says:

    My little thing that goes a long way is just remembering each day is a blessing. I try to always cherish each day and the happiness it brings. It makes my days, weeks, months, and years so much more special.

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  646. Danielle C says:

    I’m big into organizing so I organize my life in my head. Every night I think about what I’m going to have for each meal the next day and I plan for that and I also plan for my hair and outfit for that next day. I feel like this saves me so much time.

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  648. When traveling I always make sure to be ready a day ahead so the morning before there are no last minute issues! This included packing your carry on bag. Forgetting your favorite book is the worst!

    Caroline
    http://www.peachykeencaroline.com

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  649. Cosette says:

    I make a cleaning list to do something everyday for only 10-15 minutes. It keeps me from having to take a full day out of my weekend to keep the house in order and if I have unexpected guests I’m not rushing around trying to hide my messiness.

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  650. Gina Kim says:

    I like to pack my work bag the night before so I don’t feel so rushed. I love being organized!

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  651. Emily says:

    Thanks for sharing your tips! I keep a clearly organized (& super cute!) planner with me at all times. It keeps me on track and is the place where I store all my reminders, tasks, and events. I’d be lost without it!

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  652. Kate! says:

    One little thing I do to make life easier is keep gifts stocked year round so I always have something on hand for birthdays and holidays. Most things are purchased on clearance at Target!

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  653. Alison F says:

    Last year I started getting my morning coffee all prepped and ready to go the night before. I love waking up, simply pressing ‘brew’, taking a shower, and then drinking my hot coffee!

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  654. Sarah Wagner says:

    I lay ALL of my outfits out on the bed before filling up the suitcase – just to be sure everything makes sense

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  655. Becky says:

    I’m a big believer in putting dryer sheets in places outside the dryer…like in my shoe boxes and at the bottom of my trashcans. They really help to keep everything smelling fresh!

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  656. sofaastrout says:

    Making to do lists or just writing things down in general. I’m a forgetful person so it helps knowing I have written something down and don’t have the worry of trying to remember it myself.

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  657. Becca says:

    i love prepping my weekday meals on sundays!

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  658. sarabarnardhill says:

    Making my bed in the morning helps me feel accomplished!

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  659. Sarah D says:

    Making a to-do list as soon as I get up in the morning – that way I don’t forget what my goals are throughout the day. Also – planning gym/running sessions on Sunday, rather than hoping I make it throughout the week.

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  660. chanel says:

    i try and pray for my day, my family, and my friends. it’s a small task that really helps keep me focused and ready throughout the day.

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  661. Kelsey Smith says:

    For me, my coffee seems to go a long way. So delicious and so warm – plus it keeps me awake!

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  662. Liza says:

    Focusing on the good and not the bad

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  663. Hannah Davis says:

    I moved my lists to my phone, so that whenever I think of something I need to do I can write it down immediately! Since otherwise I’ll forget within, oh, 5 minutes

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  664. natalie312 says:

    Remembering to pack all of my electronics and chargers by plugging them all in to an outlet by the door, so they are fully charged and ready to add to my bag at the last minute!

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  665. Cassie says:

    focusing on one thing @ a time. much harder to get overwhelmed that way

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  666. Caitlin says:

    I love little touches to outfits, like putting on a fun color of lipstick or a bold accessory or shoe. I’m a pretty basic dresser, like jeans and t-shirts all the time, so adding some fun touch really goes a long way for me!

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  667. Robin says:

    I keep extra granola bars and almonds in my office in case I forget my breakfast. I’m not good at my job if I’m starving!

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  668. JK says:

    Smile! Out walking the dog or running errands … I feel like a friendly smile goes a long way! Oh and a friendly dog can really brighten up the day too! Really enjoy your blog!

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  669. Joanna V. says:

    I agree with the pack by outfit. I just figured that out after years, but it’s awesome! I also just started making my own little capsule packing collections ahead of time – then I can just shortcut at least most of the trip based on my “spring travel” kit or “beach travel” kit, etc. I take pictures of the items made into the various outfits and then most of the work is done. I love it, but then I love making travel outfits, even when I can’t travel in the near future…

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  670. Mishelle Chiramel says:

    I like to do dishes and clean the kitchen each night. Having a clean kitchen in the morning allows me to tackle the rest of the day with ease.

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  671. tracy says:

    planning my outfit out the night before saves me so much time and stress in the morning!

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  672. libbyuglesich says:

    hugs from my kiddos!

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  673. Bekka says:

    I like to make meals ahead of time and meal plan. It saves me time and money.

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  674. Geraldyne says:

    I always try to keep my keys in the same place. When I forgot to do that I spend a lot a lot of time searching for my keys.

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  675. What_Jew_Wanna_Eat says:

    I try to pick up my kitchen as a cook so there isn’t a big mess at the end!

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  676. Erica says:

    Packing my lunch the night before and meal planning for the week.

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  677. Melissa Tung says:

    Showering at night so that I can have just 10 more minutes of sleep.

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  678. taylor. says:

    I always try and do as much ahead of time as I can, it saves me to stress of having to do it all really quickly.

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  679. Michelle says:

    I shower before bed and I get perfect naturally curly hair that only needs tossed in the morning. win win for a not so morning person!

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  680. It took me a long time to figure this out, but now I unpack as soon as I get home from a trip. Makes the transition back to real life SO much smoother (not wondering if something is still in the suitcase) and I’m ready to do laundry the next day.

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  681. Jenny says:

    Picking my work outfits for the whole week on Sunday night.

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  682. Ashleigh Payne says:

    Meal planning and prepping on Sundays go a long way!

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  683. jenni o says:

    being religious with my digital calendar, it’s like outsourcing for my brain

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  684. Juanita says:

    I always meal plan and double my recipes so that I can freeze for when I am too busy to cook!

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  685. Tessa says:

    Always keeping chocolate in the back of my underwear drawer for those “need to relax for a minute” moments.

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  686. Samantha Keogh says:

    Thanks for the packing tips. Of course, they sound so obvious in the ‘calm before the usual packing strom’. So it’s great to have a timely reminder to keep one’s head strong when one is thinking of emptying the contents of the jewellery or cosmetic draw in with a bag of shoes! Here’s to stress free packing and traveling, be it for work or pleasure… or both : ). Cheers Kendi. Hope your trip went well.

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  687. K.O. says:

    I totally live by this packing advice – another little thing that goes a long way is listing out the outfits you’ve planned either on a piece of paper, or on your phone! This is especially helpful when you’re packing for a trip where you’ll be doing a lot of changing, like casual outfits for the daytime and fancier outfits for night time events. It’s nice just to have it all written down in one place!

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  688. Pauline says:

    I lay out my gym clothes the night before and put them on the ledge in the hallway to make things easier on myself when it’s pitch black outside at 5 a.m. and I’m rolling out of bed. Doing this also helps me avoid waking my husband up by turning the light on and searching for socks! I’m very nice to him. πŸ˜‰

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  689. Utah Girl says:

    When I cook a meal, I make a little extra so I can freeze it for later. πŸ™‚

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  690. withluckblog says:

    I travel a lot for work and I’ve always found it hard to pack for a week of business + pleasure + exercise (hopefully). I do my best to fit everything into one carry on sized suitcase. The best thing I’ve learned is to reuse and remix as much as possible, wear my bulkiest items on my body for the travel itself and whenever possible roll my clothes instead of folding them.

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  691. Emily Szelestey says:

    I make it a point to give myself three goals in the evening. I accomplish those, then I can sit down and relax, unburdened by the thoughts of "all of the things I should be doing!" It helps me simplify and forces me to relax.

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  692. I've been making more of an effort lately with things like always always moisturizing or taking the time to walk somewhere rather than taking the bus, little things for my well-being that just help my day feel that much more well-rounded and that will make a huge difference in the long run!

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  693. Megan C says:

    Making sure to call my family often.

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  694. Samantha Klein says:

    I put out my exercise clothes the night before. It saves me from stumbling around half-asleep, and it gets me motivated to have my activity "scheduled" for the next day.

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  695. Donna M. says:

    I make little checklists to help divide up tasks…then I also feel very accomplished at the end of the day when I see all that I have done!

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  696. MaryK says:

    I try to be sure to take time to exercise every week. It makes me feel good and keeps me in a good mood.

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  697. Emily R says:

    I pack leftovers after dinner for lunch at work the next day!

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  698. Emily Scott says:

    I pack lunch for my husband and me every day for work– less money spent every day!

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  699. Making lists, and then checking things off as I complete them! I actually really like your idea of packing outfits together. I never do this, but it sounds like it would make getting dressed a whole lot easier.

    Kristina does the Internets

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  700. Shannon Snead says:

    I always check the weather a week before and then the day before I pack, so I know what (on average) to expect. And then I throw in an extra jacket (or two) just to be safe!

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  701. Chrysta Archer says:

    Little things that go a long way… plastic containers to pack my lunch in; cuddling with my dog and husband to unwind; cute coffee cups.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  702. Rita Ann says:

    I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for but for me it's smiling. I make an effort to smile and life seems just a little bit easier. Also, I brush my hair in the car…just saves me time.

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  703. Nicole Boyd Shepherd says:

    Programming the coffeemaker and filling it up the night before so that it's one less thing to worry about when getting everyone ready and out the door in the morning.

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  704. Kumiko says:

    Related to traveling, always always always be sure you are checked in for your flight more than a few hours before it takes off, and it's never a bad idea to have a print out of your flight itinerary or boarding pass with you too.

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  705. K T says:

    I bought a small organizer from the dollar section of Target and keep all my clipped coupons in it in my purse, so I always have them handy when I am out shopping.

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  706. Megan O says:

    I lay out all of my workout clothes the night before along with my outfit for work. It saves me so much time in the morning!

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  707. Callie Ward says:

    I always make sure to make time to exercise in the morning before the day truly begins. It helps me start the day focused, energized, and feeling accomplished!

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  708. jenb276 says:

    When I'm feeling down or tired, I schedule a facial at the local spa. Even if my budget does not allow, I will at least schedule an express facial or something. It usually perks me right up!

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  709. Kimberly says:

    I use my phone for so many "little things." When I travel I use mobile check-in and the mobile boarding pass..makes it so much easier because I'm always afraid of dropping my boarding pass before making it to the gate (not that I've ever done that) (yes I have)

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  710. Marie says:

    Blow drying (for bounce) or french braiding (for curls) my hair at night so it's quick and easy to style in the morning for work!

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  711. Kelly L M says:

    I always do the “plan by day” thing and it works great. I also keep travel sizes of all of my toiletries in a zip top bag and keep a separate bag filled with all the make up and such that I need. It’s a little more $$ to buy two blushes and eyelash curlers and such but I always have my beauty bag ready to go and I never show up somewhere without deodorant!

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  712. Kim says:

    I’m really into taking photos of the outfits on my phone. Let’s face it, some of us do not have the best memory. By taking photos of the outfits on my phone, I’m able to remember what I liked to put together and how it looked. It makes my life so much easier. πŸ™‚

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  713. 33 says:

    Wow, that’s a big suitcase! I took only a carry-on size (22″ pullman) for a 6-week trip to Taiwan, Cambodia, Bangkok, and Vietnam during Dec and Jan.
    I had 1 pair each jeans, trousers (charcoal), and jersey trousers (blk for night), a thin cardi (for jersey trousers), 1 coat (down), 1 vest (down), 2 cashmere sweaters, 2 long sleeve tops, 2 short sleeve tops (1 as PJ, too), 1 yoga leggings (for added warmth if cold and as PJ), 3 pair of footwear (1 black oxford, 1 urban low hiking shoes, 1 pair of flipflops), a wool blend scarf/wrap, a beanie, plus socks and underwear.
    It’s mostly casual and needed to be laundered once a week but I managed to pull off 6 weeks of travel, including much hotter South East Asia. I did not buy new clothes on location either.
    To be honest, I got pretty sick of the items towards the end. πŸ˜‰

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  714. liz says:

    little things that go a long way? keeping my car stocked with a comb, mascara, deodorant and nuts. lets me change plans at a moments notice without having to completely reroute my day.

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  715. The 80/20 rule is such a good one! I'm the worst packer, even for long weekends I find myself needing my giant suitcase and then I really only end up wearing half the things I brought because I ambitiously bring along all my wild cards, hoping their time may come. Naturally it never does, but I know if I didn't pack them I would be kicking myself over it. I can't win.

    The little things I do that go a long way are writing Thank You notes to people for everything and always bringing along a home baked gift to parties. People appreciate being appreciated, and I think when you put the time in to make them something special or go out of your way to appreciate something they did for you (be it cook a meal, drive you around for a weekend when your car is in the shop, or let you crash at their place), it goes a long way for holding onto friendships and even fostering new ones.

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  716. Jaclyn Ball says:

    Being kind and showing respect to everyone I meet, always comes back around

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  717. Kristin Sapperstein says:

    Something little that goes a long way in my life is planning my outfits for the work week on Sunday. This is a great way to have everything ironed and ready to go making getting ready in the morning go a little smoother.

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  718. Alison says:

    I’m packing tonight for a short trip. I just make a list of everything I think i will need and put it on my phone. I am so forgetful so mental lists don’t work for me.

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  719. Jennifer Treadway says:

    I am not a morning person. To combat this, I try to prepare as much stuff as possible the night before. My coat, keys, and bag are always in one place right by the front door, so I don’t have to run around in the morning. I also try to prepare lunch the night before.

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  720. I make breakfast for the week on Sundays, so when I’m rushing out the door in the morning it’s easy to grab-and-go. It helps me save money and eat healthier.

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  721. Emily says:

    Working out in the morning, so I don't have to worry about it the rest of the day!

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  722. Elizabeth says:

    I try the "2 minute" cleaning rule. If I know something will take me less than two minutes to do, I'll do it right then to avoid a major clean (and more time) later down the road!

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  723. Name says:

    Before I get up in the morning, I take a couple minutes and think about how lucky I am and that today's going to be a great day!

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  724. Amanda says:

    I try to invest in classic, basic pieces that are really well made. I never question whether they are in style or ill fitting.

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  725. Lauren D says:

    I pack my lunch the night before…saves me 10 minutes in the morning!

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  726. Megan says:

    I keep a spare pair of shoes in my car. You never know when you need to change from heels to flats after a long day or dress up for an unexpected meeting (or happy hour). Knowing I have options means I’m always ready for the unexpected.

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  727. Elizabeth Taylor says:

    I like to be prepared for the worst, so I don't have to worry. Hats and gloves are kept in the car in case we get stuck. Extra chili ingredients are always kept stocked in the freezer in case we have friends show up unexpectedly for a meal. A diaper and wipes in my purse at all times for the kid, etc. . .

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  728. Carey On Lovely says:

    A smooch from the Husband and cuddle from the pooch are the littlest things that get me off to the best start.

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  729. Amy Goddard says:

    Before bed, I try to make sure I've packed my lunch and gym bag for the next day. On good days, I'll even plan my outfit. It makes the morning a lot less hectic.

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  730. Lindsay says:

    When it comes to packing, I rely on my little hanging scale. You strap it to your suitcase and then pick it up and it tells you how much your suitcase weighs. Which is really necessary when you are a chronic over-packer like me!

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  731. Lindsey says:

    A little thing that goes a long way – a good morning text from my boyfriend (makes the whole day better) and a fountain Diet Coke on a road trip (makes the drive much more enjoyable).

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  732. Shannon Steinhouse says:

    I pack my lunch the night before and plan meals for the week on Sunday.

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  733. Tracy says:

    I still feel like I'm in elementary school, bit I still lay out my clothes for the next day πŸ™‚ I'm not a morning person, and it's so nice to not have to think about what I'm going to wear when I have hit my snooze for the 10th time that morning, lol

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  734. Catherine Casey says:

    Getting things ready the night before, to make life easier in the morning. I have two small children, so getting us all out of the door by 8:00 can be an experience! I try to make sure I have clothes picked out and ready the night before, and the diaper bag and my pursed packed. That 10 minutes at night can save 25 in the morning! I don't always follow my own advice on this, but when I do it makes life so much sweeter.

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  735. Krista says:

    I lay out my outfit and pack my lunch and work bag the night before. I’m not a morning person so these little things make it a bit easier for me to sleep in, yet feel like I’m on top of things!

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  736. Happinessatmidlife says:

    I pick out my clothes the night before and it saves me so much headache in the morning.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  737. This is perfect considering I'm currently planning my packing list for a vacation right now!

    http://www.confessionsoftheglitterati.com/

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  738. Deciding what I am going to wear while I am showering. Then I don't I feel rushed and indecisive when trying to get ready and leave for work. When I do it in the shower I have time and it is more leisurely allowing me to change my mind several times, which I often do!

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  739. Stephanie says:

    A little thing that goes a long way in my life is when old friends and family send a quick text or Facebook message to check in. I just moved away from home for the first time, so the transition into post-grad life in a new city has been tough without my support system physically here, but it's nice to know I have people that still care and show love, even if they are miles away.

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  740. Amelia says:

    Taking baths to unwind. It's the perfect way to have a little "me" time. And luxurious bath products from lush don't hurt either.

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  741. Larissa says:

    Wow I LOVE the 80/20 rule! I'm pretty good at packing light. At least at first. Then I get anxious and think either 1. everything's too boring I need look better than basic or 2. I packed only nicer things and I'm going to hate it because I'll want comfy and casual (toss in a sweatshirt, yoga pants and sneaks, bulk up bag).

    Things that go a long way for me are multi-use or multi-stylable pieces. Plus quality shoes that I love and can wear for ever. Plus a perfect-fitting sports bra (Champion is my favorite right now).

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  742. Alicia says:

    Planning my outfits before getting out of bed!

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  743. Tara C says:

    I get ready 30 minutes early for work so I can drink my coffee and eat, complete a few last minute items, and watch the Today Show so I can begin the day awake and prepared.

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  744. ellen says:

    i always pack my lunch the night before work πŸ™‚

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  745. Mandy Stewart says:

    I get my twin girls up early and let them play in the bathroom while I do my make-up. It's a little time with them that goes a long way in my day. πŸ™‚

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  746. Tanya says:

    I plan out meals for the week BEFORE I go food shopping, including picking the days that I'll be eating out at a restaurant. I save money and I don't waste 30 minutes every evening trying to figure out what to eat while munching on chips & salsa to "hold me over."

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  747. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    Ah learning how to travel was a huge one for me too! I am a nervous traveler and I discovered a glass of wine on the flight was a lifesaver as was just getting a bit more low-key about it. Wear sandals, a maxi dress, and pack light. It's so relieving!

    ladies in navy

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  748. heather says:

    I like to have "ready to go" beach bags packed for the summer that make a spontaneous evening out on the boat after work doable. I always keep clean towels, sunscreen, tennis balls (for the dogs) etc. stocked so all we have to do is grab that bag and quickly fill the cooler with snacks and we're out the door – which equals more precious minutes out on the water enjoying ourselves πŸ™‚

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  749. Hannah says:

    A day of sunshine and adventures, with my husband by my side. 'the little things you do that go a long way in your life.'

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  750. I love my Keurig for the same reason those Tide Pods and Gain Flings are so useful: I just pop the little cup in the Keurig, and presto! I have coffee!

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  751. Rachel says:

    I clean dishes as soon as I finish using it, so I don't end up with a sink full of dirty dishes!

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  752. Jaclyn Letizia says:

    I love the pink and polka dots in this look!!

    http://mrsjaclynleblanc.blogspot.com

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  753. fishy says:

    I load up the coffee machine at night so that all I have to do in my morning haze is flip a switch. Last thing before bed: filter, scoop coffee, water, close top, done. I'm amazed at how long it took me to start doing this, but I'm sure my coworkers appreciate me being a bit more awake when I arrive to work.

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  754. Becca Jones says:

    Meal planning! It takes all the guesswork out of what to make for dinner that week. It only takes a few minutes with my lap top, cookbook and pinterest. I typically go ahead and plan for the entire month using iCal. Then it is easy to switch things around as needed but I have plenty of ideas when needed! Perfect for life on the go with a three month old πŸ™‚

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  755. Danielle says:

    I try to shower and blow out my hair at night so that I'm a little less rushed in the morning!

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  756. Lindsay says:

    Choosing my outfit and packing my lunch at night instead of waiting until the morning is something my parents instilled in me at a young age that I still do now as an adult. I guess mom and dad really do know best! πŸ™‚

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  757. ginny says:

    Looking at my calendar the night before so I can plan out my to-do list. If I look at it the morning of, everything from planning my outfits to eating breakfast gets thrown out of wack.

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  758. Amanda says:

    Every night before bed i like to pack my snacks and lunch for work, turn the TV on the station i like to watch in the morning and fill the Keurig for the boyfriend since he has to be at work at 4am. Makes the mornings super easy πŸ™‚

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  759. Leslie says:

    I set an alarm for 30 minutes of cleaning everyday. It is amazing how much you can get done in 30 minutes. By keeping up on chores I am never scrambling if someone drops by on shirt notice.

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  760. Ashley says:

    I always cook extra to freeze and eat throughout the week, the coffee maker automatically makes my tea in the morning, and I lay out my outfit the night before. If I didn't plan what I was going to wear, it would take me all morning to get dressed. Believe me, I've done it before!

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  761. Ash says:

    To simply, I like to pack as few shoes as possible. So I try to bring outfits that will all match black shoes.

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  762. Tracy Davis says:

    The little thing I do that goes a long way is smiling.

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  763. Marie says:

    to do lists, meal planning, and loading the car up the night before an outing

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  764. Jillian says:

    Lately I've been traveling so much on the weekends to see friends/family, I keep my toiletries fully packed and fill them up/edit my bag as necessary. That way when it's time for a trip, I take a quick glance, throw in what I need and I'm good to go!

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  765. Kathleen says:

    The little things, I clean in my kitchen while I cook. It's taken some practice but it is amazing to not have to 'clean up' after dinner.

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  766. Harris Cabrera says:

    After years of ignoring my father’s advice, I’ve finally come to accept that he’s right about measuring out all my ingredients before I start cooking, saves me a mess and a world of trouble!

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  767. Holly says:

    I plan Everything from my outfit, to lunch, to packing my gym bag the night before. Then I am not running late or don't forget anything crucial for the gym!
    Holly
    http://www.lovingallthis.com

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  768. kbax says:

    I wake up a little early in the morning so I have time to do a little yoga and not feel rushed.
    On Sundays I pre-make all of my lunches for the week so I can just grab it and go. I eat pretty much the same thing every day so it doesn't even take much time out of my weekend to prepare these things.

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  769. Rachel Frend says:

    I try to write important things down. I like to think I'm one of those people who will remember stuff, but I never do. So always try to have something to write on, either a little notebook or a notes app on my phone.

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  770. Annie Moore says:

    I lay out my daughters outfits for the week on Sunday evening so even if we're running late, my husband can dress her, and she won't look absolutely crazy (he literally tucked a dress in to leggings once). Now if only I could do that for myself we might not be running late :).

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  771. Jessica says:

    I make sure to do at least one load of laundry a day (I don't have a full size W/D) and that really helps me keep up with it!

    26 and Not Counting

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  772. Wendy says:

    I’ve recently started writing out a weekly ‘menu’, especially making sure I have dinner figured out for each night. This has saved so much time, aggravation, and money! Now I know exactly what I need to buy at the grocery store. And when I get home after a long day we don’t do that “What do you want for dinner?”, “I dunno, what do you want?”, “Hmmm… I can’t think of anything…”

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  773. Sarah Coker says:

    I set iphone reminders for everything.

    "Siri, remind me to call my mom back in one hour."
    "Siri, remind me to get cash from the bank tomorrow at 10AM."
    "Siri, remind me to not be a weirdo, like, all the time."

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  774. Emilee Parsons says:

    A little thing that always goes a long way is planning a weeks worth of meals and getting the groceries Sunday Morning and prepping everything that day. Then during a busy work week I already have the ingredients and can whip something up quickly. This also goes a long way with our family budget, eating out constantly is expensive!

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  775. Getting up a bit earlier to make it to the gym – the day always goes so.much.smoother. and then after work I can veg out!

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  776. Catherine Homan says:

    A latte every morning and a piece of dark chocolate at 3pm go incredibly far in getting my dissertation written.

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  777. Court says:

    The little things I do that go a long way? I spend 10 minutes before I head to bed trying to do a little something that will make my life easier in the morning or for the next day. Maybe it's packing a lunch to bring to work or setting out tomorrow's outfit, maybe it's writing a little to-do list or folding that last load of clothes from the dryer…maybe it's as little as setting out everything I need to make coffee in the morning! It helps to go to sleep knowing that I the next day will be off to an easier start–however small!

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  778. Molly McCracken says:

    Recently organizing my closet according to color helps me sort out my clothes/outfits and also showed me I have way too many gray pieces!

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  779. Jenna says:

    I pack my lunch the night before, that way I don't feel as rushed in the morning and can take that little extra time to enjoy my cup of tea! Jennakaspar.com

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  780. Amanda says:

    I try to work out in the mornings so I have my evenings free for other activities and errands.

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  781. Emma R says:

    Setting my alarm one hour early so I can quick-clean my apartment (wash or put away dishes, put away things were messed up from the day before, sweep, make the bed, etc.) so that when I come home after a long day of work, things don’t seem quite as hectic. I also light a scented candle as soon as I wake up and blow it out before leaving for work. When I get home my apartment is filled with a warm and comforting scent.

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  782. Jacqueline Oka says:

    I've recently tried keeping on top of my laundry by doing a load a night, folding and putting it away. I used to let it all wait till the weekend, have 5 loads to do and then they'd end up sitting in laundry baskets getting more and more wrinkled because it was too overwhelming to put away. Saves time and my sanity πŸ˜‰
    xo jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

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  783. Samantha Korenfeld says:

    I do whatever I can to make things easy on myself. If I know I have to remember to do something that I probably would never remember on my own I will set a reminder in my phone and write it in my old school planner so that I can save room in my brain for more important stuff. It sounds simple (and it is), but it takes a lot of stress off of my day-to-day!

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  784. Erin says:

    I like the make extra dinner for lunch left overs – so easy and it really helps the budget from going out at lunch!

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  785. I have some travel stuff (toiletries, etc) that stay packed in my suitcase at all times. This way, I know I have the essentials taken care of for when I travel and I only have to worry about packing clothes and shoes. It's nice knowing that I won't realize I don't have a travel shampoo when packing at midnight before an early flight.

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  786. Danielle says:

    The hour to myself every morning before the husband wakes up.

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  787. AnnaLise Cornejo says:

    I try to only wash my hair at night if the next morning is a work day! 10 more minutes in bed makes my day a whole lot better!!! By leaps and bounds I tell ya! πŸ™‚ Great giveaway! Thanks! β™₯

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  788. Beth Rodway says:

    I make my breakfast for the week on Sunday and bring it to work Monday to eat off of all week. I never have time to actually eat at home…it's so helpful!

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  789. Emily says:

    The biggest little thing I do is making my lunch the night before – I’m way less tempted to just buy lunch at work, and it saves me some time in the morning!

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  790. Amanda says:

    Instead of having one big new years resolution, I make an excel sheet with little monthly goals for every area of my life. Something as simple as planning a date night in March or checking out a new hike in August keep me going throughout the year. ahuskin at gmail dot com

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  791. Shannon Benson says:

    … packing lunch and laying my clothes out the night before. It helps the morning not seem as hectic :).

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  792. I leave for Vegas in the morning so this post couldn't have come at a better time.

    I keep lists on my iPhone for everything. Packages I'm expecting. Gift ideas. Questions I need to ask the accountant. I sync all my devices so no matter if I'm at my desk, traveling, or in bed on my iPad, I can pull up those lists and add/edit.

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  793. Chelsea says:

    when I'm packing, I sometimes go to http://www.kendieverday.com and get ideas πŸ˜‰

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  794. Kate KC says:

    I take a couple packets of tea with me every time I travel. They make me feel at home and calm me down if I’m feeling stressed. They’re little and they go a long way for making me feel sane when I travel.

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  795. I think basically, to try and find the silver lining in every situation! That's certainly helpful πŸ™‚

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  796. Tori Johnson says:

    A little thing that goes a long way for me is writing everything I have to do for the week in my planner on Sunday. That way I can focus on doing things, not worrying/trying to remember what I need to get done. As a college student this helps me manage my busy schedule, and make sure I am always prepared academically, however I know this will serve me well the rest of my life.

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  797. MariD says:

    When I'm done with something, I put it away! This obvious tip does wonders with house clean-up and keeping my sanity. Now to teach the rest of my family this trick…

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  798. interiorsandheels says:

    A little makeup and a short workout go a long way in terms of inner and outer beauty.

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  799. I started using Truffle Bags to carry all the small things in my purse and man I am I grateful for them! Such a simple concept, but doing that allows me to switch handbags a lot faster w/o me needing to worry if I am missing anything. I like that I don’t need to dig into the bottom of my handbag anymore, and that in itself goes a long way in my day.

    Great post Kendi! I will need to pin this as a reminder next time I go back to Japan.

    Brandy willbakeforshoes.com

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  800. Megan Zudar says:

    I try to plan out things in advance and make sure to keep some free time to my self. It helps keep me sane!

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  801. Megan says:

    the little thing I do that goes a long way is always fit all my clothes in a large carry on. I never check luggage because it adds 30-45 min to travel time.

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  802. Alicia Hahn says:

    Cleaning my room before bed every night only takes a minute or two and means that everything is tidy for the morning! This is especially important when I try on a million outfits in the morning.

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  803. Heather C. says:

    I'm still trying to figure this out! Keeping my gas tank above half at all times is a good one.

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  804. Kelly G says:

    I would say the best little thing that goes a long way is portioning out lunch items (fruit, chips, etc) into individual baggies at the beginning of the week. Making lunches in the morning is SO much quicker this way.

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  805. Clarissa says:

    A little thing that goes a long way for me is taking good care of my skin. I just don't feel comfortable if my skin condition is bad.

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  806. becca1612 says:

    I literally have no tricks! I need to get some, obviously, to make my life easier!

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  807. Madeline Mihaly says:

    I make a to do list for my day the night before & try to lay out anything I will need so I can sleep a bit longer & not forget anything.

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  808. Megan says:

    My little thing that goes a long way is making sure I go for a quick walk every day. Getting outside and moving, even for a few minutes, is such a pick-me-up, especially during a cooped-up snowy winter.

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  809. Krystal Clark says:

    planning out my outfits on Sunday, doing a brain dump in my planner every morning so that I can get all “the stuff” out and on paper, putting my gym clothes in the car, writing a to-do list before I leave work–all of these things really help me keep my life running as smooth as possible

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  810. Jamie says:

    I always have a pair of flats in my desk drawer at work! Living in Vermont I often commute with boots on and will forget to pack flats in my hurry out of the house in the morning! Having a black and brown pair of flats at work is such a savior to me!

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  811. Lauren says:

    little things…I try to exercise daily (if I can't do that then I at least have some "ME time"; reading a book; watching a tv show I like; etc.), I really to enjoy planning meals for the week from breakfast to dinner that way when I wake up or when I get home from work I don't have to waste time or energy thinking about what to eat, it's a done deal!

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  812. Alison R says:

    I organize my closet according to items i wear most often and then anything that doesn't get worn I bring to consignment. No point in having clothes take up space and this way I also make money for new things πŸ™‚

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  813. Jourdin says:

    Making lists helps me stay organized and productive!

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  814. Katherine E. Torres says:

    Honestly, I've made the mistake of trying a new outfit out while travelling. I promise I'll never make that mistake again…. Anyway, one little thing I do to get ahead is plan my meals a week in advance and shop for those meals on the weekend. That way I won't have to make any midweek trips to the grocery store and I can budget the money I spend on food.

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  815. Ivy says:

    I keep track of everything on my work calendar – including not work events. I have to look at my calendar everyday, so it helps remind me of things I need to do!

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  816. MeganC says:

    While making dinner, I wash pots and pans as I go. This helps reduce clean up time after the meal and allows me to spend more time with my family.

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  817. My "little thing" that goes a long way is not having so much STUFF to begin with. I can pack, clean, and enjoy other aspects of my life much better when I don't have to sift through so.many.thins. (But I get overwhelmed easily)

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  818. Susie says:

    One little thing I do that makes a big difference is pack my lunch and prep my outfit the night before during the work week. I am not a morning person, but by taking these smalls steps I walk out the door feeling confident in my look and knowing that I have a healthy lunch packed!

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  819. Brianna says:

    Mom’s been right all along, saying please and thank you really do get you further in life!

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  820. SL says:

    When I'm traveling I always pack a big handful of granola bars or other easy to grab snacks. That way if I end up running through an airport to make a connection, or I'm waiting in a long line for a rental car I'm not an angry bear by the time I get where I'm going (it doesn't hurt that they're way cheaper too)!

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  821. maria anne says:

    I pre-set my coffeemaker the night before. Those extra 10 minutes waiting for my coffee to brew in the morning when I forget really slows my morning down. It's the little things!

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  822. Jessicaisbaking says:

    I try to make meals on the weekend that can last the week!

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  823. katherine says:

    applying a good lip moisturizer before bed – these winter months give me nothing but constant chapped lips!

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  824. emily says:

    packing my salads for the week in jars so I can grab and go in the morning! Dressing first, then the goodies; top with lettuce and I'm good to go!

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  825. My favorite little thing to do is going on a walk. I swear I’m solar powered-being outside in nature and walking refreshes me. (and it’s usually followed by a Sonic coke, yum!)

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  826. Jessica says:

    Ah yes, I'm all about the little things that make life easier. Biggest little thing for me: shop smart at the grocery! What I mean by this is, I have 15 mins for lunch, right? Buying items like hummus, carrots, string cheese, etc. makes lunch an easy hodgepodge of yummy foods that require no prep time and little clean-up. Easy. πŸ™‚

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  827. Abby Brithinee says:

    Making my bed in the morning! It makes me feel like I accomplished something right off the bat, and it also makes for a nice, clean, flat surface to fold laundry on.

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  828. Elyssa says:

    I have a bag of sample or carry-on approved toiletries ready to go at any time. I also stock up on things that I run out of immediately after returning from a trip. That way I don't forget anything the next time!

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  829. Lauren says:

    I make sure to not over schedule my weekends. I work full time, have an almost 4 year old, husband who travels for a living, and in my last trimester of pregnancy! I make sure to say, "no" to things I don't absolutely want to do in order to really have rest and relaxation time on the weekends with my family. It took me about 3 years to figure this out but now that I have, I am so much more relaxed, less stressed, and actually look forward to my weekends! I didn't for so long because I was overwhelmed with everything that I had to accomplish in my 2 days off. I also let go of any guilt or feeling of responsibility to others by turning down invites!

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  830. Sarah says:

    Cooking at home, always have leftovers for lunch! Also, prepping my outfits saves me hours in the morning!

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  831. Heather says:

    I get up an hour early to make my husband breakfast. It is a trivial act, but happy belly=happy husband=happy day. And I love Tide Pods. I am on my third container.

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  832. kipling573 says:

    working out in the mornings so i have time for "life" in the evenings and packing my lunch and gym bag in the evenings, too!

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  833. Tara says:

    I workout! It really makes me feel better and gives me the "me" time that I need!

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  834. Winnie says:

    Post-It notes!

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  835. Target is my favorite! I'd love to win this!…. For me, picking up clutter that goes to a certain room every time I'm headed that way helps me keep my living room picked up! A little goes a long way to keeping my space clean! πŸ™‚

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  836. Caitlin Kelley says:

    Making my breakfast for the entire week in advance (I make and freeze smoothies) takes very little effort and is a total game changer for my mornings

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  837. Chelsi Krause says:

    Setting the coffee pot the night before makes the morning go so much smoother. It throws my whole day off if i'm ready to walk out the door and realize i have no coffee ready to be consumed.

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  838. Holly + Casey says:

    I think staying organized is something that definitely goes a long way…I also write down every thing in my calendar (I have to have a paper calendar, I just can't get behind the electronic kind) even if its a bill that automatically comes out of my account. Also keeping a spreadsheet of my spending – that was a life changer!

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  839. Marissa Whitehouse says:

    When I start to get anxious about something, I try to take a step back and figure out whether it's worth the stress (likely not), and if it is, what rational steps can I take to reduce it. Thanks, Kendi, Tide, and Gain!

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  840. carrie says:

    There is a front desk worker at my health club that takes the time to learn all the regulars' names and greets us each morning and logs us in without us reciting our membership number like a robot. Then he wishes us a good day on the way out. It's a little thing but it goes a long way to be treated with kindness and like a a human being early in the morning.

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  841. Amanda Worthington says:

    I'm a planner, so I like to plan my workouts for the week on Sunday night. A little thing that makes it so much easier to have a healthy and productive week!

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  842. giedre says:

    My mistake is I TOTALLY always wanna try new outfits when I'm traveling! πŸ™‚ …and then I get there and wonder what I was smoking when I packed, lol. At least the past few times have involved flying to meet up with sisters, so I can always borrow clothing from them! πŸ˜‰
    xox
    giedre

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  843. Catherine Marini says:

    I do the exact same thing as Tanya! I make sure to coordinate our weekly dinner menu with my boyfriend so that I can go to the grocery store with a complete list. I can't stand going back to the store for 1 item because I forgot to make a list!

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  844. amohs01 says:

    Creating a place for all the little things and being diligent about putting them back when finished. That way when you're in a rush you aren't wasting time looking for your checkbook or the other earring… so nice to know exactly where they are when you need them! Love your blog– thanks for the great giveaways!

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  845. preethi says:

    One little thing I do is only doing laundry on one day. With two kids, it would be easy to do laundry all day EVERY day. Makes me not feel like I'm constantly consumed by laundry if I limit it to one day a week.

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  846. Grace Holt says:

    Love all these tips! I'm always the person that packs two suitcases for a weekend trip, so maybe this can help me streamline a little bit! Plus, for shopping, my 'little thing' is that I hold to is the one thing in, one thing out rule: if I buy a new sweater, I better be willing to give a sweater away. That way, my closet doesn't overflow into the whole house!

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  847. Jen says:

    The little thing that goes a long way for me is cleaning as I go. Picking up that laundry on the floor or putting that dish in the dishwasher instead of the sink seems like insignificant things, but they really save you from having a big cleaning day. Instead it’s just small bursts of cleaning.

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  848. Katie Crabill says:

    I make my to-do list every morning written out BY HAND ON PAPER! I bought a pretty day planner and fun pen, and it makes writing out my list so much more pleasant. It helps me keep track of what I need/want to accomplish, but also doesn't feel like so much of a chore.

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  849. Maria J says:

    When I do laundry, I take the time to make outfits on hangers in my closet(yes, for me, my husband, and my son!). This way, getting dressed in the morning is a pinch. Each of us can just grab a hanger and everything is ready for us!

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  850. Tiffani says:

    My favorite little thing to do is cuddle with my son after long day and watch a movie.

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  851. Lea Anna says:

    I try to only bring two pairs of shoes when traveling. Sneaks for the flight and smaller shoes in my bag.

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  852. Holly says:

    Spending time to put together an outfit! For the relatively small amount of time it takes, it makes a huge difference in my day!

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  853. Kelly says:

    Listening to fun, upbeat music on the way to work. It puts you in a better mood for those early mornings where everyone is dragging and really ups your attitude and productivity!

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  854. Rose Korman says:

    Looking for the best in every part of my life. There’s a positive side to everything…and I’m happier and more motivated in everything if I can see the good in it.

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  855. Teri says:

    Travel size everything! So helpful, just like this post. Thank you for the giveaway

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  856. shannon says:

    Little thing I do that goes a long way: when packing for a shorter trip, go with color theme, then everything is mix & matchable!

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  857. Bella S says:

    Picking things up and putting them away when I notice they are not where they belong. Sorting my laundry, even when I may not have enough for an entire load, so that I will always know how much more I need to throw it in the machine. I believe that you should pack minimally and always bring extra shirts to go with that black pair of pants instead of 5 pairs of pants for all 5 days you are gone. Have fun while packing and it makes it a lot easier on you and everyone around you.

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  858. Christina Q says:

    The thing I do everyday is bringing my husband a cup of coffee in bed every morning. It’s the little things that count in relationships that go a long way in showing someone how much you care. xoxo

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  859. Emily says:

    Walks in the evening and relaxing with a book go a long way for me when I need to de-stress.

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  860. Teri says:

    We didn’t go to Magic this time–we’ll miss seeing you! Have fun and buy lots of cute things for Bloom!

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  861. Code Overdressed says:

    These are definitely 5 perfect things to do to pack light and fast! I use to pack tons of unnecessary things, but I’ve reduced my shoe packing a lot lol. Great airport pics!

    Cee. β™₯
    Code Overdressed

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  862. Cassie Ford says:

    Clearing the counters and keeping the sink empty does WONDERS for my inner-self. I feel like I can’t hear myself think in chaos!

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  863. Rebecca says:

    Little thing that helps me a lot is making my bed. Starts me off organized and clean!
    Rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

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  864. Carolina Oppy says:

    I always organize my closet by color and stick to a theme when packing…. That way I can see everything easily and a mix and match situation works while I’m traveling.

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  865. Beverly says:

    Acting silly with my 5 yr old, she tells me i’m the FUNNIEST person she knows, and seeing her smile makes me the HAPPIEST person I know!

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  866. Holly Sax says:

    A latte from Starbucks- it always makes my days a bit brighter!

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  867. Rebecca says:

    The little(ish) thing that makes my life much easier is doubling certain recipes and freezing half for a quick meal at a later date. When I’m too tired to cook, it’s great to pull something homemade out of the freezer!

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  868. Olivia A says:

    I make my bed every morning no matter how tired, busy, or late I am and you know what, it makes me feel good and when I come home it looks even more enjoyable to get in too!

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  869. sdclement says:

    An ice cold diet coke always perks me up!

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  870. Renee Chulski says:

    Thanks for the ideas! Keep Smiling:) It’s the littlest thing that keeps me going and sharing a smile goes a long way too!

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  871. VerΓ³nica Drelichman says:

    Thank your for the advice. It was very interesting to reed.

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  872. Meredith says:

    Purging and organizing one drawer or cabinet at a time really makes me feel more organized and in control. It’s so satisfying!

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  873. Kate Ortbahn says:

    I like to take pictures of my planned outfits before I travel and keep them on my phone – if I draw a blank in the morning, I have an easy reminder!

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  874. Kate says:

    If I have a spare few moments between things, I will use the time to straighten up. You’d be surprised how much you can get done while coffee is brewing/waiting for the flat iron to heat up/during a commercial break. And I always put things away before I go to bed so that I start fresh every morning.

    I also splurged on a coffee maker with a timer. Hands down, best thing to wake up to is a pot of coffee that made itself!

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  875. Elisha says:

    One little thing I do is run errands during lunch. I’m lucky enough to have a Target near my work, so I can get stuff done without having to worry about fitting it in after work. Thanks for the great advice!

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  876. Carol Norris says:

    I plan my outfit the night before down to jewelry and shoes. If I don’t, the next morning I’m probably running behind and won’t take the time to look for accessories and grab the first pair of black shoes I see. Planning ahead helps me use all my clothing instead of just grabbing the same-old thing.

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  877. Ana S. says:

    To do lists are my little things that make a HUGE difference!

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  878. Amy G. says:

    I organized my closet at the beginning of the year and made sure there was a spot for EVERYTHING. I loved how it looks so much that I have taken the extra 5 seconds every time I change to put things back on the hanger instead of on the floor — a huge departure from the first 26, unorganized-closet years of my life πŸ™‚

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  879. Emily says:

    I always leave out my gym clothes and my outfit the night before. Anything to save a few minutes in the morning before heading to work….

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  880. Franish says:

    My school bag is always ready to go – I have all the important things in there, so all i have to do is throw my computer in, and be out the door πŸ™‚

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  881. Kat S says:

    I’m pregnant, with a 3 year old – so a catnap really goes a long way!! Failing that, just getting a little time to myself at the end of the day really helps me recoup!

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  882. Laying out everything I need for the work day the night before makes all the difference- ironed outfit, packed gym bag, and lunch ready to go!

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  883. My favorite packing tip for vacation is to pack within a color scheme! You’re able to mix and match your outfits without too much trouble, but you also have a chance to try some new combinations. I also remind myself to pack not what I want to wear, but what I will wear. Bringing that shirt I always change my mind about isn’t a good idea–a new location won’t make me love it any more!

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  884. Morgan says:

    As a SAHM, I like helping out the working moms on the street. It’s amazing what a little 15-minute babysitting while a mom is rushing home from work will do for her comfort, and it’s no skin off my back.

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  885. Katie says:

    I plan and hang up all of my work outfits and cook/pack my lunches for the week on Sunday nights, so my early mornings aren’t so hectic πŸ™‚

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  886. Maria Hardjanto says:

    I did the same thing! I planned out by day/event; it makes packing easier and prevent overpacking since I’m an emotional packer too.

    The little thing that help me was that I have a traveling kit. Lately I have to travel for work more often than before, and I leave the kit in my suitcase so it will be there when I need them. Extra chargers, travel converters, travel-sized toiletries… And my mom taught me a neat trick of pinning a bunch of small safety pins onto the fabric lining of a suitcase because you’ll never know when you’ll need safety pins.

    Kendi, I need to know where you got that polka dot bag!!

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  887. Abby says:

    I always pack my lunch for work the night before…saves a little time and a lot of money!

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  888. BM says:

    Always find the positive! It’ll make life much more fun.

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  889. Lindsey F says:

    I plan all my outfits the night before and I do this for my daughter’s clothes too. These few things make the morning a lot easier as we get up and get going. Some Sunday evenings if I have time I will plan for the entire week ahead while looking at the weather forecast.

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  890. Melissa says:

    Recently I’ve gotten in the habit to spend 15 minutes picking up around the house before bed each night. I feel like it really has made a difference and I get so less stressed out because there’s just less clutter to start the next day.

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  891. Ashley K. says:

    A few little things that I do every day that go a long way: cuddling with my husband and watching “The Office” reruns every night after a really long day. Also, I try to always find a way to make the days of my students brighter because some of them have really rough home lives.Building these relationships really go a long way and I love seeing them walk across the stage at graduation!

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  892. Christine Nguyen says:

    Lists! I make lists all the time. Grocery lists, meal plan for the week, packing lists you name it! Helps to keep me organized and less flustered during the week.

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  893. Monica M says:

    A list definitely helps! And the whole trying things on together beforehand. I loathe packing haha. But I will suffer through it for a great trip!

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  894. Kirstin M. says:

    For traveling, I keep a stocked toiletry bag ready to go, with small tight fitting bottles for liquids. I keep spare razors, deodorant, everything – packed and ready to go. I refill and restock it when I return from the trip, instead of right before the next one. It’s just one less thing to think about when packing – it’s always ready and you never forget anything!

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  895. Amy S says:

    I always try to leave out my suitcase a week or so before I leave so that I can toss things in there as I am thinking of them! And that leaves me to choose my favorite outfits ahead of time so that I don’t have to worry about if they are clean or not.

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  896. Nic Ridley says:

    I do all my laundry for the week on Monday. As I fold the fresh clean loads, I put outfits together for the week for my children and for myself. Makes picking out clothes each morning a no-brainer.

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  897. I am a list maker… grocery store, packing for a trip, things I don’t want to forget to tell my husband and the list goes on. Making lists helps me stay on track and prioritize. Oh the little things… they truly make all the difference.

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  898. Chelsea says:

    Making my coffee before I go to bed is a must! That way when I roll out of bed I have a hot pot of coffee waiting for me πŸ™‚

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  899. i make my bed every day – it may sound OCD but it helps me start the day with a calm organized mind!

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  900. Hanan says:

    walking my dog is a little thing that helps me get through the week. just seeing how curious and happy he is cheers me up instantly.

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  901. Maria Savino says:

    I keep a gratitude journal and everyday write down someone or something that I’m grateful to have had in my life. It keeps my attitude positive and gives me perspective of how lucky I am.

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  902. Gayla says:

    My “little things” are how I spend my Sunday evenings. I do laundry and plan my outfits for the week (5 AM comes early and that makes it much easier). I make my weekly to-do list and grocery list and catch up on homework for school. It all makes my week go much more smoothly.

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  903. j mo says:

    I do laundary every day, plan my outfits for the week, and try to meal plan. I allow room for flexibility & creativity, but this provides a bit of structure.

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  904. Heather Kropog Wallace says:

    I write little notes for myself and leave them on a cork board so I won’t forget things during the week. This little action saves time and helps relieve stress so I don’t forget important things.

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  905. Ahka Vintage says:

    I don’t have many clothes so find it easy to pick what to wear. Its when I go out somewhere nice I have those issues and cant decide πŸ˜‰

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  906. Ch Pk says:

    I try to do laundry regularly, almost scheduled in, so it doesn’t get away from me.

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  907. Debbie says:

    I do a load (or two) of laundry everyday and make myself put it away in respective bedrooms right away. I also take 1/4 sheets of 8 1/2×11 paper that I would have thrown out (my kids’ homework, etc.) and staple 5 sheets together on Sunday night – one for ea. day and write down what I need to get done each day. Then I have a column on ea. page for store items I might need during the week. It is little so I can keep it in my purse and refer to it quickly everyday. I also have a calendar that the whole family can see that I keep absolutely current at all times.

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  908. Annika Benitz says:

    Planning out my grocery shopping by choosing what meals I will be making ahead of time has saved me lots of heartache and money! I usually plan 2-3 weeks of meals, assess what’s in my pantry and make a thorough shopping list. I won’t shop any other way now, and it has made all the difference.

    http://www.marriedandbright.com

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  909. Jordan Graves says:

    This has nothing to do with clothes, but as a teacher there a few things that I do that go a long way. With regard to organization, I get my classroom completely ready for the next day before I leave every afternoon. Everything from my dry erase board to my to do list for the next day is finished before I can step out of the door. It makes arriving in the morning so much less stressful. I also try to say every student’s name at least once in class every class period. Even though I have 140 students I think that if they all believe that they are my favorite student then I have made at least a small impact in their lives.

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  910. Cara says:

    I make sure the kitchen counters are tidy before i go ti bed each night–it makes such a difference starting your day in a clean uncluttered space.

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  911. ray ray says:

    Ii start every day with an empty dishwasher, so I can just throw things in as I use them. Much easier to keep the kitchen clean, if I don’t have a mountain of dishes.

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  912. Megan says:

    I do laundry at least every other day so it doesn’t pile up!

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  913. Rachel says:

    My Nana has always said “Dinner’s not over until the dishes are done,” and every time I ignore that advice, I surely regret it. Even now that we have a dishwasher! It maks me feel so much better to sit down and relax on the couch knowing the dishwasher is running and i can open it up in the morning to grab a cup for my fiance’s coffee. Thanks Kendi and P&G!

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  914. Myrenia Martinez says:

    I immediately fold laundry to prevent having to iron tshirts or jeans, a great time and energy saver!

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  915. Rachel Beth says:

    One of the little things I do that goes a long way in my life is picking out my outfit for work the night before when I get ready for bed. I am absolutely not a morning person and anything I can do ahead of time to get one more snooze in really makes a difference!

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  916. Mariya says:

    Since I have class one morning and work another, I will pack all the things I need before bed so I’m not running late in the morning because I can’t find my keys, work badge or homework assignment!

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  917. Renee says:

    1. Anything that takes less than 10 minutes is a Mini job. So many household cleanups fit within 10 minutes. These can even be done while chatting on the phone.
    2. I created a Master Packing list which I keep in my suitcase. This includes adaptors to underwear. Now we don’t forget items and I don’t have to rethink each time I pack.

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  918. Megan Story says:

    A little thing that I do is to make sure I excersise regularly. It helps me thing INFINATELY BETTER!!! I can make choices more easily. πŸ™‚

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  919. Wendy says:

    I’m a list maker!

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  920. Elise says:

    Choosing my outfit the night before – no fussing over what to wear when I’ve just woken up!

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  921. Taking steps back to relax, reflect, and assess circumstances — most the time, whatever is affecting my energy is something that I have control over. Also just finding joy and being grateful.

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  922. Marina says:

    I know this sounds crazy, but I have made (simple) spreadsheets before just to keep track of everything, and also help to see where items can be reused. It doubles as a packing list, and it easier to read than my handwriting!

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  923. Ashley Cabral says:

    Lists, lists and more lists! And yoga to help balance eveything out.

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  924. Karen W. says:

    i make tons of lists… including packing lists – which i make as soon as i start planning the trip so I can add on as i think of things – also helps prevent last minute packing, shopping lists – which i leave on the fridge (1 for each location: grocery, costco, target, etc) with a running tally of what’s running low. then on my way out, i grab the list and hopefully lessen the total # of trips i make!, and to-do lists!

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  925. Taylor says:

    I start with a list days before I pack to make sure I include everything and get all the laundry done in time.

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  926. kelly says:

    I prepare my kid’s lunches the night before , to make sure they are eating healthy and I don’t have to rush in the morning. I also meal plan, so I can buy everything I need during one shopping trip and I don’t have to keep making trips to the store.
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  927. Elise Riehle says:

    I pack my gym bag at night. That way I’m not fumbling around in the dark while my husband’s sleeping to find what I need, and I get out of the house in time! (eriehle1@gmail.com)

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  928. Jen Spears says:

    I go to yoga at least one hour a week. Just an hour sweating it out makes me feel accomplished and so much better about myself!

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  929. Elena M. Hawkenson says:

    The extent of my planning is me putting a K-cup in my Keurig with a coffee thermos ready-to-go the night before work.. does that count? o_o

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  930. Danielle says:

    I have to make sure to get at least one hug everyday from my husband. It’s a little thing but it makes me feel good about the day and greatful for what I have in life!

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  931. Ashley Neal says:

    One of the little things I do that goes a long way in my life:

    I am an avid reader, and mega-commuter. I recently bought a kindle so my purse wouldn’t be as heavy during my daily journey on public transportation. I found that I was going through books quicker and my wallet was suffering from my numerous book purchases. Finally, I went down to my local library & signed up for a card. Now rent books for free! I never have to take time out of my day to go check out a book… I can access it all online when both checking out and returning ebooks. It may truly sound like a small thing, but has made a major difference in my life… for FREE!

    Make a trip down to your local library, people. You won’t forget it.

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  932. Sarah says:

    I love a good DIY facial with ingredients from the kitchen. Always makes my skin so soft and I feel radiant afterwards.

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  933. Anna says:

    I have a pre-packed overnight bag that has made getting away for the night or for a weekend so much easier! The bag includes make-up, toiletries, and an iPhone charger. To pack, all I need to do is throw some clothes in a bag, grab my pre-packed overnight bag, and I’m good to go!

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  934. Rachel Townsend says:

    Little things like making the bed in the morning help me feel better about life!

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  935. Shin Yu Pai says:

    I hang up the work clothes that I wore during my day at the office before I go to bed so that clutter doesn’t accumulate. I finish washing the dishes and cleaning up after dinner so that the next day my husband can start meal prep with a clean slate.

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  936. Jessica McKeever says:

    Work related: I have found writing a to-do list at the end of the day for tomorrow is a little thing that goes a long way
    Life related: Making my bed every day and quickly picking up before bed makes my apt nice to wake up to the next day

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  937. Audio books in the car. I feel like I am using that time and makes me enjoy the drive to work.

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  938. Kerry Termine says:

    I pick a color scheme..for example everything I pack would be pretty neutral with a pop of one or two colors. I find it gives me more options.

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  939. Erin A. says:

    I like to have makeup already packed in toiletry bag. It may be just samples of stuff, like mascara and eye liner, but that just frees me from remembering a lot of little things. Plus, if I forget some important items, at least I have something to get me through!

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  940. I have a lot of stress in my life but I have been learning how to manage it through meditation, just ten minutes a day. When I focus on my breathing and try to just be present it helps get me through the rest of my day…

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  941. Morgan East says:

    Picking out an outfit the night before work goes a long way in the mornings!

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  942. Haylee Bogosian says:

    I pick out my outfit for work the night before, that way when the alarm goes off I have more time to prepare myself for the day without worrying what I will be wearing and tossing clothes all over the room looking for something that fits my mood

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  943. Kaitlyn Wilson says:

    I am not a morning person – so I do everything I can possibly do to make my mornings quick and easy. I pack all my food/beverages, lay out clothes/shoes, and have anything else I need right near the door. When my mornings go smoothly even the most stressful days don’t seem quite as bad.

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  944. Ginnie says:

    Planning out my meals and outfits goes a long way toward keeping me sane;)

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  945. Amy Hawk says:

    I just discovered and started using a BB Cream liquid face make-up that is combined moisturizer with SPF/makeup/self-tanner. Seriously three products in one, which cuts down on my prep time in the morning. I love it!!

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  946. Victoria S. says:

    Doing just a half hour of housework a day makes such a big difference in my life for such a small amount of time! No more running around like a crazy person before guests come over πŸ™‚

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  947. Jessica says:

    The two major things are choosing my outfit the night before and planning meals for the week. They seem so simple but they’ve really been game changers for me!

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  948. Jamie Lam says:

    bikram yoga, making to-do lists, and eating to my heart’s content. maybe sleeping, too. second semester high school senior living is sweeeet. πŸ™‚

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  949. Chrissy says:

    I’m investing all my extra money in mutual funds so I can make a bigger house down payment and have less debt in my future mortgage. It feels really good to save!

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  950. Sarah says:

    I make sure to change over the laundry the night before instead of washing at night and going to bed, and I make my lunch the night before!

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  951. jackie matijasec says:

    I lay out everything I need for the morning the night before.
    For trips, I pack by outfit as well, but I also have a rule that each piece I pack must go with at least 2-3 other things. That rule works when shopping too – if I can’t think of at least a few things already in my closet I’d wear something with – it doesn’t come home with me.

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  952. JessieC says:

    Weekly meal planning helps a lot, also clean right after cooking makes kitchen less messy.

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  953. Jane says:

    I don’t go to bed without doing the dishes. That way, I don’t get anxious about it when I wake up in the morning!

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  954. Tamara says:

    On Sunday afternoon, I will set out outfits for the week. Then I can grab and go in the mornings! Thanks!

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  955. Corey says:

    Making a to-do list before I start a work day helps so much! Just a few minutes keeps me organized all day.

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  956. Jenny says:

    Pair mundane activities with something fun, like listening to a great podcast while I do dishes or watching The Pioneer Woman while folding laundry.

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  957. Kira says:

    Picking out clothes the night before, making sure all the littles’ backpacks are ready to grab and go and that I have a clean coffee tumbler!

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  958. Amy Usher says:

    Packing my gym bag on Sunday evening for the week ahead!

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  959. Amy Bird says:

    Every day I try to write down the positive things that happened. Then when I look back on the year there’s so much to remember!

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  960. Summer Otey says:

    my new years resolution was to be more organized when it came to my households. i went out a bought two chalkboards. one holds a menu for dinner each week and the other is for chores. these are wonderful! now i don’t have to spend my whole weekend doing chores and can enjoy going out!

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  961. Esmeralda says:

    I wake up with enough time to shower, get ready and dressed, and eat breakfast while I watch a bit of TV. I wouldn’t say I’m exactly a morning person, but I think having enough time to be fully ready for my day is important and well worth the time invested.

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  962. hellosunnybunny says:

    Taking the stairs to the gym in the subcellar + running up the stairs after workout, and I live on the 11th floor [:
    I am so guilty of doing my laundry the day of my flights. I just don’t have enough clothes to pack them in advance

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  963. KL says:

    Taking a moment every day to think of something I am grateful for – this goes quite a long way in making me realize how lucky I am!

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  964. Angelica Strong says:

    I always leave my desk tidy so I can always come in to a clean desk!

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  965. Whitney says:

    Sticking with my weekly workout routine is a little thing that makes a big difference!

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  966. Viktorija says:

    I like to pick up my living space the night before. There’s nothing worse than waking up to a sink full of dirty dishes, a messy living room, and clothes thrown everywhere!

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  967. Ellie Harp says:

    The little thing I do that goes a long way is my morning routine. I love to get up in time to enjoy a yummy, homemade breakfast while checking in with my favorite fashion blogs (and instagram of course)! This morning routine gets me out of bed with something to look forward to: I love giving myself a nice, relaxed start to my day– it definitely pays off by keeping me centered through a long, busy day.

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  968. Becka says:

    I love returning home from a trip to a clean house…so I always clean before leaving!

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  969. Aileen says:

    Packing my lunch and laying out my clothes the night before. These two little things go a long way to making morning run smoothly and kicking the day off right.

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  970. Danielle W. says:

    No matter how busy I am at work (I work in the ER.), I make time to enjoy a cup of hot tea. It’s a nice, soothing moment during my day.

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  971. Picking out Rooney’s clothes the night before (even if I don’t do it for myself) makes our mornings go a lot quicker!

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  972. Something little I do to make my life easier is to pick out my outfits for the week on Sunday – I get everything hanging together, including undergarments. This allows me a lot of extra sleep time during the weekdays and I like anything that gives me more sleep. πŸ™‚

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  973. JCD says:

    Taking the time to pet my cat and give undivided attention to my husband. Wait, should I have put that in the opposite order? πŸ™‚

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  974. Shanna says:

    Putting the dishes away right after eating a meal instead of letting them all pile up.

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  975. asparagus fern says:

    I make sure to iron things that need ironing before they are packed, rather than relying on finding/using an iron on the spot. At least if they start out ironed they will look better when unpacked.

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  976. Clara says:

    I meal plan. I don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner, if I have all the ingredients, etc. It’s all figured out and ready to go!

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  977. Amanda Miller says:

    Smiling! Someone once told me to greet everyone with a smile and you’ll spread happiness wherever you go!

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  978. Christian says:

    I love sending little personal texts to my friends and family every now and then. I want them to know that I’m thinking about them. I send anything from “Good luck on___” and “This meme made me think of you”. Those texts go a long way for me because I love my personal relationships with my friends and family, and those text make me happy.

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  979. Melinda says:

    Trying to make it a habit to put away laundry or even coats/jackets right away instead of just plopping them on a chair and then having them sit there for a few days!

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  980. Leslie says:

    Being polite – a little goes a long way. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  981. Sara Turner says:

    Getting ready for the day! Wearing a cute outfit and some lipstick makes you ready to face the day, fabulously.

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  982. Megan says:

    Preparation is key!

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  983. Coffee! Just a couple cups a day really keep me going. πŸ™‚

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  984. Beth D says:

    I make sure I eat breakfast every day… it is a little thing but serves me well and gets me started on the right foot every morning!

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  985. Ashley says:

    I plan out each day the night before-looking at events and appointments on my calendar and goals or projects I’m working on. Even if I don’t follow the plan exactly, just knowing I have one helps me to be so much more relaxed and productive.

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  986. Jess says:

    I get enough sleep. I can tackle my day and accomplish much more if I get adequate rest. Some people think I just love sleep (which I kind of do), but I have learned rest is vital for my mental and physical health.

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  987. Courtney :--] says:

    I plan out our meals at the start of each week! It saves a ton of time at the grocery story, and I feel like it helps our budget, too!

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  988. LydiaB says:

    taking a couple of minutes just to sit and think about my day…a little time goes a long way!

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  989. I have a freelance business AND I work full-time in the TV industry so my life is pretty hectic! I plan aside my afternoons on Sunday to work only on freelance things, and make sure the rest of my weekend is for fun!

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  990. I always have a multitool or swiss army knife on me or in my purse or bag, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used it! That is definitely my little thing that goes a long way!!

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  991. Rachel Ortiz says:

    I cook large portions so that I have leftovers for lunch the next day, or a quick dinner on nights I don’t feel like cooking. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  992. AmyP says:

    Always check the weather of your destination before packing. Just because you’re going to the beach doesn’t mean it’s going to be sunny every day!

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  993. I make lists! My husband makes fun of me for all the lists I have, but writing down even the smallest thing, helps me to tackle my day (and week and month!).

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  994. Courtney McLaren says:

    i always pick my outfit out the night before… saves so much time in the morning!

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  995. Danielle says:

    I always make a list of things to pack before I go and I wash my sheets and clean my house before going out of town–there’s nothing better than coming home to a clean house!

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  996. Lauren B says:

    I keep an extra pair of pants and shoes in my car at all times. There have been so many occasions where it has helped me out! One time, my shoe completely disintegrated at a street festival. Luckily, I had extra. πŸ™‚

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  997. Amy says:

    I always make the coffee the night before and set the timer so it is brewed when I wake up. I mean, what better way to start the day than that – am I right?

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  998. Traci McDuffie says:

    I use a dayplanner – the old school kind where you actually write! It helps me stay sane and on track.

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  999. Kate says:

    Packing my lunch the night before I go to work!

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  1000. Jennifer Diaz says:

    When I see something I like in a magazine or online I take a photo or screenshot. This includes clothes, recipes, organization, travel or whatever. Then I just flip through my photos on the weekend to refresh my dwindling memory.

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  1001. Sarah says:

    Having a checklist before a trip!

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  1002. Hannah Rakestraw says:

    Wearing a smile.

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  1003. $2133770 says:

    I color coordinate my calendar. Makes it easier to keep track of everything and everyone

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  1004. jessica says:

    Always, packing lunch the night before let’s me run out of the house prepared no matter how late I’m running!

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  1005. Keli says:

    I always clean my house before going on vacation! It doesn’t feel like such a reality check when you get back from your vacation if you don’t immediately have to jump into vacuuming and washing dishes.

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  1006. Jillian Rose says:

    I wake up and do my chores right away on the weekend. I’m half way done cleaning before I’m fully awake and realize what I’m doing πŸ™‚ I call it sleep cleaning.

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  1007. Escobar says:

    For traveling: stashing undies and pajama in the exterior pocket of my suitcase=no mad fumbling to find something comfy to crash in after a looooong day of traveling. Also, Ziplocs and anti-stain pens.

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  1008. Yunuen Moreno says:

    Have duplicates of everything (toiletries, blow dryer, makeup) and keep them in your luggage so all you have to do is pack clothes.

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  1009. Darbi says:

    I plan out my meals for the week and food prep every Sunday!

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  1010. Hilary says:

    Packing my lunch the night before is a total life saver. Nothing is worse than having to scramble for something in the morning rush. I usually do it while making dinner to knock out 2 things at once!

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  1011. Jessica G says:

    A great piece of earrings can amp up any outfit!

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  1012. Anna D Kart says:

    I like plan ahead in my meal planning. I usually plan the week out on Sunday night and get groceries on Monday morning… I also pre-wash and cut all my veggies, put them in zip lock containers so that when I need something from the fridge, it’s ready to go… I love your packing tips!

    Thank you for posting

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  1013. danielle says:

    I keep a separate set of all of my toiletries, etc. in my gym bag. It makes it easy to get ready at the gym!

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  1014. Charlene says:

    Over the weekend, I plan my meals for the week, grocery shop, and cook several meals. It’s become such a habit, and I actually enjoy doing it. Of course, the real payoff is having good,homecooked, nutritious meals (no high-calorie fast food) during the week.

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  1015. Kena Thompson says:

    I make a monthly menu and grocery list for each week all at once.

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  1016. Elizabeth G says:

    Making a list – a to-do list, a packing list, whatever. There’s always one shining moment of memory and motivation, so if I take advantage of that moment for my list-making, my future harried, forgetful self benefits greatly.

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  1017. Melanie Greene says:

    Lots of lists and prepping preschool snacks in advance are making life easier right now.

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  1018. Rachael Lee says:

    It may sound dorky, but I pick out clothes the night before and have them hanging and ready for me in the morning.

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  1019. Katie McD says:

    I depend on my morning routine to keep me sane during the day, and this includes a smoothie. I prep everything the night before and hang each recipe on the fridge so it’s not a scramble in the morning (especially since I have to be at work by 6:30AM!). 2 minutes the night before saves me in the wee hours of the morning.

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  1020. Carly G says:

    I bought a carryon bag that meets international guidelines so I never have to worry about being forced to check my bag. I also keep all of my travel bags and extra ziplocs in suitcase so I have it all in one place when I’m ready to pack.

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  1021. Rebekah h says:

    Washing stains out right away on clothes instead of washing stains out by hand right before doing laundry. Saves me brain cells and energy.

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  1022. Jennifer says:

    I always plan my meals for the week. In particular, I make breakfast on Sunday that I can eat throughout the work week. Having my breakfast right when I get up allows me to hit the ground running. I have energy, am not grabbing unhealthy foods because I have no choice, and I have piece of mind knowing that whatever the day brings me, I have that taken care of.

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  1023. Dana Twist says:

    I plan out my meals with my husband for the week and and grocery shop every Sunday! It’s so nice not to wonder every night what we’re having for dinner!

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  1024. Laura says:

    PLANNING. Something as easy as packing my lunch the night before work gets me up and out. And it only took 5 minutes.

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  1025. AmyA says:

    I used to keep my recipes in several different places – on paper, stored on recipe sites, saved links, etc. – and could never remember where they were when I wanted them. Recently I combined all of my recipes into a big spreadsheet organized by food type and linked to their location. Much easier!

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  1026. dmwsmiley says:

    I have compiled a list of songs that I listen to while cleaning the house. It keeps me moving and motivated. I may look silly to my family dancing and singing around the house but my house is always organized and clean πŸ™‚ and I exercise off a few calories too!

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  1027. Kelsey says:

    I coordinate my closet by color. Simple, but it works!

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  1028. I make my bed every morning. It only takes a minute but makes a big difference in how my place looks and how I feel at night!

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  1029. Ceci Bean says:

    I recently started listening to audiobooks during my commute instead of road raging. Why didn’t anyone ever tell me what a godsend audiobooks were??

    After reading some of these other comments though, I’m feeling a little lazy! Meal planning doesn’t happen until I open the fridge and see what’s left. <:-)

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  1030. Candice Miller says:

    I plan out my outfits the nights before!

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  1031. Asri Mum says:

    Using my planner!

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  1032. Lori says:

    Planning and preparing meals on Sunday and figuring out what I’m going to wear the night before.

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  1033. Stephanie Parenza says:

    My weekly to-do list goes everywhere with me. It may not get completed but at least I know where I stand!

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  1034. Kristin Haus says:

    Freezer meals!! My friend Michelle and I plan a menu, grocery shop together and split the bill, then spend the day cooking to fill our freezers with meals. That way the hubby can pop something in the oven while I’m heading home from work and I don’t have to cook for us to eat a good meal! Gives us more time to relax on the weekdays!

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  1035. Afton Hutson says:

    making sure the kitchen is clean before going to bed!

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  1036. Jennifer says:

    A little quality time with my husband goes a long way. Even just a short dinner out can ride me over for a while!

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  1037. Nicole Lesage says:

    Oh my goodness I am super organized! I color coded my closet and drawers. That way if I feel like wearing purple I can see all my purple πŸ™‚
    Nicole

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  1038. Tiffany says:

    Make my bed the minute I get out of it. It alerts my brain that the day has begun and I’m so much more productive.

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    • Gia says:

      I’ve started Just One Thing to help declutter. Clean out one thing every weekend. Sometimes it’s my makeup drawer, the bill basket, or editing the amount of photos I’ve snapped that week. Baby steps.

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  1039. Jackie says:

    These are great ideas. I really find that regardless of how much planning I do, I still get super stressed packing.

    I like to do little things like make physical shopping lists and reminders for myself. I feel like we learn to tune so much out in our lives, but it’s hard to ignore a sticky note.

    xo Jackie

    Something About That

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  1040. Tiffany White says:

    I’ve started planning my outfits the night before instead of having to deal with, I have nothing to wear syndrome, in the morning. It has been a life saver! I have extra time in the morning and am happy with the clothes I pick when I have time instead of when I am in a rush.

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  1041. Sherita Grant says:

    I keep a pre-packed toiletry bag on hand, it has been a lifesaver many a time.

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  1042. Planning out all my assignments for the entire semester. I’m never surprised by a quiz or paper deadline!

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  1043. Jessica says:

    In Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project” she gives a few of little things that that go a long way in terms of productivity/overall happiness in life. One that I have adopted is the “one minute rule” where if something takes a minute or less to do, then there is no reason not to do it that moment. Another is to get ready for bed before nightly rituals so that by the time 10 PM rolls around (or what ever time you go to bed…) you don’t have to do things that could potentially take you away from your current state of relaxation.

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  1044. megan says:

    i set a timer for 20-30 minutes each night when i get home from work (before i get sucked into the internet vortex) and straighten up around my apartment. it seems like such a small amount of time, but i can get so much done!

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  1045. Liz says:

    I’ve recently started prepping vegetables on the weekend to have healthy and delicious options already made during the week nights and for work snacks!

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  1046. Jen P says:

    A lot of my stress stems from rough mornings, so my day goes much smoother when my breakfast and lunch for the day are mostly prepped and the coffee is sitting in the french press just waiting for water. I also like to know what I’m going to wear the night before.

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  1047. Jaime says:

    Meal planning and prep for the week! Saves so much time and hassle for busy nights! Love your tips!

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  1048. Zetaron says:

    Always plan ahead, never over pack specially if you will have access to washer/dryer you could always re-mix and match with other studd

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  1049. Klmkaren says:

    Plastic bags! When I travel by plane, something in my kit spills, expands or oozes. Anything damp goes in the bag, oh and those “laundry bags” dirty clothes for the trip home, never, never expect to do laundry while away…just have plenty of undies, they take up no space. Now about those extra shoes…

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  1050. Veronica says:

    Making lists. It is the most obvious answer, but the best one too.

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  1051. Kerry says:

    having family sit down supper time….goes a long way in creating supportive relationships with the kids

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  1052. Amber S. says:

    My Crock Pot! Such a time saver!

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  1053. Jeannie Hunter says:

    The days of the week medicine case. With my vitamin, BCP, and an extra dose of Vitamin C to kill the airplane plague.

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  1054. Cristina says:

    Everyday things that make life better: 1) listening to music during my commute 2) laughing a lot and 3) when I pack for trips, I use packing cubes and it keeps my clothes organized!

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  1055. Lauren Rink says:

    When packing, start with shoes! I pick my favorite 2 or 3 pairs of shoes and build outfits from there. Since shoes usually take up a lot of room in my bag, this helps save space!

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  1056. Amanda Siobhan says:

    Pick my outfit the night before. otherwise I’m scrambling and in a rush

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  1057. Jennifer Bougher says:

    There is nothing like a relaxing bath at the end of the day! It’s definitely a little things that goes a long way. I don’t get to all the time but, when I do it really is nice.

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  1058. Lindsay R says:

    Freezer meals, my crockpot and lists, lists, lists!

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  1059. Christiann says:

    I make lists like no one’s business. Sometimes I write things down that I’ve already done just so I can make them off!

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  1060. Brandi says:

    Little things that I do that go a long way in my life.. Do all things not at any specific day or time, but when I am free. This means not setting your life up on a calendar by making Saturdays ‘laundry day’, Sundays ‘meal prep day’, but do these things throughout the days of the week where you find time and feel up to it! Promise it all works out in the end πŸ™‚

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  1061. Kristin Tisdelle says:

    I cut up veggies and make a bunch of rice at the beginning of the week to make dinners easier after a full day of work.

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  1062. Kara Messner says:

    I cook my meals for the week ever Tuesday morning while kiddos are all in school. Every evening feels effortless when I get to serve up a home cooked meal out of the fridge. Love it! Love your blog!

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  1063. anabrightful says:

    Lists! And crossing items off them is like therapy for me. πŸ™‚

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  1064. Olivia Kyle says:

    My planner/ calendar is a lifesaver for me!

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  1065. Jessie Randle says:

    Pre-packing my lunches for the week to stay on track with my health, making time for a cup of tea and some blog-reading every morning, and being sure to say “I love you” to my fiance before leaving each day!

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  1066. Shanna says:

    Going to bed early. Waking up is a whole lot easier and when you can wake a little in advance you can get extra stuff done or at least sit and enjoy your coffee πŸ™‚

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  1067. Lizzie says:

    My crockpot… and leftovers!

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  1068. Andrea says:

    Lists on pretty paper πŸ™‚ Also chai tea every day!

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  1069. CristenFortier says:

    I struggle with accurate time perception so when I make my to do list for the day I also write down how long I think it will take to complete each task and then set a timer while I’m doing it so that I make sure I can get everything done that I planned on.

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  1070. Lkennedy says:

    Play on Pinterest and read my favorite blogs (hello Kendi Everday) for outfit inspiration during the week. Then contemplate what the weeks dinners *might* look like.

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  1071. ejp says:

    On of the little things I do is cooking extra when I cook. Leftovers for lunch and supper save time and money, and make my life easier on those days I come home from work too tired to cook.

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  1072. RYEL08 says:

    Meal plannin