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Old 01-17-2018, 08:06 AM
 
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..... Meal prep, budgets, bills, shopping, what to wear, house work, personal paperwork
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I spent very little or no time on any of these topics. Meals are the biggest issue and even there my wife and I have worked out simple quick menus and we shop accordingly. The rest of our "shopping" is done in bulk at Costco or on the internet.


I have decided on "what to wear". The choices are simple, low cost and don't vary much. For me it is pretty much dockers and polo shirts almost everyday and for almost every occasion.


Personal paperwork. What is that? We do our finances and bill paying online. Many payments are totally automated.


Budgets. I hate doing them and have not even tried for at least 30 years. I suppose we have worked out rough guidelines but those are pretty automatic and not something that takes time and effort.


House work. I also hate it. We put our dirty shoes at the door which helps. My wife and I try to spend a half hour each every week on house work. We usually fall short and instead occasionally use a cleaning service.


Life is too precious and time to short to spent it on chores.
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Old 01-17-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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I spent very little or no time on any of these topics. Meals are the biggest issue and even there my wife and I have worked out simple quick menus and we shop accordingly. The rest of our "shopping" is done in bulk at Costco or on the internet.


I have decided on "what to wear". The choices are simple, low cost and don't vary much. For me it is pretty much dockers and polo shirts almost everyday and for almost every occasion.


Personal paperwork. What is that? We do our finances and bill paying online. Many payments are totally automated.


Budgets. I hate doing them and have not even tried for at least 30 years. I suppose we have worked out rough guidelines but those are pretty automatic and not something that takes time and effort.


House work. I also hate it. We put our dirty shoes at the door which helps. My wife and I try to spend a half hour each every week on house work. We usually fall short and instead occasionally use a cleaning service.


Life is too precious and time to short to spent it on chores.
We are similar with many of these. I keep a simple wardrobe, bills are auto draft. I actually love looking at my budget and finding ways to save here & there.
I also dislike housework, I sometimes get it done in 10-15 min everyday, sometimes I
spend an hour or so on Sat and clean.
Trying to simplify meals by cooking and freezing individual portions, then adding salads to those entrees.
Smoothies for breakfast usually.
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:31 AM
 
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I like hearing that others spend a minimum amount of time on housework!

Blue Apron is one way I simplify life----since I dislike planning meals, deciding what to fix for dinner, grocery shopping and especially dislike putting away a large grocery purchase.

Another way I've simplified is handing over more of the holiday chores to our adult children.
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Old 01-17-2018, 12:20 PM
 
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I spent very little or no time on any of these topics. Meals are the biggest issue and even there my wife and I have worked out simple quick menus and we shop accordingly. The rest of our "shopping" is done in bulk at Costco or on the internet.


I have decided on "what to wear". The choices are simple, low cost and don't vary much. For me it is pretty much dockers and polo shirts almost everyday and for almost every occasion.


Personal paperwork. What is that? We do our finances and bill paying online. Many payments are totally automated.


Budgets. I hate doing them and have not even tried for at least 30 years. I suppose we have worked out rough guidelines but those are pretty automatic and not something that takes time and effort.


House work. I also hate it. We put our dirty shoes at the door which helps. My wife and I try to spend a half hour each every week on house work. We usually fall short and instead occasionally use a cleaning service.


Life is too precious and time to short to spent it on chores.
We don't eat a lot or very simple meals. Or just go out for a quick simple bite. I have started going to the smaller local grocery store and since I am not tempted by their displays, I don't buy as much. Less waste.

Keep a simple wardrobe also. I don't keep a lot of paperwork around. Since everything is online, even taxes, why bother? My sister is afraid of hacking so keeps paper bills around. I tried to tell her that just because you get it in the mail, doesn't mean it isn't out there in the "cloud". Their gas card got hacked anyway.

I have an excel spreadsheet that I've used for years. Basic formulas and I plug in my monthly bills and get my balance. I pay all my bills on the same day after my checks hit the bank so it is done and over and I don't worry about it. I do check my checking account balances to make sure nothing weird is going on.

I got rid of my houseplants cuz I got tired of watering and all that other nonsense. I do keep a veggie garden.
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Old 01-17-2018, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Miraflores
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I'm always surprised or even shocked to hear my older friends still talk about getting rid of old clothes, organizing this or that, paying for xyz etc.

So I wonder - when should you be done with all of this? Shouldn't your goal be to live life without any obstacles, besides the ones you can't avoid like health or safety issues? Car wrecks etc.

Does your life run like a well oiled machine? What are your secrets?
Good Housekeeper/cook/nanny in that order!

Last edited by alpineprince; 01-17-2018 at 04:13 PM.. Reason: oop's, forgot to say good wife as well!
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Old 01-17-2018, 04:19 PM
 
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Acceptance, flexibility and letting go.
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Old 01-17-2018, 04:20 PM
 
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Spell-check
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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How hard would it be to simplify if you had cooks, cleaners, shoppers, secretaries and as many personal assistants as you wanted.
I donít think the leader of the free world needed to be burdened with cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc. He needed his mental energy for dealing with world affairs, political decisions, natural disasters and such. He had so much responsibility for 8 years.

Whenever a president is first elected, he looks young. If he lasts eight years, by that time he looks much older, with gray hair and deep lines. Imagine making hugely important decisions several times a day, every day, for 8 years.
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Old 01-18-2018, 12:05 PM
 
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I donít think the leader of the free world needed to be burdened with cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc. He needed his mental energy for dealing with world affairs, political decisions, natural disasters and such. He had so much responsibility for 8 years.

Whenever a president is first elected, he looks young. If he lasts eight years, by that time he looks much older, with gray hair and deep lines. Imagine making hugely important decisions several times a day, every day, for 8 years.
I never said I disapprove of all the staff. Just that anyone rich, famous or POTUS
cannot relate to normal everyday people trying to simplify the chores of daily life,
and therefore should not try to give advice about such.
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Old 01-18-2018, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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A good nightís sleep.
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