I am a creative at heart so some DIY is inevitable but it goes back to the frustration vs. satisfaction equation for me. My time is pretty limited so I don't take on too many DIY projects right now. Sometimes, it is just less stressful to purchase an item if I have the finances for it and save my DIY energy for another project. Birthday cakes for example, I have some cake decorating experience but this year, we've had so many things going on that it was just easier to purchase the kid's cakes. They didn't mind a bit and mommy didn't have to stress.
3. I De clutter Often
This is one that I have started in the last couple of years and I LOVE IT. I kinda just want to GET RID OF ALL THE STUFF. The more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to take care of. I don't like taking care of stuff. It sucks time from your day and time is so valuable! My babies will only be young once and for a little while (I know this even when our days go on forever and all the coffee is needed). I don't want ALL my time being spent trying to find a home for this or that and cleaning up. Life is too short. So now, If it doesn't have a place, if I don't LOVE it, if I wouldn't re-buy it...it might be time to donate/sell/trash it. This mentality has also motivated me to buy less stuff! This de-cluttering thing is seriously awesome. I am saving time, saving money...getting to LIVE MORE and enjoy where I live more.
4. I Don't Buy High Maintenance Clothing
Laundry is one of my least favorite jobs. I feel like an Olympic champion when all the hampers are empty and there aren't the usual piles of clothes haunting my to-do list. But I blink my eyes and the hampers are full. So by golly, if the tag says "handwash" um no...unless I ADORE it, its getting thrown in the wash. Maybe I'll flip the dial to "gentle". Because I already struggle in this area, one of the ways I try to simplify is to only purchase easy-care clothing items when possible. I think it is time once again to make number 3 on my list happen in my children's closet to give myself a fighting chance.