Are you in a period of life where it just feels like everything is overwhelming and out of control? Like you just have too much to do and too little time?
But you try as hard as you can to cut some things from your life and schedule and you just can’t come up with anything to cut?
Maybe you have a newborn and a toddler. Maybe you’re in the midst of a personal crisis.
Maybe things are really stressful at your job. Maybe you’re caring for a special needs child or an aging relative.
Maybe it’s a thousand other things…
I get it. I really do.
Some days, some months, and some years, life is just very exhausting and stretching. Sometimes, you just wish you could find a way to run away to a very quiet, clean place where you don’t have to worry about bills or work problems or kid’s struggles or health issues or any other things that can weigh us down in life.
If you’re in a season of life where you are feeling overwhelmed or if you would just love to find a way to have a little more order and structure in your life, I encourage you to develop the habit of doing these five things every single day.
They might seem so simple — and they are! — but if you’re not doing these on a daily basis, commit to making them non-negotiables for 3-4 weeks and see if it makes a difference for you.
1. Write a Short To-Do List
If you don’t have a plan, there’s a good chance you’ll live life just spinning your wheels and putting out fires. Pre-determine a few top priorities for each day and write these down on your to-do list.
I suggest no more than 5-7 items on your to-do list each day, otherwise, you’re probably setting yourself up for defeat and frustration.
2. Make Your Bed
Isn’t it amazing how such a simple thing can make such a big difference? 3. Get Dressed in Something That Makes You Feel Great
Anne Bogel and Dear Abby Leigh have both written on the importance of “dressing for the life you want to have” and I think there is a lot of truth in this. When you put a little effort into how you dress, it can impact your entire day.
I want to write more in-depth on this topic soon as making dressing nicer a priority in my life in the past six months has actually made a huge difference in my productivity and overall outlook on life.
I’ve found that I get more done, I feel more energetic, and I just feel happier. It might almost sound weird, but I dare you to try it.
4. Do One Load of Laundry From Start to Finish
So, this is also something I’m still really working on. And I need about five more years of success before I should be preaching about anything laundry-related. 🙂 But what I can tell you is that by watching the Simple Homemaking Video Course that came as part of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and then by following the advice to follow through and finish all the parts of laundry every single day I’ve experienced incredible freedom this past week.
I honestly had no idea how much being 3-5 loads behind on laundry all the time was dragging me down.
5. Keep Your Kitchen Clean
When my kitchen is clean, it feels like my whole house is pretty much clean. When my kitchen is messy, the rest of my house can be clean, but it will feel like the whole thing is a wreck.
Maybe I’m the only person who is this way, but I can’t encourage you enough to develop a system for keeping your kitchen clean. Just at least try it and see how you like it!
What works for us is to make sure the kitchen is completely clean twice a day. At night before bed, I load and start the dishwasher, wash/dry/put away any larger items that won’t fit in the dishwasher, and wipe down all the countertops and table.
In the mornings around breakfast time, I unload the dishwasher, re-load it with breakfast dishes, and wipe down/clean up anything that needs to be cleaned. Throughout the day, as we use plates/cups, we rinse and stick them in the dishwasher — which means that, for the most part, our kitchen always looks pretty clean.
And a clean kitchen makes me so happy!
Bonus: Take 5 to 15 Minutes to Do Something for YOU
Carve out a little time each day, if possible, to do something that fills you up. Whether that’s reading or napping or chatting with a friend or journaling or texting a friend or gardening… whatever it is, take time to refuel and refresh yourself so that your tank is not depleted.
But Wait! Is This Really Realistic?
Now, you might have read through all of those above and thought, that’s great, but I just don’t have time to implement any of that right now. Well, I wanted to show you a practical example of how you could accomplish all of it with minimal time and work each day.
So here’s an example of a morning and evening routine that wouldn’t require much extra time and effort but would allow you to accomplish all five of these things every day, plus more:
Example Morning Routine
- Get up, make your bed immediately, and make coffee (unload the dishwasher while the coffee is brewing).
- Spend 10 minutes journaling/praying/reading while you’re sipping coffee.
- Start a load of laundry.
- Do 10 minutes of quick exercise (maybe a YouTube video workout or a walk or run around the block).
- Shower, get dressed in something you love, do your hair and makeup.
- Switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer.
Example Evening Routine
- Load the dishwasher, start it, and wipe down all the countertops.
- Fold and put away the load of laundry you washed and dried in the morning.
- Lay out your clothes for the next day.
- Take 5-15 minutes to do something you love.
See? It doesn’t have to take hours of time!
Just being a little more intentional with your morning and evening routines to make sure you accomplish these important daily tasks can not only help you feel more organized, it will keep your house cleaner, and probably help you feel a lot less stressed.
What items would be on YOUR Daily Top 5 List? I’d love to hear!
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