One of the best ways I can start my day is to wake up to a clean kitchen. A few years ago, we started developing the habit of not going to bed until the dishwasher was loaded and the countertops were cleaned off.
It’s amazing how happy this makes me feel in the mornings — it’s like a fresh, clean slate to start the day!
Three things you should know:
1) Jesse and the kids help with this — if this was left entirely up to me, it just wouldn’t happen every day.
2) We make really simple meals most days and clean up after every meal, so our kitchen rarely gets to the “disastrous” stage — which makes this a lot easier to maintain.
3) We don’t stress about it being perfect. If you look closely, there are crumbs on the floor, the stove has some food crusted onto it, and one cupboard door has chocolate spilled down it. I’ll get to those things today (hopefully), but just having the dishwasher loaded and the countertops cleaned off makes it feel like it’s clean!
(It’s Day #13 of the Go to Bed Early Challenge and I was in bed by 10:10 pm last night — yay!! How is the challenge going for you?)
Are you joining me for the Go to Bed Early Challenge? If so, leave a comment on this post to let me know how you did with your go-to-bed goal last night.
We’re in this together… And if you didn’t hit your goal, that’s okay! Give yourself grace, don’t beat yourself up, and know that you can try again tomorrow!
P.S. Read more about the Go to Bed Early Challenge here. Need some help and inspiration to go to bed early so you can get up and use your mornings well? Download Day 1 of Make Over Your Mornings for free (scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for it!)