Another day, another long list of work commitments, family responsibilities and not enough time to get it all done. Sound familiar?
Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. When your home is cluttered and chaotic, there is nowhere to relax, rejuvenate and escape from the pressures of the outside world at the end of a long, exhausting day.
It’s important to create a home that is peaceful and calm, a place to snuggle in and unwind. If your home is causing you stress, start today and begin to make adjustments. You don’t need to do it all in one day. Implement a few small changes and over time you will begin to see big results.
Here are some simple things you can do right now to start to create a peaceful, organized home and keep it that way!
1: Make Your Bed.
It’s a quick job, and well worth the time. At the end of the day, you’ll enjoy getting into a nice comfy bed. Have your children make their beds, too. It makes the house look and feel neater and your children will learn to take care of their space at the same time.
2: Plan tonight’s dinner.
There is nothing worse than coming home after a long day and having no idea what to make for dinner. Decide in the morning what you will make and do any necessary prep work like taking the meat out of the freezer to defrost or checking to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients. This will make your return home at the end of the day less stressful.
3: Start a load of laundry.
Don’t wait for the family to be out of clean socks before you finally decide to gather up a load and start the washer. Make it a part of your daily routine to start a load every morning. Less dirty clothes around means less clutter.
4: Declutter and pick up.
Spend a few minutes tidying up the main sections of the house. Have family members put things away that they may have left out in the living room and kitchen. These areas should be maintained as much as possible so the family has a neat, calm space to be together to eat a nice meal and relax. Physical clutter breeds mental clutter.
5: Handle the mail and paper that enters your home every day.
Paper can be a major source of clutter in a home. Make a commitment to handle your mail as soon as it is received. Toss things you do not need or want, file things that need to be saved and take care of items that need handling. Shred paperwork containing personal information. Go through your children’s papers from school every day and do the same sort. Do not let paper pile up in your home!
With a few changes, you will see a significant improvement in the condition and feel of your home. It will also have a positive impact on the mood of the family. A little planning goes a long way. Start today and create a peaceful home for you and your family to enjoy. You can do it!
Look for more organizing tips from Deb in the Observer Dispatch every Sunday and on her website decluttercoachdeb.com. You can follow her on social media and watch her TV show Organization Motivation! at organizationmotivation.com.