During this time of year I begin to experience the overall feeling of fatigue. The semester is beginning to wind down and the holidays are weeks away. While I can’t control my work schedule, I can control my household to-do list with these easy steps.
1. Do the same routine, at the same time, everyday.
Yes, this may take time. However, when I take the first hour of the day to check off my to-list, it makes my whole day a lot less stressful.
2. Do one load of laundry from start to finish everyday.
This is part of my morning routine. Upon awaking, I begin a load a laundry and then set the timer for an hour. If I don’t set the timer, I forget about the clothes and then I have to rewash them. When the timer goes off, I reboot the load and set the timer again. After another hour, I rush to get our clothes, fold them on the spot, and then have everyone put their clothes away.
Now, most days I don’t have time to complete this process. I reboot, fold, and put our laundry away when I’m finished with work. This routine alone will create a lot less head ache when kids are looking for clothes to wear. It will also keep your hampers and laundry baskets empty.
3. Completely clean the kitchen before bed.
This one is the toughest routine for me. Most nights I’m exhausted and would rather curl up on the couch instead of clean up after our dinner. However, waking up to a clean kitchen can be just like having a strong cup of coffee. It’s energizing and you’ll be more prepared to serve breakfast.
4. Plan your meals the day before.
There’s nothing more stressful than wondering WFD when everyone’s hungry. Making a game plan the day before can not only cause less stress, but it can also save you time and money.
5. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.
I think we all know the less you have, the less you have to clean. When I have a bunch of clutter in my house, I get anxious and irritable. Keep the decor at a minimum. You don’t have to decorate for every holiday and season. In fact, you could probably set aside a couple of hours a week to do some decluttering. You’d be surprised how less is more!
My laundry chaos is now under control, the kitchen is becoming a habit, and I’m on my way to being clutter free. No, I’m not totally stress free, but knowing my house is in order is one less thing I have to worry about!