1. 10 minute tidy. Set the timer and run around like a crazy person. Ignore kids, just put stuff away. I’d guess 80% of my cleaning involves me putting stuff away. You think 10 minutes won’t be enough, but if you do it daily, it will surprise you!
2. Plan what’s for dinner. Every morning, over breakfast I mull my dinner options. I try to menu plan earlier in the week to pare down my options, as well as have ideas for what I have on hand. If I don’t plan it early I’m left in the afternoon longing for the pizza hut, and that isn’t good for anyone, most importantly our pocket book. If I have a plan, I will carry it out. If I don’t have a plan I don’t.
3. Laundry. I can’t have a laundry day. Each day is assigned a load, and it needs to go in at breakfast time. Some days have more then 1. Do what works for you, but if you feel overwhelmed by your laundry day, maybe consider spreading it out. It also helps when your kid needs a special shirt for something, you’re already doing a load! Write down the loads you need to do each week, assign each one a day taking into consideration what you need (I do my clothes on Friday so if I need something over the weekend it is likely clean).
4. 5 minute tidy at night. Just when you think your body won’t do one. more. thing, just set the timer for 5 minutes, tidy up the kitchen and anything else that’s out. You can DO 5 minutes. You’ll be surprised by how much you get done and how much happier you feel in the morning to come into living spaces that are cleaned up.
Is it just that easy? Can you go from total disorganization to perfection in 30’ish minutes a day? I doubt it. But, if you spend a little more on the weekends and then promise yourself the 10 minutes each day you’ll notice a difference — and you’ll be able to focus more on your family, your friends, and your priorities instead of all the clutter that fills your space.
I would give anything for feeling like my life is in order. The 30 minutes is certainly worth it to me! Is there anything you do daily that would improve my life*? Comment below!
*I do read scriptures and meditate for 10-15 minutes every morning. Honestly, it’s a HUGE peace-bringer and I’d highly recommend it!
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*Photos from freephotos.net from Bill Longshaw, Natara, Ponsulak & David Castillo Dominici.