So I’m not really the biggest fan of doing all of the work that it takes to clean my kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, my kitchen isn’t a big mess. The reason why it isn’t a big disaster is because I do a little bit of work every day to keep it looking nice. Every day before I go to bed I make sure to wipe down the counter tops, stove, and sink. I also run a swiffer over the floor to pick up and dirt. All of this takes me maybe five minutes tops.
This five minutes of daily maintenance cleaning really makes a huge difference in my kitchen. I know if I didn’t do this daily my stove would be atrocious looking. I’m positive that food would build up around the burners and then I would have to take a chisel to it at least once a month to get it off. This chiseling image is exactly why I always take the extra few minutes before bed to wipe everything down.
Organizing your work space can make a word of difference in how you feel. If you walk into a room and see a desk that have no surface because it is cluttered with piles of unopened mail, paperwork you need to get to, and pens and pencils strewn about, you are more than likely not going to get anywhere very fast because you will feel overwhelmed and not know where anything and/or everything is at.
However, if you walk into an office that has a desk that is completely cleared off and everything has been filed away in to it’s own space you will probably feel like you can get started and do anything you’d like. I know if my desk is a mess it makes me feel yucky and when I’m trying to do work on it most of the time it just drives me crazy because I can’t even find a surface to write on.
Take the time to clear off your desk and file everything away. I’m sure you’ll feel much better. Start by throwing away all of the paper that you don’t need. You don’t need all of the envelopes that your bills come in, they just take up space. Open them all up and file them away. I suggest going paperless with all of your bills. That’s one way to eliminate extra clutter in your life. I know I’ve really enjoyed not having a stack of bills that I need to file away each month ever since I switched to paperless. Give it a try and see what you think.
My desk has been a mess and filled with clutter. Not your typical mess with plastic wrappers and coffee cups all over the place but a mess with items I don’t need taking up all of my valuable work space. I cleaned out all of the drawers in my desk and I ended up throwing away two big bags of trash or things that I didn’t need anymore.
I found old receipts from grocery shopping, rebate receipts, old coupons, and soo many pens that wouldn’t write to save my life it wasn’t funny. It always drove me nuts to grab a pen and not have it work. I don’t know why I would put it back in the drawer instead of throwing it away. Well I got rid of every pen that didn’t work, every highlighter that was dry and every pencil that kept on breaking. I actually have space in my drawers now it’s amazing.
I think my favorite part of all is now that there is space I am really actually excited to sit down at my desk and do more work. It’s nice to sit here and enjoy my cup of coffee on my nice clean desk. Why didn’t I do this sooner? It’s a big weight lifted off my shoulders and I’m loving every minute of it.
Yesterday I talked about a before bed time routine and how it can really make a difference in your life. Well, today I’m going to touch on how you can also have a morning routine that will set you up for a successful day.
Each morning when you get up, before you even use the restroom make your bed. It will only take a few seconds. Okay, I know it depends on how many pillows you have on your bed, but if it takes you 5 minutes to make your bed in the morning consider tossing a bunch of the pillows out of the door. You don’t need anything that makes your life more stressful.
After you make your bed you are free to use the restroom. Then, get dressed. Why should you get dressed you ask? Well, when you are dressed, including shoes, you are ready for anything the day may throw your way. If someone calls and wants to go to lunch you don’t have to think about it because you are already ready to walk out the door. You can go run errands and not out it off because it’s already 2 o’clock in the afternoon and you feel like lounging around in your pajamas instead of taking business because you don’t want to get dressed. Remember, if you followed your bed time routine your clothes will already be laid out so it shouldn’t take much time at all.
Next, unload the dishwasher so it’s empty and can collect the new dirty dishes throughout the day instead of letting them build up in your sink. Figure out what you will have for dinner. This will make your night a lot less stressful so you don’t have to think on your feet at the end of the day.
Just start with these things and then once you have these down then you can add more like starting a load of laundry etc. to your morning routine. But, if you only do these few things you’ll see a difference in no time in how your day runs.
A few minutes each night can make a world of a difference in how you feel in the morning and how your day will go. At the end of the day take 15 minutes to do a bed time routine to reduce stress.
In this routine, quickly run through the house to pick up any loose clutter that has accumulated through out the day. Then, wipe off your counters and make sure the dish washer is loaded and going if it is full. Set out clean dish towels on the counter or where ever you use your kitchen towels. Next pick out the clothes that you will be wearing tomorrow and lay them out so you don’t have to figure out what to put on your body when you are still half asleep in the morning, this includes shoes and any accessories you might like to add. Don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth, have a drink of water and use the restroom.
Doing these few simple tasks every night before bed will help you wake up feeling less stressed. I know when I wake up and walk out to a mess I feel like I’ve already started out defeated. If everything is clean, I feel like I can get started and have a great day. I challenge you to give this a try and see the difference it makes in your life.