Have you noticed that the condition of your house in the morning affects your mood for the entire day? When you walk out of your bedroom and you’re greeted by piles of toys and clothes that need to be picked up, it’s hard to get yourself into the mindset that it’s going to be a good day. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to give yourself the illusion of peace in your home, even when there’s work to be done.
Set a Timer
Whenever I feel like I’m drowning in a sea of art projects and building blocks, I set the timer for 15 minutes and get to work. When I know that I’m only working on something for a short time, it helps me stay focused. I don’t let myself think about the next project, this 15 minutes is for what I’m working on now.
The other nice thing about only cleaning 15 minutes at a time is that you’re more likely to work harder because you don’t want to have to go back to the same chore after the first 15 minute session is done.
Define a Sanctuary
I’ve picked one room in the house that is going to be the sanctuary. No matter how the rest of the house looks, each night I will make sure the living room is picked up and peaceful. That way, when I’m enjoying my morning coffee, reading and the news, I’m in a room that doesn’t give me anxiety.
Clean Your Sink and Counters
For a long time, the kitchen has been my nemesis. Now, as soon as the sanctuary is picked up, I move into the kitchen. This is one of the first rooms I visit in the morning, so if it’s messy, it will set my day off on the wrong foot. If the counters and wiped down and the sink is empty, it sets me up to be ready to face the day of cooking.
Don’t Bring in the Mail
No, I’m not saying you should let the mail sit in the box until it bursts at the seams, but I am saying to have a garbage can outside the door. For example, ours sits in the garage by the door so I can sort the mail and only bring in the mail that’s worthy. If you can’t keep a small garbage can outside, take the mail to someplace in the house where you can sort through it as soon as it comes in the door.
Kick Out the Squatters
When you’re in a room, do a quick scan for anything that you don’t love. Sometimes, it’s easy to get into the habit of picking up little things that catch your eye, but then we don’t think about getting rid of something when the new thing comes into the house. We’re trying to implement a two for one rule in our house. Until I get to where I love everything in my house, I am getting rid of two things for every new thing I bring in. After that, we’ll go back to even trades, where one thing comes in, but the only way it can come in is if something else goes out. That way, we’ll avoid having a house that’s cluttered with stuff we thought was cute the day we bought it.
What quick tips do you have for keeping your home peaceful?