Let’s face it: homemaking is not glamorous.
Oh, there are amazing parts—creating a home for your family, opening it to other people, making memories with your kids, and so on.
But the everyday, the repetition, the dirt and the laundry and the dishes? Those parts can mire us down in the mundane.
While chores and have-tos are just part of being an adult and running a home, it doesn’t all have to be mundane and drudgery. And honestly, adjusting your attitude—and counting some of those things as privileges rather than chores—is half the battle. But there are also things you can do to reduce the tedious and leave yourself more time to enjoy the amazing parts…like toddler tea parties, reading together, or welcoming others into your home.
Here’s a list of 7 things you can do quickly and easily to simplify your life. Pick one to do right now!
1. Decide on tonight’s dinner and pull anything you need out of the freezer to defrost. (Don’t wait until 5pm. Knowing what you are going to make early in the day makes all the difference!)
2. Instead of deleting an email newsletter unread, take 30 seconds to unsubscribe. (Just do it. If you have lots of those newsletters, take 5 minutes to clean up your inbox with Unroll.me. You won’t miss anything important, I promise!)
3. Clean out the fridge before you grocery shop. (You don’t necessarily have to clean the fridge, although you might want to wipe up any spills, but get rid of leftovers, expired foods, etc. so that it’s ready for your new groceries.)
4. Have everyone put their dishes straight into the dishwasher rather than setting them on the counter or in the sink. (Honestly, I just bought the girls BPA-free plastic plates for this reason. Our glass plates chip really easily, even when adults are handling them, and I’m tired of that being the reason the girls can’t do this themselves!)
5. Grab a laundry basket and do a quick declutter. (When you don’t have time to properly clean up, filling a laundry basket with clutter is an easy way to reset the room. If you have time, empty the laundry basket and get things put away where they go as well!)
6. Do a brain dump. (Often we add stress to our lives by trying to remember all of the things we want or need to do. Take a few minutes to “dump” everything in your brain onto a piece of paper so that you can stop worrying about forgetting about it before it gets done!)
7. Go for a walk. (I know it’s counterintuitive, but when I’m stressed my husband will insist that I go outside to sit on the porch or go for a quick walk, and it makes a huge difference in my ability to deal with the clutter and the chores and the to-do lists when I come back in.)
Which of these strategies makes the biggest difference in your home?