Apr 21, 2022


As summer quickly approaches you are headed into yet another day with a long list of work commitments, family responsibilities and just not enough time to get it all done. Does this sound familiar?

The last thing that you want to have to do at the end of the day is clean your home but, when your home is cluttered and chaotic, there is nowhere to relax, rejuvenate and escape from the pressures of the outside world. That’s why it is important to implement small, simple tasks daily. If your home is causing you stress, here are five simple things you can do to create an organized home and keep it that way.

1. Make your bed.

It’s a quick and simple task, and well worth the time. At the end of the day, you’ll enjoy getting into a neat and comfy bed. Have children? Have them make their beds, too. It will make your bedrooms look and feel neater and your children will learn to take care of their space at the same time.

2. Plan tonight’s dinner.

There is nothing worse than coming home after a long day and having no idea what you’re having for dinner. Try to decide in the morning what you’ll make and do any necessary prep work, like taking the meat out of the freezer to defrost, before you leave for work. This will make your return home at the end of the day a little less stressful. If you’re feeling really ambitious you can start planning your menu for the week on Sundays.

3. Start a load of laundry.

Don’t wait for the family to be out of clean socks before you finally decide to gather up a load and start the washer. Make it a part of your daily routine to take inventory of the dirty laundry and do a few loads throughout the week. This will decrease the workload on the weekends and mean less clutter.

4. Declutter and pick up.

Every day spend a few minutes tidying up the main sections of the house like the living room and kitchen. Create a space for everything and put things away that may have been left out such as toys, clothes, dirty dishes, etc. These areas should be kept as clutter free as possible so that your family has a neat, calm space to be together to eat a nice meal or just relax. Physical clutter can breed mental clutter and add to your stress.

5. Handle the mail and paper that enters your home every day.

Bills, homework, printouts – paper can be a major source of clutter in your home. Make a commitment to go through your mail as soon as it is received. Toss the items you do not need or want, file items that need to be saved, and take care of items that need handling. Make sure that you shred any paperwork that contains personal information. Also, make sure you go through your children’s papers from school daily as this will keep you from missing important items and deadlines. Do not let paper take over your home!

With just a few changes, you will see a significant improvement in the condition and feel of your home. Just a little organization will also have a positive impact on the mood of your family. A little planning goes a long way – start today and create a stress-free home for you and your family to enjoy!

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