One of the most interesting things I read recently was the idea that you can start your day out right by making your bed. This constitutes an opportunity for you to accomplish something first thing in the morning, to get you off on the right foot, and there is something soothing about tidiness in the house.
As I contemplated the idea of basic tidiness first thing in the morning, I thought about how de-cluttering the rest of the house at night might make my mornings go a little better.
Clear Away the Clutter Before Bed
Throughout the day, things tend to get out of place. Keys are left on table. Shoes are left in a messy pile. Books and magazines end up on the couch, or piled on the coffee table. Video game controllers are left on the floor. When you enter the room in the morning, you might feel as though things are disorganized, even though you might not be able to put your finger on the feeling.
I know that, in general, I’m happier and feel more productive when the house is clean and tidy. The clear spaces tend to be soothing, and they provide a feeling of openness. When you wake up to a home that is clutter-free, you are more likely to feel less anxiety, and you will have fewer worries.
So, before you go to bed at night, take a few minutes to clear away some of the clutter. You don’t have to do deep cleaning. Instead, go through each room and notice items that are out of place. Order the shoes. Put the keys on the hook where they belong. Put the video game controllers and movies away. Re-shelve the books, or straighten the coffee table. Don’t leave dishes on the counter; put them in the dishwasher. It will only take a few seconds, and you’ll see the difference in the morning — especially since it will be one less thing for you to do.
Enlist the help of your family members, and you can easily clear the clutter in five to 10 minutes. Everyone will benefit from a cleaner home in the morning, with everyone starting the day with a clearer head and without clutter distracting from the morning routine. I find this very important on mornings when my son is getting ready to head out the door for school. Having a clutter-free home first thing in the morning freshens the day and helps us start on a better note.
You’re Not Too Busy
Don’t tell yourself that you’re too busy to take five to 10 minutes before bed to clear the clutter. Too often, we use being busy as an excuse not to make some of the small changes that can actually improve our lives. Instead, take a few minutes at night to do something simple to prepare yourself for the next day. You might actually find the act of de-cluttering a good addition to your bedtime routine, as well as a great way to make sure that your house is ready for a new day.