Although life in country is less demanding than city life, I still feel strapped for time often and longing for lazy days where piles of washing are a thing of the past and the fridge is stocked with food.
I've been working lately on trying to balance my busy life as a school teacher and the fact that husband gets home pretty late each night and doesn't really have any time to cook or help with house work.
I wish my house was always sparkling clean and tidy but I've been reading lots about managing a busy life and still feeling clean and tidy. I'm slowly starting to release that my house doesn't need to look like a display home all the time and have got a few steps that stand out for me in helping me be really organised and efficient. I just need to be happy and comfortable in my home and it's okay when it's not perfect. No one is!
I can't believe the difference this one makes to helping me feel good when I wake up in the morning.
Every night before I go to sleep I make sure the kitchen sink is shiny and clean. That way when I wake up in the morning I can feel fresh and clean and not start the day already feeling like there is tonnes to do.
Two. Set out your clothes the night before.
This is something I'm still working on but have significantly got better at. The key to being able to have a clean home is actually having a spot where each thing you own belongs. No more shoving drawers full of whatever is lying around to sort later. If everything has a spot and you put it in that spot, then there's no reorganising later on. I do think these draws need a bit of modge podge paper love and some cuter labels but for now they're inside my wardrobe where no one sees them and they're a long way down on my to do list.
When I don't feel particularly motivated to tidy up, I limit myself to finding 100 things to put back. Once I've reached 100 I stop and even though everything might not quite be perfect, I've done my cleaning for the day. 1= putting one plate away etc. It's easy to reach 100. Otherwise I set a timer for 7 minutes and see how much can be packed away in this time.