Routine Happines

September 28, 2018

A few weeks ago Stephanie posted about simple homemaking habits which got me thinking about my own habits at home. If I'm being honest, they weren't very good. I saw this as a perfect opportunity to make some needed changes. 

As much as I love to do things spontaneously and on a whim, I also deeply crave, and need, structure. Otherwise I find it's very easy for me to become distracted or procrastinate on things that need to be done. 

Stephanie's post outlined six ideal habits to have. One of the things that stood out the most for me was when she talked about doing a nightly pickup.

It's not about deep cleaning, but more about not leaving the tea mug on the living room table.

I am incredibly guilty of doing this almost nightly. My thought is that I'll just grab it in the morning. And I do, but it's one more task I've added to my plate for the next day. It's just as easy to drop it in the sink and then proceed to bed.  

Another area I struggle terribly is just getting ready in the morning. I wrestle with my closet and get caught up doing mindless tasks, which almost always make me leave later than I prefer. 

Here are the habits I've adopted over the last few weeks to be happier at home.
Ideally, I like to wake up between 5:30 and 6 am. From there, until I leave the house, I should have plenty of time to do everything on my list and still have a little extra time. When I first tried this a few weeks ago I was impressed by how much I felt I accomplished without feeling rushed.

My evening routine varies on time contingent on whether it's a gym night or not. It also gets amended if I stay at my boyfriend's house. On those nights it's crucial that I use my morning to-do time wisely to set everything for the next day.

So far, these routines are working well for me. They're easily modified should I need to do so, but are also structured so that I'm using the time effectively.

Do any of these routines work for you?

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