What are mornings like for you? Do you reach out half asleep and hit the snooze button once too often? Does the sight of your kitchen lower your energy? Do you run around trying to find things that you need for the day? Have you lost the car keys yet again? Here's a tip for how to make mornings more bearable for you.
You've done a full day's work and have made a sterling effort to get dinner on the table despite being shattered. You slump down on the sofa to watch a bit of telly and the next thing you know, you've woken up in the middle of the ten o'clock news having missed the delights of Corrie and who knows what else, and your half-mug of tea is stone cold. You have all good intentions to clear up before going to bed but...you're so tired and can't face it. So you drag yourself off to bed, ignoring the kitchen as you pass it.
Instead of starting off the next morning with literally a clean slate...dishes washed and put away, counter tops and dining table clear and clean, you spend part of your early morning clearing up. There are a million other things you'd rather be doing right? Or even worse you leave everything right there and know it will still be there waiting for you when you get back this evening. You might even get into a vicious cycle where with each passing day the state of your kitchen gets messier and messier until you can't find a clean mug to make your cup of tea, or a clean plate to eat off, and who knows what yucky stuff now lurks.
You know that old adage, "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today"?
What if you got into a routine of clearing up and tidying as you go?
As the pasta's cooking and the sauce simmering...throw stuff in the dishwasher or do a quick wash, dry and put away...voila, job done! Put stuff away straight after using them. And while you're at it, if you notice anything worthy of decluttering as you're cooking and clearing...do it. That out of date jar of spices, get rid of it; the popcorn that no-one ever eats and has been lurking at the back of your cupboard forever, yup get rid of that too; the nuts that were opened and now are just soft and stale, you know what to do with them don't you?
That'll leave just a little bit of stuff to clear and tidy after you've eaten, and how nice it'll be to walk into a clear and clean kitchen in the morning.
It's well worth while doing a little at a time that takes seconds or a couple of minutes rather than letting the mess and clutter accumulate until it takes you too long to get sorted.
Do it for one week and let me know how you get on.
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Trained with Karen Kingston, author of Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui
Member of APDO (Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers)