I know we’ve all had days or weeks, sometimes months, where you just can’t.
It feels impossible to get your energy up to complete small, everyday tasks and then housework snowballs around around you. It’s a vicious cycle, believe me I know.
I decided one day that I wasn’t going to set in place a few habits, that don’t require a lot of energy, to keep my house at a manageable level for the days when it just feels like too much.
I feel like these little habits make my home happier and more comfortable. They certainly make me feel better once they’re done.
These daily habits may seem mundane or you may already be doing them but if you’re not, give them a shot, it won’t hurt anything for sure.
Make your bed everyday
I try to make my bed every day, at some point during the day. I’m going to be honest:
This doesn’t always happen first thing in the morning. Sometimes it happens at 4:00 in the afternoon (oops!). But walking by and seeing my bed freshly made feels comforting to me. I seem like I rest better when I crawl into my tightly made bed at night. I resisted doing this small habit for so many years but it has really made a difference in how I feel.
Let light in
Open the windows. Open your blinds. I like to let natural light into whatever rooms I’m going to be in for the day. It isn’t always an option for me in the summertime but on those days, I try to make it work by just letting in the morning sunlight. Taking in natural sunlight is actually known to be beneficial for those with depression. I know on my worst days, all I feel like doing is laying in the dark but once I start letting the sunlight in, it does seem to boost my mood some.
Burn a candle or some essential oils.
There is just something about walking into a home and you can smell a candle burning, it just feels like home to me.
Set small, manageable tasks
Set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes to work on housework that just HAS to be done. I’ve found usually that once I get started, I can keep going and accomplish most of what I need to do but if not, then that’s okay. Five to ten minutes is usually enough time to do things like a load of dishes or sweeping the floor and if that’s all you can manage today, then that’s okay.
Keeping surfaces clutter-free
Keeping my counters wiped down and clean. Again, this may be something you’re already doing but on my worst mental health days I could not get the energy to wipe down the counters but seeing them just made me feel even more like a failure. Use the timer strategy and take a couple minutes at the end of the day to make sure they’re wiped down, at least minimally.
Turn on some jams!
Turn on some music! I’ve always loved the faint sound of music in the home. It’s so comforting and sometimes silence can be deafening. Find a radio station you really like and just let it play throughout the day!