Do you come home every night ready to relax after a long day only to find a disorganized mess that instantly stresses you out? I know the feeling, and it is no fun.
When I come home after a crazy day at work or a busy Saturday of errands, it is so important to me that my house is organized. I’m not going to pretend that it’s always super tidy, but I really try my best because the state of our house has an instant effect on my mood when I walk in the door. I’ve found that I’m extremely unproductive when my house is stressing me out, and doing just a few simple things each morning really helps me keep things in order.
Before we dive in any further, let me be clear that this blog post is not about getting up super early and doing all sorts of deep cleaning. Incorporating these five habits into your morning routine will only take a few extra minutes, but they will have a tremendous impact on how calm and inviting your house feels when you get home later in the day.
If my house is a mess when I come home after a long day, my mood instantly worsens and all I want to do is put on sweatpants and curl up under a blanket for the rest of the night. But if my house feels tidy and inviting when I get home, I instantly feel relaxed and happy. To keep my house from stressing me out at the end of the day, I have developed five simple morning habits that help me feel so much more relaxed in the evenings.
Try incorporating these five morning habits into your routine to make your house feel more organized, happy and inviting when you walk through the front door every evening.
5 Morning Habits For A Happy, Inviting & Organized Home
1. Open your blinds and curtains to let natural light in
No matter the weather, open your blinds in the morning and let the light stream in. It is a great way to start off your day, and your house will feel much more serene and inviting when you walk back in the door after a long day.
2. Make your bed
An unmade bed will instantly make your entire bedroom look messy and disorganized. Take two minutes to make it each morning before you head out the door, and you will thank yourself when you get home later. It’s a quick and simple habit that will have a big impact on your happiness level.
3. Clean off your kitchen counters
Don’t let dishes pile up on the counter. Just don’t do it. Tackle your counters each morning by loading the dishwasher and putting food back in the cupboards. It’s okay to leave a small stack of pots and pans next to the sink if they require serious scrubbing, but clean the bulk of the mess every morning and make sure you wipe down the counters.
4. Wipe down the bathroom
Keep cleaning wipes and supplies handy in the bathroom so it’s super easy to give the sink, counters and mirror a quick once over. I prefer to clean everything with one hand while holding my hair dryer in the other. I don’t usually encourage multi-tasking, but this works really well and doesn’t cost any extra time.
5. Tidy up the main living areas
Use whatever precious minutes you have left before you have to run out the door to straighten things up. This doesn’t mean deep cleaning, rather simply putting things back where they belong. Focus on the living room and the first room you see when you walk in the door at night. You can tackle a lot in just a few minutes, and it will be so much cleaner when you get home later that evening. Clutter causes stress, so do your best to keep that clutter under control by cleaning it up for a few minutes every morning.
I know you’ve heard all five of these tips before, but they really do go a long way toward creating a happy, inviting and organized home. Incorporating these morning habits into your day doesn’t require you to get up at the crack of dawn, rather you need just a few extra minutes before your rush out the door.
Remember that forming new habits doesn’t happen overnight. It will take some practice to make them part of your morning routine, but you can do it and I know you’ll enjoy having a more organized home. To help myself stay on track with a new habit, I like to hang a habit tracker where it can serve as a visual reminder to myself every day. Download my free habit tracker printable and read my seven tips for forming a new habit in this post.
Please leave a comment and let everyone know what habit you’re going to work on this year, or what tips and tricks you have for keeping your home organized and inviting!