I don’t know if I’m the only person who has this happen, but most nights I will go to bed very tired and sleepy, but the minute my head hits the pillow, my brain kicks into high gear thinking about zillions of things I need to get done.
One of the best tips I ever received was to keep a pad of paper and a pen in the drawer of my nightstand, so that when this happens, I can sit up and write down a short (or often long) list of all the things occupying my brain. It seems to get them out of the brain and then it’s much easier to fall asleep.
Pick one thing or place in the house to always keep clean. For some folks, that will be their stove. For others, the kitchen counters. Pick whatever bugs you the most when it’s dirty and focus on making sure it stays clean.
For me, it’s the floors, especially the entryway. I try to sweep or vacuum on one floor of the house every day. This way, the floors never get too gritty, and it only takes a few minutes. My husband wipes down the kitchen and bathroom floors just about every night, so they are always in good shape too.
If you store your foods (flour, sugar, coffee, beans, etc.) in storage canisters, be sure to take a couple of minutes whenever you finish the contents to wash and dry out the canisters and lids. Make a quick note on your grocery list to buy more of the item. When you get back from your next grocery trip, the canister will be clean and waiting!
Utensil storage containers are great in the kitchen… and in the bathroom… and even in a bedside table drawer. Just measure the inside of the drawer and have a good idea of the sizes of what you need to store in the drawer, so that you can choose the right containers. You can get expandable storage, separate pieces that you mix and match, and in a variety of materials.
If you don’t want to purchase any new containers, keep your eye peeled for cardboard boxes that you can re-use in the drawers instead.
To keep your home tidy and organized try taking five minutes per person per evening to do a quick clean-up of a room or rooms. Take a minute or two in each room to put away as many items as you can that belong in the room. Carry a basket or a bag as you go through the room, to gather up anything you come across as you tidy that doesn’t belong in the room. In the last couple of minutes, take the basket and put those things away wherever they belong.
It’s quick, easy, and effective, because you do it each night, so nothing has time to get too out of order.