5 Habits at Home to Kick-Start a Better Year

I want to share with you five easy habits that help me stay happy and reduce my stress level within my home.

1.Make your bed.

Everyday, the easiest thing you can do is make your bed. Getting ready for bed, and being able to just snuggle in and get cozy is so nice. It will make your room look and feel cleaner and cozier, and you will just feel better.

2. Wipe down your kitchen surfaces.

After dinner every night, the food is cleaned up and put away, the dishwasher is quietly humming in the background. Just grab your cleaning wipe of choice and run over the counter tops. I’m a bit crazy about doing this, but I do the counters and then the stove top with and without the burners on. When I turn the light off and walk away, the kitchen is closed for the day, and when I come in first thing in the morning for coffee, I don’t feel the chaos of crumbs on everything. If you let it sit, it only gets harder.

3. When you’re done, put it away.

Simple as it might be, I’m sure you’ve been known to use something and then walk away without putting it back, maybe it’s your toothbrush, you use it and leave it on the counter, maybe it’s a book you were referencing… it can be any number of things. But when you are done, put it back on the shelf, in the closet, in its holder, wherever it may belong, put it there. With everything living in its rightful home, you won’t go crazy trying to find things the next time you need them. For us, in our small space, it helps things stay organized, which helps me feel calm. But even in the largest of homes, if things don’t get put away, piles can build and chaos will ensue.

4. Deal with junk mail immediately.

There is no sense in keeping a pile of anything. If it’s junk, toss it. Don’t let it take up your surface space or your piece of mind. Do it when you bring in it, save yourself time later so you don’t have to sift through it again, and just put it immediately into the recycle bin.

5. Buy yourself flowers.

If you are new around here you may not be aware of my love of fresh flowers, now you know. I think this is so worth the $5+/- at the market when you are picking up your groceries and it adds such an impact to your day to day life. I like to alternate which vase I use depending on the flowers, and then I try to put them where I will enjoy them. So pick a place where you spend a lot of time, whether it’s your desk, kitchen counters or coffee table, let them be seen. They will make you smile as you pass, because really who doesn’t enjoy seeing a little floral beauty as a part of their day?

These five things are key for me, and I hope they help you. Sometimes they don’t get done every day or every week, but try to keep it consistent and it will become second nature. You will start to notice your mood and stress levels all changing for the better.

Day One

Happy New Year, lovelies!

Last year was such a wonderful and amazing year filled with so many great things. But I honestly can’t wait for this year. We have so many big things planned, so many friends getting married this year, and even a few vacations in the books, so I just know 2015 will be a good one!

But what I am most excited for (in all my Type A glory) is to have a little control back in my life. I am taking the reins but not holding them so tightly.

A major point for me this year will be timing, and I’ve already started working on it.

The second focus around here will be organization. Organization around the house, organization of my time, organization of my projects, organization everywhere! When I’m organized I just feel good, things get done and I feel accomplished. Spaces feel clean when everything has a home and then I feel more relaxed in those spaces. I preach it to clients all the time, so this year I’m bringing it home!

The third focus of this year will be on me. I need to make sure I schedule a little time for me to do me. Whether it’s practicing yoga, getting a manicure or taking an hour to work on my knitting, I am a priority in my life. This extra time for me will encourage a more positive frame of mind for everything else in my day to day life.

What are you working on this year? I plan to keep you all informed on my goals this year, I will be sharing some organizational tips and stories on how our space is cleaning up. What else would you be interested in reading about here? Of course there will be project stories on what we are working on as well as project reveals once the work is done, mixed in with color inspiration, etc., but are there posts you are looking for or would enjoy reading? Let me know!

I am feeling so pumped for this new year; I’m so happy to start it on a calm peaceful note at home with my hubby and our pup. I hope wherever you are ringing in the new year you are having a wonderful time, and whether you’re resolving for anything in 2015 or not, I wish you all a happy new year!