Sounds strange, doesn’t it!
Why on earth would you put your home to bed at night?
Well – it’s the absolutely best thing you can do for yourself each night – and this is the post where I explain why – so let’s get started!
First – let me describe a scenario for you that you may relate to: –
You’ve been out all day for work/errands etc… – and come back later than expected. You quickly sort food out for the family, but one of the kids has a homework assignment they forgot about that needs to be sorted for the following day which you help with. You then get a call from a family member who needs your support for a problem they are having so you spend time talking to them, then you need to sort out the kids lunches for the next day and get your own stuff ready – and before you know it, it’s way past time for bed.
The following day you wake up to an array of dirty dishes (you didn’t get round to sorting them after food last night because of the homework rush), so you have to sort them out before you can even think about breakfast – you haven’t got underwear in your drawer because it’s still hanging on the dryer (at least it’s dry though, but it means a quick dash downstairs without scaring the neighbours too much through the window!), and don’t even get me started on the fact that the living room looks like a tornado tore through them overnight….
You’ve started the day on the back foot – already behind and trying to catch up.
It’s very negative and draining – and over time things will build up and become more overwhelming than ever.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY…
Think about it for a moment…
You put yourself to bed and you put the kids to bed.
You have routines for each of these that mean you have a good sleep and wake up prepared and ready for the day ahead.
So, why not do the same for your home so that it’s ready to support you and whatever you need to do that day?
It would make much more sense than just waking up and picking up wherever you stopped the previous day, don’t you think?!
I KNOW I SLEEP MUCH BETTER KNOWING THAT THE HOUSE IS STRAIGHT
Nothing is left to niggle in the night, and I know that there won’t be any nasty surprises waiting for me when I wake up.
Think for a moment about how you would feel if you woke up and walked downstairs each morning to find: –
- a clean kitchen where everything is ready to use
- a clean bathroom where towels are ready for your shower
- a tidy home where you can find everything you need
- no washing piles waiting to be sorted
and a whole lot more!
It would mean that you could start the day calmer, without having to rush around trying to sort things from yesterday. It puts you on the right track for the day, and makes you happier to leave the house knowing that things will look good when you return.
I’m here to say that it IS possible – and doesn’t have to take a lot to get to feel this each and every day.
All it takes is putting your home to bed each night – and starting to create a routine/habit around it.
If you can find around half an hour each evening to do some/all of the following tasks, then your future self really will thank you for it. It has to be done at some point – so why not get ahead of the game and finish the day strong!
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS OF WHAT YOU COULD DO WHEN YOU PUT YOUR HOME TO BED: –
- Check meal plan for the next day and take anything out of the freezer that needs to defrost, or prep anything that will be put in the slow cooker in the morning etc… (5 minutes max.)
- Load the dishwasher and turn it on (2 minutes)
- Wipe all kitchen surfaces and put everything away (2 minutes)
- Put the kitchen bin out (3 minutes)
- Put any dry laundry away or in the ironing (5 minutes)
- Do a 10 minute tidy up of the house (set a timer if it helps and get the rest of the family involved) – (10 minutes)
- Wipe all bathroom surfaces and check towels are ready for the morning (2 minutes)
- Do one last walk around the house checking all doors and windows are locked, all cushions and throws are straightened/fluffed, and nothing has been left on. (5 minutes)
- Set the house alarm – (1 minute)
It takes around half an hour to get this done – but you can then go to bed feeling relaxed and calm about the day ahead, because you know that your home is ready and raring to go!
It’s like pressing the reset button on your home rather than playing catchup all the time.
So, why not add “putting your home to bed” as part of your evening routine from today on?
Staying on top of the little things in your home will pay dividends to how you feel about it – and you’ll love the results!