There’s always something refreshing about the start of a new year. It’s the perfect time to cleanse our minds and face every day with a new and better mindset. One of the best ways to begin on this new path is to organize different aspects of our lives. But who’s got the time, right? Well, today, I’m sharing 10 super quick and simple tasks that even the busiest of us can cross off our to-do lists and feel better prepared for the days to come.
1. Make Your Bed
Making my bed is always something I’ve really dreaded doing on a daily basis because I tend to be such a perfectionist. I’ve recently picked up the habit, and now it bothers me if it’s not made. It really does make such a difference to a room and even if there are things piled on the floor, somehow a nicely made bed just makes the room look more polished.
2. Do the Dishes
Is there anyone who actually enjoys doing the dishes? I love to cook, but sometimes avoid extravagant dishes just because there will be so many dishes to clean afterwards. I find it best to just wash the dishes as they get dirty, because nothing is worse than having a sink full of avoided dishes to tackle on a weekend. Not to mention, it’s nice to always have that one good pot washed and not have to wash it while you’re trying to make dinner.
3. Charge Your Devices
Nowadays it’s become pretty much a norm that we’re all somehow attached to multiple devices. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with when the last time we’ve charged everything was, until we go to use a device and it’s dead. So this is your sign right now to go gather all of your devices and their charging cables. This could be cell phones, tablets, computers, smartwatches, camera batteries…am I missing anything else? Plug those in (or at least plan to later), and, whether it be running with your smartwatch or watching a movie on your tablet, it’ll be so rewarding next time you need that device and it’s fully charged.
4. Clear Your Workspace
I’m sure this is scientifically proven somewhere, but there is a serious correlation to my productivity level and the amount of junk that collects on my desk, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I’m a huge believer in sticky notes and anytime I have to remember something, I’ll grab one and just stick it to my desk. But before long, I have 20 unorganized sticky notes of things that probably weren’t that important to begin with that I just have to make myself clear off. Just prioritizing items on a workspace and decluttering it to have only the things we actually need to be productive can make focusing so much easier.
5. Put Your Laundry Away
Anyone take clothes out of the dryer, toss them to a basket, and wonder why they’re wrinkled the next time we need to wear them? Hanging up the laundry and folding the clothes into drawers is definitely not something everyone jumps at the idea of, but it’s so nice to know where everything is the next time we’re looking for it and to know it won’t look like it’s been sitting in a basket for two weeks. It only takes 5 minutes (if that long) to put the laundry away as soon as it’s done, and no more full hampers of clothes!
6. Wipe Off the Counters
Oddly enough, this is actually my favorite chore to do because I just find that for how simple and quick it is, it makes a world of difference. I’m sure there are a good few of us that have counters that seem to catch all odds and ends of everything as we walk through the front door. I’ll quickly organize anything on the countertop, put away anything that belongs in a cabinet, and just give it a quick wipe down. And much like making a bed, clean kitchen counters really do make a room look bigger and so much more inviting (even if there are still a sink full of dishes).
7. Plan Your Weekly To-Do List
This is probably one of the easiest and most productive tasks we can take to get organized. Planning all what we aim to get done during the week can relieve so much stress and even help to manage our time better in the long run. It also helps to separate tasks into things that have to do get done that week and things we hope to get done that week. That way we’re able to mentally prioritize our tasks ahead of time and nothing gets left undone.
8. Plan Outfits for the Week
This one is such a fun little task, so it really doesn’t feel like a chore at all, but planning a general idea of what you plan to wear for the week takes so much stress away from a rushed morning. Also, if you live in a state like I do that goes from 70 degrees one day to 30 degrees the next, it saves time to check the weather and to have already based an outfit around that. Plus, it’s nice to not be running out of the door wondering if what you’re wearing actually matches at all. It helps to feel a little bit more put together and prepared for the day.
9. Weekly Meal Plan
Planning what meals you’re going to have, whether it be for breakfast, lunch, dinner or all three, can save so much time and stress instead of having to scramble for something after you’ve had a long day at work. Many times you can make things in bulk as well, like breakfast for the week, ahead of time. It can even help you eat healthier and avoid the convenience of just stopping for fast food. This is also great if you want to prepare something that takes a lot of time, and say, you need to put it in the CrockPot for a couple of hours. Plus, I find that anytime I plan what meals I’m going to eat, I always end up discovering things I need restock on at the grocery store. So it’s basically like meal planning and making a grocery list in one. Bonus!
10. Do a Quick Closet Purge
As a shopaholic at heart, I’ll agree that it’s nice to have options when looking over my closet, but I will also say that sometimes it’s also overwhelming when there are too many options. Every now and then, it’s necessary to take a quick look at your closet and pull out anything you haven’t worn in a while or something you don’t see yourself wearing again. You don’t necessarily have to get rid of these clothes, but try putting them somewhere out of sight and out of mind (I normally just toss them in a garbage bag on their own) for maybe a month or two, and pretend you gave it away. If you don’t ever think about wanting to wear any of those clothing items again, it’s time to part ways with them. Chances are, you were only wearing them in the first place because you were reminded you owned them and felt obligated to wear them. Now when you look to your closet, you know everything in there is something that brings you joy and you feel truly confident in.