Thoreau says it all in this quote, I think.
We need to think about what we buy, what we consume and what we do with it all after we no longer need it. Plus, how many hours did you work to get that new whatever. It’s certainly food for thought.
But today in my minimalism series, I want to address routines. So you’ve decluttered, purged, donated, thrown away, and organized whats left. Now comes keeping it going by creating routines. Daily, weekly, monthly.
When I started my minimalism journey it was Flylady that helped me get going. I was starting a new chemotherapy after remission of 4 years. The chemo was fairly easy to tolerate 21 days on 7 days off. But the steroids were tough, so I found FlyLady and started implementing the 15-minute rule and followed her weekly zones.
There are 5 zones and every 5 weeks you go thru your whole house. Since decluttering and purging, tidying and housework are a breeze. My biggest zone, and by that I mean the most time consuming, is the kitchen. I can do all the other rooms in about 10 minutes. I also do the weekly home blessing which includes washing mirrors and dusting.
She also has an evening and morning routine. I do the morning one based on what I need. For instance, I do 1X of laundry a day, I swish and swipe the bathroom in the morning, I make sure the counters are clean and the sink as well. Of course, I make the bed daily. I think the evening one would be especially important if you have kids going to school and need to plan lunches etc.
I think it’s important to create your own routine based on what your life looks like. If I had young children, I’m sure it would be different, working professionals will look different too. Start with the basics
- make your bed
- tidy the living room or any room that needs picking up
- 1X laundry a day, done from start to finish
- clean sink
- wipe bathroom down
- empty dishwasher
- plan dinner
I plan dinner with a weekly rotation but I plan specifically in the morning what I ‘m doing for dinner.
Keep at it. It took a while to get my routine down and it will you too. Do the most important things first and then schedule 15 minutes for the rest and see how much you can accomplish in 15 minutes.
There are tons of Pinterest ideas for routines to check as well.