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If you are participating in the Organizing Boot Camp, daily Living Standards are crucial.
Organization, at its core, is really all about habits. Our Living Standard is the accumulation of daily habits we’ve come to accept. If you usually skip bed-making, leave dirty dishes in the sink for a while, or pile things up instead of putting things away … this is the standard of living you’ve accepted for yourself. This may define how you live, but it doesn’t define who you are. You can change your standard of living by changing your daily habits.
For the next six weeks, follow these new daily habits. It seems silly to talk about organizing trouble-spots in our home and then gloss over the most important things. Mastering these daily habits will be the most important organizing you do in the next six weeks.
These are the minimum habits for an organized life.
FOUR BASIC DAILY HABITS
1 – Make your bed every morning.
Instantly brighten your room and mood by simply making your bed. Everything feels cleaner when beds are made! You might find yourself doing other “little easy things” to keep the good feeling going. Whether consciously or subconsciously, making your bed makes a big difference.
2 – Get dressed out of grubby clothes every day.
If yoga pants are your daily uniform, make sure they are at least a clean pair. Go ahead and fix your hair while you’re at it. Do what it takes to personally feel ready for anything the day may bring. Getting dressed does wonders for changing the course of our day. Being dressed pushes away procrastination and feelings of “blah.”
3 – No dirty clothes on the floor.
Make the effort every day to put away dirty clothes. This isn’t to say I expect you to have your laundry system sorted from Day 1, but this is to say I expect no dirty clothes on the floor. Clean clothes should be put away and dirty clothes put in a hamper.
4 – Leave your kitchen clean every night.
If this is a new habit, it will be difficult at first, but as you commit to living this important habit, you’ll find a rhythm to make it happen. In our family, no one leaves the kitchen after dinner until the kitchen is cleaned. Working together means more family time and teaching our children important life skills. Plus, many hands make light work!
- Clean the dishes and leave the sink empty. Do not leave today’s mess for tomorrow! You will not feel more like it tomorrow.
- Put away food and wipe down your counters and table.
- Sweep your floor.
For the next six weeks, track your new daily habits with the chart on the next page. You’ll notice that all the other organizing is easier to accomplish with these basic habits handled first. You deserve a clean and organized home.
Printable – Daily Habits Progress Tracker
The Organizing Boot Camp Printable includes a progress tracker printable (page 6). The printable is a great companion to the challenge, because it not only has all the info you need, but acts as a work book to help you.
Ready for more?
If you’ve mastered these daily habits and want more, then try these 6 Daily Habits for a Clean Home.
You Deserve This
What standard of living have you gotten used to? Are you enduring life or thriving? If you want to start thriving, start with your daily habits. They effect EVERYTHING – weight loss, success at work, happiness in marriage, happiness at home … everything.
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