10 Minutes a Day to Destress Your Life! That’s it!
That’s all it takes to slowly chip away at the wall of stress that is building up day in and day out in your life.
Do you believe you can destress your life in just 10 minutes a day?? Well, read on and you’ll see that it is totally possible….even with kids at home.
Moms, why do we always look so tired and disheveled??
Why is it okay we only get one shower a week and only get our haircut once a year??
It’s not!! It’s not okay and we have to stop believing that it is.
We are moms and we’ve been led to believe that being stressed out, overworked and flat-out drained is just how we are supposed to be. If we are relaxed, just hanging out with friends or sitting on the couch watching our favorite Netflix series then we couldn’t possibly be a good mom or wife? We would be just plain lazy. We are made to believe we aren’t doing enough if we have time to ourselves and that’s a lie.
I’ve been there too!
I get it. I’ve been in this place for so long and now at 40 years old, after 12 years of marriage and in the midst of raising 4 young children I’m realizing there are so many lies and unnecessary expectations on us. I’d like to share with all of you other moms out there some tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way from other amazing moms who have put their foot down and said enough is enough!
Here are 10 Super Simple, Absolutely Amazing and Wonderfully Wise tips to destressing your day little-by-little in just 10 minutes!
1. The Quick Pick-up
Grab a laundry basket or large plastic bin. Start in one corner of your house. Set the timer for 10 minutes, put some music on your phone, and start walking the house. Pick up anything you come across from one corner of your house to the other that is out of place and just throw it in the basket or bin. Put this basket or bin down somewhere and tomorrow or later this same day do the same thing (set the timer, put on music and walk) putting things away as you go back. HINT: This can be fun for a child to do too! Just make it a game.
2. Laundry Declutter
This week when you do laundry look at each piece of clothing before you put it in the washer. Do the same with any clothes in the clean baskets.
(a) Is it worn out and unwearable? Trash it.
(b) Is it too small or out of season? Donate it.
(c) Do the socks or underwear have holes? Trash them.
3. Surfaces Clean-up
Grab a basket and a dusting rag. Start in one corner of your house. Set the timer for 10 minutes, put on some music, and start walking the house. Look at all your surfaces (dressers, night stands, counters, top of fridge, etc.). Pick up any papers or other items that probably just got set there and don’t belong. Dust these areas off as you tidy them up. When the timer goes off. Stop and put the items away you found out of place. If you didn’t finish go back and start where you left off another day or finish it up if you want to.
4. Declutter to Donate
Take a box or laundry basket, set that timer again for 10 minutes, put on some fun music and go around your house looking through the rooms collecting things you really don’t need or want anymore. Do a quick decluttering of your home in just 10 minutes a day a few times a month and over time you will notice less stuff. Less stuff equals less stress! Donate the items and feel good about what you’ve done for you, your family and another family in need.
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5. Banish the Bathroom Clutter
This room is so neglected. We know it, but its so easy to forget it because we don’t hang out here. It’s so easy to just throw things in a drawer or on the bathroom counter and just leave it. We want to clean it out, but other things take priority. Set that timer again if you want to be intentional about only spending 10 minutes a day. Focus on just a few things to declutter and the rest will follow.
- Go through your make-up – What’s expired or not even used? Toss it.
- Go through the drawers – What’s old, expired, practically empty, and not used anymore?
- Clean up the shower and bath – Are there empty bottles? Are there small pieces of a soap bar or old razors that need replaced?
- Clean up the counters – Wipe down toothbrush holder (look inside!), do toothbrushes need replaced? Are there things on the counter that could go in a drawer?
***Bonus*** You will be surprised how much you find you didn’t realize you had and can save some money not buying again.
6. The Quicker Clean-up
Set your timer for 10 minutes and pick just one room to clean. Go into the room with a dry dust rag, a damp rag or cleaner of your choice and a laundry basket. Set that time, play some music, and clean for just 10 minutes. Stop when the timer goes off and that’s it! You may not finish completely, but it’s cleaner and looks better than it did 10 minutes ago.
7. Clear the Coat Closet
Get a trash bag (or two) and go through your coat closet. Most likely there are coats, jackets, shoes and boots that are no longer worn, too small or just plain worn out and ready to be tossed. Put everything that is still in good shape in the trash bag and donate to a local homeless shelter.
8. Conquer the Clothing (and shoes)
Grab a few trash bags and set your timer for 10 minutes. Pick just one closet each time you do this and go through the clothes on hangers and shoes. Get rid of anything that hasn’t been worn in the last 6 months, shoes that really aren’t all that comfortable or aren’t worn anymore. Donate these items. This will probably take much longer than 10 minutes, but if you want to be intentional about the time then just come back for 10-20 minutes at a time each day until it’s done.
9. The Kid Declutter
No, this isn’t about decluttering your children. While somedays you would love to do that, this is about getting the kids involved! Kid’s love a game, right? Set the timer, play some music, and have them do any one of these tasks above. Do it for cleaning up their room. Have them Declutter to Donate by going around their room with a bin or basket and let them know they are finding things they can part with that could go to children whose family can’t afford these things. Have them go through the clothes in their drawers. How many things in there do they really not want to wear? What’s been pushed to the back of the drawer that they don’t even see anymore? Do their socks and underwear all fit? Are they clean and without holes/tears?
10. Create Calm
Even if you house isn’t spotless, fully decluttered, and decorated perfectly…. Even if your kids are crazy today and you can’t be alone…. you can still create some calm in your day. Be intentional on creating at least one 10 minute block of time every, single day of your life to create this moment of calm in your home. Here are a few quick tips to doing this:
- Have the kids grab sleeping bags or pillows and blankets. Let them lay down on the family room floor and read to them, play a book on CD or turn down the lights, everyone close their eyes and listen to some soft music.
- Put out a blanket on your lawn and everyone lay down looking at the sky. Tell them all to be quiet and see if they can see anything in the clouds, the trees or anything else. Set a timer and when the timer goes off let each kid share what they imagined or saw.
- Color with your kids
- Put the kids in front of a show that will keep them occupied and go to your room, shut the door and just lay on your bed.
You got this Mommas!!
That’s it! You can truly destress your life in just 10 minutes a day. Over time you’ll reep the rewards of decluttering your home, decluttering your life and making this a part of your everyday life for you and your entire family. Don’t forget to add 10 minutes of calm for you Mom! You need it and you really do deserve it. Life doesn’t have to be about being tired, overworked, unshowered and overwhelmed every minute of the day. It’s not going to be easy. Being a mom is never easy, but you can still create a bit of calm in each day of your life.
Read The Busy Mom’s Guide to Creating Me Time for some more great ideas
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