10 Ways to Destress Your Life in 10 Minutes A Day

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10 Minutes a Day to Destress Your Life! That’s it!

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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.


create me-time for overwhelmed busy momsMoms, 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!


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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.

Do you want to declutter your entire home for good, once and for all?? In November I will be launching my Conquer the Clutter Course that will walk you through, step-by-step, on how to declutter every area of your home. Sign up here to be notified when this course is available!!

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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?


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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!!

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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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  1. Tracy on January 4, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Love these ideas–especially the clothes basket one. I’m working on decluttering my refrigerator at the moment–one shelf at a time. I’m amazed at how many items are out of date!

  2. Madi Rowan on December 6, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Such great & realistic tips! I definitely find myself doing the quick pick up quite often lol!

    -Madi xo

  3. Riana Ang-Canning on November 15, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Great tips! I especially like the idea of creating some calm, even if the rest is chaos. So important to carve out that quiet time with your family.


  4. Dennis on October 19, 2018 at 4:43 am

    A little feng shui goes a long way for stress reduction! Nice post!

  5. Vivienne on October 14, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    It’s all so much more manageable when you break it into small chunks. Some great tips here!

  6. T.M. Brown on October 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    I seriously need to make an appointment with myself to do some decluttering.

    • Jackie on October 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      Oh man! I hear ya! We gotta schedule that time in!

  7. Kesha on October 14, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    I really like the idea of setting a timer and going through one room. I typically go through the whole house at one time and it completely wears me out. I think it’s just a habit because this is what I saw my parents doing. Now as a wife and mother, I’m using the little energy I have left over cleaning. If my husband and I did this a few times a week, we could really get a lot done together.

  8. Kathy Phillips on October 14, 2018 at 11:24 am

    This is a great idea. I have done this many times. Mostly to try to keep up but it does work. It will also make you feel better.

  9. Monica on October 13, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I LOVE the idea of timed clean up. It guarantees something gets done. I tell myself I’m in a marathon and the faster I move the sooner I can rest. It does get exhausting but things get done lol

  10. Dee on October 13, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I’m really bad at this and I’m always telling myself that I don’t have to do anything drastic. Hopefully, these tips will help.

  11. Kathryn at QuestFor47 on October 13, 2018 at 9:26 am

    What a great list! Clutter is one of those aspects to stress that people don’t really think about, but it really sticks with you in the back of your mind.

  12. Elise on October 13, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Isn’t it crazy how much clutter can impact mood? I think it’s crazy. If only the house-cleaning robots were here already.

    • Jackie on October 13, 2018 at 6:17 am

      It really is crazy and we don’t even realize it until its out of hand.

  13. Christa on October 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Yes! We shouldn’t feel guilty for enjoying a moment of peace. I often say I’m going to relax but then get distracted by a mess or laundry or dishes. I need to not only think about down time but also actually make it happen.

  14. Rosanna on October 12, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Clutter is a stressor for sure. I need to go through clothes and shoes. Thanks for the great tips to help destress life.

    • Jackie on October 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      You are very welcome! I’d love to hear how it goes if you are able to check back in. 🙂

  15. Tonya @ the Writer y on October 12, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I’m going to just sit down and color with my daughter one of these days..I keep meaning to, but I need to just do it.

    • Jackie on October 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      Wouldn’t that just be the best thing for them. I bet its a memory your daughter would never forget.

  16. Rikki Ridgeway on October 12, 2018 at 9:05 am

    I love this, some of these tips I already do – but I love the closet declutter idea. I REALLY need to do that more often! I have tons of clothes in my closet that I wore when I was pregnant and they’re still in there, 3 years later. :/ I have no idea why!

    • Jackie on October 12, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      I think we get a case of the “just in case” and we are afraid to get rid of things. We need to really work on detaching ourselves from our things.

  17. Nicki on October 12, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Great tips! I agree that if I can just keep up with the clutter a little bit daily, everything is better!

    • Jackie on October 12, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      For sure! Thank you for your comment!

  18. Sarah on October 11, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Simply taking a moment to clear off the kitchen counters for me is huge for my nerves when it comes to feeling like the house is a huge mess. My husband and I have a tendency to leave stuff out rather then putting it back in the pantry. It all ends up stacking up.

    • Jackie on October 12, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      It’s amazing how good we feel too when we walk in the door or get up in the morning and the counters are clear.

  19. Jennifer Morrison on October 11, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    These are such great tips! I totally agree! I love getting rid of the extra stuff and then having less to pick up and move around!

    • Jackie on October 12, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      Right with you!! Now if we could build a good routine to just keep up with it all. 🙂

  20. Mary on October 11, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Lots of great tips here! Decluttering definitely helps you focus in general.

    • Jackie on October 12, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you, I appreciate that!

  21. Karie on October 11, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    I love the 10 min quick clean up right after the kids go to school. That is how I start my day. You would think when I go to bed to a clean house I don’t need this in the morning but for some reason I do. lol It just sure starts my day off right.

  22. Dennis on October 11, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Great tips for everybody!

  23. Holly Bird on October 11, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Great post! We all need to have some calmness in our lives! Thank you!

    • Jackie on October 11, 2018 at 10:52 am

      We really do need that calm!! A time to just quiet our hearts and minds.

  24. Melissa Parcel on October 11, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Yes, clutter is a definite hindrance to feeling less stress. I have been slowly but surely working on it.

    • Jackie on October 11, 2018 at 10:51 am

      I’m looking forward to launching a course in the next month or so to help walk moms through each room/area of their house and declutter it for good!!

  25. Tricia Snow on October 11, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Great tips! I always feel better when my house and life is organized!

    • Jackie on October 11, 2018 at 10:51 am

      totally with you!! I think we all do, we just have a hard time making it happen. 🙂

  26. Pam on October 11, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I totally need to clear out the coat closet – it gets way out of control very quickly!

  27. Vanessa on October 10, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Fantastic! I love the 10 minutes of peace with your kids and looking up at the sky!

    • Jackie on October 10, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Sometimes our moments of peace can’t be alone, but if we can get a snippet of it and show the kids how to do this too we have a win!!

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