Was it just me, or did your mom always pester you to make your bed every morning, too? “It takes 2 minutes!” “You aren’t going to get to go to that event you’re looking forward to if you don’t start making your bed each morning!” “I’m done buying you the things that you ask me to buy until you start taking the time to make your bedroom look better.” – Love, Mom
But really… when I was younger, my mom insisted that I make my bed. And I just didn’t understand. I always had the same response, “Mom, I am literally going to crawl back in it in 14 hours.”
Somehow, that was never good enough.
As I have grown up, and I have my own home now, I suddenly know what my mom was doing. She wasn’t just asking that I make my bed… she knew that if I could make making my bed a habit, it would do so much more for me. Here’s what making the bed each morning says about you:
You’re a very productive person. If you get up every morning and you make your bed a priority, instead of scrolling through your phone, you’re already off to a more productive start for the day.
You have self-discipline. If you make your bed a priority, you are choosing to spend 5 minutes of your morning making your bed instead of wasting those 5 minutes elsewhere. Whether that be scrolling on your phone, or messing around in the mirror, or playing with your dog… you are exercising self-discipline and you’re conquering the necessary tasks before the useless ones.
You care enough about your mind, that you want to declutter it when possible. Removing clutter and/or the appearance of messiness, also removes mental clutter and messiness. Make your bed. Have a clutter-free room when you leave every day. And in return, you will begin your day with a clutter-free mind each morning.
You’re prepared for things you don’t want to do. Who wants to make their bed? Well, I personally don’t know anyone… however, by doing something you don’t want to do, you are preparing yourself and getting in the habit of doing tasks that you don’t particularly care about doing… each and every day.
It all starts with making the bed. Once you start making the bed, and you get the feeling of satisfaction first thing in the morning, you will want to do more to feel accomplished. For example, if you make your bed, and there is a pile of clothes in the corner… if you make your bed and declutter that area of your room, you will likely want to have a completely clutter-free room, and you’re likely going to put your clothes away too. Why only do half of the project when you could accomplish the entire things and feel so much better?
Just try it! Make your bed for a day, then a week, then a month… make it a habit! You won’t be upset you did!
Summer is on its way. We can tell by the warmer weather that is coming our direction. Not sure about you, but we are excited! The warmer temps, longer evenings, and more sunlight is making us impatient. But we can do it, we can wait. It will be here before we know it!
I think the reason that summer is always so exciting is because of the immense amount of time we get to spend with family and friends. A lot of times, we take vacations with those people. However, as we get older, and expenses grow up as well, sometimes it is harder to afford a vacation every summer.
Have no fear! Here are a few affordable summer trip ideas for you and your summer-time folks while on a budget –
Jump in the car and drive! No matter where you live, you can always get in the car and drive. Sometimes a couple day road trip is all you need with your besties. Sun in the sky, windows down, fresh air, and singing at the top of your lungs is all affordable and totally doable. The only expense you will have is gas money! However, if you decide to get a way and stay at a hotel, you might have that cost as well. Sometimes time away is all we need!
Hike or walk nearby trails. It’s a proven fact that spending time in nature and exercising can help reduce stress. And if you don’t live near mountains or hills, you can find a trail and enjoy yourself just the same! So, grab your water, gather your friends, and get your booty outside. You are sure to forget about the outside world and feel secluded from your worries and anxieties.
Lock yourself out (or in!) If you live in the country, lock yourself out of your house (not really, but don’t allow yourself to go inside) and enjoy nature to it’s full extent. Pitch a tent and camp with friends! Spend your entire day and night outside, relaxing, and hanging out. If you live in the city, and camping isn’t an option at your home, stay in! Open all of your windows so you can enjoy the sunlight and do all the things you love. Light all your candles, smell the fresh air, watch your favorite summertime movies, and step away from the world for a bit.
Vacation doesn’t always mean leaving home and spending intense amounts of money. A day or two to get away and rest your mind is all a person needs.
Sometimes you don’t need a reason to get away… just go! You deserve it. Clear your mind, go vacation, and return back home refreshed and ready to take on the world!
Doesn’t it sometimes seem like every day we get busier and busier, to the point where we hardly have any time for ourselves? We hear people talk about simplifying their lives all the time – maybe an Instagrammer or a Youtuber that you follow, or your college roommate, or your cousin. But how to do it? If you feel like you’re drowning under the weight of your to-do list or slowly being surrounded by clutter in your own home, the idea of simplifying your life can seem impossible. But it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few quick(ish) and easy ways to simplify your life:
Stick to a schedule. Whether it’s a morning or nighttime routine, or a to-do list, or a full daily schedule, having a plan for your day can be a great help on especially busy days. If you’ve got a lot of emails to answer, give yourself a block of time in the morning to get them all done, or make a plan to go by the bank or call your landlord or other errands right after class. Making a plan is the easiest way to make your whole day less stressful.
Set yourself a bedtime (and stick to it). This is sort of an extension from point one but setting yourself a reasonable time to go to bed and then following through with it can go a long way in improving your day. Not only is it easier to stick to your nighttime routine if you have a specific time that you go to bed, it’ll also help you get more sleep – something all of us could use.
Declutter your space. If you’ve got the time, energy, and motivation, decluttering your entire house or apartment is a great project and can do a lot to help you get rid of stress and give you a more positive outlook. However, most of us don’t have all the time or motivation or energy to do that, so it’s okay to start small. Organizing a messy closet or sorting through stacks of papers are great places to start.
Start saying no. This may not be as easy as some of the other ideas on this list, but it might be one of the most important. We can’t do it all, no matter how hard we try, and agreeing to everything that people ask of us or saying yes to every opportunity we come across is definitely not the best idea. While it can be hard to turn down a great opportunity or say no to a friend, it’s so important to think about yourself and your time, too.
Minimize your to-do list. Some people might find it helpful to keep a master list of everything that needs to get done, but for most of us that’s just overwhelming! Instead, try making a more realistic daily list, making sure to keep it short. Not only will this give you a boost when you finish everything on your list, it will also help you prioritize and figure out which tasks are really the most important.
There’s so much going on in the world and in our lives that it can seem inevitable that we’ll wind up with overfilled schedules and not enough down time, but there are ways around it!
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