There are three things I do every single day – even when it’s absolutely insane. I called these my homemaking anchor tasks. These are things I do so that whenever it’s crazy, I don’t feel overwhelmed and I don’t feel like I’m behind. And once things slow down, I’m able to pick back up the pieces and continue on with life.
These three homemaking “anchor tasks” are certainly not rocket science. Some of you might even think it’s a waste of a post to write about this. But I feel like its worth sharing because on busy days, these tasks keep me afloat, y’all.
In no particular order, here are my homemaking anchor tasks:
- I always, always make the beds. I know some people think making the bed is unnecessary – but your home feels somewhat put together when the beds are made. Unmade beds just frazzle me! They feel unkept and like I don’t have my act together. Making the beds each morning helps me not lose my sanity. I feel an instant calm knowing that task is done. Even if your room is messy – a completely made bed completely changes the feeling of the room. Not to mention making your bed sets the tone for your day!
- I always do (at least) one load of laundry a day. When you have a full schedule and lots going on, you say, “Oh, I’ll just do a load when I’m not busy.” Then somehow while you’re not looking, the laundry just multiples. And before you know it you’ve got Mount Laundry-more. If you do one load a day – you’ll never get overwhelmed with! Usually what happens is that after I put the kids to sleep, I go and start a load of laundry. In the morning when I wake up I will put it in the dryer to fold later that afternoon. People ask if it gets stinky – NEVER. If it does, maybe you need to deep clean your washing machine.
- Do a load of dishes. Don’t leave your dirty dishes in the sink! The principle here is the same as making your bed and doing a load of laundry. If you come into a kitchen with a sink full of dirty dishes you will instantly feel behind! And like the laundry, it multiplies if you leave it – and before you know it, you have a volcano of dishes erupting in your sink. Always take care of your dirty dishes right away, while they are still manageable! Put them in the dishwasher right away. Don’t let things pile up – it leads to a feeling of defeat in the home!
Like I said, these three homemaking anchor tasks are very simple.
And I know that some of y’all might be rolling your eyes at my list. But don’t belittle these tasks! They could be just the anchors you need in your homemaking routine! No, it’s not rocket science. But SPOILER ALERT: I am NOT a rocket scientist. I like to make things easier for myself, not harder.
Maybe these are the three anchor tasks you need in your homemaking routine – but maybe they are not. For some of you, it might something else like sweeping the floor or picking up the living room. Just give it some thought and figure what homemaking tasks can help anchor your day so you’ll avoid overwhelm, remove some chaos, and bring back some peace and calm in your day. No one should be overwhelmed in their own home, y’all!
What are your homemaking anchor tasks?