Lunchtime rolled around quickly today.
I was feeling incredibly lazy in the kitchen and decided a smoothie for lunch would be simple, delicious and filling.
I made myself a banana protein smoothie by blending 1.5 bananas, vanilla protein powder, milk and vanilla Greek yogurt.
She was awfully generous with the pecans in the cookies. Win!
Now let’s talk clutter!
If It Only Takes a Minute…
Certain books make me feel like I need to bust out a highlighter and a little notebook and jot down important takeaways so I don’t forget them once I finish reading.
The Happiness Project is one of those books.
Though I’ll be posting my full review on my blog on December 4, this book has motivated me in many ways and encouraged me to look closely at the sources of happiness and unhappiness in my life.
In the beginning of the book, the author focuses on boosting her energy and realizes that household disorder is a big energy drain in her life.
She sets out to tackle the clutter in her life and implemented a “one-minute rule” where she would not postpone any task that took her less than one minute.
Wash that dish.
File those documents.
Put away that jacket.
All of these tasks are quite menial yet when they pile up and create clutter they can start to weigh on us. It sounds so incredibly simplistic, but I started applying the one-minute rule to my life a couple of weeks ago and must admit it has had a pretty big impact on the overall organization in my life.
Instead of throwing my breakfast bowl into the sink to deal with later, I wash it when I’m done eating. Less than a minute! Instead of telling myself I’ll email an invoice to a freelance client later, I do now. Less than a minute!
Another method the author imposed for addressing clutter was the 10-minute evening clean up. Every night before bed, she took 10 minutes to do simple tidying and said it made her mornings feel more serene and pleasant. I haven’t done this myself, but I really like the idea, though I must say I’d probably have to do the 10-minute post-dinner tidy up since cleaning right before bed sounds pretty miserable to me.
Question of the Afternoon
- Does clutter or household disorder bother you or can you easily overlook it?
- How do you tackle the clutter in your life?