How to Take Care of YOU

How to Take Care of YOU

I was a homemaker for more that thirty years. I put my family first, trying to be the perfect wife, mother, and caregiver. I cleaned the house, did laundry, made meal plans, ran errands, drove kids around and more. I was so caught up in taking care of others that I forgot what it meant to take care of myself. If someone asked me, “Do you take care of yourself?” I would have answered with a resounding “yes, of course!” But truly, I wasn’t making time for me and that left me feeling a little resentful of the people I loved so much.

Self care is as important to you as brushing your teeth. It often gets overlooked because our lives are so busy that we forget to just take some time to rejuvenate and relax. There are three areas to consider – physical, emotional, and mental. Each of these areas will suffer if we are not taking care of ourselves. When you are feeling stressed, sad, or unmotivated, think about when was the last time you did something for you.

I love lists (as you probably already know) and making a list for self care might be helpful. Keep it on your bathroom mirror as a reminder to think about YOU. My list includes: take a bath, go for a walk, get a coffee, read a book, take a nap, bake a dessert, watch a movie, and so on. Everyone’s list will be different because what relaxes me might stress you completely! So create your own “go-to” reminder and the next time you are feeling worn out, provide a little T-L-C for yourself!

Featured photo by Willian Justen de Vasconcellos on Unsplash.

Organizing Tip #7: Make Your Bed

Organizing Tip #7: Make Your Bed

My last organizing tip was about folding bed sheets. Here is one about making your bed, but I am not really going to explain how to make your bed, but that you should make your bed. And really, although this post is a little about making your bed, it is also about doing tasks that take two minutes or less.

So let’s first address the idea of making your bed in the morning. You may already know that my mother was not a fan of keeping a clean home. She often joked about it so I am sure she wouldn’t mind me spilling her secrets. However, she taught me one thing- make your bed first thing in the morning, each and every day. I continued this ritual my whole life, except when I first had my own apartment. I didn’t have to make my bed. No one was there to make me and so I didn’t. It felt uncomfortable with my unmade bed and my whole room looked messy. When I wanted to lay on my bed, I had to straighten the comforter. Getting in bed at night just didn’t feel inviting because the sheets were all bunched. Guess what?! I started making my bed again, each and every day.

This tip goes one step further. We tend to put of tasks that we think we don’t have time to do. We are rushed in the morning and so we don’t make our bed, for example. Then I realized, making my bed takes literally less than a minute yet has a great impact on how we move forward in our day. When our bed is all made up, our bedroom looks cleaner even if there are clothes all over the floor. How many other tasks are there that take less than a minute or two but have a great impact? Doing dishes, taking out the trash, hanging up clothes, flossing our teeth are just a few of these kind of tasks. This list may be different for everyone, but the point is to do them, each and every day.

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Organizing Tip #6: How to Fold Your Sheets

Organizing Tip #6: How to Fold Your Sheets

You may be laughing right now. I would be too if this tip wasn’t so helpful. I struggled for years when my bed sheets came out of the dryer. Usually, I just balled them all up and shoved them on the linen closet shelf or I just remade the bed with them. And then I decided to figure out the best way to fold my sheets. Don’t laugh, just read, and trust me, you will love this tip. But before I begin, I want to say that I like to keep two sets of sheets for each bed so I can remake them anytime without having to do laundry.

  1. The flat sheet is easy. Fold it in one direction and then the other. Fold one more time so it is a long rectangle shape and lay on a surface.
  2. Next fold the pillowcases and place on the end of the rectangle.
  3. Now let’s tackle that fitted sheet which is the difficult one. Fold in half and fit one corner pocket into the other. Then fold in the opposite direction, again fitting the corner pockets into one another. All four corners should be nested together. Lay this sheet on a surface and flatten as much as possible. Now, fold into a long rectangle and then into thirds. Place this sheet on top of the pillowcases.
  4. Lastly, and you will love this, fold the flat sheet around the fitted sheet and pillowcases. This makes a nice little bundle that you can place on your linen closet shelf. When you change the sheets on your bed, you can grab this bundle and you have all you need wrapped up together!

Cool, right? Simple and easy. Happy folding!

Featured photo by Masaaki Komori on Unsplash.