Habits can create a domino effect. Once you start a habit, and keep it going, you will see its effects in other areas of your daily life. It might be easier than you realize to make a healthy decision.
Many people avoid developing healthy habits at home because they feel too overwhelming and there are more important things to do. There are many self-help programs that can help you change your habits in just a few weeks. It takes dedication and time to change your habits and see results. Follow these steps to cultivate a positive attitude about healthy habits development this year.
1. Plan realistic goals
Planners have become a fad. Planners can help you organize your thoughts and keep you on track with your goals. You don’t need a costly planner to organize your life. With just a pencil and paper, you can develop a system that works for you, not against you.
A cleaning schedule
You shouldn’t feel the need to vacuum and scrub your home only before guests arrive. You can divide your home into zones and clean one area per day. Even if it is only for ten minutes, you will notice a significant improvement in your cleanliness. It can also help homeowners spot potential problems by getting into every corner. Here’s an example of a weekly cleaning plan you can follow:
- Monday: Break day
- Tuesday: Living room and office
- Wednesday: Bedrooms and closets
- Thursday: Bathrooms and laundry room
- Friday: Break day
- Saturday: Kitchen and dining room
- Sunday: Entryway and hallways
Achieving your health goals can be as simple as changing your eating habits. But, it’s important to plan your meals. Enjoy what you are cooking. Spend time preparing delicious and balanced meals. A list will make it less likely that you waste money or eat unhealthy foods. You don’t need to have an expensive meal-planning program or take a course; just browse sites such as starthealthy.com or explore Pinterest for inspiration.
2. Dedicate spaces
Your home is comprised of different rooms and areas you use for different purposes. These spaces should be treated as such. Create inviting spaces that will keep you motivated and balanced, instead of eating on the couch or working on your bed.
If you work remotely, it is essential that you have a place to work or at least a table. You will feel more motivated and less tired if you work standing or sitting at a desk, rather than on a bed or couch.
Exercise should be an integral part your healthy lifestyle. You should make sure you have enough space in your home to store a few pieces of exercise equipment. Also, keep a floor open for cardio, yoga, and stretches. You can reorganize your furniture to make this space and ensure that there is good airflow.
Hobbies and relaxation
Relaxing and taking time for yourself is important for relaxation and reflection. You can make a reading corner, crafting area, or music room your own. No matter what your hobby, it will be more enjoyable if you have the space to practice.
3. Reduce clutter
Clutter may affect your mind and prevent you from starting new habits.
Items in your home
Take inventory of all the items in your home. Ask yourself whether you really need the item, or if it’s been used a lot in the last year. You can also look at your decor and determine if it has changed or needs to be updated. This is a great time to get rid of unwanted items and bring a new look into your home.
Reward your self after selling, donating or tossing unwanted items by buying a few replacements that will be useful in your home. Buy a quality office organizer or an entryway bench that has storage. You will feel more at ease if you choose pieces that are thoughtful and purposeful.
It is up to you to decide how to implement these tips, and when you do it. It doesn’t matter how much you do each day, it matters that you dedicate your time to your goals.