For years I’ve been trying to find the perfect modern housekeeping method, with little to no avail. Whether it be alternatives to FlyLady or obsessing over KonMari, I never seem to find the right balance. So I recently decided to simply do less.
Do Less – Achieve More
This morning I give you permission to stop. Don’t worry about the housework. Don’t worry about your career, your blog, or your business. Just stop. Do less and you’ll inevitably achieve more.
Boredom can sometimes be a blessing. It helps us to clear our minds and identify what matters. Do we really need to mop the floor twice a day? Will blogging daily really boost our readership that much more than 3 times a week?
By doing less some days you allow your brain to do more. You’re taking care of your mental and emotional health. You allow to important things to flow through you and achieve the motivation to get these things done. We live in a world of distractions. Switch off, be bored, and connect with yourself.
How To Embrace Doing Less
Enjoy a great breakfast – my favourite quick and easy breakfast of choice is mashed avocado and fried egg on granary toast. Served with cherry tomatoes and fresh hummus.
Take a long hot bath using essential oils such as lavender or bergamot and fall into a blissful place of relaxation.
Take a brisk walk. Preferably alone. Find a location that warms your heart and just sit there for a while, taking in the sounds and smells.
Light candles and enjoy the dim glow without distractions.
Send the children to their grandparents and your other half on errands. Being alone can be wonderful for the soul.
My Own Weekend Spent Doing Less
As a mum of two boys, doing less seemed like a lost dream to me. I was certainly unsure as to how I would make it work for me.
I ensured that the week before I had clean living zones to retire to. This meant the kitchen, living room, dining room, my bedroom, and the bathroom were all clean and tidy. It didn’t take too long.
I arranged for the boys to spend a short part of the day out with their father, leaving just me and the dogs at home. I also gave my husband my phone, so I wasn’t tempted to use it. If he needed me in an emergency he could call our landline.
Finally, I stocked up on high-quality food, luxury toiletries, candles, and some of my favourite magazines.
The day I do less
I woke up slightly later than usual. I lit the candle on my bedside table. It’s a Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia candle. It makes a refreshing start to the day. I pulled the latest copy of Tatler our of my bedside table and read quietly for 15 minutes.
Morning – I do less
I then popped to the kitchen and prepared avocado and free range eggs on granary toast. I had this with a maple pecan latte made with my awesome Ninja Coffee Bar. If you’re not familiar with the Ninja Coffee Bar, you must take a look at this video. The quality of coffee it produces is exceptional. I couldn’t live without it.
I then headed straight back up to bed and just lay there thinking about my life. This is actually pretty difficult to do, but completely worth it. I began to realise my life’s priorities and what I wanted to achieve.
I decided I didn’t want to take a walk, rather I preferred to spend the day pampering myself. So I drew myself a warm bath filled with essential oils and soaked for half and hour. I then covered myself in body butter and promptly went back to bed for a nap.
After my nap, I decided to make some juice. I love my juicer and often create fantastic revitalising juice blends from nutritious fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market. At this point, the boys are home and decide to put on a movie. I happily enjoy watching this with them.
Afternoon – a little more
My husband makes lunch for us. He prepares a quinoa and bulgar wheat salad, with cherry tomatoes and fried courgettes. We eat together and they tell me about their day out. I decide I now want to go out, so get dressed and we all take the dogs for a walk in the park.
After a long walk, we put another movie on and I flick through some magazines. We eat popcorn (Joe and Seph’s – it’s amazing) and drink fresh juice.
We go out for dinner. OK, I get that this is doing something but it’s less than cooking at least! There is an adorable new Italian place within walking distance. It means the boys can have pizza, whilst my husband and I get to enjoy the most amazing linguine with lemon and prawns. They also have the best wine!
Evening – I’m motivated!
When we get home the boys are bathed and put to bed. And I’m completely motivated to get things done! However, my husband stops me. He gets the dishwasher on whilst I pick out my clothes for tomorrow. I go for a black skirt with a wine glass pattern and a fitted black wrap top.
We sit down with our Hue lights dimmed and watch QI. Nothing is more relaxing to me than a good episode of QI! I write in my journal, planning out the rest of my week. What’s interesting is that I’ve planned to do less than I usually would.
With that, I go to bed and have the best sleep I’ve had in a long time. My day of doing next to nothing has done me the world of good.
So on that note, I give you permission to simply do less. Enjoy the art of doing next to nothing and rejuvenate yourself. Share your experience of doing less with me in the comments below!