If you're venturing out on your own for the first time (or you just feel like streamlining your routine a little) it's a great time to start cultivating some good home habits. After all, the sooner you start these babies, the longer you'll be able to enjoy the payoffs of a smooth, well-run household. Get in the habit now, be happier longterm.
A nightly sweep
Day-to-day life living gets messy, but taking 15 minutes at the end of your day to get your space back to normal is always worth it. Regular, routine maintenance is key to keeping you on track — sweep up trash, get the dishes out of the sink and put clothes on their hangers. You will thank yourself tomorrow.
A cleaning schedule
What's the hardest part about cleaning? The tub. But the second hardest is getting going. Do yourself a favor and make up simple schedule which will take the decisions away. Stop overthinking it and just surrender to your schedule. We promise it will feel less like work.
A regular bedtime
I know you know that enough (and good quality) sleep in important. So do yourself a favor and get on a time schedule here. Sure, you can be flexible for special events, but going to sleep and waking up at roughly the same time each day helps you make sure you're getting enough AND reduces the amount of time you waste laying in bed trying to fall asleep! Do it.
A do-it-now attitude
You are going to have to do that annoying thing eventually, but if you put it off it will only make you spend the time from now until you actually get around to it feeling slightly guilty and dreading the chore. Why? You could get it out of the way and spend those hours feeling good and accomplished instead.
A space and time for relaxation
Habits aren't just for getting stuff done around the house, they're also valuable for carving out a time for fun or relaxation. So often we prioritize what needs to get done over what we want to do, so make relaxation a habit by dedicating a special place or specific time to do something you enjoy. I will make all those other have-to-do things so much more tolerable.