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By Samantha Reid

As our lives amount to what we do with our days, so does the quality of those days by what we surround ourselves with while we’re in them. These little things add up: what’s on the nightstand, when we go to sleep and with whom, how we cook dinner, whether or not we put off the dishes for another night. These things are not nothing, they are everything.

In order to make a (much needed) return toward simplicity, Karen Maezen Miller offers 10 tips on how to make your home (and routine) more mindful, conscious and aligned. Check them out below:

1. Wake with the sun.

There is no purer light than what you see when your eyes open first thing in the morning.

2. Sit.

Mindfulness without meditation is just a word.

3. Make your bed.

The state of your bed is the state of your head. Enfold your day in dignity.

4. Empty the hampers.

Do the laundry without resentment or commentary and have an intimate encounter with the very fabric of life.

5. Wash your bowl.

Rinse away self-importance and clean up your own mess. If you leave it undone, it will get sticky.

6. Set a timer.

If you’re distracted by the weight of what’s undone, set a kitchen timer and, like a monk in a monastery, devote yourself wholeheartedly to the task at hand until the bell rings.

7. Rake the leaves.

Rake, weed, or sweep. You’ll never finish for good, but you’ll learn the point of pointlessness.

8. Eat when hungry.

Align your inexhaustible desires with the one true appetite.

9. Let the darkness come.

Set a curfew on technology and discover the natural balance between daylight and darkness, work and rest.

10. Sleep when tired.

Nothing more to it.

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