I Don’t

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Life is busy, there is no way of getting around that. Between family life, work life and home life. It is easy to forget that there is time for anything else.

How often do you find yourself overwhelmed by your ever growing to do list? I know I feel it several times a day. Be it at work, or my blogging life or keeping up with everything that needs to be done in the house and thats before you even take in to account the 3 children and Fiance at home that need time, attention and love.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed.


How can you help yourself?


A year ago I read a post somewhere… I wish I knew where. But the post was the opposite of a to-do list.

This list is all about the things you aren’t willing to do. The things that you delegate out to others or that just DO NOT happen in your home.

It is time to stop focusing on what you HAVE to do and start thinking about the things you can bypass.

The impact of a heavy load on our well-being is huge. Suddenly even the smallest of things can become overwhelming, and once we are feeling like that it is hard to find the focus to achieve anything.

So here is my list of things ‘I don’t’


I Don’t list


I don’t iron

I don’t shave my legs more than once a month

I don’t dust

I don’t meal plan

I don’t meal prep

I don’t bake

I don’t take the bins out

I don’t clean the skirting boards (That’s a hoover job at best!)

I don’t remember all the plans I make

I don’t sit and do homework nightly

I don’t fight teeth-brushing (sometimes anyway!)

I don’t take Insta-worthy pictures

I don’t make roast dinners

I don’t make the bed


And just like that I have saved myself plenty of time to focus on the things I DO.

More time means less stress, less stress makes for a much happier and productive Claire, which I’ll be honest is better for everyone!



What would be on your ‘I Don’t’ list? Do you find it difficult to let go of tasks and find yourself playing superwoman regularly? Do you think you’d benefit from creating your own list?

60 thoughts on “I Don’t

  1. I love this. From a fellow non-ironer who would be lucky to locate her skirting boards let alone a duster, I applaud your dont’s. Thanks for a positive start to my day – or a negative start depending on what way you look at it!

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      1. Ooh, you’re clever. Might make one of these later, to take the pressure off! I don’t iron would be first on my list too. (Unless we’re going to a wedding – vague effort should be allowed for those, I guess…) Xx

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  2. This is such a brilliant idea! I don’t iron would be on my list too! I don’t garden is also on my list. My parents in law are desperate for me to be passionate in my garden but I just don’t have the time or inclination (probably more the latter!)

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  3. The idea of a I don’t list is definitely an interesting twist but can go either way in my opinion. It can be a clever way of reminding yourself what to do but also can make you feel sub-par and act as negative affirmations for some individuals. That’s just my thoughts. Very thought-provoking post this!

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures

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    1. Oh I am sure it could have some implications for some.

      I think for me I feel like I am hugely failing at being the perfect employee, parent, partner, housewife, blogger so I had to let go of that pressure.

      I am setting standards for myself to achieve but in reality all I am doing is overwhelming myself for no reason at all.

      I feel so liberated with my list 🙂


  4. Loved this idea!! I think as mothers we don’t give ourselves enough time to get things done as we want it all done last week haha… I’ll definitley make a list!!

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  5. Really awesome n unique. I had a habit of ironing each n everything, including handkerchief n socks too. Lol ! But then I stopped one fine day and it’s like forever…And there are many don’t do things in my list .
    I don’t plan while travelling, i don’t apply filter to my photos, i don’t do exercise too 😀 and I don’t laugh on a bad joke. It saves my time from pretending a fake smile ☺️

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  6. Love this list! Quite liberating! Having a I don’t list is good reminder without feeling guilty of what I don’t! However I don’t take insta-worth pics too and I don’t like to put my pic on social media! I will make mine today and put it in the fridge so that I don’t stress much about not doing things. Thank you for sharing this.

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  7. I only shave my legs because my knee rehab physio does not need to see my hair knees, or handle them, but that’s only once every two weeks and I only do half the leg he touches. I also don’t iron or do bins. Glad it’s not just me on those! Thank you for sharing, I think we all need to “don’t” less.

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