I have discovered that routines are playing a major role in my simplification process. Doing the same small things every day seem to make my life run easier.
Knowing that certain things are accomplished at certain times or days brings a sense of peace and order. As those tasks are accomplished, they bring the reward of satisfaction of completion, Knowing that certain things have a specific time frame frees up more time for enjoyable activities.
Having a routine does not mean living in a rut. Having a routine for daily tasks is being an adult. It means you have taken responsibility for your possessions, your job, your passions, and your life. That does not mean your routine cannot be and should not be flexible. The opportunity to spend time with those you love, indulge a passion, or feed your soul should also have a place of priority in your life. That opportunity does, however, have to be weighed against the added stress of knowing necessary items are looming and have not been completed.
Try just a couple of tasks. Set times each day for them to be completed. As it becomes a habit, try adding a couple more. Before you know it, you will have your personalized routine!