I am having one of those days when everything is just.too.much for me. It started with a glance at the calendar. One week never seemed so short in my life.
I need to reorganize everything in my house while living with two little tornadoes that are ALWAYS with me.
I took this little facebook quiz and I am not surprised in the slightest by the results. It’s a quiz that determines which half of your brain is dominant and by what percentage. I am right brained. I thrive in chaos, creativity, intuition, fantasy, images, and curiosity. No surprise there. 🙂
This week I have been overwhelmed by all the work I need to do before Christmas, let alone all the loose ends I am trying to tie up at work before my last day. I stopped to write this post and do a couple of other things to make this enormous task more manageable.
Made a plan
I plan all the time. I have lists and goals for everything…except organizing and clearing clutter. Since I was feeling the weight of time pressing on my shoulders, I decided to stop before I freak out even more and make a list of the “must do’s” in Evernote. Now, I can see the steps and visualize my progress. Also by prioritizing the tasks, I can focus on the jobs weighing heaviest on me.
Took a step back
It’s been a whirlwind week. I got most of my shopping done during “Parent’s Night Out.” I finished one monumental task on my list (the kids room) and am continuing to make progress on the a few of the others.
When things get hectic it is worth taking an hour to relieve the pressure. Thinking through this process (and writing it down here) allowed me to stop going through clutter — and breathe. I also took my hour break to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies with the kids. The stress doesn’t just affect me, after all.
Re-evaluated the “why”
The pressure to finish this project is completely self-imposed. I want to spend as much quality time with my other half and my family during the Christmas break. I want my husband to be able to relax and enjoy being home. I don’t want him to feel like he has to organize, because he will feel compelled to do it so he can think.
I will also be working from home and going back to school soon and will need to have an area that is tidy so that I can be productive.
Decided to keep going until it is DONE!
I took my break to show my blog and my readers some love and now must return to the craziness that is my closet. The good news is that I am not going to need all those “work clothes” anymore and can space bag them or donate them!
Once it is finished, I can schedule an hour or two a day to pick up clutter and do daily chores to keep it manageable all the time!
There is a lining to this cloud and a rainbow waiting for me at the end of this project. I will be able to sit back, relax, and read without a pile of laundry waiting for me.
Do any of you have tips to clear clutter and organize your home? Please leave them in the comments! I am organizationally challenged. I could use all the help I can get. My hoarding, “prepping” tendencies, make getting rid of stuff a traumatic experience for me! My heart hurts when I trash something that I might be able to find a need for one day in the murky future. Okay, I’m going back to my closet. (Really, send me some tips. I need them.)