I took two full days last week to reset my house.
You guys, it was a disaster. And honestly, it had been since Christmas. There were boxes and bags and papers and laundry and I just could not catch up. And it was getting to me.
I’ve heard it said that physical clutter is mental clutter, and that’s SO TRUE for me. I cannot function well in a place that’s chaotic. I can’t be productive when I’m overwhelmed by all that needs to be done. I need clear space and a system in place.
Honestly, I didn’t totally know this about myself before this move. In our last three homes, I had space to spread out all the stuff. If one place was a little messy, I could go work in another room that was at least semi-clean. I could hide from the chaos.
But guess what? In a 900 square foot home, THERE’S NOWHERE TO HIDE.
And the clutter & disorganization totally killed my productivity over the last few weeks. I got nothing done. I would start working on a blog post, and I’d get distracted by a mess I needed to clean. Or I’d take a look at my email inbox and get so overwhelmed that I would just head to Facebook for a “brain break”. (Ha.) Or I’d start to do the dishes and then try to clean the counters off, and then have to reorganize the pantry because nothing fit anywhere. Ahhhh!
So, on Thursday of last week, I decided I’d had enough. I read somewhere last week that overwhelm isn’t having too much to do, it’s not knowing where to start.
Yep. I get that.
So, I just started. I decided I was NOT going even try to work for the entire day, and instead I was going to systematically attack my house. I knew that getting my space in order would help clear my mental clutter, and then I might actually be able to get some work done.
It took me the ENTIRE DAY, but I got the living room, kitchen, and kids rooms organized. I purged and folded and cleaned, and basically reset all the rooms.
However, when I clean the rest of the house, the master bedroom tends to be the catch-all for allthestuff that doesn’t have a place. So, I had to use Friday to clean that room. And that one room took me the ENTIRE DAY on Friday.
But today is Saturday (well, it’s Tuesday on the blog, but I’m writing this on Saturday, so there you go), and do you know how I feel? Free, my friends. I FEEL FREE!! Free, and inspired and so excited to attack more projects!
It’s so amazing, I just had to share it with you. My mission: convince you to do it, too. 😉
Why You Need A Reset Day (or two)!
- The saying is true – physical clutter truly is mental clutter. And when your mind is cluttered, you’re not at your best, plain and simple.
- Sometimes, doing a little at a time just isn’t enough. When the mess is too big, or the tasks are too time consuming, we can’t reclaim order just by doing a little bit of work. Nope, we have to dedicate some serious time to getting a difficult task done all the way. It might feel unproductive to put your work on hold while you clean up your workspace (or putting playing with your kids on hold while you’re cleaning up your home), but I GUARANTEE that you’ll be more productive, more peaceful, and much happier once you’re done!
- Your sanity is worth it. As a mom, it’s so easy to neglect our own needs in order to take care of things for others. But that feeling of being overwhelmed leads to frustration, short tempers, and exhaustion. And that’s just not good for anyone. It’s so helpful to set aside a day or two to get your own stuff in order, so that you can function as a sane, organized person!
Need some help getting started? I’ve got a few tips for you…
RESETTING YOUR HOME:
- Play fun music. It just makes everything better.
- Start in one room, and don’t leave that room until you’re done. Make a list of each room in your house, and work through that list systematically.
- Get three boxes, or start three piles: Keep, Toss, & Donate.
- BE BRUTAL. If you don’t love it, get rid of it. If you haven’t used it in six months, get rid of it!! Seriously – clear the clutter. You will feel SO MUCH BETTER, and if you don’t love it or don’t use it, you’re not gonna miss it.
- Take short breaks. Not Facebook breaks either. I see you over there busting out your phone. Nope, take a break that has a set end time. Do a puzzle with your kid, eat a snack, drink a bottle of water, have a 2-song dance party. Then, get back to work!
- Reward yourself when you’re done. What would you love to do? Read a book? Go out for coffee with a friend? Go on a walk with your family? Working toward a goal will get you through the task a lot faster.
Sometimes, it’s not our just home that needs a reset, it’s our schedule. When we’ve said yes to too many things, our schedules can get just as chaotic as our cluttered homes. If you’re nodding along to what I’m saying here, these next tips are for you!
RESETTING YOUR SCHEDULE:
- Clear everything off your schedule. List it out on another piece of paper.
- Go through the list, and highlight your tasks in three different colors: Needs, Shoulds, and Loves.
- BE BRUTAL. Don’t put a “Should” task in the “Needs” color. THIS IS HOW YOU GOT INTO THIS MESS.
- Start filling your schedule back in. Needs ONLY.
- Now, schedule in 1-2 things a week that you LOVE to do. Rest matters, you guys. Don’t fill every minute with work.
- Lastly, look at your “Should” tasks. If you realistically have any room left on your schedule, add one or two of these in. Throw the rest out.
- Seriously. Throw the rest out.
If you need a little more step-by-step help resetting your schedule, you might consider taking our Stop Settling For Overwhelmed Course. The lessons & workbook will be SO helpful for you!
Friends, your sanity matters. And if your house or your schedule are driving you insane, then I’m giving you permission to put the rest of your life on hold for a day or two, and take control of your spaces again!
(Not that you need my permission, but, you know. Sometimes it’s just nice to hear someone say it.)
So tell me. What space of yours needs resetting this week?
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