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The garden is overgrown and filling with weeds. A stack of clothes is waiting to be ironed or mended. The bathtub needs to be cleaned. There is a pile of stuff in the garage to take to a donation center. At least two window shades are broken and need to be fixed or replaced. Books are waiting to be read. A craft project sits half finished. I forgot to mail a birthday card, and I can’t even remember the last time I mopped the floor.
The kitchen table is strewn with things I’m reading, writing, or planning to do something with later. Right now, I’m too busy coming up with tips to tell you about how to be more organized and get more done. Ha ha.
We all have our secret messes, don’t we? (And some we just can’t hide.)
Have you ever been embarrassed to have people over, because you thought your house was too messy? Or felt so overwhelmed by all of the tasks facing you, that you just didn’t know where to start?
The tasks that fill our to-do lists can quickly become overwhelming. There always seems to be too much to do, and not enough time to get it all done.
The must-do’s take up so much time, we rarely seem to get to the want-to-do’s. And our days sneak past, while the to-do list never seems to get any shorter.
When life starts to get to be a little too much to handle, I find it helps to keep these three things in mind: Have grace for yourself, make a plan, and clear out the clutter.
1. Have Grace for Yourself
Be kind to yourself. You don’t have to be perfect. It’s OK to let some things go. And you are allowed to take a break once in a while.
Easier said than done, I know. If I spend a few hours relaxing with a book, I can’t help but feel guilty for not doing something more “productive.” But recharging your mind and spirit is productive.
I give you permission to take care of yourself. You are probably your own harshest critic anyway. True friends aren’t going to care if there are a few dishes in the sink if you invite them over.
Being a little bit messy doesn’t make you a bad person.
2. Make a Plan
It’s easy to find yourself rushing around trying to do everything.
Instead, make a plan. Take some time to consider what’s important to you, and make an effort to do those things first. The rest can wait. Or, you may decide not to do some of them at all.
You can learn to limit what goes on your to-do list, and find yourself actually accomplishing more of the things that matter to you.
If you need a little help making your plan, you can download your FREE copy of our Personal Priorities Planner. It will guide you through creating a to-list that’s focused on what matters to you.
3. Clear Out the Clutter
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, clear out the clutter. You will love the the sense of calm you can achieve, simply by getting organized and creating some order.
Even if you just tidy one room, organize a single drawer, or clear off the kitchen table like I just did, you’ll notice a difference. Getting rid of clutter that weighs you down will go a long way toward creating some peace in your life.
Clean up that pile of papers on your desk, and see how much more you’ll be able to accomplish with a useable work space.
Go through your closet, and get rid of the things that you never wear. Then you’ll have plenty of room to put things away, rather than having piles of clothes around the house. And you’ll be able to find what you want to wear.
And that mess of toys scattered all over the place that makes you embarrassed to have company over can be dealt with too. Clear out the clutter while you teach your children valuable skills about organizing and values.
All that is easier said than done too, but you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.
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Make a plan, and clear out the clutter. And most of all, remember to have grace for yourself.