The house is a mess. Dishes all over the counter tops (at least they’re cute ones), toys everywhere, papers askew, laundry piled up (yes, the above picture is my actual laundry) and overall “I’m-so-behind-on-life” disarray. It’s depressing just looking at it all. “Didn’t I just get this messed cleaned up?”
When I look around at the mess, I see Mount Everest. I get stuck, I feel depressed, and I have no idea where to begin…or if I even want to. I just feel so…overwhelmed sometimes.
After learning about the curse, I at least have a clearer perspective on my housework. I can see the eternal reasons for taking care of my home and family, and the immediate gratification of a well-kept home is like the cherry on top. But, I still struggle with being overwhelmed from time to time. So, what’s a girl to do?
Here are some things I’ve come across that have been helpful:
When the house is a mess, only work on one room at a time.
This little nugget of advice has helped me so much! I tend to just start cleaning, haphazardly moving from room to room, cleaning a little here and a little there. Then I started only doing one room at a time – what a difference! I stay focused on my task, and when I’m through with one room, I can look at it and see results.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Sally Berger
Be generous to your trash can.
Throw things out! The more things I realize I don’t need and can definitely live without, the less stress I create for myself. Just let it go!
Get rid of half the toys.
I’m serious. Okay fine, maybe for you half is too much (or not enough), but the point is, your kiddos don’t need 5000 things out. Grab the toys that the kiddos don’t play with all that much (or just won’t even notice there gone) and either get rid of them or send them to the attic. You can pull them out on a rainy day.
Do the 15 minute thing.
Fly lady says to put the timer on for 15 minutes and go to work, doing everything you can in that time frame. It is helpful, especially to those who like a challenge. Throw in some Pandora radio and you are set!
Just get moving!
I spend so much time fretting and being overwhelmed that I stay stagnant, which leads to me feeling worse, and then ultimately, I give in to laziness and a “why bother” attitude. Just get up! Force yourself to do SOMETHING.
“Action is the antidote to despair.” Joan Baez
Envision the big picture.
You know that warm and comfy feeling you get when you walk into a home that is well taken care of, clean, and inviting? It’s not sterile (I know people who actually put plastic coverings on their furniture – how uninviting) but tidy, warm, and peaceful. That’s the kind of home I want, and that motivates me to see the big picture instead of the piles. What’s your big picture?
Get off the computer.
This is probably the best advice I can give you. For me, the more I’m on the computer, the more depressed I get and the less I do. Shut it down friend.
Keep your eyes on the goal.
Getting our work done, pushing through the tough, I believe will reap eternal rewards. Your family (and yourself) will be more comfortable and less stressed – think on this as you persevere up the mountain. The view from the top will be exhilarating (or, at the very least, peaceful…and clean).
Get something new for your home that brings a smile to your face.
Buy or find something to put in your home that matches the vision you have for your space. Perhaps it will be something unique from a yard sale you go to this weekend, or something from the lovely and whimsical Life to the Full collection (that is 30% off this month!). Whatever it is, find it, place it, and enjoy it.
Challenge for Today:
Light a candle, find a cozy spot somewhere quiet (only for 10 minutes – send the kids outside, wait until naps, or pop in a DVD), sip on your favorite beverage, close your eyes, and envision your big picture. Think about your home and what you want it to be. Do you want it to be a place of refuge? Inviting? Warm? Fun? Picture your home in all its clean and organized glory, and then burn the image into your brain and heart. Now grab your journal (or notebook, or scrap of paper) and write down your big picture. Ask God to help you physically create your vision, and than thank Him for the ability to give life to your home.
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”Philippians 4:13
By Sarah Mae, Like a Warm Cup of Coffee