Do you ever just find yourself stuck in a rut? Seemingly just going through the motions but not really all there? Recently, I found myself in a bit of a funk. After moving from a fairly large home into a smaller one, I found myself overwhelmed with all of the things that needed to be done. I was frustrated and overwhelmed all at the same time. That’s definitely not a feeling I like. With a to-do list a mile long, I was losing myself in the chaos and didn’t know exactly where to start. I needed to declutter. Declutter my mind, declutter my time, and declutter my home.
Declutter Your Mind (Give Yourself some “Me” Time)
I am the type of person who feels like I should be doing something productive All. The. Time. And that can be an energy-sapping thing. I have to remind myself that it’s totally alright to take some “me” time and just put my mind into neutral. For me, that is easier said than done. Even though I may be worn out and tired, I still often feel guilty for taking the time to decompress. Once I managed to convince myself to take some time to relax, I was very glad that I did. I gave it all over to our Heavenly Father. I asked Him to show me calm in the midst of my chaos. I spent a few evenings while Emmett was visiting my folks just doing nothing. And it felt good. I turned on the television and binge-watched all kinds of stuff. Especially HGTV. Those shows are so addictive, amiright?
Declutter Your Time (Stick to a Schedule)
Once I got my mind decluttered, I decided to work on decluttering my time. It was totally unrealistic to think I could get my whole house organized and decorated in such a short amount of time. My expectations definitely did not match the reality. I realized that I was trying to fit too many things into my day. Though in my mind I am Wonder Woman, in reality I am just an ordinary single mom who works full-time and tries to manage a household, hold down a job, and keep things in balance. And that is a delicate balancing act. Sometimes I fall. I won’t lie. Sometimes I cannot get everything done that needs to be done. And that’s ok. When that happens, I just pick myself up, dust myself off, and put my wheels right back on the track. Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it’s easier than other times. But regardless, I just keep working on it. In order to declutter my time, I reset my schedule and made sure that I was up at the same time every day and that I was in bed with the lights out and ready to rest at the same time every night. For me that is a big deal. Because I typically am one who goes to bed whenever I get around to it. Often times much later than it should be. I found that when I get to bed on time and get up at the same time each day, I feel more energized and motivated.
Declutter Your Home (Prioritize and Set Goals)
Next up, decluttering my home. Prioritize and set goals. I like lists. Actually, I LOVE lists. Being able to check things off of my list is very satisfying to me. It gives me such a feeling of accomplishment. Even if it’s only one item on a list with a hundred other items. We all have tasks that we find less offensive than others. My tendency is to push the more offensive items off and deal with the more pleasant tasks. And this is not a good method. Because in the end, you end up with a long list of things that you have procrastinated about and pushed aside and now they are looming there like an ominous black cloud. So instead of doing the things I found least offensive first, I forced myself to tackle at least one of the most offensive items on my list. And you know what? It felt good. It felt really good getting that item checked off the list. And it gave me the push in motivation to work on a second task that was on the more offensive side of the list. Setting goals for yourself, even small ones, can help you to make significant progress.
Even now I still have stacks of boxes piled up to the ceiling in the garage. I have pictures leaning up against the walls that need to be hung up. I have boxes of clothes stacked in my closet. And sometimes I feel like I will never get it all done. But I know that it will not be like this forever. Adulting is hard and I have given myself permission to be ok with this. And that one little thing has helped me to declutter many areas of my life. There will always be a little bit of chaos in my life and I have to learn to accept the fact that I cannot control everything in it no matter how hard I try. For now, I’m going to take it one step at a time and hopefully will have my home in order by the time the Holidays roll around. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!