How often do you start your day hyper-focused, your ‘to-do’ list all set to go, but by the time you actually get around to starting your list – you’re tuckered out? Why might that be? Well, if you’re like me, it’s because you spent the first part of today finishing yesterday.
Let me explain…
Often times we want to get everything done–housekeeping, work, kids, dinner, shopping, pets, quiet time and more–but in reality, we only have enough time and energy to tackle the precious few items that keep our lives running as smoothly as possible. Everything else takes a backseat – but continues to be in the forefront of our minds. And what we don’t finish today spills over into tomorrow.
This difficult juggling act of life can, at times, be very frustrating. (As shown through the growing “to-do” lists, piles of paper on our desks, and multiple areas of clutter.)
Why We Need Clutter-Free Spaces
As women we tend to be quite in tune with our environments; living and working in a cluttered space causes stress, sometimes anger, and can just plain get in the way!
However, starting your day with a clean, organized environment is something you can control, and doing so can have a dramatically positive effect on your daily life.
Many of the successful and classy ladies I know have a system they follow to keep things in order. They either work their systems on their own, or, hire someone else to help them instead. (Thereby freeing up even more time–we’ll talk more on that in a later post.) The key is to find a system that works for you – so that you actually do it.
What’s Working for Me, So Far…
Recently I discovered the website FlyLady.com
, and I’ve been using it to help me gain order. What I like about the FlyLady is that she demonstrates a way of gaining order without feeling overwhelmed. I can take things one step at a time – at my own pace.Step one of the FlyLady program is a deep cleaning of your kitchen sink. Though I thought this was an odd place to start, I must admit that the feeling of accomplishment I experienced after getting that done was so worth it
. Seeing my super clean and shiny sink really did invoke a “Yes-I-did-it!”
happy feeling. Now, I smile when I walk into my kitchen – instead of frowning at the disorderly mess.
For me, beginning my day in a clean, organized kitchen is a much needed calm that gets my day off to a better start.
My questions to you are:
- Do you have clutter in your home?
- If so, how does seeing that clutter make you feel?
- How does that feeling affect your relationships with others?
Feel free to leave a comment below, or direct message me with questions or suggestions on getting organized.