There are yesterday's dirty dishes in the sink, crayons scattered all over the living room floor, and I'm still in my pajamas. Oh, and I'm not really in the mood to clean anything either. You've been there too, right? I have so many things on my to-do list and all of them are regular chores that I shouldn't be neglecting. No one's breathing down my neck but I'm still feeling frazzled and overwhelmed.
My son just went down for a nap so that means I have less than an hour and a half to get my house and my sanity pulled together. Here's how I go from stressed to happy in 5 easy steps.
Step #1: Brighten Your Space
It's all psychology when we talk about brightening our home. If your working space is dark and gloomy, you're more likely to slow down or fizzle out of energy. Put a little pep in your step by placing some extra light in your life.
Turn the lights on and throw open the shades. Brighten your area so you have a renewed sense of perspective and can see where you're walking. Avoiding Legos will save your poor feet and you'll be more likely to feel like can take on the world.
Step #2: Check the Calendar
I have missed doctors appointments and playdates by not paying attention to my schedule. Sometimes it isn't enough to check it the night before. Personally, I have to comb through it each morning or I will definitely forget what appointments I have that day.
My friend Emily over at My Love for Words is offering a FREE CALENDAR PRINTABLE if you subscribe to her newsletter. I'm currently using it myself and am in love because it provides a nice Notes section that I can use for all those little reminders that don't fit in the date boxes. You're missing out on some good stuff if you don't hop on over there right now!
(P.S. Emily also has a fantastic Declutterathon series that you don't want to miss if you're trying to get your life organized.)
Step #3: Make a List
Oh lists. You lovable, wonderful tools of organization! If you've read more than one of my posts then you already know that I have a special relationship with lists. The reason behind this is that I love clarity. It provides you with the visual direction you need to make sure things get accomplished.
Tip: I'm a huge fan of this list-making method: Make your to-do list, then write either A, B, or C next to each item. A means this task must be completed ASAP, B means this task is important but not urgent, and C means you would like to get it done but it doesn't really matter if you don't. Then, take your organization a step further by listing your items in order of importance such as A1, A2, A3, and so on.
Step #4: Indulge a Little
You would be right in thinking that this sounds like the opposite of getting work done. But I've found that the fastest way to get things accomplished is to make sure you're feeling your best.
Give yourself a 5 minute break. Go to your room, shut the door, and allow yourself the freedom to be alone. Sometimes we just need to give ourselves permission to rejuvenate.
Afterwards, make yourself a cup of tea/coffee and take the time to get out of those pajamas and into a fresh set of clothes. Personally, I even go so far as to put on a little mascara. If I feel pulled together, then I'm more likely to hustle through my work.
Step #5: Decide What's Important
Sometimes the stuff that's stressing us out isn't even that important at all. Are you frazzled because you've over-scheduled your day with power cleaning, making meals, and spending time with the family? What's most important? Take the time to identify what tasks are no longer necessary.
I used to stress about making multiple playdates each week, working for my clients, keeping the home clean, and fitting in quality family time. I had to tell myself it was okay to let go and say no to additional clients or multiple playdates. Family comes first. Everything after that is optional.
It's easy to get overwhelmed but it's just as easy to turn things around and find your inner calm. Following these 5 easy steps so you can catch your breath and get things done.
How do you control the chaos in your home?