“Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list. - Michelle Obama”—
Sometimes the reason we hold onto things, or allow the house or office to get really messy, has to do with stress. Our emotions get the better of us and we can’t seem to get started. At a point like that, advice is not what is needed. Support is needed.
I’ve been there. Dishes in the sink and dirty laundry tossed near the hamper, but not in it. I was giving up because of how I was feeling inside. Once we acknowledge that our feelings have something to do with it, we can take care of ourselves. The mess will straighten itself out once you do some self-care.
Take a bath, or listen to some music you like. Get out of the house and take a walk. Maybe it’s a good time to call a friend and share what you are going through. It may seem silly, but it’s not.
Just remember that it’s not unusual to be overwhelmed. You are not alone. Everybody has days when enough is enough.
Honor your feelings and don’t be afraid to reach out.
If you’ve only got 15 minutes, you can still get a lot of quick cleaning done. Set a kitchen timer and go. The first step is to choose one room. First, focus on getting things off the floor and put them where they belong: the hamper, the dishwasher, the trash, etc.
Once the floor is clear, you probably still have 8 minutes. Start by clearing tables and other surfaces of junk. If I don’t have a lot of time, I sometimes put all of it in a brown paper bag to sort later.
If I’ve got a couple of minutes left, I grab a Swiffer duster and dust off my desk, the TV and whatever else looks like it could use it.
Voila! You have just accomplished a lot in 15 minutes! Good for you!
Delete your old social networking profiles. Set yourself free to discover new digital societies.
Toss out your old work that’s still online. If you’ve created things on the web that no longer tell the story of who you are or want to be, delete them. Don’t mourn the loss of your creations; celebrate the transition to a new era.
Stop visiting news sites and feeding on the latest apocalypse. I threw out my TV two years ago and it was the best decision I ever made. I let my friends tell me what’s going on. It makes them feel like an important part of my day and frees my mind to work on more creative things.
Unsubscribe from newsletters. Go through your email and unsubscribe from every newsletter you get.
Open your feed reader and delete every blog. If it turns out you miss something, go and add it back.
Maybe today you looked around your house and didn’t like that 5 loads of laundry are on the floor, all of your dishes are in the sink and a month’s worth of mail is on the counter. Take a deep breath and just do one thing today.
One Thing: The Dishes
Fill up your kitchen sink with hot soapy water.
Let your dishes soak while you have a cup of coffee.
Wash the dishes and put them away.
Clean the sink.
Doing the dishes always makes me feel better. It smells good and I like the process. When I’m done I feel like I’ve accomplished something. It gives me a little push to do other things around the house.