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Overwhelmed by a messy home? I know exactly how you feel. With a house full of kids, having a messy house is a ongoing theme in my home. There have been many times when I looked at the mess and literally didn’t know where to start. If you’re reading this post, I imagine you have felt the same way.
If you’re struggling with overwhelm over a messy home, I’ve been there and I’m here to show you how to deal with the mess without becoming "paralyzed" by it all. Here’s a tip: you don’t have to finish cleaning it all at once. Go slowly, take your time and don’t be hard on yourself, and I promise, you will have a clean and tidy home again.
To start with: Take steps. Small and simple steps. Here’s how to start. Pick up one thing. Ignore the rest of the mess for now. Just deal with that one thing.
Pick up something and ask yourself, “Where does this item go?” Does it have a a home. Do you still need it or can you throw it away or donate it?
Then put it where it belongs. If you’re donating it, place it in a donation box or make one.
Then pick up another item. Put it in it’s place or get it out of your home.
And repeat, and repeat, and repeat.
I know this sounds tedious, but I promise it works. It’s not overwhelming; it’s just one thing at a time. And by focusing on one item at a time, you will be able to clean up the mess.
If you start this process, but find yourself getting distracted or stuck or struggle to stay motivated, ask for help. Have someone (I usually ask one of my kids) hand you items one at a time and ask “where does this go?” And repeat.
Having someone there to keep you on track will help keep yourself going the first time you do this.
But you can do this. And I promise, it gets easier and easier with each time.
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