Tuesday, November 2, 2010

How To - When Feeling Overwhelmed with Homemaking

Dear Friends,
Today I want to give some advice on what to do when you feel utterly overwhelmed with caring for your home.  Did you try tackling your 6 most important things I mentioned HERE?  I completely finished four of my six items.  The other two got started and to the point where I had to turn them over to someone for the next step.  I did as much as I could for right now with those two items.  I also made my list of 6 for today and have finished that list!  Now for tomorrow one of the things at the top of my list is to put away the Halloween decorations.

Sometimes there just seems like so much to do in the house I feel like I'm spinning my wheels and I can't focus on anything.  Ugh!  Do you know the feeling?  It's like where do I even start?

The very first piece of advice I have for you is to stop and take a few minutes with God.  This will help you get your priorities straight and will strengthen your spirit which will in turn give you some motivation.

Start with one room or one area of the room and focus only on that area.  Have you ever taken a toilet paper tube and looked through it?  You only see a small piece of the room.  Look through the tube.  Clean and focus only the area you see.  When it is done, move to the next space. 

Let your trash can feel the love by filling it up.  Usually when I'm feeling overwhelmed it is because I need to simplify and get things out of the house.  Look at what is out of place.  Do you need it?  Do you use it?  Do you love it?  Do you have something else that could do the same job?  Grab a box for donations and put it in the car as soon as it's full.

Just force yourself to get up and move.  Just do something!  Force yourself to work for 15 minutes and even set a timer.  This is a Flylady trick.  The other thing she says is what I mentioned in the paragraph above.  Get rid of the clutter!

Affirm you good work and remind yourself that what you are doing is a blessing to your family.

Blessings to you all and Happy Homemaking,
Nancy

5 comments:

Healing Woman said...

Thanks so much for this great tip. Basically, I do this every day but I don't concentrate on the most important item-just number the tasks in order of importance and shift around. In the future, I will concentrate on number 1. Charles Schwab can't be all wrong.

Julie said...

I love doing Flylady and getting on her chat to get me motivated in the mornings. Just started reading The Power of Less and just finished Radical Homemakers. Two good books to help kickstart simplifying and organizing.

Toyin O. said...

Thanks for sharing.

Erin said...

For me, it is completely different: I have a great system, but I can't figure out what I want to do next. yep, I'm in the enviable position of have the chores done and under control. Instead, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my "free" time. How funny is that?

My Life as a Real House Wife said...

This is the first time I've been to your blog! I love it! You have great advice!! It's good to know I am not the only one that feels overwhelmed!

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