I have a confession – I have let things slide in my life and in my home, big time.
Stuff is everywhere. There are piles of unfinished projects, abandoned to-do lists, boxes of stuff to get out of the house, unanswered email – I could go on. But I won’t.
Because I’m guessing that you know what I mean. You’ve been there too.
Sometimes life gets ahead of us
You get busy or tired or sick – and the next thing you know, the house is chaotic.
Things haven’t been getting done. And you feel totally overwhelmed by the mess – and all there is to do to get back to feeling good when you walk in the door.
Yeah, me too.
As you might have noticed, I have been absent from your inbox for quite a while now. So long, in fact, I am embarrassed to think about it.
I’ve been neglecting you.
I’ve been thinking about you and mentally writing the things I want to tell you about creating a home you love. But I haven’t been doing anything with those thoughts. I’ve been keeping them safely tucked away in my head – where, let’s be honest, they’re not doing anyone any good.
Kind of like all my intentions to clear off my desk, move those boxes out of the basement or finish that mountain of sewing projects. Intentions are great, but they don’t make up for action.
There’s nothing for it but to get back on the horse
Yeah, I wish it was different.
I wish I was Mary Poppins and could sing my house clean. Or have my thoughts magically get themselves onto the page. But I can’t.
So here’s the thing – I love helping people like you create homes that delight and support you.
I want that for you – and I want that for me.
Not because it’s important to have fancy stuff – but because our homes can be a source of comfort, a haven that soothes our spirit. Or it can just be another thing that worries and overwhelms us.
And I would much rather you – and I – spend our days in a place that lifts our spirits and opens our hearts. So I am getting back on the horse of helping you create a home you love.
Beauty is hard to see when it’s surrounded by junk
Unfortunately letting things slide usually means you end up with a bunch of “stuff” around – unopened mail, piles of papers, wilted plants – vying for your attention.
All you can see is work, not beauty. So let’s rediscover the beauty around you right now.
Here’s three ways to get back on track
Grab a scrap of paper and as you read them, jot down the first thing that comes to mind.
Forget starting in the right place, just start. Once you have started it will be easier to keep going.
Remember … intentions aren’t going to make a darn bit of difference without action. (Sorry.)
Toss out everything you can
All that stuff you thought you might do? Events, projects, whatever – if you haven’t done them yet, you probably aren’t going to. Life is full of too many wonderful things to do them all. (And that’s okay.)
Just ask yourself, does this really matter to me? Am I willing to spend my time and energy on doing this?
Nope? Toss it. Let it go. Say no. However you need to get rid of it, do it.
Today, I’m collecting all the unwanted craft supplies I’ve been keeping in the basement – and getting rid of them.
Get back on speaking terms with your routines
What do you usually do that you have been neglecting? Meal planning, laundry days, even cleaning the kitchen every night before bed – what helps you keep on top of things at home?
Start doing one of them again … today.
No guilt, no shame, no recrimination. Just pick it up and start doing it.
And tomorrow, you can start back up with another one.
Today is plant watering day around here … and I have been neglecting them, so here goes.
Then handle the backlog a bit at a time
Unfortunately you can’t toss out everything. (No matter how much I wish we could.) Whenever you get back on track, there will inevitably be things left over from before that need to get done. So do them – a little bit at a time.
What’s one thing that has been weighing on your mind – or getting in your way – that you could handle today? Handle it.
Again, it doesn’t matter so much where you start but rather that you do. Then tomorrow handle something else.
Give yourself a small block of time – like 25 minutes – and see how much you can get done. Just make sure that it’s stuff you actually need to do – otherwise toss it.
Me? I’m going to handle the pile of mail on my desk.
Start small + keep going
It’s the secret both to getting back on track – and getting started. It doesn’t matter how long it has been or how much there is to do. It doesn’t matter how embarrassed you are.
All that matters is that you get started with that one small thing, see it through – and tomorrow do the same with another small thing.
It seems too simple. But small things in life add up. So do you want them to add up to a home that feels yummy – or a chaotic mess?
Now it’s your turn
What small thing are you going to do today to get back on track somewhere?
Tell me about it in the comments below. And after you’ve done it, come back and share that you’ve done it – and how it feels.
Wanting to create a home you love but feeling stuck?
I want to talk with you!
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