Imagine going away for a week on “vacation” only to come back to a messy, disorganized home. Cleaning should be the last thing on your mind, right? So much for relaxation! It almost makes it seem as if it was pointless to get that massage. But, it is not necessary to let your body get tied up in knots from stress all over again.
Sad but true and I have learned a long time ago that I am somewhat of a peace-keeper and that I do not like unnecessary tension. I have come to the conclusion that I will be carrying the majority of the cleaning load. So, instead of getting mad about it, I choose to change the way I look at cleaning (I choose to have a positive mindshift). I am taking it as a challenge and decided to come up with ways that will make the process easier, less overwhelming and perhaps even enjoyable!
5, no 6 of my personal cleaning tips for getting past feeling overwhelmed, diving in and getting it done!
Put on some music!
First and foremost…Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, one of these must be on somewhere while I’m cleaning. I am the same way at my full time position at my family’s restaurant – I work in the kitchen and if I don’t have music to listen to, we are all doomed! Music is calming and soothing to the soul and it makes the time go by much faster. When I listen to music I am also less apt to moving slower – so, go ahead and pop in Bruno Mars and get moving!
There is not a bigger time waster (at least to me) than dwelling and moaning and groaning over any one thing. It happened and it’s unfortunate; but, you’ve got to push past it. I realize that this may be difficult for some. I had a hard time with this as well. But, I found that if I take it in small bites, it only becomes easier over time.
The way I see it, I can sit there and dwell over the mess that somebody made; but, it’s not going to go away unless someone does something about it. At the moment, that someone is “you know who” and time is being wasted.
Walk away (briefly)!
Sometimes you’ve just got to walk away from that HUGE pile of laundry for a few moments. Just take a few moments to collect your thoughts, take a few deep breaths and try again (don’t forget your music!) This step may seem counterproductive at first; but, just taking a few moments to collect your thoughts and find out what your next move is will help a lot in the long run.
Take advantage of this time to get creative!
This is probably my favorite tip! Our closet has literally gone to hell. It was a horrible sight and we couldn’t find anything. Somehow dirty laundry got mixed up with our clean clothes. To make matters worse, we provided a safe haven for critters! I decided to get rid of a lot of my stuff and I made an executive decision to get rid of some of my husband’s stuff as well – I’m sorry; but, ripped underwear is not natures legit way of providing A/C, contrary to popular belief.
Once the trash and so-forth was gone, I could figure out the best way to organize. I made a primary goal to get as much stuff off of the ground as possible and the secondary goal to make it easier for me to store clean clothes. Goodwill Warehouse had some old bookcases that just needed some simple and fast tightening. I bought two of them for a grand total of $7.00 – AMAZING!! I brought them home, tidied them up and reorganized our clothes (t-shirts, long sleeve, etc) and we live happily ever-after with our newly organized closet. You wanna know the best part? It has been staying neat and organized for the better part of two months now, thanks to a new cleaning schedule that I have instituted. Be on the lookout for this one. Mama is happy!
Set attainable goals!
At the risk of sounding corny, Rome was not built in a day! There, I said, make fun of me 🙂 But, it is so true. One of the things that I have to keep telling myself is that I was not put on God’s green earth to be a maid – I was a housekeeper at a hotel back home in Georgia and that’s where it stops. That being said, there are times when it certainly feels that way. But, in an effort to make things a little easier, I set goals that are attainable and realistic. I cannot expect to go to work in the morning, come home in the early evening, play with my daughter, hang out with my husband, go on a date night, then clean the entire garage, the list goes on and on. I have to be realistic and set goals that are realistic.
Be Happy & Accept the Progress!
No one is perfect, Lord knows I’m not. But, I expect some sort of positivity, some sort of progress out of all of this. I choose to look at it like this – I can be happy that I made progress with my home; or, I can boo hoo and continually blame others for having a messy home. I absolutely refuse to do that! I choose to believe that this is only a counterproductive way of thinking and getting things done. I choose to be happy about the progress that I’ve made, no matter how small it may be. And I choose to try again another day.
To conclude this (because I know you’re itching to get out there and clean up now and have a cleaner, more organized home) I found that these six tips actually helps me to shift my mindset. The mindset shift allows me to dive in and get things done because I am no longer looking at cleaning and organizing as simply a chore…it’s an opportunity! I hope that this helps and if you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Thanks and have a blessed day!