Where to Start When You’re Totally Disorganized
Please welcome my guest today, Jessica from Life as Mom.
Chaos can be debilitating. Yes, you probably already knew that, didn’t you? You may know that you need to get your act together, but since your life feels like a shambles already, it’s hard to know where to start.
I’ve been there. Even though I tend toward being an organizing freak, I have busy seasons that make my life feel like a bomb went off. I get buried with “stuff” and when the dust settles, I find myself with a very high mountain of rubble to climb through.
That’s when it is time to reset and get back to ground zero.
Been there, done that? Maybe you’re in the midst of a little bit of chaos yourself. Well, let’s set things to rights – together.
1. Address issues of food and clothing.
Whether you manage a large family or just take care of you, having clean underwear and something good to eat does wonder for morale. So, despite the chaos that surrounds you, put these areas of life in order first. Create a meal plan for the week. Do a load of basic laundry.
Tackle these simple tasks and you will have a baseline for survival.
2. Make a master to do list.
Often when we feel overwhelmed by life, it’s hard to think straight for all the tasks and to do’s swimming in our heads. Dump the contents of your brain on paper. Don’t worry about making sense of the tasks or putting them in any special order. Just jot them all down so they are out of your mind and somewhere where you can deal with them.
You’ll feel better knowing that you’ve got a physical way to keep track of things instead of trying to remember all of it yourself.
3. Take baby steps.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. And you’re certainly not going to get your act together in one 24-hour period. Look over your list and find a few quick things that you can take care of.
Crossing a few things off your list will help you gain traction for tackling a few more.
4. Use the penicillin method.
The “penicillin method” involves slowly reclaiming dominion over the messes in your home. Start in one area, like the entryway. Get that spot spanking clean. The next day, maintain that area, and tackle a new one. Slowly work your way to the next adjacent areas until cleanliness and order spread, like a bacteria – only a good one.
Build one success upon another!
5. Go to bed early.
Running on empty isn’t going to help you put things to rights. Make sure that you’re getting adequate rest. Be ready to tackle your to-do list a little bit each day, but don’t overdo.
Slow and steady wins the race.
Chaos doesn’t have to reign over your life. Whether it’s your time or your stuff that is in disarray, you can reclaim a sense of calm and peacefulness. You just need to know where to start.
How do YOU get things back under control when chaos reigns?
Mother of six, Jessica Fisher writes about parenting hacks at LifeasMOM and posts delicious ways to act your wage at Good Cheap Eats. She is also the author of Organizing Life as MOM– a 125+ page e-guide complete with customizable planning pages and inspiration for home management.