I think we have all felt this before. We take a look around our messy house, and the immediate feeling is one of dread, panic or shame, all contributing to feelings of overwhelm. We can’t snap our fingers and make the mess go away. But there are a couple of things we can do to improve things and our feelings about our home:
Sleep on it. Or reconsider your home after a snack, a walk or a relaxing activity (bath anyone?) The point here is to make sure your feelings of fatigue or overwhelm about something else are not bleeding into your thoughts about your home.
Do something tiny to improve things. It doesn’t have to be anything huge. In fact, if we are feeling overwhelmed, we probably don’t have the energy to do something grand. Just do one small thing to improve the room that’s bothering you the most, so you can start to feel a little bit of relief. This will help build feelings of HOPE, which will eventually build MOMENTUM to take bigger actions toward tidying your space.
Clean off one tiny area so your eyes have a place to rest. It can be the window sill, the side table, the recliner. Any place counts.
An alternative is to focus on ONE category of items in the room that you can remove or take care of. For example, maybe you take all of the cups and plates from the living room to the kitchen sink. Or you pick up all the dirty clothes and towels off the bathroom floor and put them in the laundry room.
Sometimes, just taking action, no matter how small, is enough to jump-start our motivation to do a big tidy-up. If you find that you just cannot get on top of your feelings of overwhelm about your space, give us a call here at reSPACEd. We would be happy to help you tidy up your space and put some permanent organizing solutions into place to keep the clutter more under control.