When there is so much to do, it’s too easy to sit paralyzed waiting for some inspiration to come. A reset helps you gain momentum by starting with the easy stuff. I’m going to show you how to start cleaning even if you feel overwhelmed.
The Common Scenario
Is the house a mess?
My answer – almost always and by almost, I mean 99.9% of the time. It’s even worse with kids.
Feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start?
My answer – probably, maybe a little bit, yeah, ok it only gives me…. like severe anxiety, but it’s fine, it’s fine.
If you’re anything like me, I’m glad you’re here. Keep reading to see my quick method to getting started.
When you have an overwhelmingly, messy home – this is how you start:
I know what questions are coming into your mind – all of them. What’s a reset? Where do I reset? Are we resetting to factory settings? No… well, actually kind of.
Resetting an area or room means getting it back to it’s best looking state with the least possible amount of energy. That may sound confusing, but it isn’t – stay with me here.
A reset has 3 steps:
There are many of you who do not have trash laying around their home and if so, that is fantastic, I am so proud of you. There are many of us that do in fact, unfortunately, have trash laying around.
Some would argue it isn’t normally that I just didn’t take it to the garbage bin – it’s a triade of things that make it happen: distraction, my children’s trash, our significant other’s trash or I was being a futurist. I said I was going to do it when I did ______ and when I actually did _____ I did not remember. Truly shocking, isn’t it?!
Point being – pick up all trash. That should immediately help the room and there is absolutely no thought needed.
Items that HAVE Homes
Next, focus on items that have homes. This again, is a no brainer. Remote next to the TV, blankets folded in their places, toys into the toy bin, etc. Also take group liked items to their homes (Take a Type Method). For example, jackets to the coat closet, dishes to the kitchen sink etc.
Pick-Up literally means picking something up and putting it in it’s home. This is not the time to try to find new homes for items!
If someone recently gifted you a cactus decoration, don’t worry about where it goes in your beach themed house right now. Wait, actually go put that in the regift closet – home found!
This step and the entire reset process should not make your brain activate. Finding an item it’s own home is called organizing and that is not what we’re doing right now. We will get to that in a later post.
In this bathroom, pretty much everything had a home very close to where it was. The book and bath toys were the only things that needed to go to different rooms.
And third part of a reset, but not least – straighten.
The best way to describe what it means to straighten is the little touches that make it look clean – even if you technically haven’t cleaned. It’s fixing the pillow so it’s straight; pushing in the sofa cushions. Maybe it’s closing drawers – don’t worry about what’s inside right now.
Straightening can also mean just stacking all the mail/coupons/paystubs/lifesuckingpapers on top of each other because condensing them will make it look cleaner! Make a stack of the boxes in the corner of the room. Put similar things close together in a specific space – it’s okay that it isn’t a home.
Honestly, just straightening the bedspread helped this room immensely!
Straightening a lot of times literally means just that – straighten. Look at the lamp in the first picture and then in the second. World of difference, just straightened it out.
Starting is the Hard Part
The hardest part is moving your feet and picking up the first piece of trash. So put on some music and go.
Then MINUTES, that’s all it is, MINUTES later you feel so much better.
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