The Overwhelm Of Organizing
Why do we feel overwhelmed by our homes and lives? It’s all so stressful and there is so much to do every day and no matter how much you do there is still a long list of to-dos.
Disorganized home just adds up to frustration, and the thought of dealing with it brings anxiety.
You are busy but nothing seems to get done. And it piles up to the point of feeling stuck and hopeless.
If that feeling sounds familiar, keep on reading and I am going to show you how to break from it all and make a significant change.
You don’t need to do everything right.
Give up on being perfect. If you organized your pantry reusing jars from pickles and pasta sauce, and they don’t match, and you don’t even have labels, it’s perfectly great organizing. Don’t feel like you need to go out and buy organizing supplies and label maker to organize your kitchen. As long as it’s good enough and functional you did the job.
Don’t try to make it perfect. It’s a waste of time and energy. We all need to relax a little bit and embrace imperfection.
Focus on one thing.
This is a big one. We write long to-do lists and then do a little bit of everything. At the end of the day, we were busy but didn’t accomplish anything.
Picture this situation. Your clothes are scattered on the floor in your bedroom, so you decide to clean it up and put everything back in your closet. You have the motivation and energy.
So, you start dipping into piles and here comes the overwhelm:
- you can’t put it back because you need to wash it first
- there is not enough space to hang everything, fold everything
- the closet system sucks and you wish it was different
- the hangers don’t match
- you hate your clothes, and you don’t wear half of them
- you think you should declutter, but making decisions and letting go is too hard
As a result, it becomes too much. Now you feel stuck, you don’t know where to even start.
You see what happened here? Instead of doing just one thing “put everything back in the closet” you made a whole list in your mind of things you should do and you gave up.
Don’t bury yourself in tasks. Do the important things and the rest will take care of itself.
Do not stress out, keep it simple.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. It will take a professional organizer 2 sessions to organize a closet, that’s 8 hours. Make small steps every day and you will see the results soon.
Tips for organizing:
#1. Break it down into a realistic plan. If you are organizing a pantry, throw away expired foods on day 1, do spices organizing on day 2, grains and beans on day 3, baking station day 4, and etc. And it may take you a week or two to finish the pantry, but it will be done.
#2. Plan before buying supplies. The first step in organizing is decluttering, always. And what people do? They go out and buy organizing supplies before even starting organizing. Wrong! Plan and measure before buying.