August 2, 2018
What if you’re too ‘far gone’ and can’t get started?
I absolutely love helping you feel more confident in your home and spend LESS time cleaning and more time doing what you enjoy doing. While I talk about my cleaning routine all the time, I still I receive many emails a week from you telling me that you’re so far behind that you can’t even get started. A few months ago I polled my private FB group Homekeeping Society about what keeps them from starting a cleaning routine and the resounding responses were:
NOT KNOWING WHERE TO START
Do you feel it too? That feeling of not knowing where to even start? That heavy feeling of overwhelm when you walk in your door and see the same mess you’ve been looking at on your counter for the last week? I can tell you from my own research of thousands and thousands of readers and customers that you might be in this same spot too. When I say clean your bathrooms on Monday, you can’t do that because your bathroom counters are too full of stuff to even think about cleaning.
Here are a couple reader emails that address this feeling – can you relate?
Do you have any guidance or wisdom regarding how to address BIG messes? For instance, your daily tasks seem doable, but we’re too big of a mess to even get to those. We have covered surfaces and piles of stuff everywhere, and getting to a place where there’s just one load of laundry to do, or a clear surface to wipe… that seems far away for us. How do we get to that point? – Emily
Honestly when we do get a night off we are so exhausted it is hard to think about doing house work, we just want to enjoy each other and being home. Any suggestions on how to make this all work a little more smoothly? I love the idea of simplicity at home and have been slowly working on decluttering/minimizing our “stuff” but that always seems to get derailed by our crazy schedule too. – Jody
I’ve been working on a course for you (keep reading to be first on the list), for the overwhelm, for the person out there that doesn’t want to feel like this anymore. The course is 8-modules / videos of me sitting down and talking you through each step. You’ll go step-by-step, in order – complete the task with your schedule and then move on to the next task. Included is the most darling guide complete with tasks and checklists designed to remove the overwhelm. The tasks aren’t the typical things I recommend doing in a routine, this is designed to give you a clean slate, a fresh start, your new year. Here’s a peek at the topics:
Jumpstart Your Routine is here – click here to check it out.
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THIS is exactly me!! I can’t wait to start your course!! I am paralyzed and overwhelmed!! What makes it worse is at the end of the day, all these tasks and piles are still there, and I wonder what the heck did I do all day, because I feel like I’ve been busy and I’m exhausted. Thank you for the heads up
Kristine the Dane Says
This looks like a really good set list for a course. So many people struggle with not knowing where to start. I have a smaller organizational blog myself as well and it is the same thing I find.
I especially like your first step. I often tell people to create a “not to do list” along with your “to do list”, because we use so much time and energy om time wasters while feeling bad about our situation and dreading the things we have to do. Instead of using time wisely when you have the will power, getting things over with and then relaxing with a better conscience.
I really enjoy all your material. Thanks for a good blog.
Kristine the Dane
Hi. I really need help please. I’m 14 and I wouldn’t say I love cleaning but I love when things are clean so I keep my room very clean. And I want to clean the whole house for my dad. My mom is very lazy and won’t clean at all and my brothers don’t help either (they are 18 and 19) and my dad would but he works so much that when he comes home he still works and takes us places he never has time or energy to clean. Our house is so out of hand and I really really want to clean it all by myself and learn how to keep it completely clean. Please help. I look at it and I get so over whelmed please help me!
b r SaysPost author
Hi Katherine – I think you should try telling your family how you feel 🙁