If I have heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times.
“So, since you’re a professional organizer, your house is always perfect right?”
The way to keep up a functional living space isn’t for things to be PERFECT all the time. That is just impossible and will constantly leave you feeling like a failure. #bigtime
Let me get a pair of bolt cutters and cut you loose from that ball and chain you’ve been dragging around for years. Yes – that one. The one you call perfection. If you keep trying to chase that illusive “thing”, you will forever stay in bondage.
Now that that is out of the way, let’s talk practical.
The way to keep a space is by maintaining the space. And learning to give yourself grace throughout the process.
Schedules are a must (to be followed, but loosely until you find your groove). Calendars are a must. And BALANCE is a huge must.
Sweeping and self-care are both VERY important. One cannot function well without the other.
Here is what I do, in my own personal life. It has brought me peace in a place that has been CROWDED with attempts at perfection. #NOMORE
- Make a list of the things you need to get done in a month. (household chores, tasks, misc.)
- Create a calendar/schedule that contains all of the things in your life – giving yourself plenty of time to BREATHE. (Breathing is important. 😉)
- Follow the “living” schedule for a week to determine if there are any areas that just don’t feel right. You can change and swap and personalize until it fits your personality type.
- Remember to give yourself grace. If you miss something on your schedule, go to the next thing. Do not attempt to make up lost time and do ALL the things in the next time bracket. If you do that, you are back to square one.
- Watch the function HAPPEN and start living in a healthy maintained environment.
I know overloaded schedules exist and sometimes your time doesn’t match your task list. But always remember, busy does not mean productive.
If there is CONSTANTLY too much to do, my advice is to start eliminating things from your life. Just trim some of the fat. 😊
As a bonus, if you’re not taking a moment in the morning (ALONE) to spend some time with God or take a breather before you start your day, you’re missing out on a vital part of being “well”.
I believe in you and see positive things in your future! Keep pushing towards that better you. She’s in there!