I think we have all been there.
We look around at our homes and wonder, “How did it get this way?! I don’t even know where to start!”
When I was sick during the first part of my pregnancy, our family was simply in survival mode. I did not do one thing in our home. My husband made sure the clothes were washed, that he and my son were fed, but he was also working full time, doing all the grocery shopping and taking care of me.
Needless to say, my home was a complete mess for many weeks.
When I finally did feel well enough to get my home back in order, it felt overwhelming. Instead of just giving up, I slowly started getting my home back in order.
If you find yourself in the same place, here are a few suggestions of where to start.
A Load or Two of Laundry
Gather all the dirty clothes, and start a load of laundry. Your family needs clean clothes to wear. Set a reminder on your phone to transfer the clothes to the dryer, so that you don’t forget and leave them in the washing machine over night. I know I’m not the only one who has done that! 😉
Decide on Supper
Open your refrigerator and pantry and find something for dinner, even if it is a box of macaroni and cheese and canned peas. Once you have supper figured out for tonight, make a quick meal plan for the week. The meals don’t have to be complicated. Just write down 5 meals that pop in your head and your family will eat.
If you don’t have enough food on hand, make a grocery list and plan a time to go to the store.
Clear the Main Living Spaces
You don’t need to do a deep clean or go on an organizing binge. Just look at your living room. What can you pick up and put away in 5 minutes?
Then move to the dining room. Spend another 5 minutes putting away anything that is out of place. This is not the time to sort through papers, dust, or declutter your kids’ toys. Instead here are some things you can do:
- Straighten throw pillows and blankets on furniture.
- Put any dirty dishes in the kitchen.
- Put away shoes, socks, book bags, or clothes.
- Have kids put their toys in their rooms.
- Stack papers in a pile to go through later.
Wash the Dishes
It’s time to tackle all those dirty dishes in the sink. Your family needs clean plates to eat off of and you will feel much better when your dishes are clean!
It won’t take you as long to do them as you might think. Determine right now that you will get them done no matter what! Fill up the dishwasher and run it. Then fill up the kitchen sink and hand wash the rest.
*By this time, you may need to throw that load of laundry into the dryer. 🙂
Once you have done these 4 things, your home will already feel much better and the chaos will start to settle down. Before things get crazy again, think about how you could prevent this from happening again.
Routines have helped my out tremendously. It is the daily routines that I keep which help me stay on top of the laundry, dishes, and daily clutter.
My simple routines keep my home from getting to the point where I feel overwhelmed.
However, if you learn better through video and would like to add routines to your life, check out the Make Over Your Morning Course* and/or Make Over Your Evening Course* by Crystal Paine. I took her evening routine course and it helped me realize just how important it is to be intentional with my time.
I also learned what to add to my routines by writing out my priorities, something else Crystal recommends. Her courses are worth the investment!
P. S. If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may not have heard that I had my baby! She was born on September 1. I took some time off of blogging this month, but I have some great content planned and should be back to a regular posting schedule the rest of the year.