In order to make some progress in simplifying, it's important to have some real, tangible goals that are written down and visible daily. No more living in survival mode.
I don't like living in survival mode. I know in some seasons it's necessary. But there comes a time when we need to step it up and take control of the chaos. It's time to let go of the non-priorities and organize what's left.
This is true in every aspect of life, whether homemaking, running your own business, or trying to manage a full-time job on top if the rest. For this article, we're going to focus on homemaking a bit.
No More Survival Mode
The first thing we need to do is make some solid goals. Maybe this task seems overwhelming to you and the very thought of it just makes you freeze.
You can break down the goals so they are not overwhelming. Simplifying your whole house in the first month is not feasible, so don't even fathom it. Begin with a kitchen drawer or cupboard, a closet, or bookshelf.
Before we started packing to move, I purged my boy's clothes ruthlessly. They had so many clothes that were graciously handed down to us, we were overflowing. I found myself buying more and more hangers in order to be able to hang them all up. On laundry day, I was squeezing clothes into this already tight closet.
Having lots of clothing means having lots more laundry. It also makes for more dirty clothes on the floor rather than in the hamper.
The point is to start somewhere.
If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time.
Crystal Paine wrote a wonderful book called, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and this book has been a lifesaver to help me narrow down and flesh out my goals. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but the goals weren't detailed enough and I didn't have a specific timeframe to work within.
Crystal walks you through it step-by-step and offers her own examples.
Breaking them down into smaller bites and plugging them into my planner puts them right in front of me and reminds me to step it up. They aren't stuffed somewhere in a notebook, forgotten.
She also teaches you how to narrow down your goals and make them specific and encourages you to be disciplined.
What really grabbed my attention was how to streamline my home management to be more efficient. It gets really frustrating to be constantly cleaning only to turn around and find new messes. It's a vicious cycle and I couldn't keep up.
One thing I still struggle with is menu planning and the dreaded, "What's for dinner?". Crystal offers great suggestions on how to be ready for dinner before it's 5 pm.
If you're not sure just where to start, consider one thing you have wanted to change or get under control recently and begin there. Simplify what you can and make a plan, if necessary, to keep up on it.
What are you simplifying this week?