Life can be chaotic. It’s busy for us all. I was talking to some close friends today about how I often feel like I’m on a ride that just doesn’t slow down. I keep expecting the ride to stop. For just a minute! So I can catch up. Get ahead even. But that doesn’t seem to be in the near future. Especially with the holidays around the corner! My friends feel the same way so I’m betting that is the case with a lot of you too. We all have so many things going on.. so many balls to juggle each day.
Want to know what I do when I feel like this? When I feel completely overwhelmed? I organize something. Say what? You knew that already? ;) You might be wondering how do you have time to organize when you are busy and overwhelmed? I don’t. When life is especially busy I don’t have time to re-do a closet. Or to organize the garage. Or to clean out the playroom and get rid of old toys. Those makeovers take a few hours at least. But I do have 15 minutes. Everyone can find 15 minutes. And you wouldn’t believe what a boost a 15 minute organizing spree can give you. It can do wonders for your mood. It clears my mind and suddenly makes me feel like – hey! I can do this! I can handle everything on my plate! Funny that an organized drawer has that affect on me but it does.
We were traveling over the weekend so we got back in town and hit the ground running Monday. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything that needed to be done, so I took 15 minutes and typed out some updated daily checklists for the kids.
Nothing fancy, but it allowed me to stop thinking about everything the kids’ need to get done each day after school. Now they have a list to follow and check off and I don’t have to remember everything for them. I can focus on what I need to be doing. So liberating! All I have to do is write down a family job or two for them each day. (I’ve found that varies so much I like to keep it open. Some days they vacuum the floor, some days they do dishes, some days they are too busy with homework and activities so I will leave it blank.) These checklists are similar to our past chore charts. I just tweaked and updated them a bit.
Even my 5 year old has a checklist. I still help him with everything but it has been good to give him some responsibility. He feels so proud this year in Kindergarten to be doing homework like his sisters. We’ll see how long that lasts. :) This took 15 minutes to do and it gave me such a productivity boost! Organizing something (even something small) can help you feel like you can tackle anything life throws at you.
Here are a few past posts for some 15 minute organizing inspiration! Quick and easy things to organize to give you a bit of an “I can do this!” pick me up.
This time of year usually isn’t the time to do major organizing, but a cleaned out drawer might be just what you need to keep your head above water. It definitely does the trick for me.