Just a few short months ago, I found myself making a HUGE life change. Not only was I stressed emotionally, but my physical body had deteriorated as well. It was time to regroup, recharge, and make some tough decisions. I left my job in corporate health care as a Nurse Manager to take a part time job as an RN in a local OB Clinic. This freed up my time for my family and to pursue my passion for health and nutrition.
So, wait? What does this have to do with cleaning the kitchen?
Have you ever noticed that when your life seems overwhelming that your environment tends to match it? My life was a mess, and my house was a mess, too. I accumulated enough junk over the past 5 years to start a whole new household. I ran out of storage space, so things just kept piling up. And worse? I had NO time to get it under control.
Two years ago, I started the practice of writing out my top ten goals EVERY Monday. I set my sights high, but reasonable. I never looked back at my past goals before writing out my new ones. And, over time, I noticed two very interesting things began to happen.
1. While some of the goals changed, there were always a few that remained the same week after week. Those became my priority goals. The goals that I would buckle down and work hard for.
2. As time went on, I was able to cross more and more goals off the list! Where as before, I was STUCK in a rut, my life began to change for the better. Just by putting my goals in writing, I was able to come up with a plan and keep the goals in my mind.
There was one goal, though that was on my list EVERY time and it just wasn’t making any headway. The goal? “I will have a clean, organized, clutter-free home.”
I needed a plan. So, I set out to figure out just why it was so hard. What did I discover? I was the one making it too hard. I needed to do what I did with EVERY other goal. Break it down into bite size pieces, and then break it down some more. I needed to break it down until it couldn’t be broken down into a smaller task.
I made a list. Each page had a title that matched a room in my house. Then each page had it’s own list of EVERY space that could possibly need to be organized or cleaned. Down to each drawer, wall, and cabinet. Every space got it’s own line. And then I did a quick overview. I discovered that if I tackled just ONE space every day, it wouldn’t take me nearly as long as I projected.
Yes, it would take a while. No, I wouldn’t magically have a clean house. But, over time, space by space, it would be cleaned up. Organized. De-cluttered. Deep-cleaned.
Just one room at a time. Just one space at a time.
And then I thought, maybe I’m not the only one struggling with this. Maybe there are others out there just as overwhelmed as I am.
So, I’m opening up my home to YOU. You will see the good, the bad, and the ugly. You may be horrified. You may identify. But, if you stick around long enough, you will see the transformation of my home into a place that I can be proud of. A home to relax in.
So, come on it and take a seat. We start in the kitchen…