My life over the past few years has been super limited on time, and at times overwhelming (I know I’m preaching to the choir.)
Recently, I was talking with a good friend, and we both admitted that we felt caught in the “function” of the day more and more. Meaning we go through the motions, but we just feel like we’re walking through mud sometimes. Not to say the day is a bad day, just the routine coupled with the daily stress (whatever yours may be) takes the light hearted fun out of things. Which can make it more difficult to feel good about doing, well, anything.
All of that is to say, I gave myself a goal last week.
The goal was to do 1 small project everyday.
It did not mean I needed to clean out my entire closet….but it could mean to clean out 1 shelf and refold the items on that shelf.
It did not mean to go through all of the girls clothes in 1 day to figure out what needed to be passed down, given to Goodwill, or stored…but it could mean sort through the hanging items for 1 girl at a time.
It did not mean clean out every cabinet in my kitchen….but it could mean clean out 1 cabinet or 1 shelf at a time.
Here’s an example:
Addie & Hay took a rare moment to play baby dolls together in their room. Piper was hanging with me in the kitchen while I made dinner.
I gave her a baby wipe to entertain her for a sec (she likes to clean off the cabinets!)
Dinner had 13 minutes left on the timer, and the spice cupboard is next to the stove. This cabinet may not look bad to you, but honey was mysteriously stuck all over the shelf and the spices were all out of order making it more than difficult to find something quickly.
In about 7 minutes I had taken everything out, wiped the shelf down, alphabetized it, and put it all back together. I also found out that I had 4 bottles of Thyme, 3 bottles Sesame Seeds, and 3 bottles of Oregano(all 1/2 full)…apparently I really WAS having trouble finding spices in there!
All the while Piper stayed busy cleaning, dinner kept cooking, and Addie & Hay played with their baby dolls.
Other small projects???
…clean the forks & knives drawer, & wash out the divider tray while the kids eat lunch.
…update photos in frames 1 room at a time (not the whole house at once).
…while kids are playing, sort toys for Goodwill from 1 toy basket, not all of them at the same time.
…make a list of labels you want to make 1 day, type them the next day, stick em on the next day.
I also did not tell myself it needed to be a 15 minute small project, which in away gave me “permission” to keep going on something if life seemed to work at that moment (kids happy, I had the energy, nothing else was pulling at my leg…).
You know what?!!
I FELT SO MUCH BETTER at the end of the week. The weight of some of those little projects all added up to a REALLY BIG WEIGHT on back. Even if none of them were life altering, my brain was a little clearer and free, which in turn made me feel more creative again, which makes me a happier person.
So I guess what I’m saying is, give yourself a break sometimes, but not to sit and stress about the WHOLE to do list. Instead, give yourself a break to be ok doing “Just doing a little project”. In the end, it all adds up to a lot!
Most importantly, A LOT HAPPIER Mommy!