Have you ever cleaned up your home for company and then promised yourself you will keep it that way…always? Then daily life gets in the way and before you know it the house is a mess with clutter again.
You beat yourself up for not keeping your promise. You tell yourself you are a failure. You feel you can never get the house under control and keep it that way.
Then you get angry and decide you’re going to clean up the house once and for all and keep it that way. So you start over again with hopes, dreams, and determination to get it right this time.
Here’s a a quote to think about when you find yourself in the above situation.
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”
When you start over to clean up the clutter in your home for yet another time, stop and think of “why” it got this way again, not the “how”. We all the “how” – we simply did not put things away. It’s when you figure out the “why” then you can start doing something different and guess what – you’ll get different results.
- Why didn’t things get put away?
- Why do you keep purchasing more items? (Do you really need them? Do you buy without planning first?)
- Why don’t you have a place or “home” for each item in your home? (Too many items? Not enough or the right kind of storage?)
- Why don’t you have a routine to follow to keep the house cleaned up? (Never wrote out a plan? The old routine never works? )
We all have weaknesses and it’s easy to come up with excuses. We all have strengths too. Maybe you keep you desk at work clean and organized. Or your craft project is organized and ready to work on. Or maybe you’re great at organizing your childrens school parties, etc. Take a look at what you do well no matter how large or small it may be and try to apply some of those techniques to what you are not good at.
“Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well too.” ~ Storey
“It’s not how many times you fall that matters; it’s how many times you get up.” ~ Anon