Organized Mom on October 21st, 2008

Chocolate HeartHave you ever walked into a room and just been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things to do to get it in order? It can happen to all of us. And not too long ago, that room was my kitchen.

We’ve been trying to cook and eat at home more. Not only is it more healthy, but it’s better for our budget. Of course, the natural result of all that cooking is? Lots of dishes. And we have no dishwasher.

Right after the evening meal it’s time for baby’s bath, book, and bedtime. That makes it hard to immediately clean up the kitchen. After I’m done with his nightly routine, I have other work to do. Writing. Other paying work. It’s easy to put off the kitchen cleaning.

But I’m trying to take it in bites. I went in for 20 minutes just to get done what I could. I washed a sink’s worth of dishes. And I tried some new cleaner on the stove. It’s not a lot, really. But part of the sink is clear and stove is shining. When you walk in, you’re greeted with the stove. So although it’s not completely done, seeing that clean stove sure does make it easier to tackle the rest of the kitchen.

So when a room is just too big to deal with all at once, take it in bites. What’s the one thing that bugs you the most about that room? For me, it was seeing a dirty stove piled high. Maybe it’s a dirty bathroom sink or toilet. Or the living room carpet. Start there. Time yourself and see how much you can get done in 10, 15, or 20 minutes. Choose something that you’ll notice. Something you can make a dent in so you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something.

Then do another task the next night. And the next. Keep plugging away in short bursts and you’ll soon have the entire thing tackled. One bite at a time.

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