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Where to Begin When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed by Your Messy Home

In this post: We’ve all been there. There’s always so much to do and never enough time or energy to get it done. Here’s where to begin when you’re feeling overwhelmed by your messy home.


Every mother has been in this position before. You are overwhelmed by the mess that you call home, and you start to feel the crushing weight of this mess. If you need a starting point for where to begin when you’re feeling overwhelmed by your messy home, you’re in the right place. 

where to begin when overwhelmed by your messy home

Where to Begin When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed by Your Messy Home

There’s always so much to do and seemingly never enough time or energy to get it all done. If your home feels out of control, and you have no idea where to start, here are a few hacks to help you:

1. Start with anything time sensitive

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your home, you need to start with the things that have some time sensitivity to them.

This might include things like bills that need to be paid, library books that need to be returned, etc.

Focus on these items first, and then tackle the rest little by little.

2. Clothes and food

Once you have dealt with all of the time-sensitive items, move on to clothes and food.

If you need to go to the grocery store, make a meal plan and head to the store. If you need to order a pizza tonight so you can get caught up, that is okay. Focus on feeding everyone, and making a plan for the rest of the week or month.

Next, it’s time to deal with the clothes.

Take a laundry basket and go through each room of the home to pick up all the dirty clothes. Throughout the day, make small loads and get through that pile of laundry.

3. Set a timer for just 15 minutes each day

Take some time either at the beginning or end of each day and set a timer for 15 minutes. See how much you can get done during this period, and when the timer is up, stop.

If you didn’t get through everything, that’s okay. Tomorrow is another day, and you can pick up where you left off from there.

4. Start with one big task each day

After you have done each of the above things, it’s time to decide what you need to handle first.

Choose one big task for each day in the week, or room if you prefer to do it that way. Set aside time to go through and do a good clean of this area or to do this task.

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It may seem like everyone else has their life together except for you. However, I promise you that every mom out there has been in the very same position, feeling overwhelmed. You are not alone, my friend.

Take a deep breath, and take it one simple step at a time. It won’t happen immediately, but slowly your home will feel less overwhelming with each day that you do a little bit at a time.

P.S. Watch for my new course+workbook, The Clutter Fix, coming soon!

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