This morning did not go smoothly. I was met with a flat tire on my car in the driveway. Also, my husband accidentally took off to work with the keys to the car. The kids were late to school, and I had to buy a new tire. Ughhh! Ever had a day like that? I’m sure you have.
My goal today was to get the house back in order after a busy weekend, but plans were delayed. Today, I thought it appropriate to talk about how to clean house when you are completely overwhelmed by clutter.
Many people would assume that I always have a neat and orderly home, since cleaning, decluttering, and organizing are my topics of choice. But, that’s not always so. I’m just like any other woman in many ways. I am a mom of three, a wife, a blogger, a daughter, a volunteer, and the list goes on.
We, ladies, wear many hats, but studies are showing that the majority of housework still falls on women. While my husband is amazing and helpful, housework is largely my responsibility. I have a feeling I’m not alone. After all, you came to find this post for a reason, I assume. We’re not here to point fingers, though. We are here to take action.
When we address the problem of how to clean house when you are completely overwhelmed by clutter, we have to look at a few issues you might have going on beneath the surface. Feeling overwhelmed is definitely draining both your energy and your desire to conquer the clutter.
I’m sure just looking at the clutter gives you anxiety. It certainly does for me. Plus, it can lead to depression and a whole host of mental and emotional issues if left unaddressed. That is no joking matter. Let’s do some self-care by decluttering and cleaning up your living space.
Let’s gets started the simple way. I want you to make a list. List the things going on in your home right now that need to be decluttered and cleaned. What household chores are piling up? Make the list as long as you need, but try to keep it broad, by category. It might look like this:
2. Sticky floors
3. Clutter all over the kitchen counter
4. Mail piling up
You get the idea. The plan is to get this all on paper, so we can start to minimize the overwhelm and start making an action plan.
Once you have your list, I want you to start prioritizing which items need attention first. For me, today has been all about laundry. We were running out of clean towels and socks, so this task took priority today.
Once your list is prioritized, I want you to make an action plan. Pick one day or one set amount of time to just focus ONLY on that task. Do not try to conquer all of your tasks in one day. Do not get distracted.
If it helps, write it in your calendar to make it more “concrete.” Then, don’t deviate from your plan. I want you to see it through to completion.
A side note: If you have children and other people sharing a home, delegate some of this particular task to them. Do not worry that they won’t do it perfectly. That comes with practice. Work alongside them with simple tasks until they master those. Then, you can move on to more complex tasks.
As you share this load with family members, talk and share with them about the importance of keeping on top of this chore. Do not nag. Instead, invite them to share ideas on how this task can be shared evenly to prevent it piling up again. Maybe you can create a laundry schedule or a chore list to help everyone to stay accountable.
So, by now, you’ve created your list, you’ve prioritized the tasks, and you’ve scheduled a day to do ONE task. After you see that task through to completion, lets begin to schedule your next task, and so on. I want to encourage you to create a daily housekeeping schedule and follow a decluttering schedule.
If you are overwhelmed by clutter, this may seem like too much. That is one reason I created the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series, where we declutter 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. You can read more here.
By decluttering all year long, you’ll completely declutter every room in your home. By working on this slowly, you’ll start to feel less and less overwhelmed and more in control of your home. Subscribe by email below to join us and you’ll receive your daily task each day.
Also, I have mentioned creating a daily housekeeping schedule. This type of schedule is unique to everyone, so I encourage you to look into creating one that works for you. By doing certain household chores daily, you’ll minimize the risk of your clutter and your housework piling up again.
Read more about this here. It’s a series, so you can work through creating a schedule that suits your lifestyle.
Need to deep clean? I have lists for you to guide you along.
My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
Also, to keep up the general housework, you may need to create a daily housekeeping schedule that suits your specific needs. To do so, I have created a helpful series you can read here.
Need to Declutter Every room? I have declutter checklists for every room and every space in your home to guide you along below.
How to Declutter the Guest Room or Your Kid’s Room checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Laundry Room and Patio checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Coat Closet/Hall Closet/Linen Closet checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Home Office checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Attic checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Garage checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Living Room checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Kitchen Checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Entry/Foyer/Mudroom checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Clothing checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Bedroom checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Bathroom checklist can be found here.
To Subscribe to this Declutter Series, drop me a comment below. Your email will be sent to me but will not be posted publicly. You’ll receive a daily declutter task via email for the daily task we are working on. You can unsubscribe at any time.
New to deemiddleton.com and don’t know where to start? I recommend going in this order:
Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized.
Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.
Step 3: How do you remove clutter?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.
Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered.
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For further reading, check out the fly lady here. She has some great cleaning and decluttering ideas plus excellent organization tips to get you started.