It’s a New Year and a new you!
You feel refreshed, energized and ready to take on the world.
The only problem is, your home is, well—a mess!
You look around at the amount of clutter and chaos, and begin to feel deflated before January is even through. Not a great way to start off the new year.
As you remove one of your children from the dishwasher and the other from the refrigerator (“These are not hiding places!”), you wonder, what’s a person to do?
The solution is simple: declutter and distribute responsibility.
Decluttering your home…
According to Psychology Today, “A newly cleaned room feels good--calming and functional.” So why is it we don’t tackle cleaning projects within our home more often? It’s usually because we feel overwhelmed by the idea, telling ourselves, “...we don't have time or that we'll use the stuff one day.” Both convenient and easy untruths that inevitably lead us feeling more stressed at home rather than at peace.
In order to stop yourself from becoming overwhelmed by the idea of clearing out your home, map out each area so you can focus on smaller spaces at a time rather than everything at once. As you go through your belongings, determine whether items are worth keeping, or if they should be donated or disposed of. If you do decide to keep an item, but feel it is too large to store properly, consider renting a self-storage unit in your area so that you can maximize space at home for items you need on a regular basis.
In A Fine Parent, Cara Sue Achterberg states in her article, Are You Teaching Kids Responsibility? 50 Simple Challenges to Get You Started, that “Many kids today live a life of entitlement. Very little is asked of them in terms of responsibilities at home.” She goes on to say that “28% of 22-29 year olds rely on money from their parents to fund major expenses...They don’t feel responsible for paying the bills, especially if it means taking a job that is hard and doesn’t pay well.”
If you have children at home (and they’re not hiding out in the clothes dryer), let them know that the burden of keeping house doesn’t just fall on the adult(s). This is your FAMILY home, and as a family, you are each responsible for caring for it. Create a responsibility chart (including the grown-ups) to demonstrate that everyone plays a part, assigning age appropriate tasks. If the tasks are completed, consider a fun family activity you can each enjoy, such as a pizza or ice cream night, or a camp-out in the backyard. You’ll build memories you can share together, while alleviating the stress of having to get it all done by yourself.
By tackling clutter and having your family help out at home, you are providing yourself with an environment to feel relaxed in, so that you can tackle the things in 2019 that are important for YOU. To a happy and healthy new year!