Get Going: What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do

Get Going: What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do

Abby Stone
Oct 12, 2011

Wednesday. Hump day. I had one of those kind of mornings. You know, the kind in which everything feels completely overwhelming. All I wanted to do was pull the covers over my head. But I couldn't. The house was a wreck and there are people coming to stay with me for the weekend and I have commitments and errands. Y'know, life. I called my friend. Help! Here is what she said…

What I do when I don't know what to do in my life or in my home is that I start by making the bed. That gets me out of the bed. I plump the pillows and tighten the sheets and fluff the duvet. Then I walk out of the bedroom and wash my face and make myself something to drink and walk back in, cup in hand. Somehow, the bed being made makes me feel calmer and the room feels neater. Yeah, there are shoes all over the floor and a whole week's worth of clothes draped over the chair but this isn't about cleaning your house. This is about putting the pep back into your step. Then go into each room and find one thing that you can do. Wash the dishes in the kitchen sink, clear the bathroom counter, take all the junk off the coffee table, remove the mail and the papers from the dining room table (even if it means you have to put it in a bag in the closet for now). Don't make it an all day process. I'm going to call you in 15 minutes. You should be done. Now go!

I raced through the house, putting papers away, tossing shoes in the closet, hanging up coats that I'd left over chairs. There were blank spaces where before there'd been piles of anxiety. The phone rang.

So? Feel better?

Actually I did. Clearing away the physical clutter had cleared away some of the mental clutter as well. No, the house wasn't perfect but it was fine and not embarrassing and I could handle it now.

What do you think? Is it true that a clear house helps to give you a clear head? Try these guidelines and see how you feel in a month. Or just rip through your house right now and check back and let us know how you feel after!

Image: Bethany Nauert from Rodellee's Tiny Vintage Studio

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