For a long time now I’ve been chuntering to both myself and the world at large about the chaos in my life. At work, I am organised and with it but outside the workplace I feel I am constantly battling against the disorganisation.
I thought that going part-time would provide the solution. Two days at home each week would give loads of ‘me’ time to do all the extras that were being neglected. Sadly, while my garden was getting a fair amount of attention, the house was becoming more and more cluttered and causing a stress burden I don’t really need.
Then last month I bought the wonderful book pictured below:
The part I have found most relevant to me at the current time is the chapter on designing your life. In other words, sorting out what it is you want and working out how to get it.
In the book there is an example of a mind map created by a mother like me who felt that things weren’t quite as she wanted in her life. This I used as the basis for the mind map I have created for myself this evening.
In essence, I did a SWOT analysis of the area of my life which is in urgent need of attention: decluttering. Thus, I looked at my own strengths and weaknesses, then the opportunities and threats (challenges) with regard to bringing greater harmony to my home.
This activity was cathartic in itself and I would highly recommend you have a go for that reason alone. Beyond that, I have worked out a strategy for decluttering and making room for space in my home environment. This in turn I hope will both energise and sooth me.
Basically, I realise that I need to create a framework at home, much as I have at work and plan what I am going to do in the blocks which I designate for sorting out the house. My daughter also needs to be involved and we have in fact already had a productive discussion, the upshot of which is that a broken tiara has now gone in the bin.
I don’t intend half our possessions to go in the bin, I hasten to add. The aim is to stop things getting broken and therefore needing to go in the bin, if possible. Much easier if they are tidied away – if we actually need them and can therefore keep them!
And if nothing else, we have to stop acquiring stuff – at least until we know what we need and where we can keep it…. Wish me luck☺️.