It could be just me. I hope it's not, but it could be. Here's the issue: When the house has gotten away from me due to whatever reason, I look around and feel oh-so-overwhelmed. A feeling of panic begins to rise and my mind says, "WHERE DO I START??"
I think I've solved that problem.
I call this revelation my "Starting Points." Each room has one. It's the FIRST place I start to begin to bring order back to a space. I know that beginning at each starting point will provide a momentum of bringing order. Once that is finished, I usually go to the right and work my way around until all is well again. Even when things are not out of order, I still always begin in the very same places. That keeps me from having to think and subsequently hear my mind shouting. Shouting hurts my ears.
Here are my "Starting Points":
- Kitchen: The dishwasher--empty and load
- Bedrooms: Make the beds
- Laundry: The whites
- Bathroom: The Sink
- Living Room: Couch
- Dining Room: Table top
- Misc. areas: To the right of the door as you walk in
- Car: Driver's seat
I don't have a starting place for anything outside yet. Now that I'm working through my Five Year Yard Plan, I will probably develop something.
What do you do to motivate yourself to get started?