Another way to reduce the stress in your world is to organize it. Clutter and chaos just add to an already stressful time of life. Plus, it will keep you busy, for awhile anyway.
I am an awful housekeeper. That bugged my ex so very much. I’ve been taking steps to be better at keeping the house picked up. I feel better when I can walk into a room and not immediately have a to do list start in my head. I started small with simply making the bed every morning as soon as I got up. When I had that down I picked something else. Now, I do the dishes every night before I go to bed. Some nights, no make that most nights, I really don’t want to do the dishes, but I always feel so much better when they are done. And I have a clean kitchen to mess up every morning! I love to cook. The cleaning up part, not so much. It takes some discipline on my part to keep at it, but I feel so much better about life when my space is clean and organized. Don’t get me wrong, I am still in the process of cleaning out the clutter. I come by the pack rat gene honestly. I have so much stuff. My general goal is to throw something out, either in the trash or in the donate/ yard sale pile, every day for this first little while. Until everything has it’s own place. My house is a project in it’s own right. After I get the clutter under control I am going after painting all the walls! It gives me something to do now and something to look forward to later.
If you hate cleaning do something to make it fun. Like when I vacuum, the dog attacks the vacuum cleaner. It’s hilarious! The only way to do the dishes right is with the music turned up, well maybe not while the babies are in bed, while dancing around the kitchen! Takes so much longer, but at least it’s more fun that way! I have no idea how to make folding and putting away laundry fun. It is my very least favorite chore. (Insert frowny face here.)
Seems simple, but it is working to make my world feel a little more peaceful and not as crazy. It’s reducing a little bit of the stress in my world. Keeps me busy while God works on stitching the pieces of my heart back together.
Only God can heal a broken heart, but there are things we can do to help foster self healing. This post is part of my series 31 Days of Self Healing. You can find the rest of the posts for this series here.