5 Ways to Take Control of your Chaos

5 Ways to Take Control of your Chaos

taking control of your chaos | organized CHAOS onlineThis was me. Until about an hour ago.

I was sitting in the same clothes I slept in, my hair was on top of my head (okay, it still is), my house was a mess, I have things to do more than I have time in a day and I was literally frozen in place.

This happens more than I care to admit.

My “thing” when I feel overwhelmed is to look in one direction toward something I need to complete and say, “Okay.” I’ll turn around and see another project and say it again… “Okay.” This will happen about 20 more times and it accomplishes nothing.

Have you ever felt this way?

It seems that September is the month that kicks us into a speed of about 500 miles an hour and it doesn’t stop until January. The chores, holidays, events and activities start coming in a lightning speed and unless you’re on your game, this will send you into a cell with padded walls.

Let’s control our chaos.

But how?

Get up and do something. It doesn’t have to be something huge. Your goal is to look for something that will provide a sense of accomplishment. It has a starting point and an ending point in a short amount of time.

MAKE A LIST

notepadJust start writing. Unload what’s on your mind. This doesn’t have to be in order, all under the same topic or even written well. The goal is to get that clutter out of your head and on paper. You can go back and sort it out later.

ORGANIZE A SMALL SPACE

shower-organizationWhether it’s your shower, the bottom of your closet, the silverware drawer or the spice cabinet. Tackle a small space that, everytime you go back to it, you feel a sense of accomplishment. Once you get started on your small space, you’ll get the drive to do other things. Tip: Set a timer. Don’t let this take you all day. It’s a small space and should take a small amount of time. If it feels like it’s too in depth, move on to something else. For now, at least.

WRITE A SCHEDULE

creating-a-scheduleI’ve been talking to so many people who have all their days filled with sports, activities, club meetings, organization and travel. It gets so nuts. Start jotting it down in a calendar and make a schedule. Once you know when things are happening, your brain will start to sort it out, too. Place your important dates where they belong and back track a week or two and set yourself a reminder that your important date is approaching. This way, you aren’t caught off guard.

COMPLETE A CHORE

laundryAt my house, the laundry is the one thing I never keep up with. It is typically washed and dried but then it’s stacked up on the table in my laundry room neatly folded in half to avoid wrinkles…until my husband or son goes to look for the worlds smallest item within the stack. Then it topples. Taking the time to hang, fold and put away laundry is almost impossible. The funny thing is: Once I do it, I feel so much better. For you… find a chore that is nagging at you. What has a starting point and ending point and will make you feel better once accomplished? Do that thing.

SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME

fall-wreathIf the inside is just too much right now, go outside. How about adding a festive wreath or swapping out your summer flowers for something more fall-like (or whatever season you wish)? There’s a definite sense of pride when you drive up to your home and you see colorful flowers and decor. Everything feels so tidy and put together. Just don’t invite anyone in.

Are you rolling your eyes right now? Just like working out, you’ll feel better afterwards.

tawsha connell

Duct Tape Decor – Hide the Clutter

Duct Tape Decor – Hide the Clutter

duct tape designs

Holy moly! Look at all these inexpensive designs you can tack to just about anything!

I’m an organized person most of the time. I’m not one of those people who is always ready for company and I don’t always have the energy to put everything away all the time. I think it’s okay not to care. In fact, it makes organizing that much more satisfying. There, I just rationalized my laziness. Duct tape to the rescue.

I have clear drawers in my office and they are ugly as sin. On top of that, you can see everything inside. Um…not my style. I also have a black filing cabinet. I could leave this alone but it’s too industrial-looking.

What to do? DUCT TAPE THEM! Granted, the design I chose makes me want to slip into some sort of seizure (I’d suggest throwing a color in the middle to break up the design if you do this) but I’m happy with the way¬† my office looks.

The best part: It took me literally 10 minutes.

Instructions:

  1. Pull tape
  2. Rip
  3. Tack to drawers
  4. Repeat

Here’s what my drawers look like (along with my amazing iPhone photography skills):

DIY duct tape drawers

tawsha connell