simplify my life?

April 5, 2013 11:11am CST
The chaos in my life/house makes my mind so cluttered. I would really like to simplify things but don't know where to start. There are always things to do on my to-do-list, most of which never get finished. I have tried making lists, setting priorities, even using a timer so that I can at least get some done. I never really stick to any of those things. Between kids, pets, housework, earning money, and trying to make time for myself I don't get much accomplished. I get flustered so easily sometimes I just want to zone out and watch tv. I of course regret it the next morning when I wake to find the chaos and mess have gotten worse. I feel myself getting more and more angry all the time. I want to be happy. I would love for my house to be a calming sanctuary for myself and my family. I think there is just too much crap in my life. Would it be easier if I cleared my house and live as a minimalist? Is that too drastic?
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7 responses
• Philippines
6 Apr 13
This is definitely one of those phases you get into while you're on your way to success. Just shrug it off, it'll pass. Just keep doing what you do to earn money and your big break will surely come.
6 Apr 13
Lets hope I catch a break soon. Struggling all the time makes my body and mind do tired and weak.
• Philippines
6 Apr 13
Enjoy life, what you think is only in your mind. For us we don't have helpers now for almost a year but as early as six o'clock, breakfast is ready on the table no used clothes remained unwashed and every inch of the rooms is already properly wiped of dust, everybody cooperates in cleaning the house and before the sunset no clothes for ironing is unseen everything are well in placed. Project a system, acts and enjoy life.
6 Apr 13
Wow. Sounds like you know what uou are doing. Thanks for the tip.
@MoonGypsy (4615)
• United States
5 Apr 13
i have the same problem you are having. i don't think that becoming a minimalist is necessary, but getting the clutter out really makes a difference. it helps you think better in an uncluttered environment.
5 Apr 13
Too bad that is easier said than done to declutter. And keep it decluttered.
@cmania (207)
• Portugal
5 Apr 13
well houses that have to many htings there´s some options you can do or you get rid of some superful stuff or you have someone to help on the house. Maybe isntead of trying to do a little everyday you hsould concentrate in something everyday. Like Clean the kitchen and dinner room and take care of myself monday( always take care of yourself unless there´s os many many stuff to do you need drasticly to od everything and than rest 2 days or something) friday = blah blah taking care of the pets could be thie first thing in the mornig if you get up earlie or wait until takign care fo the kids and thna do it. Earn money could be during tea time (snack time) and than at night when it´s more calm. You get me right ? :) and maybe have some help of some people over there and even play with the kids to who cleans better the house it could be helpfull. Oh well this are my ideas hope everything goes right. *-* minimalist it´s to drastic for me
5 Apr 13
I have tried just working on one room a day but its amazing how fast the rest of the house gets dirty. I will work on the kitchen, be proud of the work I accomplished only to walk into the bathroom or living room to find a big mess.
@KrauseHome (32798)
• United States
7 Apr 13
I think we all have been there a time or two, and it can be quite frustrating and make you not sure where to turn, and what to do next. Many times I am feeling that one myself and really wish I could take a Step back and look at the whole picture and get everything done, or paid and then everything be OK. I have big hopes, and dreams and when it seems like everything is continuing to collapse all around me, it can be hard.
• Philippines
6 Apr 13
Gosh, I do know how you feel. I am a lazy and procrastinating person in the first place, and then there is the endless list of things to do. Sometimes I get my act together though. And I have noticed that at those times it is because I am honest and realistic with what I can accomplish in the time I have. Therefore I don't get overwhelmed. I am also in the right mindset because I have taken care of the basics, I take care of myself, hygiene, hunger, thirst, rest, physical activity, that helps a lot. I seek the right motivations, not the approval of others, but to be comfortable so I can enjoy the things I love doing. Most of the time of course everything feels like a mess. Don't prevent yourself from seeking help with getting things done.
@maximax8 (27049)
5 Apr 13
I went to a clutter clearing course that lasted one day in 2003. It was useful to meet the other people on the course. We had to learn why we had a cluttered home and what ton do about it. I lived in my cottage then and ended up moving from it in 2005. I wanted to sell my house that I lived in from 2005 until 2010. I got in a clutter clearer to help me get rid of clutter before selling my house. This worked wonders and the second person to view my house bought it. It has been the Easter holidays and my kids have spent much time at home. They will be back to college, school and preschool next week. Then I can have a tidy up and hover round. I need to do some more clutter clearing. I suggest work out what you want to keep. Then clear away any clutter. I don't think you could be happy as a minimalist. That would be way too drastic. Good luck with managing to simplify your life.