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Kicking the Clutter: Five tips to help embrace chores

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The majority of jobs are not as bad as we imagine. If we avoid them, they will not disappear, but will only multiply. ~ Ranka Bourzan

When we dislike certain jobs in our home, we tend to exaggerate the sense of difficulty of the job or downplay it.

Few of us enjoy mowing the lawn on a hot day while the rest of us are having fun on the beach. So the words of exaggeration begin to flow like a wild river: “It’s too hot to do this right now,” or “it’ll take forever to finish the whole job,” and the famous, “I’m too exhausted.”

Any one of these comments will stop you in your tracks for a day, a week or more. This is where the feeling of overwhelm, guilt and frustration begins.

After feeling defeated, it’s hard to go back and embrace the tasks we find difficult.

Imagine it’s done
Instead of analyzing the difficulty of the work, do a little dreaming. Imagine your front yard looking like Butchart Gardens and your neighbor’s envious gaze.

Imagine flowers in bloom, not hidden by weeds and tall grass. Imagine yourself proud of your success. These simple acts will diminish the power of procrastination.

Too many chores, too little time
When we avoid everyday chores, they tend to grow like garden weeds. All of a sudden, we notice everything that bothers us. Loads of laundry, crusty dishes, a backlog of unfinished projects and bills scattered around the house.

Angry with ourselves, we want to do everything at once. Stop and start breathing; going for a walk might do the trick. Nature is a natural healer that helps me and many others. After that choose and prioritize the tasks.

Recognize the importance of planning
You probably won’t do everything during this time, and that’s okay. When the time is up, schedule another day and another time to work again. Or, if you have time and feel like you’re on the right track, allow yourself to continue.

Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect work. Most of the time, good enough is good enough.

Minimize distractions
He never fails. We are ready to do the work that is not particularly close to our hearts and that is when we want to call our best friend. Checking the message on our mobile phone is the next step, then you need to see who is on Facebook to share the latest gossip. After seeing what others have accomplished, we tend to shrink and feel bad about our shortcomings.

Do you rent
As adults, we don’t expect praise from anyone, thinking that this stuff is for kids. Absurdity. We yearn for praise, just like children. So we should congratulate and reward ourselves for a job well done.

The majority of jobs are not as bad as we imagine. If we avoid them, they will not disappear, but will only multiply.

I leave you with this powerful quote: “A better tomorrow is assured by doing your best today.”

Life coach Ranka Burzan owns a professional organizing company based in the qathet region and has written several books on reducing clutter and improving organization. For more information, visit solutionsorganizing.com.