Do you ever have one of those days where you just don’t want to see any one? When you feel so overly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things that need to be done? I completely felt that way on Sunday. It was a beautiful day, sunny and about 75 degrees. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Yet I was catching up on some work in the morning and felt overwhelmed about the start of a new week.
Working from home has it’s ups and downs. I spend so much time here that it really affects my state of mind. Seeing the things that need to be done around the house can be a big distraction to my work productivity. Instead of working on a Sunday, I should have spent some much needed time on some house chores.
I have been wanting to redecorate my home and sunroom, in particular. It’s a “hot” mess right now. The kids toys are everywhere and we tend to just throw anything in the sunroom to get it out of the way. It doesn’t feel like a living space right now, and I think that’s what really got to me as I was trying to focus on work. I had this overwhelming feeling of having to fix up a space so that it’s livable.
We currently have 9 windows in the sunroom that is in desperate need of new window treatments. When we finished the sunroom a few years ago, I resorted to tension rods and sheer viole curtains. I’m now very much over them and I want to have a more formal look that will hopefully make it more livable! Not to mention, there isn’t any furniture in the room. The rug that we got to put in the space barely fills up the entire room and after almost 4 years, it’s very dirty now!
The thought of redecorating with three little one is so daunting. They are constantly following me around the house – that’s what kids do! Sometimes I have to be careful not to take a step back or else they might bump into me and as a result, fall!
My husband took the two older kids out in the afternoon while I tried to think about what could be done about this room. I am blessed to have a husband that listens to my opinion and goes along with just about anything I say! However, sometimes it’s hard being the main decision maker on anything, because it can seem like such a huge responsibility, something that is just weighing on my shoulders.
Instead of focusing on the sheer amount of things that I needed or wanted to do, I decided to focus on what I really needed to do right there and then. I was able to tackle a few small tasks around the house like clearing the kitchen counters of clutter, washing the dishes and storing them away; doing two loads of laundry. These small tasks helped me clear my mind and space. It made me so happy to see that I was getting things done! Sometimes having clutter and messes makes me uneasy and overwhelmed. Seeing that the house was tidy helped me to feel much better about everything. As odd as this may sound: I truly enjoyed cleaning, tidying and reorganizing and seeing my house get back into some what of an “order”. Everything else can wait.
Afterwards, I decided to take a break to go see a family-friend. This forced me to be around others, when just earlier that day, I didn’t want to see any one at all. Being alone can sometimes put you into a state of depression, and I was probably border-line depressed! It’s amazing how surrounding yourself with loving and caring people can really do wonders for you. I ended Sunday feeling more refreshed and motivated about the upcoming week.
My mantra for this week is to do more of what makes you happy. I decided to put this saying on paper and hang it up on my shelf where I work, to remind me about how blessed I am to be able to do what makes me happy and that I will continue to do what makes me happy.
I hope you will find happiness in something and keep at it! If you want a free PDF printable of my “do more of what makes you happy” mantra, use the form below to download your free printable and print it out to hang up where you’ll see it every day to remind you about the happy things in life!