. Too Much To Do in Too Little Time

I received the following email and answered it.  I thought you might be interested in these ideas.

Dear Marie:  I have just ordered your new book, in hopes finding some ideas on how to get ahead of the clutter and house work once and for all. My job is in a rural part of Oregon.  I do the books and all the office work that accompanies a ranch and mining operation, and in my house, too!

I have a small office where I work in the house but the clutter has run me out and I am now at the kitchen island emailing you.

I also take care of feeding a crew (3-4)  of young men that work here during the summer.  My 81-year-old mother lives close by.  I also take care of her.

The problem is I am a perfectionist.  If I can’t do it the right way, which time rarely allows, I don’t do it the house I live and work in is 2,400 square feet!  How do I keep up?

I also eat a special diet which requires lots of prep time to do.  I have minutes not hours to keep up with the household chores.  Can you give me some pointers before I drown in clutter!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hopefully yours, Chris

Christine:  O.K.  Let’s take a deep breath and then we can take control.

Read the House of Order Handbook, one chapter at a time, and then begin to incorporate the principles that seem most useful to you.

It also seems from your email that you need to begin using the Weekly Map.

It appears you are doing too much and sharing responsibilities too little.  Try a 10% shift of daily chores to the other adults in your life for a significant increase in personal capacity.

Lastly, take just 15-20 minutes every morning before beginning your other responsibilities to organize your kitchen island and office.  Remember, do it before you begin your day.  It won’t make a bit of difference in your overall production and you will have a nicer, cleaner environment.

Find more helpful ideas in my House of Order Handbook.

Photo from sxc.hu.  Used with permission.


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