How a "Clean Kitchen Counter" Will Make You a More Peaceful and Happy Mom

The following post is from Kat of Inspired To Action:

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You know that feeling you get when your kitchen counters are nice and clean?

If you’re like me, you might need to jog the ole memory banks.So let me remind you…

It’s a feeling of peacefulness, like all is right with the world. It’s a feeling of satisfaction, like you really can accomplish something. And it’s a feeling of confidence that you can handle anything that comes your way.

The Other Clutter

Now, if simply keeping our kitchen counters can make us feel that way, imagine how cleaning out the mess in our heads would feel. Because as moms, we all carry around a huge mess of stuff in our heads. Don’t we?

Uniforms that need to be washed before the next game. Items that need to be purchased in order to make dinner. Forms that need to be prepared for school. Cards that need to be sent. The list is endless.

And we carry around that list in our heads, making us feel like we have constantly cluttered kitchen counters. There’s no room to work, “why can’t I get on top of everything,” and always losing track of things.

It makes us grumpy moms because we feel a sense of looming. It makes us impatient moms because we are running behind or have forgotten something, and we need our kids to “hurry up.” It makes us distracted moms because we are thinking about things that need to be done. We are cluttered moms.

The “Clean Kitchen Counter” Plan

So, here’s 3 step “Clean Kitchen Counter Plan” that will instantly make you feel more peaceful.

1. The Big De-clutter – Sit down today for 30 minutes and write down everything you can think of that you need to do. Everything. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n–g.

2. The Daily Tidy – Then each night before you go to bed, check things off and add things to your list. “Clean the counter.”

3. The Simple Tasks – Finally, each morning, pick 3 (yes, just 3) things that you *will* accomplish today.

Try this for one week, (or even just one day!), and you’ll get that feeling…

It’s a feeling of peacefulness, like all is right with the world. It’s a feeling of satisfaction, like you really can accomplish something. And it’s a feeling of confidence that you can handle anything that comes your way.

And a peaceful, satisfied, confident woman makes a fun, happy and focused mom.

Where do you keep your to do list? Do you write down everything or do you carry lists in your head too?

Kat blogs at Inspired To Action, a site dedicated to helping moms develop the habits and skills they need to effectively manage their homes and raise children who are prepared to change the world. Kat loves music, running, technology, Jesus and Tex-Mex food. Not necessarily in that order.
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