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When I think of tidying up, my mind immediately goes to my home. There are days when my home looks like the cover of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and on other days it’s a disaster. Seriously, like an “absolutely no-one should ever live this way” kind of messy.
The state of my home is important, but the overall order of my life is even more important. As a wife, blogger, virtual assistant, and multi-tasking woman, my schedule gets pretty full. I wear a lot of hats and juggle more tasks than I care to admit. If I’m not intentional with my day-to-day choices, my life (along with my house) can become a cluttered mess. It gets out of balance and loses its luster.
Long ago, I had to decide what things in life are important to me. What is important to me, may not be important to you. My level of tidy may look different than yours. Each one of us is unique. We have different personalities, talents, daily demands, and life situations.
Part of keeping your life in balance is knowing what that looks like for you. You can’t follow my exact plan, and I can’t follow yours. Sure, there are some common steps we can all take, but the details of those steps will likely not be the same.
Regardless of the steps we choose to take, keeping our lives in order requires purposeful planning and follow-through. Every area requires some type of daily attention.
If we want to keep our homes in order, we have to tidy up everyday. If we want to have rock-solid relationships, we’ve got to invest regular time into them. If we want to have a successful blog or career, we need to put consistent effort towards achieving that.
If we desire to live a life that is productive and full of joy, we’ve got to keep it ship-shape. We need to learn how to cultivate a day-to-day ebb and flow, so that the important things in our lives don’t become neglected and cluttered up.
That’s my goal — to live my life in an orderly and decent way.
I’ve found that when I am purposeful about cultivating order and routine, I get the most out of my days. Sometimes, I succeed at this. Other times, I fail. It’s easy to recognize when I’m failing. Things just get kind of out of whack.
When this happens, I know it’s time to tidy up. It’s time to step back and reevaluate my life. To look around and see what’s being neglected, or what is getting too much of my time. I have to take notice of the things that are out of place and set them back right. I’ve got to clear out all of the clutter. In short, I must be willing to change what needs changing to get life back in order.
My home may never consistently look like the cover of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and my life is certain to get a bit messy from time to time. When it does, I’ll try to remember to keep things in perspective. I’ll think about the goals I have. I’ll take stock of where I am in my personal, spiritual, and business life. Then, I’ll start sprucing things up a bit.
Miranda Nahmias blogs over at The Millennial Wife, where she focuses on marriage, plus-size fashion, and working from home. Miranda was able to start her own work-from-home career as a virtual assistant, and is super passionate about helping other women learn how to make money by starting their own online businesses.