Sometimes when your priorities are in the right place, the money takes care of itself.
This winter our life was spinning out of control. I had reached the point that I put myself on anti-depressant medication just to handle the chaos I could not control around me.
I was working fulltime outside the home.
Our two children have various diagnosis involving multiple doctors, special schools, special diets and lots of extra care.
It was like I was juggling bricks. I was worn out.
So, while we were sinking quickly into debt I did what any logical mother would do. I quit my job!
Ok maybe not logical, but necessary. It was a few days before Christmas and I was literally running around like a chicken with my head cut off and I asked myself, WHY?
My wheels started spinning and I KNEW that given enough time I could generate an income again from home. I had done it before.
But even if I didn’t, I NEEDED to be home.
Critical decisions in my kiddo’s lives were being tabled, or set aside to make room for “work”.
So, I quit, without a tangible plan, to be a Mom first once again.
You see, I can pay off debt later. Anyone can do my day job, but only I can be mom.
And if I deferred the job of mom– I would never forgive myself.
Have you ever found yourself so lost, you don’t know where to start to get “un-lost”?
I was there, big time.
The clutter in my home reflected the chaotic mess my life had become.
Everywhere I turned there was “stuff”.
It was to the point where I would open a cabinet to put something away, but couldn’t because the cabinet was full of stuff I no longer needed but didn’t have the time to empty. So the needed item went on the counter…until the counter was full.
Often when I professionally organize someone, I find good systems and organization is present; they have just been overrun and buried in our crazily busy American lives!
I love the saying that the mother is the HEART of the home. This heart was flat lining. I decided it was time for a change.
And while I NEEDED To earn an income, we NEEDED me to get our home back first.
So, I challenged myself to de-clutter, clean and organize EVRY SINGLE SPACE in our home in 40 days.
The 40 Day challenge
I was so frustrated with the disorder in my home, I allowed myself 40 days to focus solely on getting our home running in tip top shape again.
I learned so much about myself along the way.I LOVE to organize, but to do it for hours a day – everyday….
The process I used to de-clutter and take back my home…
When I first started the challenge, I approached myself as if I was a client I was sent to professionally organize.
I asked myself my standard questions: What IS working in this space. What is NOT working in this space. And what is this space’s PURPOSE?
I honestly think deep down most of us know what we need to let go of and de-clutter, we just need the encouragement.
What is LESS OBVIOUS is changing how we view space. Each day as I approached a new space in my home I really thought about HOW that space was being used in OUR home.
My bedroom IS an office, our dining room IS a work space, and my laundry room IS so many things. I am really glad I blogged each day because you can see my organizational process became more natural as the challenge progressed.
At the end of the 40 days I couldn’t believe the transformation in our home. My husband and I were so much more connected and had more peace. It still feels as if I am living in a model home!
A new business
I have always been passionate about organizing. I have been a professional organizer, house cleaner and sold organizational products.
As I blogged about my 40 day challenge, my organization business grew too! I am now making fulltime income doing what I LOVE around my FAMILY’S needs and EARNING more than I was before.
It just goes to show, sometime when you get your priorities straight, your finances fall in line too!
Lisa shares her organizational tips on her blog Organize365: Helping Busy Mama’s organize their busy lives.
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