Step Five

Consistency

Keeping order in one’s personal life can be very beneficial to not only you, but those around you. While I’m not here to shame anyone for being “messy”, I am here to encourage you to see how a little order can go a long way.

I’m not the type to fold my laundry and put it away the second it comes out of the dryer. My bathroom routine changes on a daily basis. Sometimes, I leave dirty dishes in the sink for days. I’m a working adult and don’t always have the time or energy to prioritize organization on a daily basis. I don’t expect you to either.

Some people bleach their washer every time they use it. Some people don’t own a washing machine. Everyone is different & there’s nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is when you feel extremely overwhelmed in any capacity. I am not a mental healthcare professional, but I can definitely attest to feeling more content when I’m not confronted with a long list of chores. Everything having a place & being in its place makes it easier for anyone to find anything, and that right there eliminates so many petty arguments I know I’ve had.

Doing little things here and there will ease the workload on deep cleaning days. As you go about your everyday life, take note of where junk piles up, why & how you could fix that. Be transparent with those around you about your expectations, without going overboard. & Remember to cut yourself some slack if you slip up. There’s nothing wrong with starting back at step one.

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