Published On March 03, 2020 | Last Updated August 12, 2020
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In this post: When projects around the house start to pile up, you may feel a sense of home care overwhelm. Try these tips to conquer your to-do list and love your home.

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Have you ever been embarrassed to have people over, because you thought your home was too much of a disaster?  Or felt so overwhelmed by all of the home care tasks facing you, that you just didn’t know where to start?

Me too. There is always something on my home care to-do list. Always.

The tasks that fill our to-do lists can quickly become overwhelming.  There always seems to be too much to do, and not enough time to get it all done.

The must-do’s take up so much time, we rarely seem to get to the want-to-do’s.  And our days sneak past, while the to-do list never seems to get any shorter.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stuff to do around the house, let’s face it together.


Taking care of your home can be a lot of fun. Those DIY home improvement projects are a source of pride. It’s a joy to live in a home you love.

But when home care projects start to be a little too much to handle, there’s a real sense of home care overwhelm. I find it helps to keep these three things in mind:  Have grace for yourself, make a plan, and clear out the clutter.

1.  Have Grace for Yourself

Be kind to yourself.  You don’t have to be perfect.  It’s OK to let some things go.  And you are allowed to take a break once in a while.

Easier said than done, I know.  If I spend a few hours relaxing with a book, I can’t help but feel guilty for not doing something more “productive.”  But recharging your mind and spirit is productive.

Self care for home care

I give you permission to take care of yourself.  You are probably your own harshest critic anyway.  True friends aren’t going to care if there are a few dishes in the sink if you invite them over.

Being a bit messy, or having a few unfinished projects around the house doesn’t make you a bad person. In fact, it makes you human. None of us is “Pinterest Perfect.”

2.  Make a Plan

When you look at your to-do list, it’s easy to start rushing around trying to do everything.


Instead, make a plan.  Take some time to consider what’s important to you, and make an effort to do those things first.  The rest can wait.  Or, you may decide not to do some of them at all.

You can learn to focus on accomplishing more of the things that really matter to you. Check out the popular book Drop the Ball, for achieving more by doing less.

Do what counts, leave the rest, and love your home.

For bigger home maintenance or improvement projects on your list, we have a resource that will walk you through a step-by-step process to plan and complete your project. Be sure to pick up a copy of our Project Planning Workbook.

DIY project planning workbook sample

3.  Clear Out the Clutter

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, clear out the clutter.  You will love the the sense of calm you can achieve, simply by getting organized and creating some order.

Even if you just tidy one room, organize a single drawer, or clear off the kitchen table like I just did, you’ll notice a difference.  Getting rid of clutter that weighs you down will go a long way toward creating some peace in your life.

Clean up that pile of papers on your desk, and see how much more you’ll be able to accomplish with a useable work space.

Go through your closet, and get rid of the things that you never wear.  Then you’ll have plenty of room to put things away, rather than having piles of clothes around the house.  And you’ll be able to find what you want to wear.

To keep up with your stuff, download a free copy of our popular Clutter Control Checklist.

Clutter control checklist

Home Care = Self Care

Conquering home care overwhelm is totally doable. And when you take care of the things that matter to you, you also take care of yourself.

Make a plan, and clear out the clutter.  And most of all, remember to have grace for yourself.

You can absolutely leave the chaos behind and find practical ways to care for your home, while making life simpler and more peaceful.

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