There are times where a home will fall apart. It may be sickness, a family emergency, a crazy schedule at work, or occasionally it’s a season of celebration ( a wedding, graduation, birth). Whatever the case it’s easy to fall out of healthy routines. Like a bad houseguest chaos rarely arrives alone, it often brings a friend or two, usually anxiety and depression.
Here are a few tools to help stop the cycle before it begins.
- Always have at least one meal that can be slapped together in less than 10 minutes. Whether it’s a frozen entree and bagged salad or sandwiches. Before every grocery trip ensure it exists.
- If you have kids or pets have their needs and schedules listed in an obvious location.
- Keep the sink half full of soapy water; soaked dishes are easier to face than those with crusted on food.
- Do not run the washer if you know you’ll be too busy to put it in the dryer – dirty clothes are easier to fix than mildew.
Finally, if you are sick, overwhelmed, or otherwise incapable of meeting basic needs ask for help. Chances are those who care about you will not consider it a huge burden. Many times people want to help but either do not know you need it or don’t know what to do.
What do you do when things spiral out of control?