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We’re getting a late start, but I’m on a 28 day writing challenge. The delay came because of my move to a new site. The move has been a bit more complicated…as usual. I still don’t have all of the blog moved over, but I’m making progress.

The theme of the 28 days is going to be related to those of you who are my main audience: the scared, overwhelmed and brokenhearted. I’ll be sharing things for all of you at times and individually for some of you. It will be a bit of a potpourri of post topics. But I think it will be fun!

Are you struggling with being overwhelmed? What is at the heart of your being overwhelmed?

Today, we’ll start with those of you who are overwhelmed (like I often am). What is at the bottom of you overwhelmed-ness? Do you have too much happening that you can’t keep up with?

Do you have too much bouncing around in your head? (Those of you with ADD may have trouble with this.) It’s easy to get distracted by things that are unimportant. Finding the areas where you need to focus and what you need to ignore is sometimes difficult.

Clutter and disorder affects my thinking. But it helps me to figure out what is at the heart of my overwhelm.

Do you struggle with paper or clutter? I find those kinds of things cause me to feel overwhelmed quite fast. There are all manner of sources that make it easy to get more organized.

If being organized doesn’t come naturally to you, learn something that helps you where you are weak. Being organized is not a character flaw. I know it often can feel that way. But it isn’t. We just have to learn and grow in a weak area. As you can tell, I speak from experience.

Right now, I am fighting clutter and especially paper clutter. That will be my project to work on this year. I’m learning that simple is always better than complicated. In some ways, the Marie Kondo approach can make getting organized more complex than it needs to be. But for some, this approach is ultimately very helpful. You need to know if you are one of those people that her approach will help. It will take a high level of commitment.

One person I and one of my daughters have enjoyed has been Dana White at A Slob Comes Clean. You don’t have to turn your house upside down to get it in order. You can do it at the pace you are able. You can do enough at first so it is obvious. You gradually get into good habits. She understands the struggle. She helps you laugh at yourself. Laughing at myself helps me not get as overwhelmed as I might otherwise.

So if you don’t have an issue here, you can relax. Your house is in great shape! Five points for you!

It’s true that clutter is external, but it affects a lot of internal things. Think on this today.

Thus says the Lord: If I have not established my covenant with day and night
and the fixed order of heaven and earth,

then I will reject the offspring of Jacob and David my servant and
will not choose one of his offspring to rule over the offspring
of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
For I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.”

Jeremiah 33:25-26 ESV