If you know sports, you know about the sweet spot. It’s the place on the ball, bat, stick or playing field where all of your training comes together, and everything works. There’s no better feeling as an athlete than finding the sweet spot. The sweet spot is the launch pad to great success, and it feels awesome. People also call the sweet spot “being in the zone”, It’s where you move almost without effort. It takes training to get there, but when you do get there, it feels amazing. Believe it or not, the same thing applies to taking care of your home.
My sweet spot
In my home, the sweet spot is my kitchen table. That table attracts paper and clutter like a magnet. When we moved into our house in 2002, it took weeks to clear, and I wondered if we would ever sit down to dinner together in our kitchen. I remember thinking if I could just get the table cleared, everything else would fall into place, and when I did, everything did fall into place…temporarily. You see, I didn’t have a plan to deal with the piles that kept erupting on that table. They kept erupting and getting bigger and bigger, and even when I moved a pile elsewhere, another pile would pop up. I wanted to cry, and I did, several times.
The importance of the sweet spot
One of the most interesting lessons I learned is that the sweet spot also represents how my life is going. If my life is cluttered and overwhelming, the table is bound to be cluttered and piled high as well. I began to wonder if the table was a reflection of my life or an indication of it, and then I figured something out. It doesn’t matter. As wonderful as it feels to see the sweet spot clean and clear, it doesn’t stay that way, especially if you have a family. That may sound discouraging, but think about it. Nothing stays the same. We bathe regularly to stay clean, and we mow grass regularly to keep the yard nice. We get haircuts to keep ourselves looking presentable and do laundry to have clean clothes to wear. The sweet spot requires regular maintenance to stay sweet. It needs a plan.
So what’s the plan?
Every day I try to keep up with my kitchen table. I spend a few moments putting things away and dealing with the paperwork that piles up. There are still weeks where the piles get ahead of me, but in The Magic of Fifteen Minutes, the table is clear enough to serve dinner and not look over piles of paper while we eat. That’s the best case scenario. The worst case scenario is that I’m cranky and overwhelmed and don’t know why. Then I look at my table and realize those piles are practically screaming for attention. I set my timer for 15 minutes and see what I can accomplish, and the results are usually pretty astounding. As I purge, put away, and recycle, my mood changes, and I’m a happier person. It’s such a simple thing, but it makes a big difference.
Where’s your home’s sweet spot?
So, where is the sweet spot in your home? It may be the same as mine or it may be different. For some it’s their kitchen island. For others, its an entry area. Still others find it’s a spot on their couch or maybe even their car. It doesn’t matter what that spot is as long as you find it and begin making positive changes. I’m telling you, I feel so great when I walk into my kitchen and see that clear table. I feel accomplished and inspired to do even more, and I encourage you to find that place for yourself. Figure out the one place in your home that makes you smile the most when it’s under control. Initially, it takes more than 15 minutes to tackle, but I strongly suggest limiting yourself to 15 minutes at a time or even 15 minutes per day at the beginning to prevent overwhelm. It didn’t get that way in 15 minutes, so be patient and pace yourself. You are building a habit as much as you are clearing a space.
Sharing helps others
If you’re willing to share, I would love to see your before and after pictures. If you’re willing to inspire others, we could even create a gallery of before and after photos. The ground rules are that we don’t judge the before, and we only cheer on the after. Who doesn’t need some of that? So, are you ready to make your home a better place? Are you ready to find your sweet spot and enjoy your home and your life more? I hope you are, and I will cheer you on as you do this at whatever pace works for you. As always, if you like what you’ve read, please share and subscribe. Thanks for being you and have a great day.Click here for ways to support the Moving Toward Better mission.