Hi! I’m Brenda.
I’m the blogger here at The Overwhelmed Home, and I’m so glad you’re here!
Just like you, I’m busy all day long.
I’m a blogger – with two blogs (maybe more), a wife, mom to a Golden doodle, a couple of grown-up kids, and I’m a grandma too.
I absolutely love to journal and plan; I’m a real paper and pen kind of girl.
When I get a chance, I love to cook a good meal in the kitchen. Feeding people is my love language.
Home is an Important Thing to Me
The idea of home, the reality of making it your own, the feeling of welcome that it invokes – I’ve always wanted that.
And I’m lucky that for many years, I’ve had that.
But It’s Hard Sometimes
We are all in different seasons of our lives, but there are plenty of times when your house just gets away from you.
Maybe you’re working a job, caring for children, or being a caretaker to someone you love.
I’ve been there.
Life can change, and sometimes the very thing that you look to for solace and comfort has changed too.
It’s a Learned Skill
Maybe your home is cluttered, in need of organizing, or just a good cleaning. You wonder when you’ll find the time. Or maybe you have no idea where to begin.
My mom never taught me much about housework. She always said it was easier to do it herself. Maybe she regretted those words because when I got a home of my own, it was always a disaster. My mom and dad would come to visit and end up catching up on my laundry or cleaning up a messy room.
That’s embarrassing to admit, but true. I didn’t have the slightest idea of where to begin. The whole idea of housekeeping just overwhelmed me. It was nothing to run out of towels or clean clothes, and it seemed I never noticed that things needed cleaning until they were truly dirty.
Then, every once in awhile, I would get fed up and go on a cleaning binge. First, it never lasted, and second, I’ve thrown out so many important things, I can’t begin to tell you. The title to a car we owned, all of our unused checks, tickets to an event.
And I Learned How
I was determined to get better at this, so I read everything I could find about keeping a home. I was devoted to Martha Stewart, who – let’s face it – was the wrong role model for me.
It wasn’t until I found a book called Sidetracked Home Executives that I got my life together. They had a card file system (that appealed to my love of stationery) and because each card was only one thing to complete, it worked for me!
You don’t know how happy I was when my mom and dad came to visit the next time. I had three children under the age of five, my house was clean and running smoothly, and when my mom needed something, I gave her exact instructions on where to find it! Linen closet, second shelf from the top, right-hand side, near the back. High five for me!
Now I’ve Got Solutions
At this season in my life, I’ve been through a lot.
I’ve had problems, and I’ve solved more than a few.
I don’t use the card file system anymore (although I have created a similar system in Trello), but my house is just as orderly.
I can teach you about keeping your home clean in less time – and still have time on the weekends for fun. I can teach you how to take your home from chaos to calm and orderly too.
Decluttering and organizing what’s left.
And I’ve got lots of ideas to get dinner on the table! Just be warned – I don’t measure anything and I rarely make the same dish the same way twice!
I believe that you can keep your home clean and tidy in minutes a day and still have time for the important things in life.
Thank you for being here, for visiting this little online home of mine.
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