Reclaim Your Time

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Simplify

I just read a fascinating article in the April issue of Real Simple© called Women In Time. The article details how the Modern Day Woman, whether a full time professional or a stay at home mom, has little to no down time for herself (shocker!).

The article continues by stating some staggering statistics, read on to see if you can relate to any of these:
· 49% of women refuse to give control of any kind to their spouses when it comes to organizing and de-cluttering.
· 28% of women say they refuse to ask their spouses for help around the house because they believe that their partner wouldn’t do as good a job; a condition called “Gatekeeping”
· 58% of women postpone free time until their chores are completed.

As a result, 49% of women today have less than 90 minutes of free time to themselves, and 4% said they have none at all.

WOW. No wonder half the women today have no time for themselves. Clearly, we take on too much, and as much as we say we want our spouse help around the house, statistics prove otherwise. Let’s face it; most women do not like to delegate when it comes to the house because it’s the one area that we can control.

We make it our personal mission to have a beautiful home, and take it personally when it’s not up to our standards. As a result we often wind up tired, frustrated and living amongst chaos and clutter because we don’t want to ask for help.

Guess what? Asking for help does not mean you are waving a white flag in defeat. In fact, it’s the opposite. Listen up ladies: You are a better, mom, wife, and person when your epicenter is running smoothly.

You’re probably saying to yourself “sounds great, but how can I change the obvious?”

Here’s how: Select one area of your home that is the bane of your existence and relinquish it.

Whether it’s hiring a stylist to help you look and feel your best, a landscaper to take care of the outside of your home freeing you from spending every weekend in the yard, or hiring an organizer (like me!) to help you eliminate your clutter, you can immediately turn your chaos into calm. The trade off is priceless; trust me.

I challenge you to make a positive change in your life starting today and reclaim a little sanity. Taking “it” (whatever your “it” is) off your plate will allow you to focus your time and energy on what really matters: You and Your Family.

Laurie Palau

Laurie Palau is the founder of simply B organized, author of the book HOT MESS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GETTING ORGANIZED, and host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life. She is a go-to Organizing Expert whose advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Laurie can also be seen sharing tips on the CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ. She lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.

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