life is like a messy kitchen after a big dinner party

I don't know about you, but there is nothing more heavy that sits on my chest than the state of our kitchen the morning after a big dinner party.  There are times when I don't even know where to start.  The dishwasher is full of clean dishes, all the bottles for the baby need to be washed. There are dirty dishes filling the sink and soaking on the stove.

Recently while dealing with one of these mornings, I started to think about how similar the state of the kitchen was to my life at the moment.  I was, and still am actually, in a period of A LOT going on.  I'm starting up a business.  I have three kids to take care of, a 3,700 square foot house to maintain and clean, and I volunteer with my daughter's brownie troop.  That may sound light but trust me, I've got 'to do' lists of 'to do' lists.  :)

So, the kitchen is going to get cleaned isn't it?  I can't just not clean it.  I can't just keep piling more dirty dishes on dirty dishes.  I think there was a children's book about the girl who wouldn't do the dishes.  It got pretty ugly as I recall.  But once again, I digress.

Here's my solution, and what's great is that this can be applied to life's little messes as well:

Take one thing at a time.

Unload the dishwasher.  
Reload the dishwasher. 
Clean the baby bottles.
Wipe down the stove.

Look around and take a deep breath.  Because it's likely by the end of the day, the kitchen will have to be dealt with again.

And guess what?  Life has to be dealt with every day.  We have to get ourselves up and ready.  Our kids up and ready.  We have to make appointments, and pay bills, and go grocery shopping.  We have to deal with the emergencies and goal setting and vacation planning and college fund funding.  We have to take notice of our family and friends and make sure they know we love them.  

Take one thing at a time.  And then keep taking deep breaths so that you are ready for the next thing.  

Smooches my friends.