Professional organizers are in the business of dealing with overwhelm, so I know it when I see it. While the pandemic and summer have provided some means for slowing down a bit, there’s a flip side as well. Kids will be starting school this month or next, but where and how? We’re trying to parent and work and stay healthy and be better people and deal with the onslaught of news and…of course it’s overwhelming! Here are some ideas to help you get some control again.

Finding timeIf you’ve been having trouble taking tasks to completion, here’s help for that. Routines are key to getting things done and managing overwhelm. Reflect on what yours are, and to refine them, look here. Maybe subscribe to this newsletter; it promises to be “comforting and inspiring,” and you get a free morning routine workbook.

clearing clutterThe pandemic has introduced us to new kinds of clutter. For example, your schedule may be crammed full of Zoom meetings! We are also bombarded by information and opinions. Try to schedule screen-free time, and consider taking a social media/news break, a couple days per week. Also, pay attention to developing crisis fatigue.

Creating homesReturning to school for many of us will include some component of virtual learning from home. Set your family up for distance learning ahead of time. No matter where the kids are schooling, these apps for families may be helpful. And if you’re worried about how to make it all work, remember, you’re not alone.

living simplyWhat new practices have you developed in the past few months? Did you start a garden? Reconnect with old friends? Finally declutter your closet?  This woman always has great ideas for getting on the path to simplifying your life, in a variety of ways. From trying a minimalist wardrobe to making the choice to stop drinking, her advice is valuable.

things that matterRacism in America is overwhelming, but understanding it and working to release its grip on our society is necessary. I recommend the Scene On Radio podcast series, Seeing White, and this website for learning and exploring how to make a difference. Contact me directly if you’d like more resources.