This kind of sweep doesn't involve a broom, but rather a trick I learned many years ago as a young mom. Perhaps it will help you get out from under things today. Let me share what I mean -- it's so simple!
When things get overwhelming (meaning my kitchen is loaded down with stuff that A. doesn't belong here in the first place, or B. just needs to be put away), I have to take my eyes off the big picture (afterall, that's what is overwhelming me), and look at each separate area.
I start in a corner -- for me, it's the end of a counter-space -- and I work my way around the kitchen counter-clockwise.. I move in a direction that works naturally with the flow or layout of my room.
My first tiny counter-space involves the toaster. Unplug. Set back in corner. Brush away toast crumbs.
Next, the stove-top. Wipe clean, and work on any stuck on food spots. Put away pots and pans and clean dishes that land here.
Onto a bigger area of counter-space. Put food/dish items away. Tidy up what belongs there. Wipe down counter.
The sink... yada yada. You get the idea.
This kind of sweep works in any room, and it's a great way to tidy up in a hurry. If you circle the entire room, it's hard to miss things. I usually dust this way as well, so that I don't miss a spot.
* grateful to have caught up on so many things around the house, so that I don't feel overwhelmed when I return from my trip
* grateful for my sweet daughter who is ever my encourager
* grateful for that amazing "Billy Goat" that my hubby used to clean up all of our leaves, and for my hubby's hard work too
* grateful to see the Cleveland Pear trees turn to gold before my trip
Feel free to chime in with a comment! What are you grateful for today?