One busy mom has explained how she still manages to clear clutter when she’s feeling “overwhelmed,” all thanks to the handy “stacking” method suggested by her therapist
Sometimes tidying up can feel like the hardest thing in the world when you’re overwhelmed, but there are ways to make such tasks more manageable.
On TikTok, busy mom Sharon Johnson described a “brilliant” method she was taught by a former therapist known as the “stacking method.”
This handy household hack consists of picking up everything that has been placed in the wrong place and piling it up in the middle of the room.
Though the sight of a potentially huge pile might seem daunting at first, Sharon says it’s “so satisfying” to see it shrink while everything is put back into its right and proper place.
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In a TikTok video that has proven to be extremely relatable, the mother of six explained how she cleans up when she’s feeling overwhelmed.
Sharon, who goes by the username @sharon.a.life, said, “What you’re going to do is you’re going to take everything out of the room that isn’t where it’s supposed to be, and you’re going to put it in a heap in the room.
“And if you’re like me and you have three rooms that are a total disaster and you want to do them all at once, you’re going to get absolutely everything and put it in a huge pile in the middle of the living room.”
“Then you tune in to a TV show or podcast and buckle up.”
She continued: “At first the huge pile of stuff is going to be overwhelming. But it goes by so quickly and it’s so satisfying to watch that pile shrink.”
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Once you have your central pile, you’ll need to make several small piles around the outside – one per room – as well as a garbage bag and a donation pile.
Sharon explained: “And then the big bunch just shrinks and shrinks and shrinks. I did three disastrous rooms in about 20 minutes today.
“It limits the choices you have to make, it limits running around, it limits how you get distracted by other things because that’s where you are. It’s brilliant, it’s the best, and I absolutely love it.”
Many of Sharon’s followers have thanked her for sharing her wisdom and said they too will be giving it a try over the Easter weekend.
One person wrote: “I need this in my life! I’m so distracted cleaning my house that nothing gets done!”
Another said: “That’s exactly how I do it. I didn’t know it was a real thing. That’s the only way my brain can process it all!”
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