The older I am, the more focused I have become on “to do” lists. In fact, completing tasks for me has become a form of self-care. I often light a candle, put on good music and clean. This act feels important to me, especially with the constant clutter created by small children. I will tell you from experience that while completing lists feels good to me, it comes up short in creating a meaningful life (for me). My belief that life’s meaning is often revealed in the messiness of the daily grind. Which is why I am working on allowing for more mess, so that I can free up time to connect with friends and family. If I have a finite amount of time during the week to connect, cook, clean, work, exercise and explore the world, I need to prioritize what portion of my life is spent on each. Today I choose to spend time playing with my children, laughing with friends and perhaps doing a chore or two. It is a choice to focus on what really matters. At the end of my days, I will not regret having a messy kitchen when I have nurtured meaningful relationships with friends and family. I invite you to consider what you prioritize. Just because it is best for me to make this choice, I do not believe that you need to make the same choice. Perhaps decluttering and cleaning is the exact thing you need to create balance in your life. I honor and respect that too.