Living Intentionally: Goal 11

UncategorizedOlivia Stewart2 Comments

Goal 11: Follow a daily cleaning schedule My mom and sisters can attest to the fact that I was very messy growing up.  My room was never clean, I was the last one ready in the morning and I felt at home in the midst of chaos.  I am not that way anymore!

I have talked about having depression on this blog several times but I don't think I have talked about my anxiety very much.  About six years ago I developed germaphobia in relation to eating and having clean hands.  I was depressed (but didn't know it) and we had just purchased our first home.  We moved in and were welcomed by a fridge that still had food in it and obviously hadn't been cleaned in years.  I literally sat inside that fridge with cleaner and a chisel for at least four hours and emerged a changed (not for the better) person.  The stress that filled my life at the time + my depression + that nasty fridge= germaphobia.  Now you would think that this germaphobia would have caused me to be cleaner but my method of coping was to ignore the mess.  The act of cleaning meant I had to face the germs and get my hands dirty.

Fast forward a couple years and I have done counseling, gone on medication for my depression and anxiety and I now face messes head on.  There are still things that cause me anxiety but I am usually able to calm down quickly and deal with the situation.  Being a mom has forced me to be ok with messy situations :-)

For my mental health I have to be proactive and stay on top of messes.  It is less overwhelming for me to clean a bathroom that was cleaned a week ago than a bathroom that hasn't been cleaned in a long time.  While searching online for cleaning tips I came across a website called clean mama.  She posts free printables to help you stay clean and organized.  This is the schedule I use.

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I try to follow it pretty closely but I am flexible when need be.  If I start cleaning on Monday and am motivated to do more I will and then take the other days off.  My main goal is to make sure that all of these things get done every week so that I don't get overwhelmed.  I have also found that I am a much happier person if the house is organized before I go to bed at night that way I can start fresh the next morning.  I hate waking up in the morning and feeling like I am already behind because I have dishes piled up and clothes all over the place.  The other organization tip I have is to make sure that everything has a place.  It makes picking up so much faster.  Now if a drawer is too full that it won't shut I make myself clean out the drawer.

Do you have any helpful tips to stay on top of messes?