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Cleaning and depression. Those are definitely two words that don’t belong together. Depression takes a toll on every aspect of your life, especially your home. Trying to clean your home when you are completely overwhelmed by the mess probably seems impossible right about now.
How can you be expected to keep a clean house when you can’t get off the couch and all you want to do is sleep? Cleaning your home when you’re depressed or overwhelmed is incredibly difficult.
Where do you begin?
Cleaning your home when it has been ignored for a long period of time can be very daunting. Don’t let the feelings of being overwhelmed keep you from getting started. All you need to do is to start somewhere and take it slow.
This isn’t a race and it doesn’t all have to be tackled in one day. Depending on the size and condition of your home, it could take several days to several weeks.
Don’t let this overwhelm you! The key is to start now and keep plugging away until you’re done.
This is a guide to help you focus on what needs to be done and hopefully make it less overwhelming.
Let’s get started!
- First of all: You are amazing and you can do this!
- Gather up one load of laundry and get that started. Create a goal to get 1-2 loads of laundry completed each day.
- Start in your main bathroom. It’s important to keep this area sanitary plus it’s great to start in a small space.
- First, pick-up and take out all the trash.
- Spray your toilet with cleaning products and then use Lysol Black in the toilet bowl. This product is absolutely amazing and will get just about any stain out of your toilet! It’s a must-have if your toilet hasn’t been cleaned in a while.
- Get your vanity scrubbed and make sure to wipe down the outside of the cabinets.
- Don’t forget your mirror. This is my favorite cleaner for mirrors and windows. It’s cheap and it doesn’t leave any streaks.
- Before you clean your toilet, apply your cleaner to the bathtub/shower. Let that sit for a bit while you clean your toilet. Bar Keepers Friend is another amazing product that gets really dirty things really clean. Plus it
‘s cheap and it can be used in your kitchen too!
- Once you’re done with that, get your shower cleaned and you’re done with one space!
- Once you’ve completed your bathroom make a list of what needs to be accomplished. I love using lists because it makes me feel more accomplished when I get to cross something off. You can download my Free TO Do List Printable Here. Pretty lists always make me feel more enthusiastic about cleaning lol.
Walk throughyour house and take all the dirty dishes to the kitchen.
- Don’t forget to move your laundry to the dryer.
- Next, move on to your kitchen. This is the main hub of our home and when it’s clean I always feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Plus, when the kitchen is clean, everything else seems much cleaner as well.
- Start by throwing out all the trash
- Put away all the stuff you have sitting on the counters.
- Move on to the dishes. Start by soaking anything that needs it and then wash those last. Blue Dawn dish soap is my favorite!
- Wipe down the counters and then sanitize them.
- Vacuum or sweep and then mop the floors if you feel like it. If not, no biggie! Save it for another day.
- Move into your living space. Look for a small area and start there. For example, clear up the clutter piled up on your dining room table or on your coffee table. Clean this area completely before moving on. It will make you feel better to see it completely clean plus it will help you see the amazing progress you’re making.
- Continue to move around your living space and getting rid of clutter. When the clutter is all clean, dust and then vacuum. You’ll feel so good when you’re done!
- Move on to the bedrooms. If you have children I would start with their rooms. Start by picking up any garbage. Pull their sheets off and get a load of laundry started. Then start putting things back in their proper place. If you’re up for it, now would be a good time to make a bag for donation filled with clothes that don’t fit and toys that aren’t played with. Once everything is picked up and put away, vacuum the floors and then take a break!
- Move into the master bedroom and complete the same steps as you did in your kids’ rooms.
- Clean the master bath by following the same steps you competed for your main bath.
- Last but not least, don’t forget about your floors. This is my least favorite chore! Do it in stages if you need to. I have a ton of tile in my house and I can never seem to do it all at the same time. Do one room per day if it makes it easier for you. Something that makes it much easier for me is my Bissell Crosswave. It’s a vacuum and mop all in one. It’s basically what all my cleaning dreams are made of lol! I had to beg my husband for this one since I have a bit of a mop collection already. I’m so glad I got it because it gets used almost daily!
Woohoo! You did it! Having a clean house always makes me feel so much better. I hope you feel better too! Cleaning up a very messy house can be so overwhelming and I know for me it led to avoidance and then agitation. I can’t stand a messy house but I also couldn’t work up the energy or interest to clean.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Just remember to start small and go from there. You don’t need to do everything all at once – do it at your own pace. And if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.
See if a friend or relative can help you clean. Or, if you have children, see if someone can babysit while you’re cleaning. Those little ones make accomplishing things around the house very difficult! I know it’s hard for me to get anything done when I’m home alone with my three kiddos.
Wishing you all the best!