1. The thing that has just left me marveling while I walk around cleaning up: … “[t]ake a second and recognize how many things that probably saved you from … and now recognize that you just don’t need it anymore; it’s time to move on and find other coping mechanisms that are healthier and better for you.”

    I’m just in awe. The stress that it took to get me to clean was from childhood; but not because of trauma or abuse. It was because cleaning stressed my mom out, too. I guess I just learned it. And it became my coping mechanism. You are so right!

    This is freeing! I love the dopamine shot from this! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hi Andrea! Wow, did I need this today, and you are such a good writer! The way you structure your posts around quotes is so smart.

    I’m a big fan of timers for decluttering, especially in 5-minute bursts for areas like kitchen drawers or a bathroom vanity, and I try (and sometimes forget) to take a “before” photo with my phone if it’s going to be a longer project that I know I’ll have many “day after perfect” moments. The reward is a much less cluttered space and the clean “after” photo, of course.

    Again, this was a practical and well-written post. I’ll be trying the Rule of 3 chores next!

    1. Focus on the daily big 3: dishes, laundry, and a quick reset of living spaces, and it will help with that. <3 And take things one step at a time! Baby steps. <3 You got this.

  3. Thanks for writing! At least i know there are other people who struggle with this! Trying to do better, must learn to extend myself Grace.

  4. This is so good, especially when you quoted what Nora Roberts said,

    ““… the key to juggling is to know that some of the balls you have in the air are made of plastic and some are made of glass.”

    Yeah, sometimes it can be hard to get up on your ass and clean the house if you have an 8-hour job. Thanks for your article, I realised a lot of good points. Thanks!

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