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Like you, I have taken one look around my house gotten stressed out!  Where did this mess come from?  How many people live here again?  Are you SURE it’s just four people and not more?  Why does the house even have to get so dirty in the first place?  Why??   I just wanted to sit and veg out in front of the TV and pretend like the mess wasn’t there.  Learn how to clean when you are overwhelmed in a few easy steps.

How to Clean When You Are Overwhelmed

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How to Clean When You Are Overwhelmed

First things first: take a deep breath and relax.

Figure out your non-negotiables.

First, figure out what your non-negotiables are.  Non-negotiables are chores that drive you absolutely nuts when they aren’t complete.  What keeps you up at night if it isn’t done?  Is it the trash?  Is it the laundry?

My non-negotiables are:

  1. Make the bed
  2. Take out the trash
  3. Clean the kitchen
  4. Keep paper under control
  5. Laundry

These make it easier to clean the house when you do have time to speed clean or deep clean.  The prep work is done for you.

Don’t worry about the rest of the house.

When you are having a busy or stressful week, just do these non-negotiables and you will be able to breathe easier.  Don’t worry about the rest.  The chores will be waiting on you when you are ready.  I promise ?.

If you have a bad day, give yourself grace.

If you had a bad day and didn’t do any of the 5 non-negotiables, don’t worry.  Give yourself some grace.  You can reset and try again tomorrow.  Beating yourself up about having an off day or relaxing will not help.

Don’t be so hard on yourself.  Everyone falls off the wagon every now and again. Just take a deep breath and try again.  What are your non-negotiables when it comes to cleaning?  Let me know in the comments below.