I've been trying to figure out why I am always so cranky and I get easily frustrated when I look around my house. I don't know if there an official name, but I call it "clutter anxiety." Can you relate? I feel like there are never ending piles and corners of needless stuff that make me cringe. I don't know where this stuff comes from, but it's driving me crazy. However, I know this is normal, but I'm trying to figure out a way so that is doesn't cause me so much anxiety.
Last weekend I had more hours to spend in the cleaning mode. So I decided to get a handle on some of these areas. I have a lot of books that I'm reading, devotional material, ideas for teaching, paper for taking notes of great ideas from the computer and gobs of recipes and cookbooks that I leave lying around so I can get to them when I need them. The problem is, I don't need them ALL the time. So I took everything and recycled what I didn't want and put everything in a box or basket. Now I just need to find some places to put these that I can easily access. Ah, that made me feel somewhat better.
I'm loving my cleaning accountability Facebook group that challenges me everyday to take 1 hour to clean 4 areas. I also am following I Dream of Clean's 31 Days to make Cleaning a Habit. I continue to read Sarah Mae's book, 31 Days to Clean because it inspires me in many areas to create a home that is healthy and loving as well as clean!
I feel like I'm getting closer to my goal which is to have normal cleaning routines and keep on top of "clutter" areas. This will give me time to do more things that I enjoy like reading leisurely, sewing, cooking, baking, playing with my kids and going out to do fun things with my family. I do all these things, but to a minimal degree right now.
This is the last edition of the Homemaker's Challenge, but I heard there is a Fall Edition. Anything like this keeps me motivated.