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Some basic tasks give me more energy than I usually realize they will, and some kinds of messes drain my energy more than others. Identifying and acknowledging these helps me manage my energy better.
Girl, also a 5. Maybe that is why everything you write resonates with me. 😂😭
Thank you so much for this podcast, this helps my ADHD brain!! Energy takers also bring guilt. Your posts and podcast and books have helped me so much as I’ve struggled with depression and guilt. I share your information as much as possible and you have helped a lot of people. Be blessed!!!
Hi Dana, I just wanted to thank you for being brave enough to reveal your honest struggle and process. I stumbled across your podcast and it is saving my sanity and helping me out of Groundhog Day insanity and depression of not having been able to conquer “once and for all” my messy home.
I am a single mom and a wonderful 5 year old daughter- and I have been in an ongoing high conflict custody battle. I am a Christian, we have a supportive church, I have a supportive workplace, but my energy is so low and the mess daily haunts me. My mental energy needs to be going towards preparing for trial, and enjoying my free time being present with my daughter, and hopefully creating art again) not struggling with dishes.
It was encouraging to hear that many creatives struggle in this way with mess. Thank you so much for sharing, God bless you. You are a lifesaver in this season.
Thieu Tiet says
YES, YES, YES, you make perfect sense with what you’re calling rambling. Especially while I’m in the middle of reading, no not reading, devouring your “How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind”.
You did hit the nail on its head instead of your finger when you help me see that it’s NOT the baby step that gets it done but the keep-doing-the- baby-step-every-day …
I’m turning 66 (years) today and have been married for 41 + years and still struggling in keeping my house in order routinely. We can have meetings in our house, but I still have to keep bedroom doors closed… When we don’t have guests the kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes 75% of the time, like right now (the 25% is on my husband’s watch :O ). BUT I’m NOT going to give up in trying BECAUSE I do get my energy up from a clean and orderly house (or a sparkling bathtub!) I told my daughter I’m gonna to persevere til my last breath. And she encouraged me to keep trying.
Your book How to Manage Your Home… (which I’ve just discovered 4 days ago) opened my eyes to see the key factor to manage my old home.
Can’t wait to listen to all these podcasts as I follow my ROUTINE IN CLEANING. That combo is an energy giver.