Links to Articles About Keeping House

When I think of keeping house, it includes everything from how I have organized it to basic cleaning jobs and doing the laundry.  I have no idea what the going rate is for a live-in housekeeper, but I think one would have to have a nice, fat salary to afford one.  Basically, keeping the house clean is a matter of enhancing our happiness and health.  Living in a cluttered, dirty house is quite simply -- depressing

Therefore, I see this as a re-education opportunity for those of us who deal with chronic illnesses and fatigue.  I hope to tackle clutter in whatever area of life I find it.  My goal is to help us find ways to  simplify our routines, so when flares happen we don't feel guilt-ridden and frustrated.   About guilt -- you shouldn't feel that way when you are sick.  I think most of us would like to be able to do things the way we used to, but most of us can't.  

So, we will learn to adjust our attitudes, how we talk to ourselves, and how we get our work done.  We are not going for "perfect," but we are learning to pace ourselves and have a reasonably clean house, which we can enjoy.  This blog is all about encouragement and hope.  It's a about keeping on -- keeping on, but not making ourselves sicker in the process.  God bless you on this journey.  I am thinking about you and praying for you.

Cleaning the Bathroom

Feelings About Cleaning

Panic Attack Over Cleaning

Measuring Success

Toolkit for Success

Cleaning During a Flare

Returning to Your Normal Routine after a Relapse,

{or an Additional Illness, Such as the Flu, a viral illness, an infection, or surgery}


31 Days of FlyLady

A few months ago, another blogger asked me if there is any particular system of cleaning I follow;  and, my first reaction was no, because I have been working on developing my own.  However, I have been heavily influenced by FlyLady.  The idea that you can do anything in 15 minutes is encouraging to most people.  It also fits right in with almost any energy level, attention span, and using one's time well.   However, I have studied several methods of housekeeping over the last forty-something years, and I have taken things that work for me, as well as what could work for other people.  I consider myself a work in progress with finding better ways to handle household chores. 

 The following blog posts are from when I decided to stick to 31 Days of FlyLady Babysteps.  What I found was a continual problem with energy that would get in the way and frustrate me.  However, I consider the things I have learned from
 FlyLady extremely useful.  

Marla Cilley, the FlyLady came up with a system that has helped thousands of people over the last 10 or 15 years.  From all of the cleaning plans and organizational  systems that are written about in books and blogs, it is obvious there are many people who want to do it better.  From what I have seen, cleaning "personalities" range from the seriously clutter challenged and messy to people that would simply like to be more efficient in getting the job done.  Marla Cilley's system can be useful in helping one establish a routine.

Oh, I must mention that I have started the 31 Days of FlyLady Babysteps several times in the last 9 or 10 years.  I would have to say I was the struggling flybaby.  Maybe, that is because I am usually too tired to do the daily routines every day.  Therefore, I am willing to happy with clean enough or reasonably clean.  I have to keep my perfectionism from making me feel like a flybaby failure and talk nicely to myself.

Too Hot to Handle?  Blocked?
Resting Is Doing Something

ting Rid of the Clutter in Our

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It's always lovely hearing from you. xoxo, Deborah