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Top 7 Tips for Keeping a Clean House When You Are Depressed


Updated October 17, 2012

Depression destroys so much of our motivation and energy that if can become difficult to keep up with day-to-day chores, yet a dirty living environment only serves to make us feel more worthless and discouraged. The following tips can help you get a handle on your house work.

1. Keep Up As You Go

Little things like rinsing and putting your dishes in the dishwasher as soon as you are done or putting things away right after you use them will keep your home clean and clutter free and prevent you from having a huge job to tackle later on.

2. Set Yourself Manageable Goals

Each day give yourself a task to accomplish that feels manageable to you, even if it's just cleaning a bathroom or tossing in a load of laundry. Over the course of a week, it all adds up to a cleaner home.

3. Learn to Work Efficiently

About's Housekeeping site is full of tips for getting organized and working more efficiently. Jobs that go by more quickly are more likely to get done when you are tired.

4. Break Through Procrastination

When we feel bad it's so easy to say, "I'll just do this tomorrow." Learn techniques to break through the urge to procrastinate and you can save yourself from having all the little jobs pile up into a big one.

5. Nobody Is Perfect

Expecting perfection is setting yourself up for disappointment and stress. Forgive yourself for being human and set reasonable standards that keep you comfortable and sanitary.

6. Delegate When Possible

If there are other people living in your home, it may create more work but there are also more hands to do the work. Get everyone doing their part to help you.

7. It's Okay to Hire a Maid Service

If it's within your budget, hire a maid service. You'll have a clean home and one less thing to worry about.
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