regaining cleaning momentum after illness [blog] |

regaining cleaning momentum after illness

I did promise a post about deep cleaning my bedroom, didn’t I? But sometimes (many times) things can’t just be easy. As I was writing this post in the week after my July 4th break, I developed what looked like a strong allergic reaction rash. After it didn’t subside over the weekend, I saw my doctor and was diagnosed with Shingles. Apparently anyone who’s had chicken pox has a chance of developing Shingles because the virus stays dormant in your system until it reactivates during a time of compromised immune response. Did you know that stress can compromise your immune system? Continue Reading

[book review] How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind |

[book review] How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White

Let’s get straight to the point. I loved this book. How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White is one woman’s experiment in taking back control of her messy house. She passes the successful strategies and habits on to others who treat (or ignore) housework as she did. I listened to the audiobook but I’m tempted to get the print version because I enjoyed it so much. It’s read by the author and she did an amazing job of being engaging. It feels like listening to an understanding friend talk about how they managed to get some semblance of control over their home. Her advice is realistic. She acknowledges that you might need to tweak things to work for you but doesn’t compromise on the main goal of getting your house under control. Continue Reading

ants in your pants [blog] |

ants in your pants

I’m slowly accepting that I don’t see messes as they actually are. I’ll have the nagging feeling that something needs to be done about a particular spot, but there are so many of these nagging spots that no individual one stands out and cries “Start here! Start with me! I’m the most important!” Something will have to be done about them in the future because they’re not that bad yet. It’s a lie! They start off as “not that bad yet,” but my mind never upgrades them to “now it’s that bad!” Until something forces me to notice and act immediately. Which is what happened at the end of last week when I noticed a few ants crawling across my bedroom wall. Continue Reading

starting with the kitchen [blog] |

starting with the kitchen

I want to dive a bit more deeply into why I started in my kitchen when cleaning my house, what I did to make a difference, and what I’ve learned from sticking with it. If you’re new to my blog, I’ve accepted that I’m a hoarder. And now I’m trying to do something about it on my own terms. I’ve posted about not giving up my de-stressing time to clean. This post is about what I have done and how I’m going to build on it. It’s a long one. Continue Reading

what is "a lot of dishes?" [blog] |

what is “a lot of dishes?”

When people say “I really need to do my dishes” or “I have a lot of dishes to wash,” I wonder just how many dishes they mean. Because I’ve said the same thing, but a more accurate way of putting it would be “Almost every usable pot, pan, sheet, dish, bowl and glass in my house is dirty and sitting out. Some may no longer be usable because they were so bad the last time I looked at them that I set them outside just to get the stink out of the house and then forgot about them. I have more dishes to wash than I have the ability to wash in one day.” Continue Reading

Decluttering While Working Full-time [blog] |

my honest take on decluttering while working full-time

I’ve been trying to get my motivation up to start decluttering, tidying, cleaning, whatever you want to call it. When I get home from work, stressed just from being around other people, it’s relaxing to be able to use my space without stuff being in the way. To not come home to more work. To not feel closed in and trapped by all of the clutter around me. Except, of course, that clutter is the state of my home right now. Continue Reading

overwhelmed and underwhelming

Anyone else dealing with activity overload? In the month of May, which has gone by so quickly for me, my brain has refused to concentrate on, well, pretty much anything that isn’t super high priority. I haven’t worked on any stories. I haven’t worked on any videos. I’ve done the bare minimum of housework. Continue Reading

hyperfocused but accomplishing little [blog] |

hyperfocused but accomplishing little

So ADHD comes in both hyperactive and inattentive flavors. I personally am inattentive and the only hyperactivity I show is fidgeting and occasionally running in overdrive. But regardless of the subtype, those with ADHD can experience hyperfocus. This is an extended and obsessive period of focus that cannot be easily changed or stopped. I’ve heard multiple times that ADHD is poorly named because it’s not a deficit of attention. It’s a misdirection of attention, an inability to control how, when, on what and for how long attention manifests.

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can you find a theme in this multipotentialite mess? [blog] |

can you find a theme in this multipotentialite mess?

In yesterday’s post, I realized that narrowing the focus of my blog hasn’t necessarily been good for me. It’s more cohesive, but it’s not the emotional outlet and brain dump I wanted from blogging. I feel stifled by strictness. Writing too much about one thing makes that thing less enjoyable. Not writing about all of the other things banging around in my head leaves me dissatisfied. So I wanted to take the multipotentialite (interests spanning multiple areas) approach and start with what areas I want to share and then create a theme that unifies these topics. Only problem… I’m all over the place. I cannot find a theme here despite trying to group items into categories. Take a look at my list and see if you can do better. What theme would you suggest? Any help is appreciated! Continue Reading

kicking off keto [blog] |

kicking off keto

Taking a break from my #readerswhowrite posts to do a personal entry. At the beginning of the month, I started eating a ketogenic diet (low carb, moderate protein, high fat). My main goals are weight loss and digestive stabilization. I decided it was time to take some more action on getting healthier. I’m starting to have increased joint pain, decreased endurance, and some other issues that I associate with my weight. I have no target weight. I just want to be in less pain and be able to move easier. Continue Reading