I know what you mean, Marlee. For the life of me, I don't know how two people can make such a mess. I try to de-cluttert, but the hubby is attached to everything. I literally have to wait until he goes to bed to toss out the must-have catalogues and other items that he might need sometime in the future. I too obsess about it. I don't feel grounded or connected surrounded with stuff. Thankfully, it is confined to one room, but only because I have begged him to keep his school stuff out of the other rooms.
I do not see a cleaning lady in my future. If the economy goes any further down the toilet, we'll be living over a sewer grate in a back alley so it won't matter. I love watching the stock market arrows pointing straight towards 'you know where'!
I have help every Wednesday They do all the cleaning, water my plants, laundry, windows etc. Pretty much whatever I need done that day. I would not want to be without it. It's 2 gals that work for 2 hrs, if I need more time thats no problem. I hate to spend the money, especially in these times, but I would be a basket case without it especially with kids(18 & 23) home from college who like to leave their stuff all over the house, like its our job to pick it up. I do try to have them do their own wash, and I don't even go into their rooms. If you stress about it, do yourself a favor and hire some help. Good luck!
I can't clean the house and save the world at the same time.
I take care of my own home. I can't afford a cleaning lady. So, I have learned to pace myself. I also try to keep things picked up. Today my project is cleaning my stove, microwave, and all counter tops in the kitchen. I've been working on it on and off all day long. I still have a couple of drip trays soaking in the sink. I don't work non-stop doing anything! That's how I pace myself.
I do pick a day to vacuum and dust. That doesn't take very long...about 45 minutes. I don't mop the floors every week. That's the hardest thing for me to do and lots of times I break up the mopping over a couple of days. I also have to hose off the lanai and wipe down patio furniture about once a month, too.
I just got in a pattern and do it. I don't have a choice in the matter. It may not be as perfect as I would really like it to be but my home is far cleaner than other people's homes I've been in that don't suffer from chronic pain! No one has gotten sick from my home nor has the Health Department come knocking on the door!
So, Marlee, my advice to you is let it go. I had to. Life will go on even if things are perfect. Enjoying your family is far more important than stressing over things that people usually don't notice!
Shannon, you just need to start doing it. If you look at an entire closet to clean, it can be overwhelming so just plan on cleaning a corner of it or the top shelves. You know what I mean. Once you get started, that will motivate you to do more. But pace yourself.
My baseboards need to be cleaned. I bought the Magic Erasers today. I want to get a low stool on wheels, the kind the gynos use, so I can sit and roll myself along the baseboards to clean them. The leaning over will only help stretch my back muscles. I think Marlee has a stool like this. I have to check online to see where I can get one. If I tried to sit on the floor and scoot, I'd be in misery and need to call a crane company to get me back on my feet!