You say, “I find myself crying in the bathroom while my three boys watch tv in the room.”
And, “I work in the mental health field which is exhausting in its own right.”
I’ve been told by a psychiatrist that crying is a sign of depression.
And since you are on the bipolar forum, and looked this site up under “bipolar…and overwhelmed with house clutter”
You seem to think you have bipolar.
Are you taking anything for it?
As for the clutter and bipolar connection, I had never connected the two, but I do have a lot of clutter in my house.
Whenever I want to work on a project, I have to use my double bed, because every table top in the house is filled with junk. The only reason my bed is clear is because I have to sleep on it at might.
One thing that can work for me is that for health reasons, I sometimes have a helper in the house. If the helper says, let’s clean off the dining room table, I can assist with that and the table gets clean in a pretty short while.
Can you get anybody to help you get organized? Do you have any help from time to time? Can you get somebody to come in, maybe a relative or a home help type person, to assist you with chores?
Do you have a generally positive frame of mind? I found I was tripping myself up a lot by having a negative frame of mind, thinking that things always had to come out on the negative end for me.
They didn’t. I was just thinking that, maybe from childhood training or from bipolar, or from both.
I try to think positive now before starting in on a problem, that I can solve it, and it opens up my mind to do that. I don’t look at a pile of clothes as a defeat, I look at them as, if I feel like it, of if they have to be washed, I’ll wash them.
As far as the stupid dog is concerned, that is my laugh for the day. Send the dog my best.
As far as my dog, if it wasn’t for the dog, I probably wouldn’t get out of the house all day.
That was going to be another one of my tips, blame everything on the dog. It works. But I see you've already you used that one.