I do try to be tidy, but it’s not in my genetic programming. And post-brain injury, forgetfulness, added to my pack-rat DNA, results in a lot of clutter. IMHO – nobody can really “keep up.” Life happens. And we who are disorganized, are disorganized.
I take a picture whenever a room looks great. That’s to remind me I can do it.
And if I have company when it looks tornado-tossed, I can always show them the picture and invite them to come see me again when it’s back to looking great. Meanwhile, let’s visit. After all, they came to see me, not my house.
As for trying to maintain, it gets easier with practice (never actually gets “easy”). I use a daily check sheet modified from from the FlyLady ClutterBuster files – God bless the woman who posted it originally.
Every evening I add tomorrow’s To-Do list – a max of 5 items – to my daily Morning, mid-morning, afternoon, and evening routines. I adapted her basic form to my specific needs, with a focus on the meds and routines I need to stay functional & a comments section to let me see why, on so many days, my To-Do list never got done.
Looking back I can see that I dropped everything to take a friend to the ER, or had a wild attack of cooking enthusiasm & filled the freezer with nutritious soup, or was dealing with a financial crisis - one that required many phone calls.
I keep the kitchen very clean for reasons of hygiene. The bathroom is next in importance. All the rest is Sisyphus and his rock (In Greek mythology, the poor guy spent all day pushing the rock to the top of the hill, and when he woke up in the morning, it was back at the bottom, waiting to be pushed back up again) Some days, in my house, the rock just sits there.
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