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picklypopcorn Thu 21-Jul-16 18:48:21

I posted a few weeks ago about how my house had got on top of me and how I was living day to day in a complete shite hole partly thanks to my very messy dogs and partly thanks to my anxiety and depression which had just got totally on top of me gradually. The house was so bad it stunk, was grimy and just generally really really grim.

Anyway! I asked you guys for help and you gave me the best advice ever: just start in one tiny section of one room and get it totally perfect, then move on to the next section of that room etc etc etc, throwing away anything I didn't need as I went. I was also advised to just work through it in 15 min bursts, So I did.

Well once I started I couldn't stop.

2 days later I sat down with a cup of tea in an absolutely spotless living room, in my absolutely spotless house that had been scrubbed, bleached, dusted, wiped, vaccummed and just generally blitzed! I threw away 36 black bin bags full of rubbish. 36. It felt AMAZING.

4 weeks (ish) later I have set myself up with a weekly routine that's pinned on the fridge that takes me about 20 mins each evening and an hour on Saturday mornings. It keeps the house beautifully clean and tidy and keeps me on track. I don't go to bed u til the list is done.

I actually had my mum over for a cup of tea and for the first time ever she didn't say a word about 'the awful mess' grin you could see on her face she was taken aback but didn't want to make a big deal of it, although as she was leaving she gave me a big hug and said 'I'm so glad you're doing so much better' smile

The very very best bit of all is the change in me. My anxiety is the lowest it's been for months and months and I find it so much easier to just COPE with every day life. I find my 20 minute cleaning each day is actually really therapeutic and after a full day at work it gives me a way to switch off.

So again, thankyou so so so much to everyone who commented on my last thread and was so non-judgemental and lovely, you have quite literally changed my life!

EmpressOfTheVaginaDentata Thu 21-Jul-16 18:50:33

I wasn't on the thread but good on you! cakebrew

Howlongtillbedtime Thu 21-Jul-16 18:52:03

I wasn't on the thread but well done you that is an amazing achievement . you must be so proud of yourself .

NovemberInDailyFailLand Thu 21-Jul-16 18:53:05

Thrilled to read this! You done good ;)

AliceInHinterland Thu 21-Jul-16 18:56:03

Two days?! Amazing!

NorksAreMessy Thu 21-Jul-16 19:09:06

Well, what a brilliant post!

I do so agree with the mental health aspect. Not just the result, but the act of organising and making the house calm makes me feel calm.
Brilliant smile

peaz1 Thu 21-Jul-16 19:11:33

Fantastic! I'm hoping to get a semi tidy house next week before we go away on holiday. I wonder if it's possible with two kids and all the packing.

Can anyone link to the ops first thread?x

picklypopcorn Thu 21-Jul-16 19:23:36

Thanks guys smile

Here's the original thread:

peaz1 Thu 21-Jul-16 20:03:16

Thank you!

PragmaticWench Thu 21-Jul-16 20:10:59

Well done, you should be very proud of yourself!

I always feel worse when I'm surrounded by crappy that needs sorting, it's a swamped feeling and clouds your mind. Agree that a little each day works.

PigletJohn Thu 21-Jul-16 20:16:33

Great news. I think it's the same with decorating or DIY, if you start work all over the house, you can never escape and it gets on top of you.

building2016 Thu 21-Jul-16 22:30:38

Wow, that is incredible. You must be totally delighted. I'm delighted for you.

ThatsNotEvenAWord Thu 21-Jul-16 22:38:30

Good for you ☺️☺️☺️

KindDogsTail Thu 21-Jul-16 22:51:52

That sounds absolutely amazing and inspiring too! How lovely that your anxiety has lessened as well.

zzzzz Thu 21-Jul-16 23:05:23

You made me cry.


Just lovely.

building2016 Fri 22-Jul-16 13:09:44

And you totally inspired me to clean the oven and under the sink today.

EnidButton Mon 25-Jul-16 08:26:38

Amazing! Well done. flowers And so glad it has helped you with your anxiety. So great.

(Get yourself and your lovely home some real life flowers btw. You more than deserve them.)

SlatternIsTrying Mon 25-Jul-16 21:31:11

Lovely thread.

I was pulled into MN initially because of the housekeeping board.

I have always found people on this board very helpful and motivating.

WanderingTrolley1 Mon 25-Jul-16 21:32:22

Well done you! flowers

timegate Mon 25-Jul-16 21:44:41

A very well done! smile you should be very proud of yourself!

picklypopcorn Tue 26-Jul-16 08:57:27

Enid I did just that yesterday, I bought myself a HUGE bunch of sunflowers which are currently brightening up my downstairs bathroom grin

BoreOfWhabylon Tue 26-Jul-16 09:02:29

What a lovely thread - well done! flowers

(I also love the Housekeeping board)

user7755 Tue 26-Jul-16 09:09:09

You have inspired me.

It's my first day of annual leave, I have been putting off exercising and picking up a parcel by lying in bed mumsnetting but I'm going to get up and start going though the house.

Have been meaning to Marie Kon the house for ages and you - yes you picklypopcorn - are my inspiration!

wizzywig Tue 26-Jul-16 09:15:31

Yay a happy mn thread! Well done!

SixtiesChildOfWildBlueSkies Tue 26-Jul-16 09:17:26

What a lovely thread to read whilst having my morning cuppa. Brilliantly done OP flowers star flowers

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