How many struggle with this?

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    Is anyone else at war with clutter?

    If so, have you seen the anxiety, depression-clutter-anxiety, depression cycle in your life?

    Have you noticed harmful effects on your marriage?

    Even before Covid, there has been a trend for minimalism, simple living, etc. and I’ve read many books and blogs and spent a lot of effort fighting an always incoming tide. I’ve collected a lot of wisdom along the way and “know” a lot of the answers, but an over-full house is my personal albatross.

    With everyone staying home, I hear a lot of how people are cleaning out and doing home improvement projects and getting so much done, and I look around and find myself still struggling with the same old uphill trudge to make any improvement and wonder how “everyone” (yes I know, it’s not REALLY everyone) else does it. I have this fear that after the lock down I’ll be the only one with a house that’s still messy!

    I have noticed that coming home every day to a house I still have not managed to improve is draining rather than re-charging to my husband and am doing my best (honest, I am!) to fix it. (That cycle I mentioned affects me badly, especially when I feel like progress is really slow. Sometimes the physical effects on my body are paralyzing and I just have to sleep for a day to get past them.)

    Am I the only one?

    If there’s anyone else, what helps you most with this struggle?

    (A push to get over the hump and make some big progress has been one reason I haven’t been around much lately.  Trying to be more purposeful about my day, “waste” less time on the computer, go to bed earlier, and keep my focus on making progress. But I sure have missed hanging out here!)

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      I deal with this EVERY SINGLE DAY of my life. I have anxiety but i also have Lyme’s disease and a myriad of other health problems and my yard and house remind me of this daily and it causes great anxiety in me. If i had the health i would gladly tackle it all.

      Blanket on a secluded beach! Answered on May 22, 2020.

      I’m so sorry! I’m really thankful to be in basically good health right now, but there have been times when I wasn’t and I’m still trying to dig out from how things fell apart then. It’s an uphill battle, isn’t it?

      on May 22, 2020.

      For sure and i’m trying to learn after all these years (!) to praise the Lord in the midst of it. I’m very very much a “kick against the goad” type of person, ugh….

      on May 22, 2020.
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        Asking for prayer that answer may be honestly posted.

        Have lost post after several lines.  Will be moving out to senior living closer to family.

        Queen bed Answered on May 24, 2020.
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          Yes. Kitchen remodel, yard remodel, garage shelf construction, lotsa garbage and cardboard. Special needs kids who make messes but cannot be trusted to clean it up. Our life in a nutshell.

          Hammock Answered on May 25, 2020.
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