Originally Posted by Crayfish
-- Maybe you used to have enough time for housekeeping, and you were able to sweep through the whole bathroom, cleaning and disinfecting every surface, scrubbing and whitening the grout, twice a week, and it took you three hours to get it perfect. Now you don't have the three hours, so "there's no point" in just giving it a ten minute wipedown; it won't be perfect, and you'll feel bad about that imperfection, and you want to avoid that, and you tell yourself that you'll get to it next week. And then next week. And then next week. And every week, perfection is farther away, so every week you're less likely to do it. Eventually, just thinking about the bathroom makes you feel bad. Avoid.
And so on, and so on. The key to a clean happy house is not perfection; the key is a healthy acceptance of "good enough".
Spot on, Crayfish. Took me years to understand this was what was happening with me...
- 1 bath towel per person, plus one extra
- 1 sheet per bed, plus one extra of each size bed
- 1 pillow case per pillow, plus an extra
- drawer full of cloth napkins (that I no longer even fold!)
- drawer full of cloth towels (again, not folded)
- 1 bowl, 1 plate per person
- 2 spoons/forks per person, 3 butter knives
- one shelf for mugs, whatever amount fits comfortably
- we just use mason jars for drinking glasses, as tupperware, for freezing things, etc. so I have one drawer for lids and rings, and one entire shelf for all different sizes (the amount varies day to day due to what came out of the freezer, what went to someone else's house, what I gave away in a jar, what I got from someone in a jar, etc.)