Originally Posted by Valian
I once heard the term "discouraged perfectionist" and it fits me and my cleaning styles to a T. I don't like to do things that I can't do right or all the way, so unless I limit myself to smaller, manageable tasks then I get caught up in detail cleaning and the big picture doesn't get any better. So unless I keep myself on task then hey my grout might be clean but you won't be able to walk through the living room.
I keep telling myself "if it is worth doing, it is worth doing badly." In other words, it is better to get it done poorly than not at all.
I am tackling a bedroom redecoration (that's not quite the right word because it implies that it is optional, just changing the appearance). I've managed to get the walls and ceiling washed and unmoldy. I've been taking it one small step at a time, just washing one corner, etc, for a few weeks. Next step is to patch the holes and cracks. Saturday, dh is taking ds out and I plan on painting the ceiling. This could take me all summer with 5 windows and 2 closets (which need wallpaper stripped). It's a huge room, bigger than my apartment when I lived alone.
One thing that I've been making a point of, is to not undo too much in case this project gets sidetracked by life. So I haven't taken all the window coverings down and the switchplates off because I want to be able to have the room be usable if we need it as a guestroom. I'll do those things when I'm actually ready to paint the walls. That is similar to the advice others have given about not taking on too much at once, just one cupboard, etc, so you don't end up with things being worse.
Just getting trash out, laundry processed, and dishes done makes the biggest difference. I'm always amazed at how much clutter is actually trash (recycling usually).