As discussed last time, organizing your home can be a challenging task, especially when dealing with depression.
For women especially, depression affects motivation. Small tasks and routine maintenance, like decluttering, tend to snowball and quickly become overwhelming. It can feel insurmountable and become unclear where to start or what to do. Don’t despair! You’re not alone; many people share this struggle. Progress is possible by breaking it down into smaller, manageable steps.
In addition to starting small, creating a plan and seeking support, here are some more tips to help you with home organizing while coping with depression:
Break it down
Divide larger tasks into smaller, more manageable subtasks. Bite size chunks are easier to digest. For example, if you’re organizing your closet, break it down into sorting clothes, decluttering, and arranging items by category or color.
Make it enjoyable
Play your favorite music, listen to a podcast, or turn organizing into a social activity by inviting a friend over. Finding ways to make the process more enjoyable can help boost your mood and make it easier to stay motivated.
Recognize and celebrate even the smallest achievements. Acknowledge your efforts and give yourself credit for the progress you’ve made. Remember that any step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction.
Next up: Keeping it Together – tips for ongoing maintenance to avoid overwhelm.