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Mental Health Day


I wrote yesterday’s post with a lot of enthusiasm, but some scheduling issues forced me to change my plan without warning.  This caused me to freak out a little, to be honest.  I’ve been SO on track, even with last week’s changes, that I didn’t want to admit defeat.  I’m still not admitting defeat, though, because there’s no win/lose in this situation.  After a bit of an emotional breakdown (read: crying on the phone with two friends), I took a step back and reworked the schedule a little bit.

I keep forgetting that next week is a vacation week for me, so I have more uninterrupted time to focus on cleaning than I normally do.  I also moved the painting day to next Wednesday, since that’s when I’ll have help in the morning.  This has given me an extra two days to work on the studio organization, since one day was dedicated to moving the furniture and prepping the room, and the other day was for painting.  That being said, I took Monday as a mental health day.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t clean, mind you!  I still kept up with the dishes, hung the curtain for my living room closet, and worked on the linen closet a bit more.  So I managed some forward motion even though I put off starting the Studio for another day.  When I start cleaning the Studio on Tuesday, I’ll be in a much better place in my head.  The Studio contains the most emotionally difficult cleaning, as I know there will be a lot of yarn I have to throw away.  I’d rather start it when I am ready, than try to tackle it on my own when I’m feeling low.  Cleaning that last bathroom yesterday was also a physically demanding job; I may have overdone it a bit.  I was not as good about sticking to the 20/10 plan because I just wanted it to be done. I should have listened to the inner voice that tried to stop me from doing a marathon of cleaning.

If you take anything away from this post, it should be that it’s okay to have a day off once in a while.  My friends pointed out that I have made great strides, and that my deadline is self-imposed.  There is nothing wrong with listening to your body and conscience and taking the time you need to recover.

That being said…I DID get a lot done on the Linen Closet.  It’s not done, but it’s worlds better than it was.



  1. You have done an amazing job so far. Don’t beat yourself up! When you are feeling down, take a look at all your before and after pics.

  2. Hear, hear. Even good work with good energy behind it can get overwhelming, and sometimes because the progress feels so awesome it’s all the harder to notice that we are wearing ourselves out and need a break.

    After a spastic six weeks, I was at that point by end of last week too. I’ve had some slower time, by dint of not having much work to do this week, and I’m at the point of coping with the fallout from my freak-out now :} (Oh yay, the hard work starts here)

    You are doing such a wonderful job of facing up to clutter and cleaning, and I am one of the people (I know there are plenty more people) who appreciates and is inspired by this story as you are living it. Thank you!

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