Little eurekas Aug 22, 2021 10:41:45 GMT -5 joyinvirginia, mosaic, and 4 more like this Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by Deleted on Aug 22, 2021 10:41:45 GMT -5 Hello, older person here who's doing the job herself. Stage 2.5 or so. My landline was knocked out by an electrical storm in early July. I've been using my cell phone more and more, which is good, because I've kept rescheduling the appointment for the landline repair, which may entail the workman coming into the house, at least the basement and maybe the first floor.I've been dirt-blind for so long that I'd see piles of mouse droppings at the back of counters in the kitchen and just mentally shrug. I've been able to clean all of that up in the kitchen, but there are still three buried counters that probably conceal more of such treats. Unfortunatly, when I reschedule the phone service date, I go slack and stop making my daily plan. So doing something relatively painless and simple, like vacuuming my bedroom, starts to seem like a Herculean task. I know it's not; I forced myself to do it yesterday, because my three cats are living in the bedroom (it's the only room with A/C), and it's not right to have them live with megadust. I emptied the vac bin 3 times and disposed of a shopping bag full of my hair, fur, and dust. Today, I'll do laundry and some cleaning in the basement, then finish the "stove wall" in the kitchen and begin on one of the untouched counters. That's my heartfelt plan.I was a bit vexed when I started reading here because so many people seemed to be in the maintenance stages of their journeys, and I was looking for someone who's in the genuine squalor stage, like me. It took me two days to realize that maintaining your gains is possibly the most difficult part of the process, making those lists and counts incredibly valuable. I can see how much I need this myself; I go right back to cluttering cleared counters and spaces, as if I cannot tolerate them. And yet I have this fantasy of clear, clean rooms, of painted walls and ceilings, of living mise en place. But I know that having such a dream is nearly meaningless; I can visualize so well that I come to think I've done work I haven't. When I think of my old apartment dining room, there are beautiful draperies at the windows. In reality, the windows had only roller shades and glass sheers. There was a bolt of fabric in the corner that I'd mentally made into window treatments and hung.So at this embryonic stage, I need to keep forcing myself to maintain my gains--cleared, clean surfaces--and press on with the rest of the kitchen, and then tackle my office.I am fortunate in that I know how to clean and organize, have the tools and products to do the jobs I know are ahead of me, and sufficient resources to get other materials if needed, at least up to a point. I just need to mobilize my energy to do the work I've mapped out, and continue doing it once I've desqualored, sanitized, organized and restored an area.Any suggestions from the veterans would be welcome.