5 Cleaning Tips for Manic Depressives


I suppose these tips will also work for people who aren’t manic depressive, but you know how it is; when you’re manic nothing gets done because you can’t focus on anything, and when you’re depressed you feel too lethargic.

Fear not!

With these simple cleaning tips, you’ll be living the dream of a clean home in no time!

  1. Stop beating yourself up.

Now’s the time for liberal doses of self-compassion. Don’t beat yourself up about how you’re feeling, or for the current state of your home. The situation’s not hopeless, it’s not too late, and you can start where you’re at.

  1. Make a list.

Write down each area or room in your home that needs to be cleaned. For example: living room, bedroom, kitchen, office, etc. Don’t worry about what needs to be cleaned in these areas, or how you’re going to do it.

  1. Break it down.

Once you’ve listed the areas of your home, write down one main thing in the area that would contribute most if you were to clean it. For example, maybe if you washed dishes in the kitchen it would make the biggest difference, or take out the trash. You can list other things if you’d like, but focus on the main thing.

  1. Figure out what you’re willing and/or able to do.

You might not be able to do very much, and that’s OK. See what you are able to do, no matter how small, and do it. If you’re able to wash one dirty dish in the kitchen, that’s one dish that’s very happy you cleaned it!

  1. Let it go.

Allow yourself to do what you’re able to, and stop when you feel like stopping. If you become obsessive about cleaning it’s probably a good time to give it a rest, and when you feel like you can’t do anything it’s probably a good time to do one small thing.


Hopefully these tips will help you clean up your home, but more importantly, help you feel better about things, whether you’re manic depressive or not!


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