Red, I really need help. I need to clean my apartment because movers are coming in two days to take everything to another country. My husband has left me in charge and I just... fell apart by myself. There's flies everywhere, the rice cooker is filled with maggots. It's like no one has lived here for months and it looks like a sewer... I'm having a massive panic attack and can't really face up to all the work that needs to be done. I want to just... disappear
Hey, listen to me for a second, now we’re gonna breathe. Stop for a second wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Breathe until you’re doing it calmly and then open your eyes again, alright?
Now, with a bit more clarity of mind, I want you to know it’s okay. It might be a lot of work but nothing’s impossible if you organise everything and pace yourself properly. All you need is a plan and a bit of mental order and I can help with that. Don’t think about all the things you need to do, pick one single task, and complete it. Pick a room, say the kitchen, since you mentioned it, and forget about the rest of the house completely for a minute. You have enough time, I promise you.
Grab a bin bag and throw in anything that’s rubbish in the room, anything that can go straight into the trash can. Any leftover food, useless garbage, throw it all out. Once you’re done with that, clean the rice cooker. If you have any dirty dishes that need washing, do that after the rice cooker. If you have any bug spray, get rid of the flies. If not, don’t pay attention to them for now, just clean around the room and leave the windows open. They will leave once everything’s clean. Pick your tasks, one by one, baby steps… don’t overwhelm yourself.
Clean the dishes, then clean the cupboards, then the counters, then the fridge, and then floors. Do it like this, and follow the same rule for the rest of the rooms, focus on one thing at a time. Calmly, and breathe. Remember to breathe. You’ve got time. You can do it, step by step.
Good luck, baby.