Get a jump atart on keeping your house clean and picked up by developing a habit of never "passing through" a room empty handed. If there is something that needs to be put away (shoes left by the door, etc...) just grab them and carry them with you while you are passing through anyway.
Instead of looking at the whole overwhelming picture, methodically do "one small thing to make it just a little better" every chance you get. Reward yourself for improvement, even if the whole job isn't done, at least you just made it BETTER instead of worse...you'll be done before you know it!
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I find that if I tidy up around me, keep at the dishes, and vacuum the house, I feel better, emotionally, and am better able to function. You can literally 'see your way clear' to other projects and tend to feel less overwhelmed.
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