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A Change in Attitude

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s amazing what a change in attitude can do. As I am settling into my role as wife and mother, I think back to when Vinnie and I first started living together and were trying to sort out the whole housekeeping business. I went from being a single college student living in a dorm to being a domestic partner and part time step mom to 3 kids. There was definitely some adjusting to do. And the adjusting was not immediate; it probably took about 3 years for me to come to a place of acceptance.

I used to get really stressed about the kids and housework and all the little imperfections that are inevitable in life. I mean I used to get really angry and resentful. I sort of lost hope of ever really having a presentable house for more than a few hours. Of course, not all the blame lies with everyone else. I’ve already admitted to being a lazy slob most of the time. However, there would always be a breaking point to where I just couldn’t stand it anymore and clean like crazy for a whole day.

I later found out that I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and after I started treating it, things got better. But since I didn’t have all that pent up stress to motivate me to clean, things kind of stayed halfway cleaned. Having a messy house didn’t really bother me as much as it used to, but I still resented doing housework. This resentment caused occasional  fights between me and Vinnie, with me accusing him of not doing as much as work as I do. Of course, he disagreed with this assertion and bickering ensued.

Then, just about three weeks ago, I found Fly Lady. Fly Lady is a professional organizer who has created a whole community of people like me– those struggling with keeping the house clean and free from clutter. (She calls her followers “Fly Babies.”) She walks newbies through a month of daily “Baby Steps” to help you make cleaning and organizing a habit rather than a chore.  Then, she and her right hand woman, Kelly, help support their members daily with motivational stories and easy tasks.

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