finally I cleaned my house, depression and ADHD is a golden combo
By - Pu-Chi-Mao
Nice crib yo!
Thanks, underneath the mess there is a gem there ;)
Edit: now it's time to chill http://imgur.com/gallery/VKOyVGz
Love what you did! What a cool place, hoping your depression continues to improve.
For some reason i read this as “hoping your depression continues tomorrow” and was shocked lol
What did you do with all the stuff?
We are proud of you brother. Keep it up. Pick up that guitar and play some good music. Enjoy!!!
I wonder if you found any huge house spiders in all that mess?
I need to do that someday. Congratulations! Great job!
To make it seem like less of a daunting task you can take on certain sections of your house in a day. It makes it a lot more manageable.
A BUNCH of responses with advice on how to effectively clean… not knowing how to clean isn’t the problem, depression is. I am GREAT at breaking down projects, organizing, outsourcing, and asking for help. When I am healthy. Huge props to the OP for overcoming the actual thing that kept them from following all of the advice well meaning friends could offer.
What I think they're trying to say is, don't try to take on the entire task all at once. Do one small thing a day, and add to that small list slowly. Even just ONE thing is better to do than no thing. I've had crippling depression; I basically slept for 3 years straight - no job, barely managed to even brush my teeth most of the time. I know how gross that is, but when you're in it, no fucks are given. If you can manage to give even the smallest amount of effort, then eventually you can do more. Do what you can, celebrate even the smallest of victories.
>Do what you can, celebrate even the smallest of victories.
I call this "putting checks in the win column" :)
Just getting out of that boat myself lol.
I started with floors, cause I have a cat and dog that shed a lot. Kept my floors clean with daily sweep/Swiffer, necessary vacuuming, and weekly mopping. Once that habit was back I moved to the living room, and then I work on dusting it, cleaning things, putting back where I find them. Then on to the kitchen.
Only disaster room in my house now is the bedroom. But since I usually only use that room for sleeping and nothing else it's hard to get motivated to do that one lol.
I face the same problem dude. What is making it easier for me is setting goals for myself and rewards of depression naps. Maybe not the healthiest form but I ha e a living room again.
I like this little mantra - if the task will take you less than a minute, just do it now. It gets me completing small tasks when I’m in an unmotivated, indecisive depressive mood. It stops things building up and becoming even more daunting.
Small acts of kindness to your future self can mean a lot.
Good advice. To add on, clean a section and then try to keep it clean for a week. If you passed, clean a new area and try to keep those two areas clean. Cleaning everything at once feels good, but if you just ruin it the next day, it doesn't work.
I've found that having the windows opened more, feeling like people may be able to see in, has helped me find the energy and time to pick my shit up and keep it looking presentable.
Today could be the day!
Yeah but so could tomorrow
I'll do it when I run out of weed.
Does the kitty get to come back inside now :( but seriously, kudos to you. The end result is amazing.
Yes they both come inside ;)
Kitty peaked from the window looked at you and said “that man finally did it, so proud of him” and then lounged in the sun again
To be honest, my cats (and I think all cats) don't like a messy house, they are so more at ease and more affectionate... I told Stoffer sorry multiple times when it was a mess, because I could notice he didn't like it.
Sick view, I'd kill to have windows that large. Well done also!
Netherlands fr fr. Noticed that Albert Heijn bag… oh god, take me back.
Goed bezig fellow Dutchie!!! High five!!
Ik dacht het al te zien aan de view
En de Appie tas!
Ik keek recht naar die tas en had het op een of andere manier niet door tf lol
Ik zag de tas inderdaad ook niet, alleen al door de huizen aan de overkant leek het op Nederland
Good on you. I know how hard it can get, but how good does it feel when you’re sitting in a clean house?
What a cool spot!
On the same mental health train (it’s a frustrating combo that keeps you stuck in a loop) and all I’ve got to say is— you won this battle and will win many more going forward! You should be very proud of yourself, bc I sure as hell am and a little inspired :)
I’ve been there….never left the couch except for bodily functions and ordered delivery for every meal for two straight weeks during my “vacation “. Cleaning was actually therapeutic. Depression is a fun sucker.
Well done mate, proud of you!
I have depression and ADHD, too. I only have "normal" energy levels a couple of days a year. You rocked that! I am super proud of you!
Thank you ❤️!
Hello fellow depression & ADHD sufferers. Nice to know I’m not alone 👍🏼
Low energy the rest of the year?
Such a beautiful space! I’m proud of you
Good job, you have a beautiful home!
Good job! This was really brave of you to film and post, but it has genuinely improved my day and outlook. I promise that it has a positive impact on many more people than just those that comment and upvote.
Your living room is gorgeous. Good job!
Great job! How long did it take?
The living room approx 3 hours, still busy with the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and toilet
Great, keep it going!
I'm here for this trend of before and after speed cleaning, so satisfying. Good on you dude, bask in the glow of your new tidy space.
Me too. There’s gotta be a sub for this sorta thing, right?
Yes came here to say the same. This was so nice to watch.
Okay this was way more satisfying to watch than I expected. Good on you man!
I felt this deep in my soul. Good job, dude. The relief an clarity afterwards is always so nice.
As a sufferer of both but generally maintain a clean house, I really applaud your ability to focus on one spot at a time. When I start cleaning, I am in the middle of cleaning something up, go to get something else to clean it, on the way I notice dust on a spot of something else, then go to grab something for that, but then I notice that dirty dishrag that needs to be put in the dirty laundry, then dirty laundry needs to be done, then I notice the carpet is dirty under that spot, go to grab a vacuum, etc.etc.etc.
It looks great!
Well done! 💪
You move fast
I don’t know how to get started. It’s mostly my husbands stuff. I get paralyzed when trying to start. Totally overwhelmed. Should putting all of his things in a pile be the to do starting out?
Fight through, we all support you
So proud of you!! Big hugs!
Good job ! I just started mine 30min ago and now i'm on reddit...
I must confess this motivated me to start just a little :)
Netherlands if I am correct? Beautiful house and view.
Oh excellent! Glad you're on the up. It gives me hope as I'm currently struggling with ADHD and depression myself. :-)
I really enjoyed this time lapse.
Champion!! I have a similar struggle, and I spent all day in my garage that desperately needed attention. It was exhausting but so worth it in the end. Good for you!
Oh man. Me and my husband are constantly at odds because anxiety/depression/adhd/autistism and he’s just over there being normal. 😩
That’s awesome!! So proud of you!!!
I fight my executive disfunction until I snap and hyper focus on cleaning (not very efficient because it’s one room (or item) at a time and I spend a ridiculous amount of time on it and usually end up injuring myself lol) or someones coming over and I panic clean. Literally it’s like a whole day panic attack.
Cleaning with ahdh tendencies is so hard because you find yourself cleaning all the rooms at once and dont see progress until the end.
I get manic episodes, so I get ya!
My adhd would have made this take 100x longer because my brain only thinks “clean” and now how to do it so I just end up like… doing random shit with no order or planned approach. Well done tho OP.
I tell you hwat (I'm Hank Hill), I did this when I lived in a tiny room for a few years and it suddenly changed my mood and productivity for next few months - even though it took me several hours coz I'm a slow doer, it just suddenly changed how I felt!
We got this Fam!
So proud !
Any tips how to get started? I'm in the same place.
Exactly as u/your_moms_apron said. I have ADHD and get very overwhelmed when I look at everything I need to clean. At that point I start overthinking about how it is impossible and I never start in the first place because I crumble.
What I have found out is that I need to literally start with only a small corner (or a desk, shelf, etc.). I will tell myself that I need to clean only these 3x3 square meters. I don't have to do anything else if I don't want to. This way I don't put any big expectations on myself so I don't get overwhelmed.
By the time I have finished cleaning the corner (doesn't take long), I realise that it has already improved my mood and that it wasn't that difficult. At that point I might as well do another corner (or a shelf, desk, sofa,...).
And even if you stop after cleaning the first small corner, that is a progress! Even washing three plates is a progress. A small progress for one can be a massive hurdle for another one. I believe in you, you can do it!
Start with one small area. Something that seems manageable. Pick something up and make a choice about what to do with it - toss it, clean and find a new home for it in your house or clean and put it back.
Don’t pressure yourself to do everything all at once as it can get overwhelming, but it helps to focus on one thing at a time and keep asking yourself if you need this thing/use this thing/you would be sad to see it go.
I made myself a list on my phone first, although honestly, the list sits untouched for almost a month before I carried it out lol but a list is still a start. Just list down all things that you see needs to be worked on and bonus point, if you can list them according to the order. Like, I started with putting off clothes, books and big trash, then sort smaller stuffs, then change sheets before vacuuming and all. After every little chores are finished, you can unchecked the list, so it gives you a sense of satisfaction that you're actually doing something. And if you feel you can't finish all in the same day, the list helps you to remember what other chores need to be taken care off.
Pause and stop looking at what has to be done. Look at what you HAVE done. Celebrate your successes. Recognize where your strength was visible, even if it was tiny. Did you pick up the soda cans? Awesome! Did you put your dishes in the sink? Killed it! THEN go find another thing to do and celebrate.
And some days the piles have to wait. Some days you have to let it be and deal with whatever weight you are carrying. And that’s good, too. Celebrate that you had the self-awareness to know that you were more important than the soda cans.
Well not really to be honest, I've been depressed since January, the mess started like 2-2,5 months ago. I just didn't care anymore. I said to myself everyday I'm going to clean, just to be disappointed in myself I didn't.... And today I just got a trash bag and started, also filming it was an extra push for me.
Visible rubbish first, kitchen stuff second, clothes 3rd. Put away all the stuff you care about. Everything that's left goes in the bin.
It looks great!! Very well done :))
Feels so good, congrats!
Hyperfocus is such a great super power
That's really nice done! Especially considering it seems like a huge mountain just to get started! You've done beautifully ❤️
Maybe if I film myself cleaning I can accomplish the same.
This is so satisfying! Must feel like a breath of fresh air. Great job :)
Nice place you got there 👍
Love the blue wall.
That's my job tomorrow hopefully
I know the feeling. Good on ya, Mate.
That's a really nice house
Ik zat naar buiten te kijken en dacht “dit kan in Nederland zijn” toen zag ik die prachtige blauwe tas met AH erop. Dit bevestigde mijn speculatie. Ps: netjes opgeruimd.
You are so lucky to have all that natural light.
What an amazing room
So satisfying to watch 🥰
Def feel you
You did a great thing today. It may have been small, and you may not remember it, but it was there. You will do another great thing tomorrow and someone will appreciate you for it, even though you may not see it.
That was a nice video. I am the opposite of a hoarder. I find comfort in taking things out of my house.
I don’t know you, but I just want you to know how proud of you I am. I have been there and you accomplished a lot before you even started cleaning. Good on you. When it gets hard again, remember this moment and celebrate the fact that you are (and always will be) stronger than depression. You proved that.
Got the same golden combo. The struggle is real. Good on you for getting it done, trying to get there myself.
Need this energy
Hey Eindhoven! Cheers townmate and congrats on this major step :)
Haha thanks!! How could you tell?
Honestly, the buildings across the street. I used to love in the same neighbourhood XD nice place though!
Having a clean space is just a great feeling
Oddly satisfying. Thanks. Nice place, too.
This was so satisfying to watch
I love the colors in your home
That a very nice blue
You have a gorgeous flat. I love the furnishings, and what a view! Great job with the maintenance :)
Idk who U are but all I'm gonna say is... Proud of you!
Well done, looks fabulous! I LOVE that blue you chose for your walls, bold choice that DELIVERS!
I really love that blue wall back there.
Well done! Looks amazing, and you should be proud of your self today.
Good job, proud of you. Be the best.
You inspire me to get off my ass, start studying and stop eating Pringles.
Jst one more tho-
Wow! Sick house bro
I’m doing the same thing right now
That was my plan for today...it was my plan for yesterday too..already almost 11AM and I haven't done a thing except scroll. Same for last weekend. I need to turn on my hyperfocus, the only way I get pretty much anything done, but it seems stuck these days. This has motivated me and I'm getting off the couch now. Wish me luck!
Great job. Looks so much better. You get a decent amount of natural sunlight also. That’s awesome.
So I struggle with the same thing, anxiety, adhd and depression and I also do the same thing when I need to clean my room; I record myself! I don’t know why it works but if I don’t have someone else there I’m talking to while cleaning, recording myself on a time lapse is the next best thing
You have a very attractive home! Way to go on the cleanup!
You have a VERY COOL house. Great job!
This was oddly satisfying to watch.
Way to go man, great job!!! I think we’ve all felt some depression here and there in life, especially these past couple years, but it’s up to us to get out of it and you did just that. You should 100% celebrate yourself!
You're a champ, don't forget that.
That blue accent wall is really cool.
You’re doing great sweetheart!
You are incredible. So strong. I love this for you!!
Proud of you, looks great!
You have a wonderful bright living area. Congrats on the clean up.
Hello fellow ADHD alien! with adhd comes the depression and anxiety it's no fun :(
I still need to clean my room and I've just realised HOW messy it is 😬 I have autism too and i'm so stressed about school tommorow.
That blue wall is a beautiful accent to the room
I get it. I just don’t do anything so it doesn’t get that messy.
It looks so great!
I’m proud of you!
This video is so satisfying! Congrats
Just by looking out thru your window, I could tell that you are dutch
That is a seriously nice place you’ve got there. Your sense of style is shiny. Loving the blue accent wall and dining table lighting most especially. Nice tuxie, too!
Add autism in to the mix and it gets even worse.
You have a nice looking home, friend.
I managed to clean today but after a few hours I said good enough and stopped. It's better now but still needs more cleaning. Maybe next weekend
Mine is yard work. 😭
woah you totally transformed that place looks good
What are you doing right now, OP? Can you come over?
Congrats! I just made an appointment with my doctor to get help with both these issues. I’ve felt shameful of asking for help through medication for so long but I’ve had enough of trying to cope with this on my own
You’ve got a very nice place that now looks awesome (nice decorating style). Nice job with the cleanup. Hope having it neat and looking great helps make it a haven for you !
I’ve been dealing with that any tips?
I feel your pain brother
Feels good don’t it?
Way to go. As someone with ADHD, I've always thought that based on what causes them that ADHD, anxiety, and depression are all part of the same family of disorders.
This was quite satisfying to watch. Congrats for the achievement, proud of ya.
My wife is struggling with ADD and a crippling anxiety. Asking for advice here. I’m trying to keep the house in order (it’s hard with two kids) and maintain all house and parenting duties. I’m getting burnt out. Is there a way that I could encourage my wife to help out, or should I continue to let her rest? I’m guessing by getting up and doing some work you felt a whole lot better?
Good for you! I did the same this weekend and it feels so liberating! Here's to self care with a clean and comfortable home!
I like the wall color, really nice looking place!
Good job! Congratulations!
This is so satisfying and inspiring
OMG, I'll bet that felt wonderful! Kudos!
I did this today with my girlfriend today, she was suffering from the same issues, but I helped her pick herself up, and we took the step to get it done.
Hell of a transformation. And i’m glad more people nowadays are taking into account the mental health issues that come with ADHD. Really proud of the stupid internet on that one.
Sooooo much better. Good job.
For me, it’s comorbid ADHD, OCD+Depression, so even when my adhd acts up my ocd still be trying to make me clean things so it’s a never ending struggle haha
This was insanely satisfying, congrats on getting it done, I know how hard it can be first hand.
Looks amazing! Great job!!
Honestly, I do my best cleaning when I’ve just broken up with someone. My anger causes me to focus hard, and my urge to “move on” channels it towards housework.
When the Adderall kicks in
I want your mustard chair!
*king of the hill music starts playing*
I did this last week and now my room is back at the dumpster square lol
I’m a little disappointed that you didn’t end by sitting on the couch and kicking your feet up and putting your hands behind your head. Place looks great otherwise!
Lego characters be like:
Dat is het lekkere van Albert heijn
Lekker bezig pik! Doorpakken 🚀💪
I played the bumblebee music in my head while watching this.
That chair slowly getting scooted into place. Congrats!
Your house looks so ducking cool
YAY! Jealous and proud! Depression and ADHD are kicking my a$$, good to see someone return the favor!
Sometimes you just have to get motivated…a sense of accomplishment does wonders for the head…😎
Congrats mate! What a room that is too
You did so good! I recently did the same
Great work, you have a beautiful home. I wish I could clean like that.
I love this!! Well done 😍
pls tell me you had loud music on while doing all this
That is so satisfying, proud of you!