Replacements

One of these has got to fit mine, right?

When you buy an item that requires a replacement part, take a picture of what the replacement part looks like. That way, when you get to the store, you’ll always know the part you need.

Sample items this works for:
Razors
Air/Water filters
Light bulbs
Electric toothbrush heads
Wiper blades
Batteries (for watches, scales, etc)
Vacuum bags
Printer ink
Cords, wires, chargers
Air freshened cartridges
Items in a matching set (flatware, dishes, etc)
Hardware (screws, nails, etc)

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Under-Eye Baggage

I organize all my bags’ contents in mix-and-match pouches. For example, all of my beauty products (such as hand sanitizer, concealer, moisturizer) go in one pouch. It helps me keep everything clean and then if I want anything I can just reach for that pouch rather than fishing through my entire bag. I use a soft leather pencil case by Co Lab, but anything will do. You can grab a bunch of pencil cases after the back-to-school sales.

That “Lived In” Aroma

When surprise visitors drop by, if you have put in place the “bin in every room” hack, then all it takes is about three minutes to collect and deposit all of them in the council bin. Your house may need vacuuming or dusting, but it won’t be littered with rubbish. Have some cheap but pleasant incense or aerosol/spray bottle essential oils to remove that “lived in” aroma within seconds.

Chores Shouldn’t Be Chores

If you live with your family or roommates and you divvy up the chores, see if they’ll accommodate you. Ask for a task that doesn’t trigger you and isn’t time dependent. For example, I find that working with trash triggers hallucinations, so I ask someone else to do that. I get nauseated when I wash dishes, which makes me anxious, so I try to avoid that. Instead, I cook (which can be replaced with take-out), do the laundry (which can be deferred to the next day), etc.

 

You can print a chores list here: Chores List

You can also check out the apps Homeslice and Chorma if you like virtual lists.

Living on Rugs

For any area you normally snuggle and remain in for a while get some ultra cheap bath mats or even single bed sheets from a second-hand store. You can usually get these for a few bucks. Place them on the floor so it completely surrounds the area. This way you won’t need to vacuum or worry about crumbs, etc. When you have the energy and it is getting dirty. Lift it up by its corners so all debris is safely caught and shake it outside. If possible have more than one for each area so if you do ruin it you can just throw the entire thing out and still have a spare.

Amazon Subscribe & Save

If you feel like you can’t leave the house, Amazon has a service called Subscribe & Save. If you join the service, you can select from a variety of items and have them delivered monthly, bi-monthly, etc. You can save 15% on your order, and it comes with free shipping. The program is great for toiletries, vitamins, pet supplies, household cleaners, etc. This way, you have everything you need shipped to you automatically— no need to remember anything at all.

Easy to Wash

At the end of the day, instead of throwing everything into your dirty linen basket or on the floor, just deposit everything into the washing machine directly. Continue to choose items from the same color grouping until the washing machine is full. Then, throw in the cleaning products and press the button. This way there are never any dirty clothes lying around the house or sitting unwashed, getting smelly, in a basket. It also eliminates the task of separating whites from darks etc. and limits the need to do multiple loads.

Then just throw them in the dryer. For one person this should mean that you only need to do one to two loads of washing a week and you already have an organized system of boxes to put the dry clothes away. This should take up about 30-45 minutes of work a week. It also relieves you of having to look at mess that will further lower your mood. It provides a powerful message to your brain that even if you are depressed, you can still get things done. Not to mention that looking at increasing mounds of dirty clothes can overwhelm you with the prospect of work, which can make it, more unlikely you will clean.