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I have always struggled with housekeeping. My father used it as a form of punishment when I was a child/teenager and to this day, at 48 years old, I still find it difficult to keep my apartment clean and sanitary.

I have managed a few times in the past two years to get the apartment acceptably clean, only to have it drop back off to unsavory within a few months. I always have the best intentions with trying to modify my habits though. For the first week I will make sure that all dishes make it into the sink and rinsed off, if not outright washed. I will make it a point to vacuum a few times a week. Change the litter box weekly instead of when it *must* be changed. I am able to keep all of that up for a week or two but then everything slides back to how it was before.

The nice thing is though that each time I hit the ‘breaking point’ and finally get everything taken care of, it stays good for a longer period and the breaking point comes sooner and sooner. I’m hoping that this is the year I can just get rid of the ‘breaking point’ all together and just get to the point where it’s all automatic and I just do shit that needs to be done when it actually needs to happen. Like many times in the past, I have hope that this will workout but little actual belief that it will. Just have to keep plugging away at it though.

If any of you have tips you would like to share, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Hopefully 2020 will be a year of positive changes for me and all of us 🙂

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