Cleaning Day

Last week I was seriously debating whether or not to hire some outside cleaning help. Not because my house is horribly dirty or that we live like those on the hoarders show, but because I always seem to be behind.

It’s always yesterday’s laundry waiting to be folded.

The vacuum sitting out from 3 days ago.

Dust on the dressers from……who knows when.

Dishes from the last meal sitting on the table.

You get the idea.

I’ve also been feeling very run down as I’ve had a lot of commitments lately along with my normal daily routine. Last week I started to come down with mastitis again, which I realized last year is more of a systematic thing for me than anything else. Instead of getting a cold – I get mastitis. I was able to catch it before it got to bad, and with healing foods and homeopathy, kept it at bay. Though I didn’t slow down much as work needed to be done.

Then my little one came down with a fever. So all day yesterday we laid on the couch together, napping on and off. My dear husband cooked all of our meals and took care of the normal household chores so I could just sit and snuggle her.

And the break was good for me.

It made me realize that even when I do rest, I’m constantly busy. Busy folding laundry, busy online, and busy reading and researching. It also got me thinking how my home in it’s current state leaves me with a sense of anxiety and a constant feeling of being behind. So not only can an unclean house be toxic for the fact that different chemicals and toxins rest in dust, it’s toxic for our emotional state.

Which brings me to today.

Cleaning Day.

I’m putting aside other obligations today and focusing on my home. To help restore the feeling of being at rest, to make it a pleasant place to be. I’ve got my homemade cleaners ready to go and the baby is currently asleep. My goal is to have my home picked up before my husband comes home from work and it won’t be an easy task! There’s laundry to do, bread to make, every room needs to be vacuumed and dusted, and the floors need to be mopped.

Do you ever let your duties at home get away from you? How do you go about bringing it back into balance?

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. I can feel your “pain”…but, you are only a few years off from your children doing their chores and helping you out. It’ll take a LOT of work training them, but it’s sooo worth it!!! (And calling Molly Maids once in a while isn’t a bad thing, either…I hate cleaning the shower!!)

  2. Way to go, Donielle =) =)
    It’s so easy to think of *the great big everything* that needs to be done, and forget the little things (and they ARE little to begin with, they grow only when ignored) that will make you feel at peace. Like, you know, a messy house. It’s starts with a tiny sock on the floor, it grows with the dirt from under somebody’s shoes, continues with five toys, and a stack of papers, and all of a sudden it has overwhelmed your home and peace is not to be found until cleaning day is accomplished… messy houses are sneaky thingses =) =)

  3. I have felt just like you many days. I am married and have an 11yr old daughter who is in school so I work outside the home during the day. When I get home, I have to find time to help with homework, cook dinner (within an hour most nights) bake the bread, soak the oats, tend the garden, clean the house, on and on and on…I have found that it helps to make use of the little times I have. Example: when I brush my teeth before bed I will take 5 min to do a quick clean of the sink, miror, and toilet (easy in 5 min, seriously). Or when the laundry is done, I will fold it right away (10 min tops) that way I don’t end up with several loads to fold at a time. If I have a few min before I need to be somewhere, use that time rather than saying “I only have a few min so I can’t start anything). If there is something that I can listen to instead of reading it, I will listen while I do a choir like dust. It is amazing how much you can get done with using snipits of time during the day. I know that it can be hard with little ones though. Remember that your children won’t remember the dirty dishes or the laundry~ they will remember the snuggles and kisses you give them :)

  4. Oh my goodness, do I know what you are going through right now! I have mastitis in both breasts now and have been home from work sick (with at 102 degree fever) for two days now. My house looks like a disaster! Plus my roof is being replaced and so quiet rest time while I was home was not an option! But as Mom’s we just keep going… It’s funny how we find the energy to continue on. Before I was a Mom (some kudos to your site for helping with suggestions to conceiving as I also have PCOS) I would have crawled into a hole for a week and not come out if I felt as bad as I do now! Good luck with you cleaning!