There’s a lovely delicacy about all of Naftali’s work, a light touch if you will. She doesn’t have the biggest portfolio in the world, but all that means is that there’s more to look forward from her.
The artist Lawrence Malstaf, a specialist in the interaction between biology and physicality, collaborated with Iris Van Herpen on an installation that had models suspended in the air in what looked like oversized plastic bags with accordion shaped hoses running down the sides.
7th March- 3th April at Lazarides (London)
"You said— no, you promised that you were gonna stop being fake."
Alicia Baladan (b. 1969, Uruguay, based in Italy) - Cielo Bambino, 2011 Drawings: Indian Ink, PS
Frankly, cleaning should be at the bottom of your to-do list, well below eating, exercising, and other responsibilities. Despite the fact that having a messy house can worsen your mood and stress you out, it’s one of those things that if you are having a really bad day, you can forego it entirely. It may be helpful, when you are feeling alright, to get into a habit of cleaning a little bit every day, to make it easier on yourself in the future.
As this is a mental health blog, this will focus on lack of energy as a mental health problem. I do not have any advice for people with physical disabilities that may make cleaning harder, as I have never experienced anything of the kind.
- Focus on one room at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to clean your whole house at once. Nobody could do that.
- Refuse to feel guilty about how messy your house is. Even cleaning a little bit when you’re depressed is a huge accomplishment. And don’t hold yourself to ridiculous standards: nobody actually makes their bed.
- Divide the room into sections, however makes sense. You could do quadrants, or levels (tabletops, floor, shelves), etc. Focus on one section at a time. This prevents me from getting overwhelmed and giving up.
- Give yourself a set time in which to complete your cleaning. For example, maybe clean for a fifteen minutes and then quit, no matter how much you’ve done. Work your way up to spending maybe an hour one day a week, and half an hour the rest. You may want to set a timer; I find that constant clock-checking makes anything seem twice as long.
- If you tend to get easily frazzled and/or overwhelmed, make a list of what needs to be done.
- Enlist help. Trade chores with a sibling so you can do the ones you prefer to do. If you live alone, get a friend to help. If you feel bad only offering them your company in return, most people will do anything for good food.
- Think ahead and automate the process as much as possible. It may be a little expensive, but it’s better than never cleaning. (I have learned that the hard way.) Get the toilet cleaners that you just leave in the bowl. Instead of scrubbing, just let some cleaner sit on a surface (but make sure that this is safe to do with that cleaner on that material, and that no pets are nearby). Soak gross dishes overnight. If you don’t already have one, invest in a dishwasher. Use paper towels instead of fabric ones, so you don’t have the extra step of doing that laundry. Try to throw out trash and clean out dishes as soon as you’re done with it.
- When you are feeling alright, take some time to organize. Half of my mess problem is because I don’t actually know where any of my dishes go, and the rest is because I have two genders worth of clothing on my living room floor. This is a high-spoons activity (meaning it may take a lot of time and/or energy) because it may involve significant rearranging, going out to buy furniture and supplies, etc, but I am counting it on this list because it will make cleaning easier on you in the future. If you find you have a lot of junk, donate it to people who could use it.
- Reward yourself, during and after cleaning. Listen to music. Eat some pizza. Try your best to turn cleaning into something you can look forward to.