The Depression is very good at putting up phantom barriers to doing things.
So a simple task can be put off because I have to get the things out of a cupboard or out of drawer or its in a box or whatever.
So for the last year, I have been increasing the amount of First Order Retrievability on everyday things. By this I mean I shouldn’t have to open a door, a drawer or a box.
I hang the 3 three pots and pans I use on the wall over the stove. I have a set of open shelves on my worktable and on it are all the common things I use everyday – burrito wraps, bread, butter, sugar, plates, silverware, cat food, spices.
As I’ve been cleaning today, I’ve been trying to add that concept to my bedroom. If I use it daily, it needs to be where I can grab it quickly – visible.
In my previous life this would be bad. Its clutter. I always wanted everything to have a place to be put away, out of sight. But I realize now that this won’t work for depression management.
So now I’m considering how to make First Order Retrievability at least look nice.
I believe a trip to the dollar store is in my future.
PS – Today is a success!