Stress Cleaning – Guilty As Charged

Stress Cleaning – why do we do this to ourselves? I noticed several social media posts right when all of us Louisiana moms were watching the updated paths of Hurricane Ida heading for our shoreline. We had to just sit and wait for news updates and try to figure out what the heck we were supposed to do: stay, evacuate, flee to higher ground??? It was scary and uncertain! Many of us made plans and set precautions in motion. Some of us just got to cleaning!

Weird as it is, I spent the 2 days before the storm hit preparing (by picking up items outside, packing some clothes, and making my plans) but also, I cleaned my house like a madwoman! And organized a few areas too!

Clean Sweep

All my laundry was done and put away.

My kitchen was spotless.

Floors vacuumed and swiffered!

I even had my kids clean up their mudroom cubbies.

There will be no mess in this stress! 

What is the deal?

I think we often battle those things that we can’t control with things that we can control! Getting our house (or office or work or projects) straight somehow feels soothing. It puts something back into balance and makes us feel “right” for just a little bit. Is anybody else with me?

What other things do you do to help calm your nerves during stressful times? Do you think us crazy-cleaners are just nuts for wiping down every surface we can find? Share your stress-combatting mom hacks with us!

Added Note:

So many Louisiana families lost their homes and precious family heirlooms and memories from the destruction of Hurricane Ida. Clean houses are a ridiculous concept when facing the enormous amount of stress our neighbors face as they rebuild their homes. At NOM, our hearts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Ida. Our prayers and positive vibes are with you as you start again and persevere. No amount of swiffering will ever do.

Rachel Harris Ledet
A New Orleans native and entrepreneur, Rachel is a mom of four with an active schedule. Rachel maintains a daily balance of running her own marketing firm, 30|90 Marketing, managing her kids’ schedules, and maintaining extracurriculars including coaching dance, volunteering, and occasionally teaching courses. Rachel lives in Mandeville with her best friend and husband Lenny, daughters Addison and Amelia, stepson Luke, and son Tucker. With a family of six and a million balls in the air, Rachel keeps things light by continuously learning, spending time with amazing friends, blogging, finding any route to a concert or outdoor festival, and planning her next getaway with her husband. A sense of humor can get you through almost anything, so she tends to surround herself with fabulous and very funny people.


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