I am a recently graduated newlywed with an awesome job in my field. But I have a secret: due to finances, the husband and I are living with his mother, who is a chronic hoarder.
This causes problems because I am expected to maintain a level of professionalism at work — from dress to work ethic. It is hard to do this when you are rooting through laundry baskets every morning for clean office clothes, attempting to get a good night’s sleep on a futon holding two people, constantly cleaning the fridge of spoiled food so you can make a lunch, and generally dealing with a non-professional home life.
Any suggestions on maintaining professionalism (at work and life in general) when your living space is working against you? -Beatrix
We’ve talked about ways to cope with hoarders before. And we’ve talked about how neat freaks and pack rat partners can live together. But we haven’t discussed how to live with a hoarder when you’re technically a guest under their roof, OR how to maintain an air of polished professionalism when you’re struggling upstream. Hmmm…
Homies, you’ve given great advice about similar topics before. Anyone else surfing those rough seas of trying to find the right work/messy home life balance?