Cleaning when you have a chronic illness
Chronic illnesses can impact your ability to take care of you home. Everyone's situation is different, but this post inspired me a lot and I think many spoonies can relate.
As someone living alone with a chronic illness that impact my energy, cleaning is often a challenge. I've found some tips I'm sharing, in case you can apply them to your situation.
- Figure out the best moment for you to do things.
- Prioritize. Make a list and do the more important stuff at first. Don't feel bad if you can't do it all.
- Sit down as often as you can. I fold laundry seated.
- Take breaks. Sometimes I'm like "oh I have so much energy, let's do all this" then after I'm burnt out and in the "negative spoons". Take it easy
- Ask for help (if you can). My parents come help me a lot, but they are getting old and this worries me a bit.
- Lower you expectations. You won't be able to do ask much and done it as you wish (also valid you get help). For me it's still hard, after 7 years, to not compare to the "before the illness"
- Get rid of clutter. It's less stuff to clean or to find a place to put them. I personally got rid of a lot of candles. They were attracting dust, which I'm allergic to on top of it.
- Corral clutter in baskets. I have one under the coffee table, it's where I place things I need to sort out... later
- Do a little bit every day.
I found this article on The Migthy that is very interesing too.