Waking Up Amy

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Day By Day: Cleaning with a Chronic Illness

Early spring days bring chirping birds, budding trees, and patches of daffodils dotting the lawns. Everything seems fresh and new, except my house. This time of year always makes me feel like I need to be cleaning something. The only problem I have with cleaning is my chronic illness. I make grand plans, and it […]

Early spring days bring chirping birds, budding trees, and patches of daffodils dotting the lawns. Everything seems fresh and new, except my house. This time of year always makes me feel like I need to be cleaning something.

The only problem I have with cleaning is my chronic illness. I make grand plans, and it makes them impossible. I pick what I’m going to spend my energy on for that day.

I can’t dedicate a whole day to making sure every room is spotless, organized, and smelling like fresh lemons. I do what I can, when I can. The following tips and advice were very helpful to me in tackling household chores.

Not So Sage Advice

  1. Lower expectations. Admitting to myself that I just could not do things the way I used to was a key moment for me. Some days I can barely manage to get around, much less do any cleaning. Make peace with the fact that things are not going to be perfect.
  2. Take it day by day. I’ll do laundry one day, dust the living room another day, and so on. I go a day at a time, and I don’t keep a schedule or list of chores to be done. I wing it!
  3. Work smarter, not harder. Pick up all the items that belong in the same room and take them all at once. Items left on the kitchen table, toys, opened mail, etc. Gather up what goes in each room to make one trip instead of going back and forth, over and over.
  4. Take advantage of tools and products. Cleaning the shower is the absolute worst for me. Use a brush with a long handle, or a mop, to clean the shower.
  5. Go in spurts and take breaks. If you feel well enough to do a major task, do not overdo it. Some days are better than others. It’s easy to do too much on the good days.
  6. Ask for help or hire help. For some, it’s not easy asking for help. I refused help from my mom over and over again until I was just not able to do some things myself. Of course, she was happy to help.

I’m sure there are many other pieces of wisdom that could be added to the list. I hope you find a few of these helpful.

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