Post by mountainma on Jul 25, 2020 13:29:20 GMT -6
I know several of us deal with physical health issues on a regular basis. This makes housework more of a challenge. How do you juggle personal illness (or caring for a loved one) with every day household tasks? Please share your tips and tricks.
Dd1 has experienced a bad flare up since fall, plus my health issues have been worse. Then last week, dd2 sprained her ankle and is off work and in a boot for a few weeks until she heals. I want so badly to have a tidy, clean house, but at this rate it seems impossible. Also, dd2 brought home all her stuff when Covid shut down her college life. That really adds to the clutter in our little house. To better cope, here's what I've been doing to keep up.
Realize it's ok just to do what you can do--your house does not determine your worth as a person Work in small increments of time--wash a few dishes and sit down, rest, repeat Priorities first--family fed, clean clothes, etc. Dusting and mopping can wait. Try to remain thankful--gratitude keeps away complaining Take care of yourself--take your vitamins and meds, try to eat properly, etc.
Yesterday I employed a device my sister called commercial cleaning. I put on a hallmark movie and cleaned during commercials.
I have a hard time accepting my limitations and often end up over doing which in turn, takes much longer to recover from.
Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
I like the idea of commercial cleaning. It's almost like doing 15's.
Rebekah, are you able to get a small portable shed to put dd2's school stuff in? Also, when I sprained my ankle years ago I couldn't put any weight on it but once I had the Bledsoe brace boot on I could walk with no pain whatsoever. Maybe she needs to see about getting one.
Post by mountainma on Jul 26, 2020 14:09:22 GMT -6
Gina, we have two outbuildings and can put totes of stuff out there, but we have to be careful because the floors have gaps where "critters" can get in and destroy stuff. We've put stuff in totes out there and gone back to find mice had chewed up everything, even though lids were on the totes! I'll have to check out the kind of boot she's in. It's a big black boot the doctor prescribed and she has to wear it all time time except when in the shower. It hurts her to put any weight on it even with the boot on. Poor kid.
Post by fruitfulvine on Aug 15, 2020 12:50:02 GMT -6
Mountainma, I hope things have improved for you! I've been struggling since March too. There have been too many people home! One of my sons spent 2 1/2 months in his bed in the living room, due to his foot injury. Those big black boots are not fun at all!! He had pins in his foot so no weight at all. And my dd lost her job due to Covid. She did spend a month in Alabama and when she came home has found another job. Thankful for that. I've just had to tell myself this is all temporary and do the best I can!!
How are things going Rebekah? It seems never-ending doesn't it? I was texting with my sister last night. She broke her toe in 2 places crushing the nerves by dropping a cutting board on it. We were saying how our bodies seem to be falling apart...especially mine. April hospitalized with pneumonia/CHF, May knee surgery, June sprained wrist, July diagnosed with diabetes, and now bad pain in the leg I had the knee surgery on. If you need to talk I'm here for you.
Post by mountainma on Aug 23, 2020 11:54:51 GMT -6
Dd2 has one more week left in the boot. Amanda, like you, I too, keep telling myself this is a season and should not last forever. Right now I'm happy if everyone is fed, dishes and laundry are done, and I can walk a path through the house without tripping on something. That's about the max we can handle at the moment. Gina, you've had a rough time, too. I'm glad we all can encourage each other!
Post by angiepangie on Aug 29, 2020 21:21:12 GMT -6
I do a lot of what has already been suggested; Basics first, sticking to a flylady-ish routine of bed made, dishes done after meals, swish and swipe the bathroom, a load of laundry a day minimum, and tidying up before bed. Probably not helpful for you in this season, but we decluttered A LOT so I have less to tidy to make the place feel neat even if it isn't clean.
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Post by mountainma on Aug 30, 2020 15:53:55 GMT -6
Believe me, we decluttered a lot the last few weeks and have sent quite a bit to the thrift shop. I've also sold some bigger items. Dd2 has gone through her stuff and stored what she could and gave away what she no longer wanted. So, that's helped some.
My vitamin D is super low again and I have an ear infection, so getting those issues taken care of should at least help me with energy.
I LOVE Flylady! She's the reason I keep my head above water! LOL!