Housekeeping is hard work housekeeping with a chronic illness makes it harder.
Joint pain, muscle aches, migraines and fatigue are my main Lyme symptoms these days. Some days are better than others but I manage to keep the house in fair order. How?
I eliminate clutter: I do not have any clutter- none. Thankfully, last year before becoming sick I decluttered and I literally found a place for everything and put everything in its place. I used the Konmari Method which is an excellent way to get rid of clutter once and for all and quickly. It works. If you have a good day try to declutter it will help!
Meal Plan: I plan all our meals before I go grocery shopping. I make 1 trip to the grocery store and local market a week. That 1 trip makes my fatigue worse so I plan on a restful afternoon. I cook 5 times a week and I designate 2 nights a week as leftover night so I don’t burn out. I also rely greatly on crockpot meals that way I don’t have to stand for too long cooking. Fatigue is my worst enemy.
Always have an ongoing list of what needs to be done: That way on my good days I can get it done. Chores and errands are already prioritized. I don’t waste energy. I can’t waste energy.
I’m realistic: I used to follow flylady’s chore schedule but it became too much for me. I now do chores as needed.
Get my children to help: my 4 and 6 yr olds help me vacuum, put away dishes, wipe down tables, clean the bathroom and pick up toys. I do not tolerate sloppy work on their part, I give them work appropriate for their age and ability and I don’t redo what they have already done. That defeats the purpose.
Do a load of laundry a day: I Don’t skip laundry. I treat myself to a tv show while I do laundry to motivate me to fold everything and put away everything without stopping.
Wipe down bathroom: I wipe down bathroom sink every night.
Get outside Help: My in-laws help me. Sometimes they pick up groceries other days they just watch my girls.
Accept Help: When someone offers help I try to accept. Sometimes this means shutting up and accepting help from my husband.
Pray: I set aside time for prayer and meditation it renews me and reminds me to offer up my sufferings.
Keep The Sabbath: On Saturday we go to confession, Sunday we go to Mass, we go for a Sunday drive and we have a Sunday family dinner. we don’t shop, we don’t do chores and we don’t run errands. We rest. If we didn’t do this I don’t know how I could survive.