Spring Cleaning for Chronics

I joke that I live a sloth life but I’m not lazy, my pace is just slower than most.  I have to maintain not only a full-time job, my health, my spiritual growth, my financial wellness and my well-being…but my mess has to be cleaned too.

So, how the heck am I supposed to Spring Clean with a chronic illness?  Answer: I don’t. Gone are the weeks spent cleaning my place top to bottom.  Instead I came up with my own personalized list of 52 areas in my space the need to be purged, cleaned, re-distributed, given away or just plain trashed.

This gives me one area a week for the whole year to NOT STRESS over something beyond my control. I must add that I am at a point with my health that I have mobility and can do most tasks (except for heavy lifting) with a timer set and done in chunks. If you are not at that place, I suggest reaching out to your local community center or religious center for some help.  Or off-spring can help too…right Moms?

Write it down, take your time (photo by author)
Write it down, take your time (photo by author)

I hope this gives you some helpful ideas to keep on top of your home. My mantra, things will get done…eventually.


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2 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning for Chronics

  1. I would love to see/read more about how you’ve divided things into 52 steps – may be something I could do, too. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Lois,

      What I did was look around my space and picked items like my dresser. It has three drawers so that counted as three items on my 52 list. Cleaning up the medicine cabinet, under the sink, bookcase, books on the floor.

      Other items were working on my medical binder (making sure I have all my recent lab results and medical EOB’s filed).

      For a really big project, like my walk-in closet) I will be working on that over the July 4th weekend because I know I will have an extra day of rest but will be spending 15 minutes a night the week before prepping for it – like donations box, trash box, etc).

      I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any more questions.


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