Spring Fling

Spring Fling 2015

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I’ve got that feeling again. I’ve been at my home for bout two and a half years and I feel the need to re-arrange & spruce up my space.

Years ago, this would have been a weekend project. I’d start after work on a Friday and work my tail feathers off and have it all set & done by Sunday.

With a chronic illness, those days are over! It’s true that all your energy can be spent taking a shower. So how am I to accomplish such a huge mountain of tasks?? I just fifteen minutes a day!

First, let me tell you that none of this would be accomplished without me first knowing my limits. Secondly, if you haven’t been exercising, start! The energy you will need to take on your project is going to be a huge help. And lastly, ask for help when you need it.

I began with a mind mapping/brain storming or as some like to say “plans for success on a cocktail napkin”. I mapped out what I wanted to move, remove, donate and purchase. I then had a general idea of what needed to be done.

Since the balcony is the easiest of my projects I will start with that. Task: power wash deck. Purchase: two patio umbrellas. Planning out these individual items may seem a bit overboard but look at it this way. You can either do yourself harm by doing it all at once or bit by bit.

This brings me to my biggest change yet. Time. With my task list all set, I gave myself a six week time-frame to complete my spring fling, with included a master bathroom, creating a capsule wardrobe, de-clutter a craft space & rearrange furniture in the bedroom. Along with my list I gave myself 15 to 30 minutes a day to complete one task. Today’s example is finishing up the wardrobe with items I think are maybes & shoes. {for more info on how to create a capsule wardrobe check out un-fancy.com}

Timer is set, off I go.

I know how hard it is to stay motivated and active when we hurt and literally can’t move but staying stagnant isn’t my life plan. I did overdo and did too much on a rest day and it cost me in the long run. For me, the learning process of “I’ve got to do this now” has to become “I can do this bit by bit, day by day”

Hope these tips help you in any large task you need to accomplish. Just remember, plan it out, give it time & set your limit.

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2 comments

  1. Emily says:

    I enjoyed this post. From someone who doesn’t have chronic everyday pain it can be easy to not be able to sympathize, but from living with someone who does have chronic pain it makes perfect sense to not over do it when it comes to huge projects which may seem simple to other people. These are great tips. Thanks for sharing !

    • Lissy says:

      Thank you for the feedback Emily. It’s been a trial by error in my case and sometimes I learn the hard way and overdo. Yikes!

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