Keeping a clean house has probably been one of my greatest struggles since I got sick. I’ve learned a few tips along the way, and thought I’d share them with you! Don’t be mislead – My house is in no way the picture perfect of clean that it used to be. It’s very, very difficult to keep a clean home when you can barely walk, and when you can’t think of anything but the pain. I live by myself, which, depending on your perspective, makes it easier to keep it clean – but also means I don’t have anyone helping me to keep it clean. Here are some of the spoonie cleaning tips I’ve picked up.
1. Get a robotic vacuum. If you can afford it, it’s so worth while. Pushing the vacuum around the house is something that is really hard when you have chronic pelvic pain. My boyfriend got the ILIFE V3s Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for me as my birthday present, and it’s made it so much easier to keep the floors clean, especially as I have a cat and dog who shed a lot. You still have to sort of follow it around to make sure it doesn’t get stuck, but you can sit and watch TV or play on your phone as it runs.
2. The Tidy Tote. This is an idea from Clutter Bug, an awesome DIY/organizational YouTuber. The idea is that you have a compartmented tote bag, where each compartment correlates with a room in your house. You go around your house and put the clutter into the tote and then put the items in their rightful homes. This saves a lot of walking, as well as a lot of time, and carrying the tote keeps you on-task.
Cassandra with her Tidy Tote! Genius.
3. If you’re in pain, don’t clean. Leave it. Leave the sink full of dirty dishes, the counters dirty. Don’t hurt yourself further by struggling to clean. Come back when you can. It’s OKAY to rest, even when you’re surrounded by chaos.
4. Clean your shower/bath tub with a spray that you can use and forget about. The best spray that I’ve found is the Lysol Power & Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner. Just spray the shower after you’ve used it. You obviously don’t need to do this every time, but if you notice it’s getting a tad grungy, hit this up. This gets so many stains out with hardly any work at all – it even cleaned an area of the (white) carpet that my dog had peed on and stained. It’s AMAZING.
5. This is one of my favourite tips… When you get out of the shower, while the mirror is still fogged up, grab a towel and wipe the fog off. Whatever’s on there will come off with the fog. I don’t think I’ve taken a cleaning agent to my mirror in over a year. Best part is, you don’t have to deal with streaks.
6. Making your bed? Forget about it. This is a waste of time. You’re just going to get back into it after you’ve finished cleaning.
7. Get a laundry sorter with wheels. I haven’t been able to lift anything heavy for the last year or so. This is one of the most helpful things you can purchase. It makes doing laundry that much easier (even though laundry is the worst thing ever).
8. The Swiffer Duster. Honestly this thing is the best. I get a lot of dust in my house and a quick go-around with this guy is all it needs. Most of the time, I don’t bother lifting things to dust them. I just don’t think this is the best use of my spoons.
9. Make sure that everything has a home. Even if it’s just a basket from the dollar store, give something a home with it. I keep all remote controls and gaming controllers in a wooden crate on my ottoman. This makes it easy when you’re cleaning to just toss them all in, and then you have the space to clean surfaces and the surrounding floors.
10. The best thing you can do is take your time. Don’t rush to clean everything at once. If that means you have to save things for another day, don’t be too hard on yourself. You got out of bed. You’ve already won this day.
Let’s be real, none of us are dancing like this while we clean.