I don’t know about you, but keeping up with cleaning and clutter became overwhelming after I got sick. If anyone has told you this, or you have said it yourself, let me clear this up: YOU ARE NOT LAZY! You and I have greater challenges than before we got sick. Before, I loved moving furniture around and keeping my house clean and orderly. Now I consider it a victory if I empty the dishwasher. Are you feeling me?
I would love to share some ideas that might make your life and mine easier. OK, let’s get started.
Paper: such as mail, newspapers, magazines, and bills. MAIL — sort it near a trash barrel. That way it’s not contributing to clutter. Sort out bills and important stuff, throw the rest in the trash. NEWSPAPERS — give yourself a week to read them and then put them in the recycling bin, no exceptions. MAGAZINES — if you haven’t read it by the time you get the next issue, recycle it. BILLS — get a simple rectangular box or basket. Keep the bills in the order they need to be paid, with the next one to be paid in the front. It will help when the brain fog kicks in.
For bigger decluttering projects, just do one shelf, one box, one drawer at a time. It always amazes me how completely wiped out I can get doing just a little bit. As I’m writing this, I’m realizing that it’s time again to take on some decluttering. Ugh. If possible, have your partner, child, or friend help you. It’s more fun and more productive. Another way to declutter is to set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes and then stop. Feel good about what you’ve accomplished in that time frame.
I am fortunate to have someone who helps with cleaning, cooking, and shopping. I didn’t hire someone, I enlisted the help of my husband. I used to be very particular about how I wanted things done. Now I’m just thankful they get done at all. Perspective is everything.
I break everything up into manageable steps. For example, I break up cleaning a bathroom into sink, shower, toilet, floor. It might take me a week to get all those steps accomplished, and that’s OK. I used to have a to-do list but I found that overwhelming. I’ve also taken small squares of paper and written my bite-size chores on it, folded them up and put them in a jar. When I feel that I can, I take one out and do that one thing. No pressure, just doing what I can.
What about you? Feel free to share the things that work for you. You could be helping others as well.
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