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As you pick up, time yourself for 5 to 15 minutes,
according to your physical ability. If you are putting an object away
that you brought into a room, it will probably take less time than that.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
When you get an item out, it deserves to be put away: and, I'm not talking only to you, but to me. This is probably one of my worst habits. Why?
I don't know. It just is.
However, I do know that life would be simpler
if I would remember to do this one thing.
When you get it out, put it away.
Have you ever thought of what a self-defeating cycle it is to clean up the clutter, and let the pile grow over again in a few weeks or a couple of months? It's not that you don't know how to clean: you make it harder by not putting things away immediately. What could have been an easy task becomes harder by letting the pile grow.
Talk to that child inside of you: the one that never completely assimilated the message that one's toys, books, and blocks need to be put back on the shelf or in the toy basket. Please, don't be insulted: I know you are an adult, who is in pain and is fatigued. However, I have learned it sometimes helps if I act as mother towards my inner child. The mother I am talking about is a kind, patient, and fun mama, who can even make a game of picking up. Use that timer. You will probably beat it.
You can do this.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4: 13 NKJV
Praying you will be strengthened,
P.S. I'm still tweaking the blogs. It might take another week or so. I have played perfectionist to the hilt on this, and I am crying, "Halt!". I have housework to do.
Monday, March 3, 2014
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I think it it is perfect that debspoons obviously
understands the frustration often felt by spoonies.
I am in the embarrassing place of being absolutely unsure of where to start this week. This is so hard to admit when I am the author of a blog that is full of ways to get going. My "goer" is not on easy access right now. I am so tired of being fatigued, and things that were easier for me before I got sick are heavy burdens at this time.
Sometimes, I wonder if I should tell you these kinds of truths, because I am here to encourage you; however, I promised to be honest. So, the truth is I have been having a hard time taking the baby steps and keeping them up. I am a human with a chronic illness, just like the majority of people that read this blog. Getting things done at my house can become overwhelming for me too.
It's not that I have done nothing, because I have. I look around me at the mess that has accumulated again ( thought I had it nailed), and it makes me feel like I am starting over, even though I know it's not true. What is true is that living in clutter brings down the spirits of the people in the disorderly house. It is worse for people that are confined to their houses for long periods of time. Moreover, it is no fun coming home to a messy house.
Right now, I am groping for a place to start. I'm even surfing the internet for ideas.
The good news is I did shine my kitchen sink today. And, that felt really good. I want to replace the splash guard behind the sink too, but I feel guilty doing that when I have many other things that need doing.
The statement below comes from "Pro Organizer Tips: What Not to Do When Decluttering Your Home."
Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew. "Do not set aside an ENTIRE day to organize your WHOLE house. Very few people have the energy and/or focus to spend 8 hours organizing. You'll likely become frustrated and less efficient as the day progresses. It's much better to spend a few hours -- 2 or 3 -- on one project or space. This way you'll feel motivated to do more, not burned out by the process."
See: not even all healthy people can do the whole house. The following list is for me, just as much for you.
- You need to evaluate what room you need clean first.
- Think PUPA (Pick up, put away).
- Then, use a timer for 5 to 15 minutes and do one area in your room -- like a table or the area around a chair, or clearing off a sofa.
- Next, rest, or go on if you want, but rest if you feel your energy lagging.
- Work on one area of the room, then move to the next.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
In part 2 of Cleaning the Master Bedroom, you will have two lists, one for those of you that need a basic list and a second list that is for a deeper cleaning.
Don't panic. You only need to work from one of these lists, and these are suggestions. They are not laws or rules. The cleaning lists are meant to be a guide, so relax and work at your own pace. This is not a race, nor it is a time to push yourself beyond what your body is able to handle. I have inserted hints along the way. Before jumping in, read the hints. They are important.
Number 1 Hint: A timer is a great tool to use for cleaning. If you have been very sedentary or you are coming back from a flare or relapse, you may need to work in short spurts, then rest. I suggest setting your timer for five to fifteen minutes for each job; however, when recovering from a flare, I have worked in short spurts of one minute to 3 minutes. You know your body better than anyone else. Sit down when you need to. Moreover, do not forget to stay hydrated.
Hint: Nearby, have boxes, baskets or hampers marked throw away, give away, put away.
Simple List: Cleaning 101
- Day 1 Pick up any clothes lying on the furniture or floors, that includes shoes. Put clean clothes away, put dirty clothes in the clothes basket or washing machine, and put your shoes where they belong.
- Day 2 Clean trash off the dressers and bedside tables. Use your marked hampers, baskets, or boxes. Then, take care of the items in them.
- Day 3 Now, you can dust. If it has been a while you may need more than one cloth or Swiffer Duster refill. Microfiber dusters and cloths work well too, because they are washable, as well as holding a good amount of dust. A vacuum cleaning wand or an ostrich feather duster works well on lampshades.
- Day 4 If you did not wash your sheets after raising all that dust, it is time to change your sheets. Get some help shaking out your bedspread if you are not going to wash it. And of course, make the bed.
- Day 5 Vacuum and enjoy your clean, beautiful room.
Hint: If you tend to be obsessive or a perfectionist, let it go. You will only exhaust yourself, and most likely you will end up procrastinating. Set your timer, and know your house is going to look better. It doesn't have to be perfect.
Deep Cleaning List (For bedrooms that are reasonably neat, because you have been hanging up your clothes and you usually put away your shoes. )
- Day 1 Pick up any clothes lying on the furniture or floors, that includes shoes. Put clean clothes away, put dirty clothes in the clothes basket or washing machine, and put your shoes where they belong. Walk starting at the door, and go to each area of your room. Remove items that do not belong on your dressers and bedside tables. Rest. Dust.
- Day 2 Use the long handled cleaning wand on your vacuum cleaner and vacuum around the baseboards. Rest. If you have enough energy, vacuum the center of the room too. (If there is someone in your house who will help you, ask for assistance vacuuming under the bed. Otherwise, do this another day.)
- Day 3 If you like your furniture to be polished and you can tolerate the scent, you might want to polish your furniture. This an optional item, but sometimes I like to do this because it helps clean off rings or anything that is missed with a duster. Rest.
- Day 4 Wash and Change your sheets. If you feel well, check your mirror an window for finger prints or doggy nose prints.
- Day 5 This might be the time to put up a new picture or change around your pillows, or maybe you should just enjoy a cup of tea in your beautiful bedroom. A nap might be nice too. Follow your heart and pace yourself.
Hint: We are trying to make our houses reasonably clean. This should be a process you enjoy, especially the results. Perfection is not an option here. You need to care for your body, otherwise, you may have a flare that keeps you from doing what you care about.
A Final Word
When we deal with illness that causes chronic fatigue, it is important to be patient with yourself. Sometimes, a one week plan becomes a two, three, or four week plan. The important thing to remember is everything you clean or declutter, no matter how small it seems, adds up. Eventually, you will see a difference in your house.
Moreover, you learn that even if you have a setback, you can take baby steps back to reasonably clean. I have had to do this many times. I would be nice to be able to say that my home is always clean and I am always neat. However, that is not the case. When I have a relapse, I don't get much done. Things tend to pile beside my recliner. However, I have seen an overall improvement in my attitude. Instead of feeling frozen and being disgusted with myself, I know I can take those five minute baby steps back to reasonably clean.
Finally, if you have not already developed the habit of cleaning up behind yourself, you will probably become more conscious of putting items away immediately. And remember the old adage, "If you get it out, you have to put it away."
I hope you have a fruitful week. May you have a week filled with blessings.