I grew a little emotional this past weekend as I grieved over the hobbies and activities that I no longer have the physical ability to pursue.
I miss gardening. I am eager to pick up my paint brush. I wish that I could keep up with my household routine and that I had the energy to complete a project in a timely manner. I wish that I had answers for why my body is too tired and fatigued to do the things I could once do even just a year ago.
And these circumstances have me wondering about you. I tend to write under the assumption that you are healthy and well and able-bodied. But maybe you aren’t.
Perhaps like me lately, creating success at home is not so much about following cleaning routines and finding your decorating style as it is just getting out of bed or taking advantage of a burst of energy to tackle that chore that’s been hanging over your head. Maybe it’s wondering how you are going to manage getting dinner on the table.
Those are the circumstances that I find myself in more often than not. But I strongly believe in the importance of a clean, organized, comfortable home, and refuse to give that up. So I have been trying to create a more manageable household routine that accommodates my limitations.
7 Tips for Creating a Successful Household Routine
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Listen to Your Body
To start, I’ve become a student of my body, paying attention to patterns in the timing and triggers of good days and not-so-good days as well as paying attention to what time/s of day that I feel best.
Hopefully, this will help me plan accordingly.
Make a List of What You Can Do
I’m also trying to focus on the positive by writing down what I can do like wiping down surfaces, washing clothes, unloading the dishwasher, making the bed and other tasks that don’t require a lot of exertion.
Break Chores into Tiny To-Do’s
For example, instead of cleaning the bathroom on Tuesdays, I’ll spread that chore out throughout the week. Monday I might wipe down the mirrors. Tuesday I will clean the toilet…
Keep a Daily Maintenance Routine
A daily routine will eliminate or reduce the amount of cleaning you have to do. I can go a long while in between cleanings when I squeegee the shower and spray it down with a daily spray after each use. Melissa Maker of Clean My Space suggests that you might not ever need to clean your shower again if you maintain it daily.
Know Your Limits
Knowing what you can’t or shouldn’t do is just as important as knowing what you can do. It does not pay to push the limits which I’ve tested. So, assign those chores to the other members of your household, allow a willing friend to help, or hire help.
I know how hard it is to one, accept your limitations and two, ask for help. But I’ve learned that loved ones want to help and appreciate the opportunity to do so. My Christmas tree would very likely still be standing in my living room if I hadn’t asked for help.
Take Advantage of Online Services
I’ve become more of an online shopper these days and am taking advantage of delivery/membership services like Grove Collaborative and Young Living.
If you’re in my Facebook group for email subscribers, you may have seen the live video I shared on the products I order through *Grove Collaborative. They have everything from candles to dish towels to beauty products to paper goods to cleaning supplies. And they’re all natural.
I haven’t tried it yet, but Amazon Prime has an *online pantry service as well. I also recently discovered Thrive Market and will be exploring that option for healthy food and natural products.
As I mention in my book, different stages of life call for adapting our expectations and standards. Right now, I just want clutter free surfaces, an empty kitchen sink and a clean bathroom while dusting, mopping, vacuuming and deep cleaning have dropped down on the priority list.
And as I get used to doing less, I’m reminded of something I’ve said on this blog many times before, but I think it bears repeating.
Productivity is not the measure of your worth.
I’d love to know if you have dealt with similar circumstances. If so, do you have any tips or strategies for creating a successful household routine?
See you in class,