Housework is a necessity especially when you have little
monsters children living with you. After many painful years of doing chores the wrong way, I have found some ways to still get my house clean with less pain. Here are some tips on fibromyalgia and household chores in order to get your housework done without over extending your body and causing a fibro flare.
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10 Tips for fibromyalgia and household chores
Do your chores over the course of a week instead of a day.
Doing all your housework during one day will most certainly cause a flare up of your symptoms. Instead, spread the chores over the week. For example, clean the bathrooms on Fridays, vacuum on Mondays, and so on. Get a calendar like these large ones to keep track of which chores are done are what days.
Plan ahead for expecting visitors and special occasions.
When you know you have company visiting or a special occasion taking place in your home, plan ahead for those dates. Tackle the chore list bit by bit, day by day. Do one chore a day until you have completed your list. Use these to-do pads to keep you organized and track everything you accomplish! Seeing your accomplishments each day will encourage you to keep going!
Get the whole family involved.
If you are not living alone, ask the others living in your home to help out with the housework. In my home, the kids have chore charts and my husband helps with the more painful chores such as vacuuming and mopping.
Turn up the music!
Put on music with these cool gadgets while you clean to take your mind off your work. Adding music will also uplift your mood and increase your motivation.
Even though your housework is spread over the course of a week instead of the day, the body still needs breaks throughout the day. Work for fifteen minutes then break for ten minutes. This cycle will prevent burnout and lessen the stress on the body. Be sure to set a timer so you don’t miss those breaks!
Drink plenty of water.
Don’t forget to drink your water while working! Drinking plenty of water will reduce cramps and keep you hydrated while you work. Drink your water in a fancy shmancy water bottles like these. Okay, maybe not fancy, but definitely cool!
Reduce your laundry load.
Instead of doing multiple loads of laundry each day, wash one load per day. This will reduce the strain of standing on your feet hour after hour washing multiple loads of laundry. Washing a little at a time will also reduce the overall amount of chores each day. If you have to do all the loads of laundry in one day, make sure to not have any other chores scheduled for the day and take plenty of breaks off your feet. Read my tips on frugal laundry.
Do your work earlier in the day.
As the day goes on and more demands are placed on your body, the less likely you have the energy, motivation, or ability to complete any cleaning. Tackle your housework earlier in the day when you have less pain.
Set a timer.
Decide on a reasonable time to complete a certain task, such as thirty minutes, and set a timer. Once the timer signaling the end of the allotted time, stop your work. This is similar to taking breaks, but use this method for the shorter tasks.
Take days off for fun!
Even though we want to have a clean and organized house doesn’t mean we want to spend everyday cleaning or organizing. Leave some days dedicated to no housework. Have fun instead! Relax and give your body a chance to recover.
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It was hard for me, too
I’m a type A personality, so it was hard to learn how to tackle the housework over the course of a week instead of a day and taking breaks instead of getting it down in one swoop; however, changing my approach to housework has reduced my overall body pains and stress. It was well worth the effort and finding what works.
I still tackle home organization projects, so I recommend these two bloggers’ articles:
- Victoria from Snail Pace Transformations has a great ongoing series called 52 Weeks to a Simplified Home. She’s all about organizing, but in small more manageable chunks. This is great for people with chronic pain!
- Andrea is the reason I started keeping a more simplified and manageable home when I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Her simple yet classy styles are kid (and mommy) friendly! Her most recent post 6 Things I do EVERY Day to Simplify My Home is a great example of how simple she keeps it, and how perfect her methods are for people with chronic pain.