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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Cleaning Schedules for Chronic Pain and Illness


Cleaning is the last thing we want to do, but what's even worse is getting sick from a dirty house.

I've tried it all.

Cleaning one room a day.
Cleaning all in one go.
One chore a day.

What I found was I was always cleaning. Always cleaning.

When I cleaned all in one go I was dead for three to four days afterward and nothing got done.

There has to be a balance. There has to be a way to get and keep your house clean when you have chronic pain.

Now I've read a lot of articles on other websites that mention, "excuse the state of my house, I have chronic pain and I'm just not going to clean..."
Well that's fine but since I'm allergic to practically everything indoors and out, I have to have a dust and mold free house. Adhesive Arachnoiditis sucks, but being sick with Adhesive Arachnoiditis is worse.

Therefore the home needs to be clean.

I also have to do all of the other activities that keep me healthy and functioning. Since it's only #leohusband and me, I'm on my own to get things done.


First, I highly recommend getting a robot vacuum. I can't even imagine vacuuming with Adhesive Arachnoiditis. I've tried it with my back brace on and it made zero difference. Vacuuming still hurt like hell, so after some convincing, we bought one of the off-brand ones on Amazon.

After testing out several different ways to clean, I decided that a mix of both rooms and chores is best.

For example:

Monday - Laundry

Tuesday - Bathrooms and Towels

Wednesday - Dusting

Thursday - Run Vacuum

Friday - Mop

Saturday - Kitchen

Sunday - No cleaning

Sometimes I get some help from #leohusband but since he is often busy and tired I'm the go-to girl for getting everything done at home.

Now we are making room in our budget for a housekeeper but that is really to take some of the physical burdens off of me. More on how to budget later.

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