Big projects such as decluttering take a huge amount of time, physical and emotional energy. Dealing with CI while taking on large projects requires some prep work. In addition to gathering the necessary supplies (discussed in a previous post) it is also important to plan ahead for meals.
When you are worn out after a long day, the last thing you want to do is to head to the kitchen (especially if you have been working in it) to prepare a meal. Feeling exhausted, it is easy to go for something fast and convenient and probably unhealthy. This is when meal prepping before you start your day comes to the rescue. By gathering ingredients and putting them into your crock pot or pulling a home cooked pre-made meal out of the freezer to thaw will be extremely beneficial at the end of your long day. It is also important that you have healthy snacks such as cut fruit and/or veggies in the fridge plus a portable drink to be with you during your cleaning sessions (most of us with CI need to stay hydrated!).
Setting a timer to remind yourself to take your medicine and/or supplements on time may also be a good idea. If you are like me, you tend to get caught up in the work and you lose track of time.
Also, don’t forget to take breaks as needed, no need to power through. We all know that we will pay dearly for not listening to our bodies. The most important thing to remember about decluttering is that you are creating a better living environment for you (and your family). So make sure you take the best care of yourself so you can accomplish all that you are able.
Until next time, don’t forget that YOU are a superhero! Who else could do what you do?