Chores …….we all have to do them and there never seems to be an end to what should be done. To top it off, they are really not all that much fun to do. Being endless, chores can become overwhelming for those of us with CI, resulting in depression and anxiety. We get depressed looking at the endless chores left undone because we are too ill or lack the physical energy it takes to complete them. Tasks get pushed further and further down on “the list” which creates anxiety with all that is left to do.
So, how to tackle the chores that are the musts: laundry, dishes, groceries and meal preparation, and make them as easy as possible? I am by no means an expert at home management, but I have had a lot of experience living with CI and having a home to take care of. It is a ton of work and I made a lot of mistakes along the way. With every mistake, I searched for ways that would make each chore one I could physically manage.
So this post will touch briefly on laundry. No matter how many times we are able to wear those not-so-dirty pjs (or fill-in the blank), they will eventually need to be washed. If you have other people in your household, their clothing and bedding will need to be washed too, adding to the chore load. I have tried various ways to tackle the endless mounds of laundry; everybody has a different laundry day………..a BIG nope! Even when the kiddos were old enough to do their own laundry, if I didn’t feel well enough to supervise, things didn’t proceed as it should. Laundry got backed up and the room became way too crowded for my liking.
Then I went to doing all the laundry in one day. Neither me nor the dryer could keep up. I learned quickly, if I felt well enough to do laundry for 10 hours……….I sure as hell didn’t want to spend my day doing that!
Now, I have no system other than I try to do one load of laundry a day. That is it. Everyone is responsible for telling me when they need to do laundry and IF the washer is open, the answer is yes. I no longer allow loads of dirty laundry to sit in the laundry room. The room is small and the passage to and from the garage so the clothing can be a tripping hazard not to mention a source of anxiety to be looking at room full of dirty clothes.
So, one load a day from washing to hanging up (I hang up most of our laundry to save it from wear and tear of the dryer and have our clothing last longer) but what comes out of the dryer is folded and then put away by the owners. If I am having a decent day, I may be able to do two!
If laundry is your responsibility, how do you handle the loads?
……………….Until next time, you are a superhero!