Welcome to spring! The time of year here in the mid-west when you are praying you feel well enough to go outside and enjoy sunny skies and warmish days. It is also the time when you want to rid your home of that closed-up feeling of winter and bring in the spring with the thoughts of fresh beginnings and spring cleaning. But, how in the world can those of us with CI clean our home without making ourselves more ill?
I have written several posts on de-cluttering as I am a huge believer that a de-cluttered home is much easier to clean (less stuff = less cleaning). So, if you haven’t de-cluttered your home, maybe that would be a good place to start. If your home is fairly clutter free then spring cleaning it is.
So how can we clean and still keep ourselves on a somewhat even keel? That is a very good question and the answers will vary for each of us. Here are a few things that have worked for me over the years:
Don’t clean on days that you are not feeling decent, it only makes the days that follow worse.
Stop cleaning BEFORE you are exhausted.
Make sure you plan your main meal in the morning before you begin cleaning, you’ll be too tired in the evening to cook.
Start in one room and work in that room only until it is completed.
Enlist help of others in the family, it is their mess too.
Give each child (age appropriate) a list of cleaning jobs you expect completed in his/her room such as changing all bedding, going through all clothing and getting rid of items that don’t fit, washing inside windows, going through all toys and books putting away what they want to keep, dust all furniture, vacuuming, and cleaning closets.
Soak toilets, and fill bathtubs and sinks with water and add cleaner. Let it sit for a while to make cleaning easier.
Carry a bucket of all necessary cleaning supplies with you to each room so you don’t waste precious energy on searching for items.
Make sure you have enough trash bags before you start.
Do not worry if it takes a week or more to clean a room, it will get done. Instead, praise yourself for all your hard work!
If a task is too difficult for you to do and you have no help, skip it. Maybe next time!
Organize as you clean. It will take longer to clean but it will make cleaning the next time much easier.
Make sure everything has a place before moving on to the next room. If an item doesn’t have a specific place, find one or get rid of it.
Don’t throw the entire room’s dirty clothing, bedding, and window coverings into the laundry room at once. This will clog up your laundry room. Instead, do one load at a time. If you get tired, you won’t have to step over piles of laundry until you can get to it.
Wear a mask so you don’t breath in the dust and dirt as you are cleaning.
If you are working with cleaners that are not 100% natural, make sure you have ventilation, and you wear gloves and a mask.
Clean each room until you are satisfied, no need to clean to some else’s standards.
Have a tub to place items in that don’t belong in that room.
If your kids are very little, maybe they can visit grandparents.
I always clean the easiest room first, it gives me motivation to keep going. (the hardest room makes me too tired to continue with the rest of the house)
So…………do you participate in a spring cleaning ritual? If so, do you have any energy saving tips?
…………..Until next time, YOU are a superhero, no matter how clean your house is!