Gentle Cleaning Guide for Those with Chronic Illness: Making Your Home a Haven

Gentle Cleaning Guide for Those with Chronic Illness: Making Your Home a Haven

Living with a chronic illness can be challenging, and everyday tasks like cleaning may seem overwhelming most days. 

I understand this all too well and know from my own experience that if I don't pace myself when it comes to my chores that it can often lead to days that are even more difficult. 

That's why I wanted to put together something that might help make things a little easier so that you can live in a comfortable and welcoming environment without exhausting yourself both mentally and physically.  This is part 1 in a series of blog posts that I hope inspires and educates you on how to make your home a haven even when not feeling your best.

Here's a simple and friendly cleaning guide for those of us who are navigating the world of chronic illness or those that might just want a simple break down of tasks.

General Cleaning: Dust and Vacuum

  1. Dust with Ease:
    • Gently dust surfaces, including furniture, shelves, and decorations.
  2. Vacuum Carefully:
    • Vacuum carpets and rugs with breaks in between.

Bedroom: 3. Bedtime Bliss:

  • Change and wash bed linens at your own pace.
  • Fluff pillows and provide extra blankets as needed.
  • Wipe down surfaces like bedside tables and dressers.
  • Empty trash cans when you feel up to it.

Bathroom: 4. Refresh the Bathroom:

  • Clean and disinfect the toilet, sink, and shower/bathtub at your own pace.
  • Replace used towels with clean ones.
  • Stock up on necessities, and don’t forget to take breaks.
  • Empty trash cans when you're ready.

Living Spaces: 5. Cozy Corners:

  • Tidy up common areas gradually.
  • Wipe down surfaces like coffee tables and dining tables with pauses.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture if needed.
  • Arrange comfortable seating with extra cushions and throws.

Kitchen: 6. Kitchen Comfort:

  • Clean and sanitize countertops when you can.
  • Wipe down appliances with breaks in between.
  • Empty the dishwasher with a rest if necessary.
  • Stock the fridge gradually with essentials and snacks.

Guest Room Prep: 7. Guest Room Serenity:

  • Ensure there's ample space for luggage over time.
  • Check lighting at your own pace.
  • Provide a trash can gradually.
  • Place a carafe of water and glasses on the bedside table, taking breaks as needed.

Extra Amenities: 8. Thoughtful Touches:

  • Stock the room with extra blankets and pillows.
  • Provide a fan or space heater if required.
  • Ensure there are hangers in the closet with breaks.

Special Touches: 9. Warm Welcome Basket:

  • Consider creating a small welcome basket with snacks, water, and local information as you feel up to it.

Wi-Fi and Instructions: 10. Tech and Treats:

  • Share the Wi-Fi password at your convenience.
  • Provide instructions gradually for electronics, appliances, or any unique features of your home.

Emergency Information: 11. Safety First:

  • Share emergency contact information slowly, including the nearest hospital or urgent care.

Final Touches: 12. Setting the Scene:

  • Consider lighting candles or using essential oils at your own pace.

Check for Safety: 13. Safety Assurance:

  • Ensure that the guest room and common areas are safe, taking your time.

Personalize: 14. Personal Touches:

  • Consider any personal touches or accommodations based on your energy levels and guests' needs.

Remember, this checklist is a guide, not a strict schedule. Work at things at a pace that are comfortable for you.   If you're a list maker like I am, be sure to check out our tools to make life easier collection where you'll find all sorts of things I've designed to help with day to day tasks and more.

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