How to be Chronically Clean: housework tips for people with chronic illness

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Chronic illness can be(is) a bit of a b*tch and can make life a bit tricky.  I’m a weird one – I can be messy and disorganised but I’m stupidly house proud and I love a nice clean and tidy house.

My ankylosing spondylitis means I’m sometimes in quite a bit of pain and I’m exhausted 99% of the time so I try to find little ways to make my chores easier and quicker – and I’ve included them here…

The Vacuum of Dreams

For years I’ve flitted between cylinder and upright hoovers and struggled with both – trying to manoeuvre around the house and up the stairs with a bulky or heavy vacuum is a nightmare so I recently invested in a Dyson cordless handheld and although it only holds enough charge for 20 minutes it means I can zip around the house quickly and easily.  (Not an ad – but it is the Vacuum of Dreams for me)

Vacuum Cleaner

Flooring

My house is half-carpet half-wooden floors but I’m keen to get wooden flooring through the whole lower floors of the house.  I find it so much easier to steam-mop or wipe the floors, as opposed to carpet that just clings on to fluff and animal hair.  There are many places online for all sorts of hard flooring options like Lifestyle Flooring UK.

Laundry

I’m terrible with laundry – it’s the hardest job for me as lifting the basket and bending to reach the washing machine cripples me, therefore I’m terrible for leaving it for a week and then spending a long miserable day ploughing through tonnes of it.  A load a day keeps it at bay(poetic) and makes things much easier to keep on top of.

Washing Machine

Kitchen

The kitchen is the room I spend a lot of time in, cooking and baking and so on, it’s also the one place I like to keep clean and tidy as it makes life so much easier.  I use disinfectant wipes to wipe over the work surfaces, and I try to keep my cupboards organised so it makes those bad days that little bit easier.

Bedrooms

I tend to forget about the bedrooms – once we are up and dressed I’m terrible for forgetting to make the bed and tidy up so I try to get up, take my medication(which has to be taken on an empty stomach 30-60mins before food or drink) and set a timer and go and tidy upstairs, grab a loud of laundry and make the beds.

Cleaning Products

Most importantly of all

It can all wait – if you don’t feel well enough to do anything, rest up and don’t worry about it – make the best of your better days and don’t sweat the small stuff!

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