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Pacing yourself with housework

Oct 05, 2016 5:36 PM

I know there has been several discussions on this in the past. I find myself getting really frustrated and overwhelmed at times with figuring out how to pace myself. If I try to do too much in one day, it might take me 2-3 days to recover and then I'm behind again. Can anyone give me some tips and tricks on how they manage to get stuff accomplished without wearing yourself out? I actually did try something new this morning that did seem to help for a bit, and that was remaining seated while I was cleaning the bathroom. Wasn't the most efficient but it worked. And one other thing that does work for me is. Because I have such a hard time bending over the side of the tub to clean it, I actually have a separate mop dedicated just for cleaning the bottom of the bathtub.

Oct 05, 2016 6:10 PM

Timers? Set a time limit on the work? Clean until the timer goes off (15-20 minutes for me) then rest for 30 minutes then go back to cleaning for the amount of time you set.
Some people watch TV and clean during commercials.
I sit to do as much as possible. I sat on the floor to transplant a house tree even though the thing is almost 5 feet tall because it was easier than standing and bending over

Oct 05, 2016 6:30 PM

So, I have four boys, two teens and two in grade school, so lots of dishes, laundry, and dirty stuff...everywhere. I work full time and am a part time grad student, a wife, all the boys are in sports and I daily manage fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anxiety, a sleep disorder, etc. I DON'T get everything done, and that's ok. I've had to change expectations theirs and mine. The kids and hub do more. I do what I can, when I can, and when I can't I say so and I don't feel guilty about it (anymore that is, after lots of counseling and practice! πŸ˜‚). I get the basics done, or I don't. If someone doesn't like it, they are welcome to do it themselves (are you kidding me - they are all male!) Soon, I can have someone help clean maybe 2 hrs a week and I'll probably have them do the bathrooms as those are the hardest for me too. It has taken me a long time to get to this place and I have more work to do on me, because if I don't put myself and my health first, who will? Good luck and messy houses to you all! 😘

Oct 05, 2016 6:33 PM

Before, I forgot all about the timers. I'll give that a shot on Friday when I have more time.

Oct 05, 2016 6:47 PM

I never thought of timing myself! I tend to over do it all the time. This will be a must for me as I need to do quite a bit of gardening and housework and live with a few very lazy teens.

Oct 05, 2016 7:16 PM

Here in Australia we have care plans to help people like us so you can have someone come to your place once or twice a week to help out around the house with things you have trouble doing. here Its paid for by the government under medicare but then again everything is free here under medicare. is there something like that where you are?
Another thing is i do as much housework as i can on my computer chair so i can wheel around.

Oct 05, 2016 7:23 PM

Unfortunately, I don't qualify for home health under Medicare in the US.

Oct 05, 2016 7:25 PM

That sucks. Medicare must be different there. Here you just have your gp sign off on it and your good to go. I really hope you find a solution

Oct 05, 2016 8:12 PM

I prioritize my most difficult and important chore and fit everything else around it. For me, that chore is the laundry. I'm a zealot about getting it done on Monday and Thursday no matter what. Then I do a few lighter things on the in between days and try and make sure my kids do their assigned tasks each day. It's not a perfect plan, but we get by. most importantly, I try and remember that my family's mental health and happiness is more important than having a perfectly clean home.

Nov 09, 2016 3:57 PM

In CA, we also have IHSS, in home support services that if you qualify the state paid for so many hours a month to help you in your home. It's very specific on how many hours and the type of home services you qualify for. It is now home health services to clarify.

If you look in your state health dept or social services website, you may have it to and just are unaware of this service. Good luck.

Nov 09, 2016 8:53 PM

Mknight I'm in Adelaide and my dr has asked me once or twice and given me numbers to call. But my brain just forgets! I put the number in my handbag then I completely forget about it. Plus I think I'm being a bit stubborn 😞 I should really look into it properly. πŸŒΌπŸ€—

Nov 13, 2016 12:29 AM

Sit down with paper and pin and break those chores into daily and weekly. Then make each one in the ones you can do no problem, then mark the ones that take time and cause discomfort, then the ones that are the pits. Like dishes are daily, but handwashing some are everyother days in this household, lol. Then do daily charts, 30 mins for simieasy chore, weekly, then break, then easy daily, etc. You want a weekly chore each day, and then daily , but save the easiest for your last chore. For me one room being vacumned is one chore. So each room is a separaste chore. If you have help they get the ones I call no way in hell can I do, like vacumn the stairs. Yep that is the husband to do. So my husband understood what I did I put smiley to red crying faces by each chore. I never say a thing to him if he skips his chore, heaven forbid.

Nov 17, 2016 8:46 PM

I personally tend to potter about, do some bits, then sit down, then repeat both until the house is almost done. Having OCD doesn't help with fibro either.
Most of all please remember that when people come to the house they are coming to see you and true family and friends shouldn't care what your home looks like.
Also those jobs will still be there when you're not, so try not to do too much xx

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