Spring Cleaning Tips for Spoonies: How to Tackle Household Chores with Chronic Illness

Spring Cleaning Tips for Spoonies: How to Tackle Household Chores with Chronic Illness

Posted by Spoonie Threads Staff on


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Spring cleaning can be a challenging and overwhelming task for anyone, but for spoonies – people with chronic illness – it can be even more daunting. However, with some planning, pacing, and support, it's possible to tackle household chores and enjoy a clean, organized home. In this blog post, we'll share some spring cleaning tips for spoonies on how to make the task more manageable.

  1. Prioritizing tasks: Help yourself Spoonies by breaking down tasks into smaller, more manageable steps, and prioritize which tasks are most important.

  2. Rest and pacing: Remember Spoonies that it's essential to take breaks and pace themselves to avoid burnout. Set a timer and work in short bursts, taking breaks in between. This way, you can avoid burnout and make steady progress.

  3. Getting help: We would encourage Spoonies to ask for help from friends or family members, or consider hiring a cleaning service to help with the more intensive tasks.

  4. Making cleaning supplies more accessible: Cleaning supplies can be heavy and challenging to handle, especially for spoonies. Consider making cleaning supplies more accessible by using lightweight or long-handled tools, such as a feather duster or a mop with an extendable handle. This can make cleaning more comfortable and reduce the risk of injury.

  5. Cleaning with non-toxic products: Use non-toxic cleaning products to reduce exposure to chemicals that can exacerbate chronic illness symptoms. Some cleaning products can contain harsh chemicals that can irritate or exacerbate chronic illness symptoms. Consider using natural products, such as vinegar and baking soda, to clean surfaces and floors.

  6. Celebrating small wins: Remember to celebrate small wins, like finishing one task at a time. Celebrating progress, no matter how small, can help boost motivation and morale.

By providing spoonies with these tips and strategies, you can help them tackle spring cleaning with less stress and fatigue, and feel a sense of accomplishment when the job is done. 

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