A hot bath, shaved legs, pedicured feet and fresh sheets…mmmmhhhmmmm
That smell of spring in the air is so refreshing along with the sun on your face. Doesn’t it make you want to bring spring into your bedroom? If only we could. We can spring clean though.
There’s something like a clock or alarm inside me that causes me to start cleaning every spring. Since I’ve been ill I have to take it slowly. When you have chronic pain and an invisible illness you need to do most things slowly or spread them out over time. Sometimes things just don’t get done and you have to prioritize what is most important.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have that fairy godmother right about now?
Since I don’t, I made a list of how to keep my bedroom organized and clean since that is where I spend most of my time. Hopefully, this will help you spring clean as well. I print it out and hang it up because my memory is…what was I saying?
- Use baskets to organize your medicines and supplements. Maybe you need one basket for the morning and one after dinner. Sometimes you have medicines for use as needed and others you take on a daily basis. I use one basket just for my vitamins and supplements. Label the baskets with sharpies or print out some cute labels. This can make it easier for caretakers to help find what you need on really bad days as well.
- Use a duvet cover to make cleaning your comforter and making your bed much easier.
- An extendable duster with a cleaning spray that attracts dust and dirt. You can get to hard to reach places and make it easier on your body.
- Use table runners or homemade tablecloths for your furniture. Throw them in the wash rather than dust. *Extra tip: keep another set of table runners on hand to replace the ones you just threw in the laundry. This helps when you are too tired to do the wash right then. ** Extra Extra Tip: Have a spare set of sheets to replace the ones you put in the laundry.
- Ask for help. Have your family or friends chip in so you don’t end up in bed flaring for a day…or month.
- Take your time to clean or organize into sections. One day change your bedding, the next day you could dust. Breaking down your tasks can help you from being exhausted and may help avoid a flare
Use shelves or baskets to plan your outfits for each day. It’s easier to just grab that day’s clothes when you are done bathing and may be fatigued.
- Have a lot of meds that won’t fit in a normal pill organizer? I use ziplock bags with each day and time I am supposed to take written with a sharpie.
- Use one drop of Dawn dish soap per 8 oz. of water to clean almost anything. Baseboards, ceiling fans, cabinets, etc. Make sure to dry areas quickly then use a dryer sheet on baseboards to keep dust and dirt from collecting there. I haven’t tried it but next time I clean the ceiling fan I am going to use a dryer sheet to see if it works there too.
- Use trash cans and liners next to your bed so you don’t have to get up to throw trash away. Emptying the trash is easy. Wash the trash can once a week. Don’t forget to leave a roll of trash can liners under the new trash liner. Now you always know where they are…just in case you have CRS like me 😉
If at all possible, have everyone leave their shoes at the front door. Keep a mat outside the door for them to wipe their shoes off. Keep another mat just inside the door to get any leftover dirt. This will keep many germs and dirt from ever making it inside your house AND your bedroom. This will (hopefully) keep things cleaner for longer and help your immune system by not inviting any more germs inside.
- I have read that using vodka in your shower can keep mold away. I’ve also read that it can be used on your mattress to kill odor-causing bacteria and bed bugs. I use lavender and peppermint oil mixed with distilled water on mine every time I change my sheets. Now I think I’ll try using some of my husband’s vodka in place of the water…just don’t tell him. I have also used hydrogen peroxide and baking powder on my mattresses. Spray the peroxide all over the mattress, sprinkle the baking soda until it covers the mattress and let it sit until dry then vacuum. You will probably want to do this on a ‘good’ day because going back to bed won’t be an option for awhile.
- I always have my phone with me in bed. Don’t forget to clean your phone and phone cover with rubbing alcohol too. Just make sure the alcohol doesn’t get into any ports. It can carry more germs than some of the germiest places in your home.
Watch TV in bed? Clean your remote with rubbing alcohol. Again, it can contain more germs than you realize. Clean top to bottom and front to back plus the battery storage area. Use a clean cloth and cotton swab to get to every nook and cranny.
- Don’t forget the light switches and door handles, these can carry germs from that flu you had in 1902…just kidding…but seriously, clean them.
- Your favorite bathrobe needs some love too, maybe buy 2 at the same time and while you are washing one with the sheets you have another one at the ready.
While not everyone does a spring clean, cleaning still needs to be done and having fresh bedding and a clean room can do wonders for your mood
Some of us can hire someone to come in on a weekly or monthly basis but others have to do it themselves, like me. Having a plan and some easy tips can make cleaning and organizing much easier for us spoonies.
Try some of these tips and don’t forget to ask for help. There are lots of people who would jump at a chance to do something for someone. Check with your local church or youth groups and ask your friends on social media for recommendations of those wanting to volunteer. If you can’t find help then pace yourself and take care of yourself.
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