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Keeping House with Chronic Pain

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Cleaning house is a chore for anyone, but when you’re living with chronic pain, routine tasks can seem like an insurmountable challenge. As tempting as it may be to let a tidy house fall to the wayside, a messy home can cause stress that can aggravate your condition. Rather than sacrificing a comfortable home, turn to housekeeping strategies designed to save you effort.

Clean in Short Bursts

No one likes spending an entire day slogging through a dirty house, and chronic pain adds an extra layer of challenge. Long hours on your feet can exhaust you for days going forward, and bending and stooping can leave you with aches and pains that are slow to fade.

Instead of cleaning your whole house in a marathon session, create a habit of cleaning in short 10- to 15-minute bursts once or twice a day. Not only will this erase the need for long hours of housekeeping, but it will also keep your house tidier on a day-to-day basis. During each session, try to hit at least one less-frequent task like dusting or taking out the trash in addition to your everyday duties like washing the dishes.

Opt for Minimalism

The more stuff you have, the greater your home’s potential for clutter. Try to pare down your belongings to the things you use regularly. Dispose of anything in storage that hasn’t been touched in more than a year, toss out old magazines and newspapers that are collecting dust, and swap shelves full of books for a well-stocked e-reader.

If you’re struggling to keep up with chores that have nothing to do with clutter, like dusting and sweeping, consider taking the minimalist approach to your housing itself. While a big house has its perks, you’ll have an easier time maintaining a smaller space.

Turn to Automation

When it comes to cleaning house with chronic pain, automated housekeeping tools are your best friend. Automated floor-cleaning solutions like iRobot’s Roomba (available online for under $200) and Scooba save you long periods on your feet. An all-in-one washer and dryer lets you finish a load of laundry without worrying about transferring clothes from one appliance to the other, and if you opt for a model with Smart technology you can even start the cycle from your sofa. Automatic shower cleaners cut down the frequency of manual scrubbing and protect you from direct exposure to irritating chemical cleaners. And while these aren’t necessarily automated, having a handheld vacuum for smaller messes can make cleaning up a lot easier.

Find Ways to Cope with Inflammation

Inflammation is a chronic pain sufferer’s worst enemy, so finding ways to cope with this problem will help provide some much-needed comfort during a flair-up. In addition to drinking green tea and eating foods such as beans, nuts, and celery (which can help soothe inflammation), you can look for natural supplements. CBD oil, for example, has helped many people battle inflammation and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, stress, and insomnia; in fact, many professional athletes have turned to CBD oil for help. However, since there are many different products on the market these days, finding the highest quality CBD oil should be your first priority before selecting one. You should also consult your doctor beforehand as well.

Get Help at Home

Sometimes the workload gets to be too much, but there’s no shame in looking for outside help managing your home. While you could turn to friends and family for an occasional hand, asking too often could strain your relationships. And when you’re living with chronic pain, you don’t want to burn out your support network.

Hired housekeeping is an excellent way to keep your home comfortable while minimizing your own workload. There are a few ways to approach housekeeping services:

-  Hire someone to help with routine cleaning tasks. Depending on your needs, you may opt for weekly services or more frequent assistance. In Birmingham, you can hire a maid service for around $125 and $252 per cleaning.

- Hire a housekeeper for the most intensive cleaning tasks, like scrubbing the bathtub and dusting crown molding. If certain routine tasks are especially difficult for you, it’s wise to include those as well.

- Consider hiring someone to handle periodic maintenance, such as changing your air filters on a consistent basis. Ordering filters online is easy these days, and there are websites that allow you to create custom filters if you need them.

- Hire occasional housekeeping assistance for big deep-cleaning and organizational tasks, such as annual spring cleaning.

Your decision will depend on your budget as well as how much work you want to outsource to professionals. Regardless of how much housekeeping help you elect to hire, you should write out a list of specific tasks you’d like your housekeeper to handle and review it together.

When you employ these strategies, you’ll enjoy a cleaner home, a less stressful schedule, and, hopefully, a more pain-free life.

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Cleaning house is a chore for anyone, but when you’re living with chronic pain, routine tasks can seem like an insurmountable challenge. As tempting as it may be to let a tidy house fall to the wayside, a messy home can cause stress that can aggravate your condition. Rather than sacrificing a comfortable home, turn to housekeeping strategies designed to save you effort.

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