The best thing I have ever done is move back in with my mother. For six months, while my family was between houses, we moved back in with my parents. During this time, I observed how my mother, a wonderful housekeeper, kept her house so spotless.
She only works at 20 minutes intervals. For example, after supper, she would put the dishes in the sink and clean off the stove. Then she would take a break. Later, she would go back and rinse the dishes and put them in the dishwasher. Then, she would take another break. Later, she would go put some laundry in.
I have taken my mother's unspoken advice and have found household chores not to be so daunting now.
By BarwickJ from Ottumwa, IA
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I live alone and have run into a tornado of a mess. I am beginning treatments and possible extensive back surgery. I am not able to tackle the mess I keep turning over and over to find anything. I am so frustrated and can't stand and work for over 30 to 45 minutes. Can you help me with a plan I can foresee?
You shouldn't necessarily have to stand as long as you say to do a lot of things. I am unable to stand for more than five-ten minutes at a time if that. When I go through things I take several things to the table, a chair, or my bed, depending on the room I'm working in and sit while I sort through things. I also always have a garbage bag nearby that I can toss things in. I still have a mess but that is because I have too many ideas roaming around in my head.
I have arthritis that is now bone on bone. I cannot stand for very long either. I have an office chair at my desk. When time for sweeping, mopping or vacuuming... I roll around in my chair. If the bedroom needs a big cleaning then I just roll the chair back there. I use stools for cooking or doing dishes. Hope this helps.
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