It isn’t easy managing our health, our family and our home. Pacing is a valuable tool in managing chronic illnesses that cause chronic pain and fatigue. Even those with more normal energy levels can benefit from spreading out all of the expectations.
I have watched and enjoyed YouTube videos of busy mamas showing their “deep clean” videos where they clean the entire house in one go. I just don’t have the time or energy for this and with small children it makes sense to schedule things like this in chunks.
Here are my key tips for paced cleaning:
Write a list of:
- The seasonal tasks
- The monthly tasks
- The weekly tasks
- The daily tasks
Divvy them up over the month according to what you think you can manage and fits with your schedule.
Edit the schedule as you go according to how your days/weeks/month pans out with energy, pain and commitments.
My Template Set
I created a template set (because, of course I did, I am an avid planner and template maker). It is essentially the print and go lists I mentioned above that make it super easy to plan ahead for the month.
Your List and Tips for Paced Cleaning
However you make your lists and track your progress, I suggest you start with your bare minimum tasks that need to be done daily (such as dishes and washing – I have three small children, the washing needs to be kept on top of). Then look at what needs to be done weekly (like the vacuuming, a proper clean of the toilet and bathroom etc) and then add in the monthly and seasonal tasks.
The next level is to consider if there are things on your list that you cannot do and assign them to someone else (if you can). Or if there are things that you need to break down into smaller chunks. When I was pregnant and my pelvis issues were severe I couldn’t vacuum so my husband had to take care of that. Even when I am not pregnant I do not vacuum the entire house at once (our house is spread over three levels), I almost never do the rumpus room downstairs and I vacuum the bedrooms upstairs less often then the living areas.
A few tips to close our pacer’s guide:
- Continually tidy up as you go so you avoid large messes to clean – I especially do this as I am cooking.
- Involve the children in tidying up, my boys have to tidy up their own toys and have been included in cleaning efforts (at an age-appropriate level).
- Keep your cleaning supplies all together, easily accessible and find your best tools and products and keep them stocked.
- Don’t go out and leave a mess in the kitchen and lounge.
Do you have any tips for managing the cleaning with a chronic illness?