Spring Cleaning Your Chronic Life: Five ways to make your home chronically friendly

Many of us who have one or multiple chronic illnesses spend a lot of time in our homes. So why not make your space a safer and more enjoyable place to be? Here are five tips to help you make your home chronically friendly!

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Make your home chronically friendly by minimalizing your home décor 

I am not suggesting that your home be a cold and sterile space. But by limiting how many knickknacks, pictures, vases, etc. you have on display, you will have less to clean. Use that energy to do things with the ones you love.

Not ready to part with your treasures? Store them and trade them out with others throughout the year when you have the energy to do so. The purpose is to make cleaning easier, not to gut your home.

Put your wardrobe on a diet 

Is your dresser or closet bursting with clothing that you never wear? Get rid of them!

Go through your closets and dressers at least once a year. Then make a donation to your favorite charity or homeless shelter. Don’t have the energy to do a mass cleansing? Try pulling a few items out and place in a bag anytime you purchase new clothing. Plus ridding your space of unused clothing will help you find your favorite pieces easier.

Make your home chronically friendly by creating clear paths 

Is your home so packed full of furniture that maneuvering through it is like going through a corn maze?

If you are like me, balance is an issue when you are on your feet. To curb how often I fell, I created clear straight paths throughout my living areas.

Not having to zigzag through a space has reduced how often I fall. I have also strategically placed my furniture so I can easily grab onto it if I feel dizzy or start to topple over. Clear and open paths make it possible to get around my home with a mobility aid when necessary.

Reduce heavy lifting

  I may only use my heavy mixer once a month, but I leave it out on my counter year round.  If I had to pull it out of a cabinet each time I wanted to use it I would never use it.  Leaving it out grants me one less opportunity to injure myself.

Create a comfy daytime space

Many people with chronic illnesses spend a great deal of time in bed. The problem this created for me was that there was no separation of daily life and rest time. At the time my living room furniture was only comfortable when I was experiencing a “good” day.

Replacing our furniture with pieces that didn’t add to my pain, I began spending more time out of bed. Over time my body finally caught on that bed was for sleeping or riding out a severe flare.

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11 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning Your Chronic Life: Five ways to make your home chronically friendly

  1. This is GREAT advice! Thank you! I’ve had bad falls, and near falls, and with some help, this gives me some clear goals.

  2. Great post and such awesome tips! Step 1 is so important and what I’m working on now. Minimizing the clutter and items so there’s less to clean.

  3. This is such good advice and very timely for me as we are moving from a three bedroom townhouse to a two-bedroom condo. One of the reasons is so that I have less to clean. I am getting rid of a lot of things that either take up space or remind me of a life that is long gone (getting rid of a lot of my catering dishes and other supplies, etc.). I know what you mean about needing a comfortable space outside of the bedroom. My Dad left me his lift recliner. We have had it in the spare bedroom as I often sleep in it when I can’t get comfortable in our bed. We are going to put it in the living room of the new place so that I can spend time in that room and feel comfortable.

  4. Fantastic article!! Helpful, insightful, short, and to the point. I chuckled at the featured image of a housewife all decked out in a dress and heels to vacuum. If I were to do that…. hey that gives me an idea…oh nevermind I’d end up in bed for 6 months if I tried that.

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