Getting your house clean with Fibromyalgia

ok, So just to start off here, I have to be honest, my house is NOT as clean as I’d like it to be. My mom grew me up appreciating a spotless home, and so I know what it SHOULD look like. Making that happen has been a little allusive the past many years with Fibromyalgia kicking my butt.

Getting your house clean with Fibromyalgia

Getting your house clean with Fibromyalgia

My hubby REALLY appreciates a spotless house, something I feel huge guilt over not being able to do for him. In an effort to make our home as comfortable for him as possible, I asked for a vacuum cleaner for Christmas. Check it out: I have a Roomba remote Vacuum cleanerย  who cleans my floors every day and I LOVE him! Yep, he’s a HIM. You should see him, you’d name him too! He’s kinda cute for a robot ๐Ÿ˜›

THEN I started to PAY someone to come in once a month and clean my bathroom and mop my floors. Which seriously worked perfectly for me! There’s just 2 of us, and we really don’t make THAT big a mess. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lately we’ve been talking about getting out of debt and clamping down on our spending. Which I support completely! So, to make this happen, is going to take some more intentional choices. Like making lunch for friends here instead of going out- PHEW! That was pretty exhausting yesterday, so I am thinking maybe of making it COFFEE dates here instead of meal dates.

The other thing I am doing is tackling my house cleaning without help. THIS scares me. My ATP is shockingly low, my energy has been sucked out of me slowly by inactivity. In my defense, each time I would begin to clean my house, I would FEEL fine and thus do wayyyyy too much, making me stuck to the couch for a couple days, and hubby fending for himself. Hmm, that kinda defeats the purpose.

Those of you with a chronic illness and/or fatigue know exactly what I’m talking about here. That fine line between doing too much and not doing enough… it’s a VERY fine line. When we don’t do enough, our bodies slowly lose the ability to do what we CAN actually do. But overdoing it, is a terrible option to.

SO, without further yacking, here is my new plan!

Every day, do ONE thing. And write it down in a planner or calender. It will take you about a month to get through everything this way. Take Sundays off. It’s good to take a break. Please note, I have a 1000 square foot house, so it’s possible to do this in one month.

So, for me the kitchen needs mopping the most, and the bathroom is in need of a good cleaning, and the dust is starting to make bunnies, so that is where I started.

Day 1: Clean Toilet and bathroom sink

Day 2: Mop kitchen Floor (About mopping: DO NOT put out a huge bucket etc when you mop, this requires more energy than you likely have. Just use your tub or kitchen sink to wet your mop (We use swiffer mop thingy. You can make your own ones by simply using a rag cloth, wet with a little vinegar. easy peasy!) Once you have the built-up mess under control, a spot mop is really all you need, unless you are someone who tromps around the house in wet or muddy shoes ๐Ÿ™‚

For spot-mop, after I cleanย  up the kitchen in the evening, I take my wet wash cloth to a corner of the house and spot-clean one floor. Usually the kitchen is the worst, so I just get on my hands and knees and wipe up those spots, then toss that wash cloth in the laundry every day. Keeps your wash cloth from getting smelly too ๐Ÿ™‚ As you can tell, I am not the type to have a different cloth for each area of the house LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ The bathroom is the only place that has it’s own cleaning cloths ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 3: Dust house. Again- use a swiffer duster, the ones that have a re-tractable handle, so you don’t have to bend over a ton or reach too much.

Day 4-10: mop one or 2 floors a day. Using my technique I explained in Day 2, you should be able to do this without too much exhaustion after. If cleaning a very large space, make sure to divide between 2 days.

Getting your house clean with Fibromyalgia

Getting your house clean with Fibromyalgia

Day 11- 14 Wash 2 windows. It’s Spring after all, and if you’re anything like me, this has been left for too long and I want to see the sun shining in my windows though sparkling glass ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out this link to a streak-free recipe that I tried from One Good Thing by Jillee.ย  Personally it didn’t work for my windows. Check out my Outside Window Cleaner that gets the sap from the trees off here: Window and Shower cleaner! Get a squeegee for this. You know, those things that easily wipe all the stuff from the windows without needing you to WIPE it? See pictures. For the inside I just use a regular window cleaner and paper towel, easy peasy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 15: it’s time to clean the Bath room sink and Toilet again ๐Ÿ™‚

Getting your house clean with Fibromyalgia

Getting your house clean with Fibromyalgia

Day 16: Clean tub and shower walls. Get a squeegee for this. You know, those things that easily squeeze all the stuff from the windows without needing you to WIPE it? See pictures. Use this recipe, if your tub is anything like mine, it gets kinda grungy. ok, so I did try this recipe and it’s AWESOME!!! Cleans it off easier than CLR and it’s super easy to make! Click here for recipe

Day 17: Mop Kitchen floor again (probably needs it by this point)

Day 18-24: wash more windows. This may take a few more days depending on how many windows you have.

You get the idea here? This is DO-able! A little at a time. Everyday. With as little elbow grease as possible.

Don’t have a Roomba Remote Vacuum? Add another week to your rotation: sweep or vacuum one room each day, just like the mopping.

You won’t have to clean the windows every week either, so your rotation can include things like the Stove and fridge and freezer. Organize one room each day. Put everything in it’s proper place. Clean out ONE cupboard that has needed it. Wash down a couple cupboards each day. The idea here is to tackle MANAGEABLE amounts, everyday, so you neither over do it, nor under-do it. We need to hang on to the little ATP energy we have by keeping as active as possible!

Fatigue is a REAL thing, so if you have a friend or family member who struggles with it, be gracious, offer to help, and oooh and aaaah when they’ve worked hard to make it clean! <3

Want to save a little MORE cash? Use Vinegar instead of Fabric Softener and try your hand at an EASY Laundry detergent recipe (1 cent per load)

What are some of your tricks and tips for making cleaning more possible for you?

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I'm a bit of a health nut and not ashamed of it! God, family and Missions are huge passions and driving forces in my life. I have had fibromyalgia for most of my life and am in the process of a treatment that is gonna give me my life back! Join me in my journey to wellness, make some new friends and maybe encourage someone else along the way!
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44 Responses to Getting your house clean with Fibromyalgia

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  2. Anonymous says:

    How do you d it? I have Fibromyalgia too and it really sucks…..

    • Christine says:

      Hello there ๐Ÿ™‚ I am on a treatment program that is reversing the symptoms so that I am getting well again and not just masking the pain and fatigue with more drugs, that’s how I do it!! How are you treating your fibro right now? I hope some of my post was a help to you!

  3. Cl says:

    I’ve been managing without medications for over 5 years now. It didn’t make sense to me to take medications needed other medications to deal with the side effects. My best friend is rest. I downsized from a 3-bedroom house to a 1-bedroom apartment. A huge adjustment but it’s made my life so much easier. I went back to the cleaning methods my Grandmother taught me as a child, clean up as you mess up! Spray and wipe in the bathroom and use, wash, wipe in the kitchen! (I run hot dishwater at the beginning of the day with a little bleach for that.) Such a joy to wake up to a sparkling clean home every morning! Keeps me from being overwhelmed. As for cooking, it doesn’t get any better than the crock pot, roasting pan or Foreman grill! Put a meal on at night while you sleep and it’s done in the morning or put it on in the morning and it’s done by evening. No standing over the stove all day. Same with a roasting pan. Meals just cook themselves and I rest. Marinated meats or vegetables on a Foreman grill done in less than 15 minutes and seafood meals even less time than that. I keep fresh salad greens in the frig–organic spring mix or baby kale mix. Kale mix has now become a favorite–sometimes a salad, sometimes a saute with onions or cooked with other greens, in soups or with pasta. On good days, I cook and freeze. Some days are all-day-bean-simmering days! I think the most important thing I’ve learned over the 20+ years of having fibro is just to work within my limitations.

    • Christine says:

      those are excellent ideas! thanks for sharing them with us ๐Ÿ™‚ Yep, picking up as you go take a bit more fore-thought but it really does cut down on the totally time and energy needed to clean a house! I am so bad with that. Sometimes I just get too scatter-brained and forget what I’m doing LOL ๐Ÿ˜€ I had a friend with ADHD tell me I sound like him! HAHA! ๐Ÿ˜€ If ADHD can be brought on by Fibromyalgia, I definitely have it!
      We live in a very small house too and it makes it much more manageable ๐Ÿ™‚ Esp with my awesome vacuum that keeps the floors clean for me ๐Ÿ˜€
      Oh- and I started to blend veggie soups to they are thick and creamy, LOVING that and it’s so so easy!
      Working within our limitations is one of the biggest lessons for us with fibro for sure!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I suffer from fibromyalgia also, it’s very difficult to keep my house as clean as I like .But not having it clean and organized causes me more stress. I relate to so much of what you had to say. Thank you for the short cuts and ideas! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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