Spring Cleaning With Arthritic Pain
Household chores, especially when it comes to spring cleaning, are rarely fun for anyone, but they may be particularly frustrating and painful if you have arthritis. Planning ahead for spring cleaning may help you better manage your joint pain and reduce the symptoms of arthritis. Instead of trying to get everything done in one day, make realistic cleaning goals that will help you to stay on top of your pain, yet get all of your chores done. Here are a few tips to help get your cleaning done while minimizing pain.
Tools That Make Cleaning Easier
Using lightweight tools can make cleaning easier and reduce your pain. Many of the cleaning tools available are not only lightweight, but they are inexpensive and will also reduce the need to “scrub” harder. Some cleaning tools to consider investing in may include:
- Steam mops
- Long handled toilet and shower brushes
- Swifter sweepers, mops and dusters
- Food scrapers for easy cleaning of pots and skillets
Easy Access to Supplies
One of the quickest ways to wear yourself out and encourage back and leg pain is by continuously having to go back for cleaning supplies. Whether you live in a 2-story home or an apartment, try to keep cleaning supplies accessible from all areas of your home. For instance, use separate cleaning supplies for the kitchen and the bathroom and keep these supplies in the room they are used to clean. Putting a laundry hamper in the bedrooms and the bathroom will prevent you from bending over to pick up clothing and you can easily roll the hampers into the laundry room.
Clean Messes Right Away
Waiting until stains set or clutter adds up will result in more work. It is much easier to wipe up spills when they happen and pick up messes as they occur. Each morning when you brush your teeth, wiping out the sink afterward will prevent a buildup of spilled toothpaste, and it will reduce the amount of deep cleaning you will have to do in the bathroom. Prioritizing your cleaning is a great way to get the high traffic areas cleaned first, that way if you are in pain, you can stop to rest knowing that the worst part of cleaning is behind you. Some areas to focus on first should include the areas where germs are prevalent, such as the door handles, entryway floor, faucets and areas that collect a lot of dust.
Don’t rush through your cleaning tasks, even if the day didn’t go as planned. Rushing will only cause you to quickly tire yourself out and increase the risk of you falling or getting injured. Pace yourself and take breaks, especially if you are feeling pain and are becoming fatigued. If at any point you feel as though you have reached your limit for the day, do not push yourself and don’t stress. The work will still be there tomorrow, and you will feel better after getting a good night’s sleep. Keep in mind that there is nothing more important than your health, so pace yourself and rest when you need it.
If you suffer from arthritis, talk with your doctor about getting a referral to Arthritis Center of Lexington.