bathroom-cleaningI had a staycation awhile ago and was just catching up on some things around the house and running some important errands. I decided, of all things I could choose to do around the house, to clean the shower curtain. Of course, for someone who cannot raise their arms above their head or even hold them up for more than a few seconds at a time, this could have been a difficult job.

I have no idea why I didn’t think of this before. Instead of trying to hold my arms up and hooking the curtain up to the rod, I took the rod down and was able to easily unattach and reattach the curtain.

What a simple solution! Why didn’t I think of this before?

I think I have the answer. Early in my journey with pain, one of the first things to go was the housework. Just like The Spoon Theory says, I only have so much energy per day and having a clean house quickly fell to the bottom of the priority list.

At some point, the perfectionist in me resigned herself to the fact that there are just some things that I cannot do anymore. Of course, some things have to get done. If I don’t wash the dishes, I’ll soon have unwelcome critters taking up residence in my apartment. If I don’t take out the trash…same problem. If I don’t do the laundry, well…you get the picture.

Other household chores such as dusting, scrubbing the floor and cleaning that pesky shower curtain quickly fell to the bottom of the priority list. At some point, it became easier to say, “I just can’t do that any more.”

How empowering to find a new way to do something as simple as clean the shower curtain. I’m off now to invent a new way to dust. Let me know if you have any ideas. You can also take our poll and let us know how you cope when spring cleaning.

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