By Dionetta Hudzinski & Teresa Shaffer

  1. cleaningUse a post-it note and write 4 things that you will do today. This will help keep your daily to-do list manageable without over-doing.
    • Post it on your refrigerator as an easy reminder
    • Cross off each item after it is completed
  2. Throw things out or donate items before you start trying to do a deep clean or organize. It is so much easier to clean, put away and organize with less things hanging around and in your way.
    • Hint: If you have not worn something in the past 2 years, it’s time to let someone else enjoy it.
    •  Make quick decisions to minimize the pain of parting. The longer you agonize over de-clutter decisions, the more likely you are to keep the item in question.
    • Have a donate box ready at all times.
  3. Pick one room – then spend 15 minutes a day working on that room. Before you know it that room will be clean.
    • Break down your rooms into small sections. Work on one section at a time.
  4. While sitting and watching television you can sort through old newspapers, bills, flyers.
  5. Open mail over the recycling bin or garbage can and toss all unnecessary mail and inserts immediately.
  6. When cleaning around the house set a timer for 15 minutes. Once the timer goes off, take a 15 minute break and then began again.
    • You will find that you are able to accomplish so much more because you are being kind to your body.
  7. Listen to music or an audio book. The time will pass a lot more quickly if you have an enjoyable atmosphere.
  8. Celebrate and reward yourself when you accomplish your goal.

Have a cleaning kit;

  • Dust rags
  • Garbage bags
  • Window cleaner
  • Spray cleaner

De-clutter Kit;

  • Donation box
  • Trash can with Plastic bag liner
  • Keep box/bin
  • Recycle box for recyclable non confidential paper
  • Paper Shredder for confidential papers or box to take to community shredder
  • Sharpie pen and post it notes

If you clean or de-clutter for 15 minutes a day, every day, you can avoid elevating your pain levels:

  • You may not notice much difference at first– in either time spent or results
  • In one week, with just 15 minutes of de-cluttering or cleaning daily, you would have spent one hour and 45 minutes
  • In 30 days, you will have spent seven and a half hours =one full day of de-cluttering or cleaning without causing more pain!
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