Day 3 of my 20 Days of Spring Cleaning 2023 didn’t result in a lot of progress. I needed to work and run errands that day, which swamped most of my day. By the time I returned home, I was exhausted, yet I had a new idea about what I would be up against when it came to cleaning the house.
After cleaning out so many spaces in the first two days of the month, my body ached. I expected it, but there were problems I didn’t anticipate. I was fine, but it did remind me that my body hasn’t healed completely from my health problems. Worst of all, I came to the realization that my body will probably never heal enough for me to feel completely back to normal.
This back and forth about how far my health has come yet how it will never be the same is an ongoing battle for me. Ever since I was a child, I struggled with this. Sometimes I feel great and I’m happy. Other days my body fails me and I don’t. Doing very physically laborious activities is needed to build my body and strength back, yet I often times overdo it. Day 3 was the day when it hit me I overdid it and I probably should slow down my cleaning plans a lot.
So, I adjusted my plans. I decided to not paint the bathroom this month. Instead, I’ll focus on organizing it and deep cleaning all the places inside it that need to be deep cleaned. Same thing goes to the laundry room, kitchen, and any other room in the house. I plan on sorting things I can sort while sitting and reserve my energy to do deep cleaning around the house. I also decided I need to purchase a few tools to help me clean better without moving around so much. I can get down on my hands and knees to clean, which I usually do when it comes to cleaning the bathroom, but this is not my normal cleaning routine. I would rather save my energy to lift and carry boxes instead of getting on my hands and knees to clean!
I already have an idea on an area to organize and short first. I will be able to sit while doing it, which makes me happy. It will also open shelves and storage areas I can use to store things I don’t use anymore or very often.
I just need to keep bushing myself to keep working. I can’t work as much as others may, but I can work. I will organize and deep clean the house before Spring. Even if I don’t get every repair and paint that needs to be done, I will still accomplish the most important things I need to finish. It just won’t be as quickly as others may be able to!