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Housework Tips

The title of this blog piece will make sense in just a minute! For now, if you struggle with housework and keeping up with your home then keep reading.

Even if you live at home with your family, friends, house mates or other students it is still hard to keep up when you are chronically or mentally ill. Of course, not every single chronically or mentally ill person isn’t automatically ticked in the category box of not being able to keep up! Some struggle, some don’t. For those of us who do, on the days we really struggle are the days where coincidentally the washing needs done or the dishes need to be washed. Some are lucky to have people around to help others do not.

I have found some things helpful at not only just after major surgeries but also for daily life of being chronically and mentally ill. Either of these are challenging enough to live with so sharing these helpful things I have found, may help you, they may not but still worth sharing! If it can help someone then that is the sole purpose of this blog.

  • Having more than one clothes dryer – this I found helpful due to the fact that you can spread your washing out more which means it dries quicker. It can also allow you to catch up on your washing on the days you are able with somewhere to put it all, which leads me to the next helpful thing!
  • A tumble dryer- not everyone can afford one but if you can save for one or get one second hand it really does give a helping hand.
  • Keeping cleaning products in the bathroom, too! – if you are an ostomate or have anything medical in your bathroom, you will know an accident is bound to happen at some point! Keeping cleaning products close by saves having to dash around looking for them.
  • Using lenor unstoppables inside your hoover or hoover bag – this keeps everywhere fresh whilst you hoover and it lasts a few days! Simply pop inside your hoover bag or hoover some up.
  • Fabulosa carpet freshener- super affordable and SUPER for carpets that need a little freshen up. Its hard work using a carpet shampooer or scrubbing carpets. It dries quickly and lasts for a few days!
  • A dishwasher – again not the most affordable thing to have. Finding room for one can be difficult too however counter top ones are available! It saves you having to stand for a long period of time washing dishes, you can pop them into the dishwasher and rest.
  • Pre cooking meals – cooking meals that are easy to store in containers can be kept in the freezer for future or in the fridge for a couple of days, meaning you don’t have to stand cooking every single day.
  • Having a washing basket divided for light and dark washing – this just makes it a little easier to pre organise your separate clothing ready to be washed.
  • Little Bin liners – a MUST have. It keeps the inside of your little bins from getting dirty and much easier to empty.

I would love to know what little tips and tricks you have that help you too! 💕

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We Have Moved!

Baux and myself settled in!

It’s been a while since I gave you all an update! My laptop got completely rebooted by my friend John who used to work in a computer shop and now fixes computers etc in his spare time. So even though my laptop has been fixed you’re probably wondering why I haven’t been blogging! For the past few months we had been preparing to move so we had to clear out E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G because I had way too much stuff!

We have been in our new place a week past Sunday and we are absolutely loving it! What had drawn us to this place the most was that there was a bath and shower separate in the bathroom and there is no big garden so we hadn’t the need to to cut grass as we struggled with that at the last place. To start with at the new house I really struggled as just three days before moving I had dislocated my knee cap twice so I had this awful leg brace on and I couldn’t walk properly (it’s still causing me pain.) The bath has been absolutely lush and I have been using my bath bombs! We had another few hurdles to bypass whilst moving which included my huge bedroom wardrobe having to be taken to bits and rebuilt and other minor little things. The dogs have settled in so much better than we expected too which has been great. The best part though is not living under temporary accommodation anymore and having anyone with issues living above and also not having a party animal living above making my life an absolute hell anymore.

My health is up and down at the moment.. stomach pain has been quite intense, my reflux hasn’t been great with frequent heartburn and feeling sick, my headaches have returned again, joints are not so well and I am super exhausted. Stoma wise I have been having A LOT of bag leaks. Luckily I haven’t needed to visit the doctors since my knee dislocation but who knows how long that will last – all chronically ill people know the drill with that! Emotionally it has been a really rough ride through 2020 so far and I got to a really bad place where I really was not coping after loosing my Aunt Nina, and old school friend and an old work friend. Hopefully though this is the start of a better period of time with two friends expecting baby girls I am super excited for them to arrive!!

So for now, my time is spent playing Animal Crossing, trying to sort out the new house, resting and catching up with Family and Friends. I have been told due to my Hyper Mobility Syndrome that dislocations are very common and it will more than likely happen again (but im going to hope NOT! Its so painful.) Today it is SUPER cold so I had a shower, got back into my P+J’s, put on harry potter and my partner and his sister are baking some goodies including my favourite – chocolate sponge cake with cream!! I hope you enjoy your day ❤