Housekeeping and Fibromyalgia – Where do you rank?
By March 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm 1,994 11 4
People who live with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia. often have problems with housekeeping and controlling clutter in their houses. Let’s face it – if you are not able to clean your home as well as you used to, things can get pretty messy and unorganized. Living this way adds emotional distress to our lives. It also contributes to social isolation because the last thing you want are guests when you can barely keep up with your housework.
My ability to do housework as declined over the past few years since being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. In the beginning, I wanted to still do it all and the last thing I wanted to do was ask for help. Needless to say, that didn’t end well but I have learned some valuable lessons from that experience.
I still struggle with keeping up with housework but with both my conditions pretty well maintained, things are not as unorganized as they used to be. And I also ask for help! I have even gotten my children involved as they are aware more than anyone else what my limitations are. I have also found better ways of doing things that involve pacing myself, resting and even praising myself for putting in the effort. The biggest thing that I have overcome is my level of comfort with things not being as perfect as I would like them to be. This is a big step for someone who has a Type A personality.
For those of us with fibromyalgia, we know housekeeping is hard and painful work. Has housekeeping been a struggle for you? Have you found solutions to keep your home clean without overextending yourself? Or have you simply given up? Has your attitude about perfection changed?