The Post-Christmas Clean up 🧹

It’s just after Christmas of the year 2020 and I am looking forward to the new year. ( I’m sure most people are looking forward to a better year than the last?) I decided to start by organising and decluttering as much as my body will allow and do a little each day. I always get the urge to do this straight after Christmas 🎄

Maybe, it’s so that I can start the new year with a clean slate quite literally?
I’m trying to learn how to pace myself since my diagnosis and have been finding it quite challenging. I miss being the energetic 23 year old that felt like she could take on the world! So much changes in a decade!

I suffer with a lot of pain and fatigue due to having M.E (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and Fibromyalgia. Sometimes it gets that bad that I lose mobility and have all over body tremors for weeks on end. So pacing myself is necessary really as I don’t want to push myself into a bad flare.

Day one of my post Christmas clean up consisted of me resting and recharging after the excitement of a Christmas with my partner and our three boys. After mentally preparing myself I made a start on organising the cupboard under the sink in the kitchen.
My goal was to make things easily accessible and easy to find, as well as getting rid of or repurposing things that we don’t need or use.

Before the cleanup started.

As you can see, before I started it was a huge mess. I found some strange items in here that definitely shouldn’t have been in here. (Lotion for the kids and some Lego and Scooby Do toys? 🧸)

During

I pulled everything out and began to sort it into categories like; Laundry, Dishwasher, Cloths etc. Things that belong in the tool cupboard were rehoused and I also decided to keep the bathroom cleaning items upstairs (easily accessible for me to clean the bathroom) so I rehoused those too.

I discovered a shelf! I have lived here for a whole year and never noticed this before?! I fixed it back into place and placed my cleaning bits back in the cupboard, labelling a couple of the tubs.

Do you do things like this to make living with a Chronic illness a little easier?

I also noticed that something as simple as this allows me to keep an eye on the budget for my home maintenance envelope. I use the cash envelope budgeting system and cleaning products come out of this category for me. If you like to know more about this system I’d highly recommend that you visit The Budget Mom or Dave Ramsey websites and look out for my blog posts coming on this too.

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