I have to say that being a neat freak and a person suffering chronic pain is just a bad combination all together. One of the things my new pain doctor yesterday mentioned was how people suffering chronic pain tend to over do things on days they are feeling a little bit better and tend to suffer after wards more than they should because of it.
Here's a few things I do:
I was a load of clothes each day - no more. I will put the clothes in the wash machine - hubby has to move them from the washer to the dry - it's too painful for me to do. Same thing with the dishwasher, I'll load it, but he has to unload it.
As far as picking up the floor - I will kick everything into a pile, then sit down with a small bag for trash, and something to hold stuff to put up in it. It's either trash or put away. I'll then walk around dropping dog toys in the dog bin, throw the stray sock in the laundry room, stuff like that.
I admit it - my house is a dust trap. I live in Arizona -
opening your window is like having a dump truck drop a load of sand in your house - so I just don't dust - maybe two or three times a year I'll get a swiffer and dust with that and a vacuum cleaner together.
Bathrooms are actually pretty easy for me. I'll wipe off the counter with scrubbing bubbles clean that. Put whatever cleaner I'm using into the toilet - spray down the tub with whatever I'm using. Then take a broom - use the broom to scrub the shower/tub walls, then since we have a shower sprayer with the hose attached so it can be moved, I spray down the shower. Then it's the toilet getting scrubbed (which is never really bad for some reason). As far as mopping or cleaning hard floors - it's seldom done.
My trick for cleaning floors without killing myself is using a swiffer. I will take a hot sponge drop in on the floor use my foot to scrub up tough spots with the sponge, and then take the swiffer cleaner and wipe it up.
Right now it's just hubby, myself, the dog and cat, so we don't have a great deal of mess - but the main thing I suggest is picking ONE room and one room only to do every day. I have to stop myself from hurting me. It's taken a long time to realize that I just can't get everything done.
Our friends know about
my back problems - so they don't come over expecting things to be spic and span. If we are going to have company over, he lets me know in advance - and he helps clean. If we invite people over for dinner - it's always something that cooks in the oven for awhile. I can put it in, rest, relax, and then do last minute things just before without killing my back.
The hardest part I think is learning to say "done". Accepting that tidy is better than spotless. Also - teaching a pack rat (hubby) to put crap away and teaching him to throw things out :P
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"
"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)