~~> How do you cook, clean, do laundry, make dinner, clean the house, pay bills, go to the grocery store, go to the bank, etc.
Im no sure you want the answer to that, but here goes.....
I will tell you but first I want you to know it took about 6 months to fully set up and impliment. With that being said here goes...
A few years ago I had no choice but to change everything about who I was and how I lived. This is how I changed my environment~~>
Dinning room ~ Large shelving unit for large pots and cookers (taken from kitchen lower cubbards). Refrence and school books on top four shelves of 2 large shelving units. Childrens "coloring activity" books on bottom 3 shelves.
Kitchen ~ All remaining pots and pans put up in middle shelves. All glassware and dishes on middle cubbards as well. Holiday special occasion dishware et al, on top shelves. Childrens plastic cups, silly straws, bottled waters, lunch boxes and anything the kidds use on bottom shelves. Kitchen Island put on heavy duty wheels to be easily moved. All stools cut down to "hip hight" so I could cook comfortably. All cooking "aids" organized in Island. IE Measuring cups, hot pads, ziploc bags, vitamines, spices and oils (all "small helper items"). Small kitchenette setting of small round table and two chairs with each chair having heavy duty padding (pretty way to have an "OMG it hurts" place to sit). Pantry re done with shelving unit. All shopping is done in bulk. With assistance. All items bought are broken down in to easy to manage sizes IE: Rice split into 4 gallon size ziplocks, flour seperated in to 3 gal zips., Vegetables cut and seperated, then frozen. IE oinons cut and put in 2 lg. gal zips. and frozen, keeping "onion cores" in seperate baggs for broths, et al. Same for fruit, meat.. You get the idea.
Entry way~ Large container for outdoor sports in entry closet (helmets, frisbee, jumprope, bean bags). All jackets hung, "shoes zone". NO SHOES! I cannot vacume the floor every day though I wish I could! Activity shelving units ~Tops shelves are adult assisted activities. Middle shelves are childrens stuff IE crayon container, marker container, colored pencil, chalk, paint... Bottom shelves are husbands eletronic "things" wires, chargers, ..man things...
Living room~ Adult books, games and keepsakes on all 4 top shelves on 5 lg units. All bottom shelves are childrens books, board games, puzzles. "Entertainment" is shelving same concept. DS, video game stuff on bottom 2 shelves of both units and adult dvds on top 3 shelves.
Bed rooms ~ All closet doors removed. All beds on rollers away from walls. Shelving units in each closet. Absolutly no dressers anymore. Everything hung up and on shelving systems. Dirty clothing in tall "barrels" with handles to dragg. All stuffed animals, general toys, set toys (ponies, dolls, pet shop) in seperate lg plastic containers with handles.
Laundry room ~ Re done shelving units. "Bucklet cleaning system" Large handled buckets marked with type of "cleaning" and filled with supplies needed for the "task". IE "General" bucket has febreeze, furniture polish, windex, rags... "Bubba" has cat shampoo, cat brushes, nail clippers. "Husband" has toxic clean room suite and heavy duty tongs....Kidding! In any case you get the idea. Also I have everything set up to "easy pour"" right off the top shelf for my laundry stuff. Just makes it easy.
The hard part was getting the family on board. My house hold was very resistant to all the changes. So, what I do is "night time quick clean" BEFORE dessert. They have to get easy to put away stuff up and put away. Suprisingly it only takes 10mins because there is a "home" for everything. That just leaves me with a general clean during the day, which on some days can take a while, but atleast Im not tripping on toys and feeling the need to strangle my husband with his dirty jeans.... On Saturdays BEFORE we go out to find mischeif, we have to do "early clean" (transition dirty clothes or wash wobbies and lovies - basically all the little things) and Sundays we all lazy around.
I know, I know... But really, whats a little dessert and "fun time" extortion amongst family? If they did what I asked in the beginning, they wouldnt be subject to daily black mail!
One thing I noticed. They all have an "area" that is just theirs. They don't like it touched and is usually a mess. It is their computer areas. They only have to clean those every month / month & half. NO DIRTY DISHES thou. This isnt Hilton Gardens with room service ya know!
Bills are all done together 2 times per month so there isnt any confusion. Shopping a little over once a month in bulk. Since I cant drive, I have to make sure all my ducks are in a row and my outings / events are all carefully planned well ahead of time. I sure do wish we had bus service out here! (I lost my vision repeatedly, this last time the tissue is softening and the cells of the lenses are "stripping". So I can't have surgery and fix it like I did for the cataract and hardening of the protein build up..well, there is "possibly" a "temporary fix" but that is a conversation for another day)
On sunday evening I stay up late and make the entire weeks lunches before hand (+1 extra meal of sandwiches). The next to bottom drawer in fridge is "components" for lunch = fruit bags, sandwich, string cheese, peanut bags. Bottom drawer is juice boxes, pudding, fishy cracker bags. That way they can put together lunches easily. I just keep the stuff I use daily like lettuce, tomatoes, sausage, biscuits, et al, all on top 4 shelves. Ever thursday "chat night" I make x2 - x2.5 large batch of soup.
....So, it works out to where we have left over soup and left over biscuits on Monday. Sandwiches and fresh soup on Thursday. Husbands "supper" day is Friday .. that is usually "take out" (he set kitchen on fire 3 times, so he not allowed ot touch stove). Every so often is "clean fridge free-for-all day" which is just whatever left over before I toss it out. That only leaves me with a few days each week for "fresh meals". Also, if I know something is gonna make me tired for a day and I know about it before hand, I save "left over soup & Biscuits" for the day that I will be the most worn out.
And now that I am sure my Healing Well Family thinks Im crazy, I will end this here!!!
EDIT: "rubber maid" has a whole array of rubber grip stools. They are a must. I also have a number of house hold clenaing items "rigged".
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood