I try to leave the stuff I use most at approximately waist height so that I don't have to struggle to reach it. If I drop something on the floor, I have a grabber, or, if my daughter is around, she gets to be the grabber ;-)
I keep ten reusable ice packs in the freezer so that when I have a flare up, there's always a few waiting for me. That way I don't need to worry about rushing to put it back into the freezer when I'm done, since there are plenty more ready to go.
I keep cooking as simple as possible, and frankly barely cook these days. Tons of take out and delivery, and cooked meals tend to consist of something like browning some ground beef and then adding a can of baked beans (can you tell I live in Boston? :-P).
I've all but given up on driving. I never liked to drive in the first place, and when I'm in pain I'm distracted by the pain and foggy from the meds, so it's not a very safe situation. My husband does the driving.
Other than these things, I just try to be conscious of my limits and don''t hesitate to ask my husband to do something that I know will cause my pain to increase. I find ways to contribute that aren't as physical, such as handling our finances, folding laundry, and other such things.
Scoliosis fusion w/rods - 1992; herniated disc - 1996; partial removal of rods - 1997; microdiscectomy - 1997; sudden increase in pain - 2008; since 2008 I've tried the following non-pharmaceutical treatments: physical therapy, aquatic therapy, TENS, acupuncture, trigger point injections, selective nerve root blocks; other diagnoses: depression, anxiety, add; current medications: tramadol, lyrica, baclofen, vicodin, welbutrin, ativan, ritalin