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   Posted 2/28/2010 12:08 AM (GMT -7)   
On Sundays we take time to share our ideas and ways of making our lives easier. Tips and hints for everyday tasks can make a huge difference in the quality of our days. And as always we don't use the "P" (pain) word in the Koffee Klatch....this one is difficult. smhair (no, I didn't say it, I was "explaining"

Let's take the simple topic of showers/baths. We don't need to get too 'visual' or technical here but are there things you do or use that make this routine just a bit easier and more relaxing?

Although a hot shower is the best medicine for this aching body, some mornings are just too "trying" and "uncomfortable" to enjoy the warmth. Once in a while I take what we used to call a 'spit bath'. That's such a ridiculous name!! No one spits on themselves to get clean...<shudder> shocked But this is a wash cloth with lots of warm water and some gentle soap to just wash off the parts that help you feel refreshed and clean. I have found that baby wipes are wonderful for this mini bath. You could even use a baby wipe warmer so they are nice and toasty! There are 'dry shampoos' that will make due in a pinch. I'm not fond of them but some folks are. There are also those instant warming wash cloths they use in the hospitals and nursing homes that would come in handy too.

Those are my thoughts...what tips do you have to make personal hygiene easier? Maybe a long handle back brush? Or a shampoo and cream rinse in one? Share what you use that helps.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
When I take a shower, I like to stand under the shower for about five minutes before I start washing. This way, the warm water can ease my achiness and it makes it easier to wash. If you are married, here is another thought: have your spouse take a shower with you so they can help you if you need it. Not only is it helpful, but it is also some time-especially if you have kids- that you can just spend together.
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   Posted 2/28/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
It saves on energy too Sassy. lol...

My brain isn't working too good this morning, but I find that using a leave in conditioner so I don't have to rinse it out. Saves on my arms, I have a hard time washing my hair because it is hard to keep my arms up that long.

Hope that this helps somebody.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
One thing I do before I shower is brush all of the tangles out of my hair while it is dry. That makes it easier to shampoo/rinse and easier to comb it once I get out. When I comb it afterward, I use a very wide toothed comb made especially for wet hair, and it just glides right through. Much easier on my arms.
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   Posted 2/28/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Our shower has a built in seat in it but you can buy them if you have problems standing long enough to shower. I can't shampoo my hair everyday or my scalp gets to dry and itches so that saves time and energy in the shower on the days I don't shampoo. I don't normally shave and shampoo on the same day either. If it is shampoo day I do it early in the day while I still have the energy. If not, I wait til I'm done with the chores I'm doing for the day before I shower and go ahead and put my jammies on. Many days this winter I haved showered and changed my jammies cause I don't even get dressed unless I need to go out. Saves on laundry too.smilewinkgrin That's the only good thing I can think of about winter. When the weather warms up I will be taking the girls for walks during the day so I will have to dress.
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   Posted 2/28/2010 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
When my hair was longer (I took off 2 1/2') I would shampoo then condition my hair, wrap it around my neck like a scarf, then shave
the legs, brush my teeth, finger comb it then rinse and braid it. When it got pass my knees it was a bit harder to manage so I kept
it braided after showering. I've finally got it almost down to my butt again and want to raffle it off one more time before I turn 60.
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