While no one really looks forward to cleaning, something about ‘spring cleaning’ seems to give us all a sense of refreshment. Everything from deep cleaning to simple organizing and de-cluttering can pick us up and help us feel more satisfied and motivated. Add in the birds chirping and the flowers starting to bloom and it sure sounds like a recipe for success! However, for those of us with Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) accomplishing our spring cleaning to-do lists can be quite hard on our joints. Check out these simple tips and shortcuts that can help when it comes to the spring spruce up!
First off, pace yourself! It’s a walk, not a run. Make a plan to tackle things on a daily basis. Delegate a ‘Spring Cleaning Week’ rather than thinking you are going to accomplish things in one day. Overexerting yourself early on will spoil the results of what you’re aiming to accomplish.
Next, be prepared. For most, spring cleaning is about deep cleaning. For example, if you plan to use a cleaning product that you will be spraying (think kitchens and bathrooms) opt for a product that has a one-touch continual spray mechanism rather than something that requires you to press a trigger multiple times. This can help to prevent an RA flare in the hands.
Outside, make sure your lawnmower is set to the right height. Standing up as straight as possible while you mow the lawn is key. Taking frequent breaks while mowing is also important as the vibrations can irritate nerves and cause inflammation in the hands.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Relatives, friends, or neighbors are often more than willing to help. You can make a fun day out of it while getting a lot accomplished. If this isn’t an option for you, you may want to consider hiring a housekeeper or cleaning service, especially if you just need help tackling one large cleaning project.
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