Mind Clutter and Chronic Illness

It is oh-so-very easy to play mind games with yourself when you have a chronic illness. I know, because I have one. My conversations with myself would go like this: I should; I hate; and I can’t. Woman with Mind ClutterHere are some examples:

I should straighten the kitchen. I hate the way I need help with a simple task. I can’t bend over to unload the dishwasher.

I should go to the pharmacy. I hate going out in public when I don’t feel good. I can’t drive today, because I am dizzy.

I should organize my bedroom. I hate that it’s depressing and not as comfortable as I want. I can’t move the furniture.

Therefore, I won’t start. Continue reading Mind Clutter and Chronic Illness

Does Your Home Support Your Current Life?

I have a friend who has severe chronic pain, which makes bending very difficult. We were looking at her storage to see how it could be adapted to her current abilities. We found the most-used items currently living on her countertop, which she felt guilty about. I suggested that she add a tray, to make the everyday supplies look purposeful. This is an example of adapting her storage to her current abilities and health status. Here are some other ideas for adapting your surroundings to your current needs, whether or not you have health problems. Continue reading Does Your Home Support Your Current Life?

Organizing your medicine cabinet

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Organize Your Medicine Cabinet

Here is a project that is difficult to bring up to the top of our priority list – the medicine cabinet.  It’s not fun and you don’t get to purchase pretty dividers to finish off the project.  But, it can be satisfying just to create more space and certainly make it easier to find what you need when you get a cold or the flu.

Start by emptying your space.  As you do, sort into these categories:  keep, toss in regular trash, recycle, and things to take to a medication drop-off site.

Continue reading Organizing your medicine cabinet