Unfortunately, it's a fact of life that we will be injured at some point. It’s believed that there are more than three bone fractures for every 100 people in Britain every single year. An injury of that severity can impair your ability to perform day to day tasks - and cleaning is no exception. If your house falls into disarray or disrepair it can have a negative impact on your psychology and your quality of life. Even if there are no broken bones involved, there are lots of ways in which an injury can really set you back when it comes to cleaning.
Luckily, Spring Cleaning Week has help to offer. Here are some top tips on how you can keep your place tidy and even feel the benefits of a clean, airy home if you’ve experienced a setback with your health.
Prioritise your chores
One of the good things about cleaning is that not all tasks have to be done right away, which means that you can easily make a list of what needs to be done now and what can wait until later. For example, keeping your bathroom and kitchen clean and sanitary is much more important than tidying out all those boxes under the bed or bending down to scrub the skirting boards clean. If you make a list of what needs doing and what can wait, you can focus your limited energy on the cleaning jobs which really matter instead.
Consider hiring a cleaner
The Daily Mail reports that a third of British people are believed to have used a cleaner, but it’s still not a common choice. Most people tend to clean their own homes for a variety of reasons, ranging from the extra costs involved to the impact it can have on your privacy. But it’s entirely possible to hire a cleaner on a one-off or short-term basis rather than committing to a long-term plan, and it may well improve your recovery to take a little time off from cleaning. This may be a particularly good move if you’re experiencing the symptoms of a sports hernia or a similarly debilitating issue, as these can include severe pain when twisting around. While there may be an up front cost, it’s worth seeing the move as an investment in your recovery, as well as a practical move in keeping your house clean.
Avoid bending down
If you’ve experienced a leg or waist injury, it may cause you lots of pain to bend down. And while your doctor may recommend some gentle bending exercises as part of a recovery programme, you should be careful not to do it too much until you’re advised to. So for cleaning jobs which require bending down, it may be wise to consider investing in some new kit to prevent problems. Brushes and scrubbers with long handled attachments, for example, can make a world of difference.
While an injury can often be stressful and difficult to deal with, it’s not the end of the world. From hiring a cleaner to focusing on what’s urgent, there are all sorts of ways to manage the issue. By following these tips, you’ll soon find yourself with a nice clean home as you approach your recovery.
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