Life with chronic illness tends to be stressful, but there are three things you can do right now to simplify your life.
1) Declutter Your Home
Clutter interferes with a sense of well-being. Too many possessions and too much furniture can make you feel like a bull in a china shop, especially if you have disabilities or problems with fatigue. You can’t do much about places you visit, but your home is within your own control. You don’t have to be an absolute minimalist, but less truly is more.
- Make sure your furniture fits comfortably in your home with ample room for people to maneuver.
- Have one spot in the house for newspapers and magazines. After you read them, they should be immediately recycled. If the next issue arrives and you still haven’t read the old one, get rid of it.
- As much as you adore having books around, learn to let go of most of them, keeping only a manageable amount. The same is true of videos, CDs and other items that collect dust and create visual clutter.
- Chotskies, brick-a-brak, collectibles… whatever you call them, they take up visual space. Unless they are of particular sentimental or artistic value, you are better off without them, and the task of caring for them.
- Coffee tables, end tables, and nightstands should be free of items that are not used every day. Even too many decorative wall hangings can interfere with the flow.
- Save yourself the time and energy of searching for misplaced items. Organize your home so that you have a place for everything.
- Every time you bring something new into the house, get rid of something else. You will get a sense of satisfaction from ridding yourself of useless things… even more so if you donate your old possessions to a worthwhile charity.