You don’t have to push yourself too hard. It’s important to plan ahead, slow down, and take your time.
MAKING THE BED
Break it up into small parts. Make one side of the bed at a time. Avoid bending—sit on a chair instead. Sit down to change pillowcases and take a little rest.
Try meals with short preparation times, like frozen foods and ready mixes. Sit at a table or counter to mix ingredients or chop and slice vegetables. Use a wheeled utility cart to move large pots and other items around, or slide them instead of lifting.
MORE COOL KITCHEN HACKS
A cutting board that fits over the sink. A hose to add water to pots and pans. Avoiding things that need constant attention, like stirring. Using lightweight dishes and double-handled pots and pans.
SHOPPING FOR GROCERIES
Shop on weekdays or evenings when stores are less crowded. Get a shopping buddy. Ask for help reaching for things beyond your grasp. Use a rolling cart to bring groceries home. You can also shop online and get your groceries delivered right to your door!
Use a rolling cart to carry your clothes. Put front-loading washers and dryers on raised blocks to avoid bending. Use permanent-press settings to avoid ironing. Sit down when you fold your clothes.
DUSTING & VACUUMING
Be careful—dust can be an irritant. Avoid dusting if you can, but if you do dust, use a long-handled duster to avoid reaching and climbing, and to keep particles at a distance. When vacuuming, move slowly, use pursed-lip breathing, maintain good posture, and take frequent breaks.
CLEANING THE FLOORS
Stand up straight and avoid bending. Use a long-handled dustpan to collect your sweeping. For scrubbing, use a long-handled sponge mop. Move slowly, use pursed-lip breathing, and take frequent breaks.