I started this blog a few years ago (in 2017) after I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. I had great intentions of chronicling my life with chronic illness in hopes it would connect me with other people in my shoes. However, life has not been so smooth and blogging had to take a backseat. I’m looking to start anew and hope you’ll follow along….
At the beginning of this year (2019), I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis. I was sick. Like really sick. I was already dealing with psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis and hemiplegic migraines. Sarcoidosis joining the party was no joke. It knocked me down so hard, I had no idea how I would get back up again. This was my fourth diagnosis following the birth of my son. Having a newborn rocks your foundation (in the most amazing way), but being chronically ill does too.
Now, just to let you in on a little secret… my life looked relatively put together on the surface. You would never come into my home and think I was disorganized or had too much stuff. It was usually clean, and tidy. But open any closet or drawer, (or heaven forbid look in the garage) and you might want to run before an avalanche of clutter fell on you. Because along with chronic illness comes severe, debilitating fatigue. I simply had no capacity to declutter, purge, or organize my home. My top priority was to use my limited energy on taking care of my family. But, year after year of new diagnoses and putting off ALL the projects had let to quite a back log.
So, at the beginning of 2019 I set out on a mission. Before I was even diagnosed with Sarcoidosis I knew this year was looking like it would be just like all the rest. An uphill battle of raising a young family with little to no energy, and all the pain, difficulty and management that go along with my illnesses. I needed to figure out a way to maximize my limited energy to make the biggest impact on getting things done and getting organized.
I began doing tons of research on home/life organization by watching YouTube videos and reading books. I also just did some simple brainstorming about what I needed to change to get things done every day, week, and month in my life and family. And within a few weeks I was inspired, encouraged, and ready to begin. I knew it would be at a snail’s pace, but that was what was different this time. I was ok with that!
I’m not even half way done with decluttering our home, but I am making progress every week. Most importantly I have figured out some great ways to be really productive without hours of work. To do this I first created habits for myself that I then grouped together to become routines (morning, afternoon, and evening). I also created a rhythm to my week to help focus my tasks even more. I also set up a cleaning system so that I could clean my home without killing myself;)
In my next post I’ll share what my evening routine looks like. I think this is the most important routine of the day. It sets you up for success right out of bed in the morning. Thanks for stopping by!
Take good care,