Welcome back to the blog!
The topic for today’s blog has been sitting in my “possible blogging topics” list for way too long! (FYI: yes, I do have such a list). Previously on the blog, I’ve written about how I do everyday chores or tasks such as: cooking and doing laundry. In today’s blog, I thought to share with you, on how I do another very routined/ everyday chore, and that is, home cleaning.
In my opinion, I don’t think what I do in terms of house cleaning is so drastically different for me as a disabled person, compared to someone without a disability. Well, maybe with some small things/changes I do because of my disability, that able bodied people don’t need to do or to pay much attention to these details, but definitely, nothing fancy or grand. So, here’s how I do it.
Ok… actually before I get into this, I should at least point out, if you’ve been reading my blogs for a while or you know me in person, you know that I’m visually impaired, and I’m also chronically ill, and if this is the first blog you read, at least now you know. So primarily, I’ll write from these two perspectives: What home cleaning is like for me as a visually impaired person, and as a chronically ill person. Now let’s actually get into it:
Even to my own surprise, I don’t really use any special tools or aids, or take any special precautions in the way I do house cleaning as a visually impaired person. I definitely use visual aids or tools in other areas of my daily living, but not necessarily in doing cleaning. And, you may be wondering, “How do you know, or can you tell if something is cleaned or not?” Well, the short answer is, I can somewhat see. Because I do have some limited remaining eyesight after all. And, as for the long answer, I do my cleaning, just like everybody else, but I do it mostly focusing on how I feel about the end result rather than how it actually looks (if that makes sense). Would I do a perfect job? Maybe not. But, I don’t think all sighted people would do a perfect job, either. But, the bottom line is, that I’ll always give my best effort. And, I may be double cleaning and double checking the area after I’ve cleaned it, just to make sure it’s clean. Other than that, I don’t know if this has anything to do with me being visually impaired but, I do have a routine to follow whenever I do cleaning, and I follow the same routine every time I do it, it’s also one way for me to be sure that I’ve covered all areas that needed to be cleaned. And basically, that’s about it, that’s how I as a visually impaired person clean my home.
So now, let’s shift gears a little and talk about how I do cleaning as a chronically ill person, and this is just a tiny bit more complicated, not too much, just a tiny bit! Ok, one thing is definitely a change is that, I had to make a switch to all of the cleaning products I use. Because of my chronic illness and especially my sensitivity to most cleaning products on the market, I have to be very mindful about this. I did my research, and did a lot of comparisons, and I’m now only able to use fragrance free or some natural products (I wrote a whole blog on my fragrance free journey and you could read that blog here). Then, the next thing is that, cleaning is a lot of work for a chronically ill person’s body, ask any chronically ill person, they’ll likely agree with this. So, what I’ve learned to do is to take breaks. I used to be able to clean my whole place (which is not that big) in just one setting, it only takes about 1.5 to 2 hours max to make it pretty clean, but now, I would and could only do a bit of cleaning and take a break, or, do parts of the cleaning in one day, and another part, the next day or on another day. This way, I’m not exhausting myself out too much. It can get frustrating at times, but it gets the job done, safely.
As you can see, the way how I do house cleaning as a visually impaired person and as a chronically ill person is really not ALL that different from most people, with maybe only some small things that I needed to pay special attention to. I can and will get the job done, for the most part, and do it just as well. But, please also keep in mind, this is only how I do it (and I emphasize again, how I DO IT), not how every visually impaired or chronically ill person does it. And, this is also how I’ve been doing it, and it may change over time. Anyhow, I hope you find this interesting. My message to you, the readers in the end is this: it doesn’t matter if we have a disability (of any kind), we as humans are very good at adapting to change, and we will still make things work. What’s important is to not give up, And, if you’re visually impaired or have chronic illness, and you’re struggling with simple everyday tasks such as house cleaning, know that you’re not alone, and also, know that with time, you’ll find the right or new way to do these things, it may take some time and adjustments, and it may not be how it used to be done (before having a disability or illness), all of these things are OK and are valid.
By: The Invisible Vision Project