Monday, April 30, 2012
Spring Cleaning - Good & Bad
Perhaps a massive clean out is part of this process of grieving. Perhaps not. Either way, the need to clean seemed to strike my family and I hard this past weekend.
I cleaned my daughter Kelsey's house in Kingston for hours on Saturday, while in Toronto my other daughter Rachel was doing the same in her apartment for 7 hours! I also spent several hours in my own home sorting out winter and summer clothing, tossing items into a bin for the Salvation Army and sorting out my linen closet. I wish sheets came labelled in BIG letters with the size. I can never find the right set for the right bed. I then moved my need to scrub and scour to my garden yesterday where I tilled the land (without a Rototiller - prompting others to call me ROTOBICEPS). It was a profoundly cathartic process, much like lifting weights in the gym. In fact I used it as my cardio, weight session, using glutes, abs, biceps and back to do the heavy lifting. Unfortunately I overdid it.
Last night I was unable to sleep I was in so much pain. And this morning I called my chiropractor for an emergency appointment because I could barely walk. Wow! I've really done a number on myself. I suppose it was bound to happen. After weeks and months of caring for my Robert during his illness, dealing with the formalities of his passing, and now trying to pick up all of the pieces, I haven't been taking the best care of myself. I learned my lesson today.
Are any of you in the process of spring cleaning? Please remember to take care of yourself while you're at it. Ask for help, protect your back and shoulders, and take breaks.
You can also make sure your being environmentally cautious by checking out this list of earth-friendly, homemade cleaners to use in your home. I picked it up from cancer-warrior Kris Carr's CrazySexyLife blog.
We've now made the switch in my home to natural cleaners, including these, so at least we're taking care of the environment. Now onto taking care of my back...
Posted by Tosca Reno at 9:02 AM