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Time Saving and Fatigue Sparing Cooking and Cleaning Tips

April 2, 2009

I worked in health care as a Respiratory Therapist for 30 years. One of my jobs was serving on the committee and hosting the Huff & Puff club which is an educational and support group for people with lung problems. Through this group I found a lot of tips on managing every day life and housework. These tips are helpful to someone with any type of health problem that limits mobility or causes fatigue. Even if you’re not suffering from any problems you may know someone that is and can pass them along.

Cooking
In the kitchen keep the pots and pans you use most often at a higher level to eliminate too much bending and stooping. If you use the same pot most days to cook in leave it out on the stove after washing it. If you’re embarassed when company comes over stick it in the oven.

When cooking fix extras and freeze so you’ll have a homecooked meal ready to thaw and heat on those bad days. It doesn’t take any extra time to fix 2 meatloaves or a larger one and freeze 1/2. Same with soups, stews. My husband, Don, loves roast on Sundays. I make a larger roast and gravy. We freeze 1/2 the roast and gravy and every other week I wrap the leftovers in foil and bake in the toaster oven about 30 minutes, heating the gravy and fixing instant potatoes or minute rice. Don makes the best spaghetti sauce and he always makes extra which we freeze and any left over noodles go in a ziplock baggie. We reheat the sauce and run the noodles under hot water to heat them.

Cleaning
Use a utility cart or basket on wheels when cleaning. Put your cleaning supplies in there and push it from room to room. Also if there are things in 1 room that belongs in others instead of making several trips back and forth just put them in the cart and return them to their proper place after you finish that room.

Personal
If you share a dresser with a spouse/significant other, take the top drawers if possible. This eliminates bending and stooping to get clothes.

If you’re going to have a busy day and unsure how you’ll feel when you get home, have everything ready for bed before you start the day. That will make it easier when you’re ready to collapse and don’t have the energy for your normal night time routine.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2009 4:12 pm

    Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is more than I expected when I stumpled upon a link on SU telling that the info is awesome. Thanks.

  2. April 22, 2009 10:31 am

    Love this blog I’ll be back when I have more time.

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