Changing bedsheets

There’s been a few times now that I struggle with various aspects of housework, like doing the laundry and folding clothes to put them away or pack

I’ve found ways to make doing all these easier over time, like using liquid tabs instead of washing powder so that I don’t have to struggle with lifting heavy boxes of washing powder, and I think if I ever lived alone I’d probably invest in a washer/dryer so that I wouldn’t have to faff around trying to hang things on a clothes horse or getting the clothes from one thing to the other.

That said, the one thing I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fathom, and, yes, I know you’re never supposed to say never, is changing my bed sheets. I know enough able-bodied people who are a lot taller than my tiny 4ft 10″ who find that really hard and say they prefer to do it with another person.

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The trouble with folding laundry

So, yeah, I'm not too good at folding clothes
So, yeah, I’m not too good at folding clothes

In the first few posts of my blog’s existence, I posted about having to learn ways around doing the laundry when I moved out of home to university because I found it difficult with my Cerebral Palsy, and then I wrote again about trying to take on the housework to help out more at home, but not being able to do all of it. Today, I want to talk (ok, rant) about something else that doesn’t come easily…folding my clothes and putting them away neatly.

Because this is largely a two-handed job it can get quite frustrating as my left hand doesn’t always feel like joining in with movements I’d quite like it to do. Over the years Lefty and I have had many battles of will (some of which have literally involved me snapping at it) but it’s getting stronger all the time, which is good, but folding my outfits doesn’t ever really work out the way I’d like, as I think this photo shows).

The first couple of things always go quite well, and then Lefty gets tired, or bored,   or I find something that’s an awkward shape and it’s game over. I know that I don’t do too badly but I’d like to do better. They always end up in a crumpled heap by the time I’ve got them into the draw anyway because I can’t carry the whole pile straight out in front of me with both hands with falling over. It’s a slow process because I have to take regular breaks because all the bending down that’s usually involved makes me tired, so for everything to get creased in the end anyway gets on my nerves. Now that I’m back at home, Mum usually helps me do it all, but I’d quite like to be able to do better at it so that it’s one less job for her.

I guess the reason I’m writing this post is because I’m wondering if any of you have any advice on how I could make this a bit easier and get better results?

Helping around the house (or not)

When it comes to housework, I’m not exactly great at it. I mean, sure I do the dishes sometimes and pick up the things that are on the floor but that’s about it.

Truth is, I don’t find household chores all that easy to do, once you take away the ones I’ve just mentioned. I’d struggle to vacuum up unless I was using a hand-held mini vac, and laundry isn’t a walk in the park either.

A lot of the time (well most of the time in truth) I feel bad that I don’t do more around the house to help my mum. I try my best but there’s always work left over that she has to do. If I clean the living room she’s still left t plump the sofa cushions, and in the bathroom I can take care of the toilet and sink but the shower is pretty much a no-go.

Instead, I help out in different ways like entertaining/keeping an eye on/irritating my little sister after school and in the holidays while I’m not working, and making her the odd cup of coffee (which she then has to come and get because I can’t carry it unless I make it in a thermal mug). While she says she doesn’t mind, and that she can do it faster than me (I have no doubt that both of these statements are true) I’d love nothing more than to have dinner on the table for her when she gets home from work, but I don’t think beans on toast would cut it somehow.