I am guessing I am not the only person living with a chronic health condition who struggles to stay on top of the housework? I talked about this before and explained that I have had to settle for the fact that I am not likely to have an Instagram/Pinterest worthy home any time soon. While we are still in this flatlet with multiple rooms combined into one, there is no chance it is going to happen. Am I happy that our living space is nothing to be houseproud of? Not remotely! Can I live with it? Just about! One thing I have learnt along the way is that prevention is better than a cure. When it comes to getting down to some cleaning and organising, I often have to rely on some assistance, for instance when I talked about how useful the reaching aid is. At other times I rely on products that can save me from Fibro Fog like the Vacuum Sealer I spoke of which allows us to keep fresh and frozen food for longer. That has been a real triumph of Prevention.
Living Creatively with Fibro | Clean My Space the book about cleaning from someone who hates doing it

Clean my Space

It is not the first time I have talked about how much I love Clean my Space, both the Youtube Channel and the Clean My Space Book found here on Amazon. Melissa Maker, the mastermind behind both has built a career around cleaning, coming from the perspective of someone who doesn’t like doing it and is keen to make things as clean and tidy with the least amount of fuss. Which I think is excellent, I mean who is going to be motivated into cleaning and tidying by someone who has a particular passion for it; it is too big a stretch.

My MacBook is my Lifeline

One of the first things Melissa talks about in the Clean My Space Book is determining your most important areas. One of mine is my desk, and I am ashamed to say it was starting to look a lot grubbier than I would like. I was mainly avoiding looking at my MacBook Pro keyboard because it caused me to wince every time I did. Because I use an external monitor, I have the MacBook open on a stand, but the keys rarely get used (I do close the lid every evening though) because of the lack of usage it was starting to become a dust magnet. I am pleased to say I finally got to grips with it yesterday ?.   The crazy fact is it took scarcely any time or spoons. I just used a Microfibre flatweave cloth and Melissa’s Electronics Cleaner recipe from the book.  Due to the Fibromyalgia, I have several sensitivities these days and using cleaning products made from natural ingredients rather than full of chemicals has been a big help.

What about the Prevention?

I know it was not a massive chore to clean my MacBook, but I am acutely aware that living in the top floor of an old house the dust situation is all too real. I’m sure if we sat down to watch two feature films back to back we would gather a layer of dust. Maybe I am slightly exaggerating, but it is pretty bad. While looking through Amazon for inspiration, I came across these LetsSwipe Microfibre Clothes which solved my problem exactly. As you can see they are the perfect size to cover the keyboard. Yes, these microfibre cloths can be used to clean your screens (which they do exceptionally well), but they come in the perfect size to fit 11″, 13″ or 15″ screens. While my MacBook is open, the LetsSwipe Cloth is protecting the keyboard from dust and when I close the lid each evening the screen gets a little polish. Don’t you love it when you find a product that can act as prevention to protect something from getting dirty instead of having to keep cleaning it?
Living Creatively with Fibro | LetsSwipe Microfibre Cloth Cover over my MacBook Keyboard for the Prevention of dirt

Could you help me with my Prevention?

Perhaps if you have a laptop, you may be tempted to check out the LetsSwipe Clothes, which are currently on offer (well they are for Amazon Prime members by the look of it). Or maybe you would like to gain some insights into setting up routines and cleaning with the minimum of effort from Melissa in the Clean my Space Book, not to mention getting your hands on all her cleaning product recipes of which you can make many out of essential household products. In return, I would love it if you could share with me some of your tips for putting prevention in place to stop things from getting dirty in the first place. Feel free to give me your suggestions in the comments below. Or why not send me a message on social media. I love getting to know fellow spoonies.

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