So just to reiterate after that very long and complex sentence: to say I am proud of my house is an understatement. But not JUST because of how it looks. I finally live in a house that works for my actual real life everyday #basic needs.
Since moving, I have spent a fair deal of my time cumulating “life hacks,” or as people who don’t blog call them “shortcuts” or simply “THINGS” that work to make my home more accessible. I haven’t implemented them all yet because being sick and disabled is expensive AF and I can only do a little at a time, but I will still share some of the things I have or plan on having when money is no longer an object (most of them are still sort of affordable, but it all adds up quickly). So follow me, chronically ill friends, as I help make your lives easier, or maybe not at all. We shall see!
LISA’S ACCESSIBLE HOME HACKS:
1. DON’T HAVE STAIRS IN YOUR HOME.
Which is obviously much easier said than done. Moving is expensive and finding legit accessible homes is very difficult. And adding elevators into your pre-existing home is probably not budget friendly/structurally possible. But I would be remiss not to mention that a home with predominantly everything you need on one level will cut your energy expending-ness in half. Yes, I have measured. Probably the best case scenario is to live in a house where the laundry room is still in the basement even though everything else you need is on the main level, and you live with another human person who is then sort of forced to do all of your laundry for you. Then you have 100% more energy than you would have if you had to do your own laundry. But that suggestion comes from a place of privilege because Matthew does all of my laundry for me.
2. HAVE LOTS OF EMPTY FLOOR SPACE.
The more clutter-free floor space you have the better. You won’t have to spend energy stepping over things, or tripping up in things and falling over and then trying to get back up and texting your husband who is at work that you fell down even though he can’t really do much for you because he’s at work and won’t come home unless its an actual emergency. So you then have to get up on your own and now you’re tired.
and many more…