The first thing I do (learned from my mother) is to fill my sink half-full of hot water and detergent. That way I can clean up as I go while items are fresh and keep my work space free of items no longer in use.
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Starting out slow and giving your body time to adjust
Most people start out exercising full on and when they feel the pain, they back off. I start out slow and add exercises and repetitions slowly. This gives my body time to adjust to the extra exercise time and repetitions. There is no need to hurt yourself and make exercising something to avoid. Make it easy and fun. Add an exercise a month if you like.
I do side leg lifts, knee bends, wall push ups (easier), and windmills (touch toes across). I am up to 150 wall push up in sets of 50, and 50 each on the other three exercises. I started the wall push ups at 50 and added ten a day, and the other exercises at 10 each (easy) and added five a day (easy).
When I get off work every day I donate 15 minutes to cleaning my house whether I think it needs it or not. After about one month you have totally cleaned everything and gotten rid of most of your clutter.
The secret here is that after that one month of 15 minutes a day your house is easy to maintain and keep clean.
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