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Preparing Your Home for Hysterectomy Recovery

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Preparing your home before hysterectomyWhat should I do to get my house ready for surgery?

Preparing your home before your hysterectomy can allow you some peace of mind while also making it easier for family and friends to help keep things neat while you are recovering. Besides doing some deep cleaning, you may also want to do a bit of redecorating to make things fresh! The goal is to have your home comfortable and clean so that while are you spending extra time lying around during recovery, you don’t notice a bunch of little things you feel you need to take care of.

If you can, now is the time to hire a maid service to give your house a thorough, top-to-bottom cleaning. If that is not in the budget, another option is roping in family, friends, and teens to help. You can turn it into a work party complete with music and snacks. If you must do the chore on our own, break it into tasks so you can do a little each day.

Your chore list should include wiping down plant shelves, ceiling fans, and wall decor. Especially dust all the high and hard to reach places. For the windows, clean the glass, curtains, and frames. You may find you want to look out the window more than usual so you don’t feel so cooped up, so sparkling windows are a must! As you vacuum, be sure to do get the more difficult places like around the edges and under furniture. If you like, rearrange your furniture to allow for a comfortable recovery and cozy places for guests to sit close as they drop by to visit.

You’ll also want to be sure your cabinets and drawers are organized so family and friends can help with putting away groceries, staples, and dishes during your recovery. Labels might even be helpful if you've got the time and motivation! Mop the kitchen floor, wipe down your cabinets, and clean out the oven, microwave, and fridge. Straighten the pantry so others will be able to find what they need to help with meals. Paper products should be in easily accessible.

Give the bathrooms a thorough cleaning and organize supplies in there you might need. New towels and rugs can give your bathroom a new, clean feel. In the laundry room, organize things so it will be easy for others to help, and for you to reach what you need once you can start helping again.

In the bedrooms, straighten closets and drawers so everyone can find what they need and others can help with putting away laundry. Give each one a thorough cleaning in case their occupants let things slide during your recovery!

Be sure that any walkways you will use will be clutter free. Throw rugs may need to be moved to a closet for now to prevent tripping.

You will also want to spruce up the area where you will be spending the most time. Prepare your spot by adding new curtains, paint, or wall hangings to help make things feel new and comfortable. Position your recliner or bed near a window so you can enjoy nature during your recovery.

For several weeks after a hysterectomy, you aren’t going to be able to do any of your regular cleaning chores. Vacuuming, mopping, reaching to dust, changing beds, etc. are all going to be on your “do not do list.” To help prepare for this hiatus from cleaning, prepare your home in advance so you can allow yourself to rest and relax during your recovery.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-13-2013 - 02:52 PM


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