Work in the Zone
Multiple sclerosis may make it hard for you to reach up high or to crouch down low. Take your limitations into account and set up your space according to your ideal work zone. If it is hard to kneel down and get pots and pans out of a cabinet on the floor, store them on the countertop. If it is hard to reach utensils that you keep up high, relocate them to a lower, easier-to-reach space. Use storage carts, hooks, hanging baskets, and pegboards to organize items you use frequently and make them more accessible.
If you are in a wheelchair, your optimal work zone begins between 15 to 16 inches from the floor and ends at about 51 to 52 inches from the floor. If you are standing, the zone extends from approximately knee level to just a few inches higher than your height. You should do activities within this safe zone for safety reasons to protect your health. When you have MS, injury prevention should be a top priority.