Most women with jobs allocate their Saturdays to doing household chores and feeling miserable when in fact, your precious weekend day need not be an all-day clean-a-thon, but for time to spend with friends and family.
There is really no perfect system, but with a nicely balanced routine, clearing up the chores on a daily basis, weekends could be reserved for fun with your loved ones. Adopt a happy 30 minutes a day – very day – and things will appear to take care of themselves. Here’s a glimpse at the schedule yo ma try to adopt.
Not everything has to be done at one go and even when time seems short, managing one or two tasks a day can make life feel better and you’ll observe how things start to work themselves out. Adjust the chores as your family’s needs require. You may use a blank calendar to fill in accordingly so easier tasks are on day where your day is heavy and reserve the more difficult ones for das when thigs are a little lighter.
Here are a few tips to help make your days happier and you felling more fulfilled:
Deal with the area that greets the front door first and do your dishes immediately after your meals. This will help you stay on top of your kitchen and not allowing it to turn ugly. No one enjoys doing the dishes, but waiting for another meal will just make things feel overwhelming. Take out the trash daily as well.
For your laundry, do the daily bit each day and not pile till end of the week to stress yourself out. When you spread things out, you don’t feel bogged down. That shouldn’t be too difficult if you have machine at home. If you take things to a laundromat, sort clothes as you go so things are easier to load up into machines when you get there. Fold them before you come home so you aren’t dumping baskets out on your sofa or bed and they can go straight into drawers and closets.
Most importantly, entertain yourself while you work. Singing, humming, whistling or turning up the stereo are all great options to keep the beat in your feet and have fun while working.
Set timer to inspire yourself. Give yourself a good 30 minutes time frame to accomplish the following:
1. Surface clean living room and kitchen (Pick up stray items, dust, sweep, vacuum)
2. Clean bathrooms (toilets, shower, floors, walls, mirrors)
3. Surface clean bedrooms (put away toys, clothes, dust)
4. Surface clean “extra” rooms (basement, office, play room)
5. Surface clean living room and is cheap)
6. Clean al interior windows (white vinegar and newspaper works great and is cheap)
7. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house (don’t forget stairs)
8. Clean all door knobs, phones, entertainment equipment (remote controls), switch plates, banisters and other things that are repeatedly touched.
9. Clean out the refrigerator, take stock of food, organize pantry
Habit are formed by doing and one of the best ways to change a bad habit is to replace it with a good and worthy action. So if the time spend right after you come home from work is usually filled with internet chats and small nap, try switching those with your chores instead. Making the 30 minute time slot routine will build good habits and help you stay on top of the game without feeling like it’s a real chore and have your weekends reserve for enjoyment.