It’s easy to let household chores get away from you. The fact is, people are busy. We have jobs, families, and responsibilities. Once everything that needs to be done has been handled, the last thing you want to do is to spend your time cleaning and fixing things around the house.
Unfortunately, those jobs never really go away. It’s easy to dwell on them, and it can even wreck your self-care routine if you’re distracted by a messy home. Here are some tips to help you get these jobs done, so you can move on and relax properly.
- Get Help
The first tip is something that many people resist for a while, but it’s sometimes the best option. Hiring a cleaning service can take away some of the stress of your chores, as you can come in and relax in an already clean home.
If you do plan to go down this route, you have a few options. Some people hire a cleaning service sporadically, only choosing to use them for a deep clean. This can save plenty of time, especially if you can’t put aside a day or weekend to go through your whole house.
However, another option is to hire a regular service, usually every week or so. This allows you to get on with the rest of your life without having to focus too much on chores. Yes, you’ll still need to do the daily cleaning, but your weekends are your own.
- Attitude Adjustment
The problem is chores is that, well, they’re a chore. But while cleaning is unlikely to become anyone’s favorite activity, you can make it more fun for yourself. Listening to music, an audiobook, or a podcast, is a fantastic way to switch off your brain and let your body crack on with the cleaning.
Another thing you can do is, rather than leaving everything until it’s time to clean for a few hours, pick things up as you go. This requires building habits, but eventually, you’ll find it much easier to keep everything tidy.
If you see something that will only take a minute or so to do, then just do it there and then. Every time you do this shaves off another job from your list of chores, but it doesn’t feel like hard work because it’s only thirty seconds or so of your time. It all adds up.
- Tackling Home Repair
As well as cleaning, your list of chores will likely include home maintenance jobs. For example, perhaps your washer isn’t spinning correctly. You could call a handyman to deal with the problem, but this costs money and, until he turns up, your laundry is piling up.
Sometimes it’s as simple as learning how to troubleshoot the problem yourself and work out the problem. Maybe it’s something that you still have to call in a handyman for, but more often than not, it’s something you can deal with yourself, saving time and money. Besides, it feels good.
money. Besides, it feels good.
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