No matter how old you get or how often you do it, housework never gets any easier—or more enjoyable. Then again, perhaps the key to doing housework in a manner that is fast, efficient and maybe even fun lies in taking a different approach to the way things are done. If you are looking to change up the way you do things around the house with an eye for finishing quicker and checking every box on your to-do list, consider the following tips.
Get the kids involved
If you are a parent, then you know that your young ones have enough on their plates when it comes to school work and extracurricular activities. However, an essential component of teaching your child responsibility is giving them a list of basic chores to maintain. This not only helps you cut down on your workload, but it allows you to teach your children about the importance of maintaining a clean household.
Scholastic.com recommends a number of ways that you can get your kids involved without having them put up a fight, including incentivizing chores with a weekly reward, hiding treats and toys around the house or turning the act of tidying into a daily post-dinner occurrence. As far as offering an allowance goes, use your discretion; Scholastic notes that some experts believe allowances are best reserved for teens, but it is up to you to decide whether it is time to teach your child the value of a dollar.
Create a template
When there is much work to be done around the house, the temptation exists to try and handle as many things as time will allow. Instead, Lifehacker.com recommends consolidating chores into pre-determined clusters of activities, which both provides a streamlined idea of what tasks should be done on a daily basis and incentivizes finishing more quickly in order to start enjoying free-time.
A good example of this would be dedicating Sunday to preparing meals for the week and doing dishes; committing Mondays to washing, folding and putting away clothes; spending Tuesdays cleaning floors, windows and appliances; taking Wednesdays to complete yard work or clean specific rooms such as the bathroom or kitchen; dusting on Thursdays; and grocery shopping on Fridays. There will always be daily cleaning tasks that spring up, but boiling tasks down to a schedule both normalizes them and makes it less likely that you will cut corners.
Multi-task while you work
If you have been meaning to start watching that new TV show all of your friends are talking about, why not start while in the midst of doing housework? While you will not be able to devote your full attention to whatever is happening on the screen, you can use the opportunity of doing mundane tasks to get caught up on certain shows. RedBookMag.com also notes that household chores are great opportunities to make phone calls or catch up on emails, and that certain tasks can be doubled–e.g. vacuuming while washing clothes–to further maximize efficiency.
Doing housework will never be quite as fun as unwinding, but if you are steadfast in delegating, consolidating and micro-tasking, you may find that you have more time to relax than you did before.
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