There’s no denying that household chores are boring and unpleasant for most people, but they are also an unavoidable part of life. While you’ll probably never love doing the housework, there are things you can do to make it less tedious.
Here are some ways to cope with everyday household chores:
- Establish a routine. If you leave the chores till you feel like doing them, chances are they won’t get done. This is a good way to end up with an overflowing laundry hamper and a dirty house. The best way to ensure that your household jobs get completed is to establish a routine and stick to it. Base the routine realistically on your lifestyle so that you can do the most time consuming chores when you have the time. Don’t schedule hard jobs after work when you know you won’t have the energy. After you’ve stuck to your routine a few times, it will begin to turn into a habit, making housework easier.
- Use cleaning time to exercise. There’s a lot of movement involved in cleaning the house. Think of all the reaching and lifting and pushing you have to do when vacuuming, dusting and washing windows. You can burn a lot of calories this way, and unlike the gym, this exercise is free and there’s no one watching. If you want to know just how much exercise you’re doing while completing household chores, invest in a pedometer to measure your steps. You might be surprised at how much housework contributes to your fitness level. Many people who work in offices don’t get anywhere near the amount of exercise they need, so housework can play a role in alleviating this.
- Listen to music you love. To help you get in the mood to clean and burn calories, pump up the music. This will make cleaning seem like a lot more fun and you can even add some dance moves to your routine. Music is great for relaxation, and by using it to elevate your mood while you’re cleaning, you can turn housework into a form of stress relief rather than a contributing factor. If you spend your days in front of a computer, look at this as time to reconnect with your body and try to enjoy the feeling of doing physical labour for a change. Cleaning time can be turned into much-needed ‘me time’ for busy people just by changing the way you perceive it.
- Invest in proper equipment. To make the most of your cleaning time, it’s important to use the right equipment. Professional window cleaning equipment can give you the results you’re after, instead of leaving windows looking streaky and cloudy. A quality vacuum cleaner with filters is essential to keep your home free of dust and allergens. Mops and brooms vary in quality, and the cheap ones don’t last long and may be detrimental. Be sure to research cleaning products before using them, as some surfaces require specialized equipment and can be damaged if you use the wrong things.
- Take a moment to admire your handiwork. After you’ve put in all that hard-work, it’s important to take a moment to step back and admire it. There’s nothing quite like an organized, clean home to make your whole life look brighter. So, revel in this moment of calm and order, before the kids or housemates come home and mess it all up again!
Following these simple steps can make household chores seem like less of a drag.