If you want to simplify household chores and still get the feeling that everything’s clean and tidy, you’re going to need to rethink the way to do things.
With so much stress and other tasks to attend to these days, it’s no wonder that doing household work becomes distressful.
We’re here to help ease your to-do list while still keeping your home feeling like a welcoming place.
The First Most Important Step: Embrace “Good Enough”
Often times, shifting your mindset is the key to simplifying your workload. “Good enough” is one valid mindset that you should adopt when taking on household chores.
In short, don’t try to do everything at once. You’ll only exhaust yourself and you won’t be anywhere as efficient as you would be otherwise.
Do you need to clean the dishes, do the laundry, and vacuum around the house?
Don’t do it all in one day.
Instead, focus on what you can do right now and how much of it you can do. It’s ok to only do half the job today and leave the rest for tomorrow, especially if there’s not really a lot of mess around.
Of course, “good enough” can vary from person to person and from task to task. What’s important to remember is to not stress yourself out.
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Throw or Give Away Old Stuff
Without even realizing it, most of us have hoarding tendencies. The truth is, you probably don’t need most of the stuff you have in your home.
Try some decluttering. Go through your wardrobe, your drawers, and just about any place that you spend a lot of time sifting through loads of items.
Put everything that you haven’t used in a while on the floor and try to think “Do I really need this?
How often have I used this?
Will there be a situation or event in which I will need this?”
If the answer to all three questions is a resounding “no”, then throw it away. You’ll have a much easier time.
Spend More on Less
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Think about it this way: why would you need a handheld vacuum cleaner, a mop, a broom, and several floor cleaning solutions when you could get a carpet shampooer type of vacuum with HEPA filtration?
Or, an even better example, why keep a big box of detergent that you have to pre-measure depending on load size when you could easily replace it with some of the best dishwasher pods that you don’t need to pre-measure and that takes away from needing to reseal the package or place them in a tightly-screwed jar?
Keep Everything in Its Place
Do you often struggle to get from one room to the next because a piece of furniture is in your way?
Try placing it alongside the wall.
Apply this mentality for just about anything in your household. Keep everything in its place, exactly where it should be.
That way, you’ll have a much easier time doing chores because you won’t need to go back and forth sifting through numerous items.
The Bottom Line
If you apply these simple principles to everything in your household, you’re bound to see a major difference sooner rather than later.
The more you organize yourself and the more decluttering you’ll do, the better it will be in the long run.
You’ll have to deal with far less stress and your new mindset will allow you to enjoy other things instead of overloading yourself in a single day.
About The Author:
Mindy Gerard is an engineer who spent most of her life teaching others how things work and trying to make even more things work better. She found a calling in writing guides and tutorials, as she wants to help people making the best choices for their lifestyles. Now, Mindy mixes her passion for engineering and the written word by publishing articles and reviews, bringing her readers the latest in what home technology has to offer.