After a long day at work, it’s hard to find the time to do household chores, especially when you have to make dinner and take care of other household tasks. Chores are also not that fun for most people, so it’s another task that we have a habit of procrastinating. One of the best ways to avoid procrastination is to set a goal and make a commitment to meet your goal, preferably with a deadline. This rule can help you to accomplish almost anything in your home.
When you get home from work, which area of your home bothers you the most? I know that I can’t cook in the kitchen if it’s messy, so I will spend a few minutes cleaning up before preparing a meal. The family room, or whichever room in which you relax, should also be relatively neat so that you’re not staring at clutter. A clean and clutter-free home will also reduce stress levels and give you the free time you need to enjoy your family and friends. However, your home doesn’t have to be perfect. After all, it’s important that we live in our homes and not treat them like showplaces.
If applicable, get the rest of the family involved so that you’re not doing everything yourself. Each member of the family can be responsible for keeping an area clean and taking care of their own belongings.
To get started, make a plan to keep up with your household chores. Begin by writing down all the things that need to be done in order of their importance. The greater the importance of the task, the higher it goes on the list. Keep your list in a prominent spot in your home and copy the list into your smart phone app or paper to-do list so that it’s always front of mind. You may only need 10-15 minutes a day to stay on top of keeping your home clean and organized. If you’re feeling overwhelmed because it’s too much to get done in 15 minutes, schedule a weekend to do a deep clean and declutter, and then go from there.
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