2 weeks ago · lizzie · 0 comments
How to stay on top of house chores when you’re a busy professional
It’s a new year, so you decide this is the year you want to get organised and keep on top of things – including the household chores.
But where do you start?
Here is an easy 4 step process you can take today that will get you organised and feeling on top of those house chores in no time
Step 1: Making your household chores list
There are several aspects to household chores to consider, so the first step is to label the chores individually, such as:
- Regular house cleaning
- Paying bills/budgeting
- Food shopping
- Looking after pets needs
- Washing clothes/ironing
- Dishwashing & stacking
- Car cleaning
and so on…
Step 2: Out sourcing where possible
The second step is reviewing the list to see if there is anything you can outsource internally or external.
For instance, there are people who will come to your home to clean your car, deliver home cooked meals, wash the dog, iron your clothes and clean your home. Of course this all comes at a price, so it’s important to look at your budget, your spending and your current schedule to see what is financially feasible and where you might be able to save on overspending to accommodate for some of these new services. You may also decide to outsource within your home. For instance, outsource (internally) tidying the playroom to children as part of their house chores to be given pocket money
Step 3: Your schedule
Step 3 involves devising a fortnightly or monthly schedule for the remaining chores. Use the examples below for ideas:
- Food shopping online on Saturdays
- Paying bills on Thursday nights
- Washing the car on the way home from work on Wednesdays
- Stacking the dishwasher every night
- Washing the clothes on Mondays & Thursdays etc…
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Step 4: Constant reminder
Now place this schedule in the kitchen where the whole family or those living with you can see it so it’s always top of mind.
Although it can feel a little rigid at times to stick to a schedule in the home, this is the best way for you to feel calm and composed in the home. One of the biggest sources of stressed for busy women and mums is having an untidy house. However, when you have a schedule the house runs much more smoothly and you can relax at home more frequently without feeling uncomfortable or guilty about your home environment.
Lizzie O’Halloran, BBSc. MASR
Personal Development/Life Coach & Counsellor