The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2017 over sixty percent of both parents in America work. It is understandable why getting chores done around the house is so difficult. Here are five suggestions on how to cut time on your day-to-day chores and get some house cleaning done.
When it comes to house chores or eating we have to eat. Chores can be put on the backburner. We need food to give us energy and replenish our tired bodies. Pre-planning meals and ordering take-out can give us more time to get simple, basic chores done in the evening.
Pre-planning dinners ahead of time will allow you at least an hour a day. StockPilingMoms has 20 slow cooker meals you can make in 4 hours. You prepare these meals ahead of time. Meals are stored in a one-gallon freezer bag and placed in your freezer. You will need to invest in a programmable slow cooker. Before you head off to work, you place your meal in the slow cooker and set to low. When you arrive home, dinner is ready. This can give you an extra hour or two to get one chore done a day. The goal is to get to the weekend and relax and play!
Time for Pizza
Make laundry day pizza day. We all have our favorite pizza place. Have them make dinner for you. Call them on your drive home. When you get home you can start a load of laundry and know dinner is on its way. Your kids will love this day. Plus a pizza bribe will most likely entice them to help you with laundry. Just make sure they wash their hands before they fold.
2. Sort Laundry
Now that we have made a laundry day fun we need to cut the amount of time it takes to do laundry. It is no fun walking around the house collecting dirty laundry. Laundry hampers are a must. Everyone in the house must have a laundry hamper. Remember how we suggested a pizza is a great way to bribe your family with helping on laundry day. One of those tasks is bringing their laundry hamper to the laundry room and sorting.
I remember when I turned 13. One of my gifts from my Mom was laundry detergent and a laundry basket. I know that might sound harsh. I do, however, know how to sort my clothes and wash them properly. I also know what happens when your laundry does not get done in a timely manner. Laundry day can turn into a great life lesson for your kids.
3. Everything Has a Place
Cleaning house becomes easier when everything has a place. Chores become daunting when you spend most of your time putting items back where they belong. Everyone in your household needs to know where something belongs and put it back where it belongs.
The Huffington Post ran a poll in 2010 and over eighty percent said being organized improved their work performance. This goes for home life too!
4. Swap Tasks with Your Partner
Doing the same chores day-in, day-out can become monotonous. Try swapping chores with your partner. This will give both of you a break. It gives you an appreciation for each others’ chores. It is important to break-up the chore repetition.
My husband and I swapped cooking and doing dishes each week. Cooking is fun and doing dishes is not. We found a fair way for both of us to do the fun chore.
5. Hire A Maid
You should give your entire family a break from chores. There are times when our lives get very hectic. Hire a maid! If you can afford it, hire a cleaning service once a month or once a quarter. A cleaning service can allow you to completely free up your time to go enjoy a day with no chores. On your way home, you know your house will be completely clean.
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