So, life is busy. When you’re trying to balance a million things all at the same time, life can seem really hard. One of the hardest things for many people to get on top of is their household chores.
Does your house ever end up looking anything like this?
Image: Conor Lawless
Hands up who fears the announced visitor If you dread a knock on the door because your house is in less than a desirable state? Well, you’re not alone. You’d be surprised the amount of people in the same boat as you might just be. No one likes to admit when they are flailing. Call it pride, call it stiff upper lip, but there is a still a stigma to admitting you’re finding everyday new mum stuff hard. You’re really not alone! There are so many people that feel that they are less than pristine when to comes to their housekeeping habits. They might even feel that they fall short of their far tidier friends.
So, if this sound like you, what can you do?
First of all, you need to remember something crucial. Your house didn’t get this way in a day, and you’re not going to be able to fix totally everything in just a day, either. But don’t get overwhelmed. Procrastinating will suck every ounce of motivation from you. It’s all too common to look around, and not know where to begin. But the clue really is to start and just get on with it. Even if it’s clearing one table top, hoovering a carpet or sorting some laundry. Just by starting, you’re more likely to continue and keep going once you’ve finished that initial task. Blunt, honest advice about this can be found at Unf*ckyourhabitat.com (be aware it contains strong langusge!)
Use technology to your advantage. Make sure they’re all fit for purpose. If your vacuum doesn’t work too well, you’re hardly likely to feel enthused about hoovering. Anything that saves you valuable minutes here and there adds up to give you more free time. Make sure you have the best tools for the job!
If you’re still doing dishes by hand, it could be sucking invaluable amount of your precious time. A dishwasher could be the answer to your prayers! Yes, you still have got to empty the thing, but it’s a lot less work than donning your rubber gloves. If you’re fed up of fishing those yucky bits out the bottom of the sink, find out what type of dishwasher would suit your family at bestdishwasher.co.uk
If you have older children, then you can get them helping out with chores too. Even toddlers can help by putting their toys away and helping with simple tasks like dusting. Older children can lend a hand. By the age of ten, a child should be au fait with how to work a washing machine and how to prepare a simple snack or light meal. Teaching your children these essential life skills is hardly treating them like a modern day Cinderella! Lots of kids have it pretty easy these days, and it’s not doing them any favours. For a usefl guide to age appropriate chores, visit webmd.com
Set a timer to clean for 15 mins on, 15 minutes off. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done when you’re on the clock. It’s also a handy way to break your tasks down into manageable, less daunting chunks. The Pomodoro technique is proven to work. Look at pomodorotechnique.com
Have you got any great tips for keeping things neat and tidy? Please do share them in the comments!