STRESS LESS: HOW TO KEEP HOUSEWORK FROM RULING YOUR LIFE

The thankless task of housework can often make you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle.  Its repetitive and relentless nature will probably never change, but your attitude can truly make all the difference.

One strategy for finding a new way to look at household chores is to separate untidy from dirty.  Put them together, and messiness and uncleanliness can seem like an unsurmountable mountain, but mentally split the two, and you can deal with them one at a time.  Trying to decide where to start?  Dirt first!

Value flexibility over perfection.  Often we feel stressed about housework because we set the bar too high.  Everyone goes through seasons of chaos and quiet, and if you have young children, a new puppy, or are just plain busy, you need to adjust your expectations.  Instead of overvaluing the opinions of others, decide for yourself what level of cleanliness is acceptable to keep the house healthy, and functioning.

Choose your battles and decide which parts of your home to prioritize.  If having a sparkling kitchen trumps tidy bedrooms, then spend more of your time working on the kitchen.  Also, try not doing certain chores for a while, and take note of how far you can push it.  Some chores that you’ve done daily out of habit might actually only need doing every few days.

Finally, develop a fast and effective chore routine to keep things running smoothly, and set yourself up for success by having some housework essentials close at hand.  For example:

  • A Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
  • Some All-Purpose Spray Cleaner
  • A Swiffer Mop
  • A Long Handled Feather Duster
  • Foaming Spot Cleaner

Housework doesn’t have to be the bane of your existence if you keep it in perspective.  Focus on making your home an inviting and safe place for your family, and no one will mind if things are a bit untidy from time to time.