When my boys were younger, I had to work on ways to incorporate chores so that they didn't think they were actually chores. That in itself was a “fun” chore for me sometimes. Once they were older, they started learning that I had “tricked” them into having fun while still doing chores around the home. It didn't stop them from having to do them though.
During 2020, many of us became even more hygiene conscious than we had been before. Even those of us who took pride in our personal hygiene and cleaning schedules, the coronavirus pandemic kicked most of us into action when it came to stepping up ways to incorporate chores into our daily lives. All of a sudden we became acutely aware of how much bacteria, and potentially harmful viruses, can spread around our homes.
People dish-washed their produce with soap, steam-cleaned their fabrics, and generally freaked out. While it isn’t healthy to obsess over cleanliness twenty-four hours per day, it is useful to maximize the amount of time you spend on cleaning your home to ensure that it is safe for you and your family. But with a full-time job and kids to take care of, this can be tricky to fit into your routine.
4 EASY WAYS TO INCORPORATE CHORES IN DAILY ROUTINES
Follow these three simple steps to making your household chores efficient and easy, maximizing the amount of cleaning you can achieve in a short space of time. Let’s go!
If you feel like you spend your entire life vacuuming your home, you're not alone. Crumbs, dust, and general bits of debris spread across your house as you go about living your life – and vacuuming is one of the simplest ways to incorporate chores into our daily lives. But between lugging the vacuum up and down the stairs and getting tangled in the wires, it frankly feels like more effort than you can give on some days.
That’s why it is practical and efficient to invest in a stick vacuum or wireless vacuum. This can be held in one and charged up overnight, so that you can whizz around your home, sucking up pet hair, dust and crumbs all in one go.
Setting The Family To Work
If you have a family you can set them up for a life of responsible living by starting them on the cleaning – young. Even if they are given a dustpan and brush and asked to clean up the counters, or something similarly basic and easy, this will help them develop a sense of routine when it comes to cleaning; a trait which will only help them in the long run. Plus, you can then go about cleaning other things, getting the job done in no time!
This may not be the easiest way if they are older already, but it can be the most helpful. You can even provide incentives for the chores. We recently provided our oldest son with a Greenlight debit card. Greenlight is the Smart Debit Card for Kids makes it easier to give my kids money and teach them how to make smart financial decisions.
Do you find yourself sighing a big sigh of frustration after every mealtime because you feel as if there are five thousand dishes to do as soon as you’re done eating? Most of us do. For tired school evenings and rushed workdays, try one-pot, or one-dish meals. These are meals such as curry, stew, soup, risotto, or ratatouille which are both healthy, warming for the winter, and only require one pot to cook. This means that at the end of your mealtime, you won’t be faced with a huge stack of dishes to do at the end. Phew!
In conclusion, chores will always be inevitable, but there are ways you can ease the pain just a little bit, for a simpler, more efficient life. In the long run, prioritizing chores and scheduling them out can make family life run smoother.