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4 Ways to Stop the Housework Taking Over

By Ron Vess

20 August 2015

Maintaining a clean and orderly house is no easy feat regardless of the size of the home or how many people live there. From groceries and dishwashing to doing the laundry and maintaining the yard, it often feels as though the work never ends. Don’t feel overwhelmed or distressed by your never-ending list of chores and tasks, here are four ways to stay on top of it!

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Recruit everyone in the house

Unless you live alone, it’s not just you dirtying the dishes, using drinking glasses, wearing clothes that need to be washed, or contributing to the general state of messiness in your home. Therefore, consider allocating a job to each member of the household or set up an agreed time where everyone pitches in and tackles the whole lot together. Pop on some music for added motivation!

Outsource some cleaning tasks

Why not reduce your overall pile of housework and hire someone else to take care of your cleaning? Even if it’s just the tasks that take the longest to complete like vacuuming and mopping floors or giving the bathrooms a once over, here at Absolute Domestics we screen and train our cleaners for added peace of mind when handing over the cleaning.

Tackle a little bit each day

Instead of feeling overwhelmed by an endless list of things to do, break up your task list and try to tick off at least one thing per day. You could also try creating a weekly schedule where you do a set chore each day of the week eg. dusting on Monday, vacuuming on Tuesday. Making a commitment to regularly clean and tidy stops your weekend being swallowed up by housework.

Have a Power Hour

If you feel like you work better under pressure and have limited time or enthusiasm during the working week to think about chores, another way to stay on top of your housework is to have a ‘power hour’. Dedicate 60 minutes of any set day to become a cleaning machine. Turn off the TV, switch off your phone and focus on finishing one task entirely before moving on. The idea of a power hour was introduced by author and organisational guru Gretchin Rubin and can really make a difference. Can you imagine if you and the entire family slogged away for an hour? The jobs would vanish in a flash!