​CREATING A SYSTEM TO KEEP HOUSE TIDY

Oct 23, 2016

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Let’s face it — no one really loves cleaning. But whether you’re in a condo, apartment, house or loft, it is essential that you and your partner (or family) come up with a system that will get the chores done. It’s even more essential that it’s broken up evenly, so you can both take the time to appreciate a clean space and kick your feet up, without needing a maid.

STRIKE A BALANCE WITH EVERYDAY DUTIES:

When one partner has spun a tornado crafting a delicious dinner, nothing says, ‘Thank you’ quite like rolling up your sleeves and helping with the dishes. This goes for almost every chore that needs to be done daily. Plus, when one person is tackling loads and loads of laundry, it cuts down on time if the other person sits in and makes it a folding party. It’s probably not all one person’s anyway. Pay attention to chores that are two-fold, and make them a double-duty task. Other examples include doing the dishes (washing/drying) or loading and unloading the dishwasher.

DETERMINE WHAT CHORES YOU DON’T MIND — OR EVEN LIKE — DOING:

Maybe one of you enjoys sweeping or vacuuming, while the other likes with mopping? Understanding what chores you enjoy first is the best way to start dividing up the work. Then, look at what’s left and divvy it up that way. There will be bartering, that’s for sure, but at least you share in wiping down the toilet, or taking out the trash.

ROTATE:

You’ve narrowed down the list of chores no one really likes doing, so make it a fair system. Keep doing the chores you enjoy, but shake it up each week with ones that you don’t. This works especially well for chores like garbage night, mowing the grass or pulling hair out of the drain. No one wants to do it — so do it less often by taking turns.

BREAK IT DOWN BY ROOM:

Maybe you want to clean room by room. There are two ways to approach this — you can each tackle rooms alone, or tackle it one room at a time, together. The benefit of tackling it together is, you can make it an activity by turning on some music or talking while working toward a common goal. You’ve still divided up the work into who likes what or who’s better at what, but you’re bonding and sharing in a collective goal.

There’s nothing worse than doing something that’s required, but not enjoyable. So however you decide to make the system work, make it a fun time to lessen the monotony that can sometimes come with cleaning. This can be anything from wearing your comfortable clothes, to blasting music from your youth to singing karaoke and dancing while you clean. Especially if you decide to tackle cleaning room by room with your partner, make it a bonding experience, so that maybe, household chores will be less of a task and more enjoyable.



Category: October 2016

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