14 EFFECTIVE WAYS TO MANAGE HOUSEHOLD CHORES AND ERRANDS
Are chores and daily errands going miserable for you and you haven't got the time to fix the problems? You can't help but think that your life is upside down and you need time to solve the hassle and bustle and even worse, you are a busy mom with chaotic kids who don't know how to get organized? To finish out your tasks well and also saving your time, you need to know how to organize your chores. According to the Dictionary.com the word Chore means a small job or a routine task, everyday work around a house or farm, a hard or unpleasant task; and the errands means a short and quick trip to achieve a specific purpose like buying or deliver something for someone.
Today we are going to take some load off your shoulders either you are a busy and cheerful mom or a naughty kid at home! Let's get started with the top tips to effectively manage HOUSEHOLD CHORES AND ERRANDS!
Remember to get the best out of your day, it's essential to be productive while managing your daily chores.
1- MAKE A SCHEDULE
There is always a time when you don't know what to do and a time when you have such a load on your shoulders that you can't even think about sleeping, thankfully, you can minimalize these certain types of problems by making a simple but organized schedule to follow every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and so on. To make it simple and efficient here's an example of a possible schedule:
On Monday: Clean the kitchen-wash the dishes-make a special treat for the family.
On Tuesday: Do the laundry-fold the washed clothes-wash dirty clothes.
On Wednesday: Make a special dish-do the dusting around the house.
On Thursday: Iron clothes-set up the kids closet-re arrange the shoes in the shoe rack.
On Friday: Tidy up all the bedrooms and go for grocery shopping, making sure for the best discount deals and departmental stores.
On Saturday: Clean all the cabinets-organize the fridge-stock up the pantry with goodies and tasty treats-organize all the stationary-spend time with kids.
If you want to step up and make up your schedule picture-worthy, here's another idea:
a: Take any clock and reassemble all of its outer parts.
b: Colour harmonize all the timings where you want to do a certain type of work on the clock like so.
c: Hang it on the wall and you'll always have an excuse to take a break!
2- BUILD A TO-DO LIST
You are doing your chores, buying stuff and making sure that everything is perfect and precise, but, at the end of the day, you forget the most important task that you were supposed to do! calm down, we have got for you the solution! If you have gotten a million different important tasks to do and a lot of things to buy than just make a to-do list, it’s an easy and convenient way to remember everything you need. Just take a sheet of paper, write everything you need or want to do from 1 to 10, put it on your fridge with a magnet and whenever you wake up in the morning and look at the list, you'll be like “oh! that's what I have to buy….straightaway!"
3- CREATE A BULLET JOURNAL
The best way to be cool, busy, and at the same time, exceptionally systematic is to create a bullet journal. Bullet journaling is a great way to regulate household chores and errands and become more productive. It lets you customize:
b: monthly records
c: budget tracker (to save money)
d: Habit tracker, Mood tracker, everyday meal plans, Future logs, etc.
Bullet journaling lets you boost your imagination and lets your creative ideas shine through. Just purchase or take any diary of your choice, set it up and say hello to miss vigorous!
If you are a lazy person and want to find the easy way out then simply buy a planner from your local store or online and everything is set up and prepared for you.
4- TELL YOUR KIDS TO HELP YOU AROUND THE HOUSE
It can well be anticipated that you're tired after doing all that work yourself and tidying everything up while your kids are sitting on the couch and eating chips, then why not let them give you a helping hand around the house. If you have older kids than make them do the dishes and let them fold the clothes or if you have little kids who don't really appreciate your work because they don't even know what you’re doing then just give them a piece of cloth and let them do the dusting! That will be good practice for later on. Distribute everyday jobs like Jack will fold the towels and wrap the blankets, Marcel will clean fishtail and organize Legos, Charlie will vacuum kids’ room and do dusting work, and Harry will feed the dog and manage its food stock. Do not forget to reward your kids thoughtfully through their favorite meal, pocket money or storytelling to keep them motivated. This will also keep them reminding that to be rewarded needs some efforts.
5- SET OUT A PLAN FOR BEDROOMS, KITCHEN, TOILETS, LIVING AND PORCH AREA CLEANING
Spread out your above tasks weekly or bi-weekly schedule before adding them to your schedule in order to prevent these become overwhelming for you, and your assisting family members. In the first week, schedule bedrooms vacuum and sweeping; in second-week work on your kitchen’s oven, dishwasher, recycle bins’ cleaning; in the third week, work your living areas and porch; and in the last week thoroughly clean up your bathroom floors, ceramics, and walls. You may want to obtain technical assistance of an App to better manage your house cleaning chores through your mobile phone, tablet or iPad.
6- MAKE SURE TO HAVE A GOOD ROUTINE IN MORNING
I know, doing household chores and errands is not such an easy job, is it? but at least you can have a fresh start to a busy day. In most people's lives, especially lazy ones, they tend to wake up late, with no skincare routine, no cup of coffee and end up sleeping late, and I mean very, very late, which is not such a fresh and healthy life. What you should do is plan your routine in your bullet journal (or planner) and try to follow it, it will for sure boost up your energy and it will put you in a positive mood for the rest of the day! You manage laundromat errand, at a specific time on a weekend and accordingly schedule the same in your calendar. Make sure to have coins at hand for the launderette.
7- PLAN A SPECIFIC DAY FOR DOING DEEP CLEANING
Deep cleaning is quite time consuming generally when it comes to cleaning the kid's closets or the kitchen cabinets, so it's better to plan a day for this task. For example: out of the entire week, Wednesday can be your deep cleaning day, well, all we can say is that you should mentally prepare yourself to look at the kid's closet!
8- TURN CHORES INTO A GAME
Well, you just have to try it! And it'll be worth the shot! Turn on the music, wear some headphones and get jamming! dance around the rooms, make up some moves, do a fun race with your kids to see who can do all the work the fastest and there you are, YOU just had some fun. Even better, it might get your kids to help you with the work around the house because it makes it look so much fun!
9- SET-UP A TIMER
Many household chores and errands take up much more time then you expect, if that's the problem, it's better to set up a timer for every single chore you do. It not only minimizes the pressure but it also saves A LOT of time which means only one thing, AN EXTRA BREAK! (that means a lot to busy moms).
10- PUT DOWN THE DISTRACTIONS
You're doing your work and in the middle of your 'work hour', you hear the sound of your phone ringing and you, of course, respond the call “OH HEY! WHAT ARE YOU UP TO?" and hours later you realize that you just wasted all your time! that would be a total nightmare.
What you should do:
a: Turn off the phone.
b: Put away all the clutter.
c: Tell your roommates or kids to keep a little quiet while mom is doing work.
This can be a solution if you get distracted very easily or you don't like getting distracted.
11- HIT TWO ERRANDS WITH ONE STONE
One of the most effective ways to do car wash is outsourcing. If you have a nearby car wash service provider, it is the most economical way of obtaining the required service. While planning a car wash errand make sure to save time as it requires many times an advance appointment for the task. You can also plan the wash while you have scheduled car maintenance service at the original car manufacturing franchise facility. Another idea of the car wash is while you are doing grocery purchases at malls and many shopping malls have in-house car wash services available with car parking tokens. Similarly, you can collectively plan more grocery purchases for your home along with other tasks to save both time and money in managing these types of household chores and errands. The wise way to do it is an online purchase.
12- ENERGIZE YOURSELF WITH THE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES
“Focus on being productive instead of busy” – Tim Ferris. There's always something to inspire you every day when you wake up until the time you go to bed, so I recommend to put inspirational quotes all over your room, or even better, everywhere in your house. Whenever you're in the kitchen, you'll be determined to wash a plenty of utensils, whenever you are in the laundry room, you'll feel energized to wrapping washed clothes and lastly, when you're sitting beside the fireplace for drinking coffee, you'll always remember to take a break and appreciate what you have finished right.
13- CUT THE CHORES TIME BY HALF
The best way to manage household chores and errands is making things simple enough that they actually contribute in lessening their working time, this way it will not only save time but also the amount of energy required to conduct the task will also conserve too. You can save the chores time by means of various activities including making zones in large working areas like planning single trip grocery on monthly or not more than bi-weekly basis, cleaning big living area, eliminating clutter, designating supplies storage points, polishing the points which frequently demand deep cleaning work finishing, always designate a day for laundry and reduce excess stuff that is occupying unnecessary space in your home.
14- DELIST THE UNSAFE AND REDUNDANT CHORES
Things like raking leaves, regular car washes, mowing the lawn, changing and rearranging heavy furniture or cleaning hidden spots in toilets can be delayed or scheduled sporadically instead of daily or weekly routine. You should also avoid performing some chores while pregnant or when feeling ill. If pregnant avoid lifting heavy loads, cleaning chemicals, cleaning points at height, mopping and sweeping. Preparing your plan and find the right solution for the post-pregnancy fitness period will greatly contribute towards managing your delayed and stocked chores comfortably.
Insisting on getting chores completed will feel like a never-ending assignment. And, not all the components of the above list need to be adhered to all at once, rather it will take some time. Remember that being too impulsive and lacking judgment will also turn your daily routine of encountering chores bit tougher. It is better to let the professionals do some chores which could otherwise affect your health, time and money like fumigation service at home. Be it cleaning, washing, wrapping, cooking, fitness activities, changing kids’ diapers, you have to do grocery and visit departmental stores for the best shopping experience and eventually deliver the completion of chores in an effective manner, so chose the one which best saves you time and money. Blending the above-listed ways will help you happily manage routine chores by both slashing their number and timing them appropriately.