Household chores need to be done – all the time – but do you have to take the full burden on yourself?
We all fall foul of taking on too much at times, a lot of the time it’s easier to do it yourself as you know it will be done well – but do you really have to work yourself so hard?
More often than not, things can be done to tweak it so that you can share the load a little – so how appropriate that SHARE is the theme todays post! I wanted to explore how you can still get everything done, without having to feel you have to do it all yourself.
Let’s get going then….
Let’s explore the different ways to share those household chores out. You will be pleased to hear I have managed to fit these into the apt acronym S.H.A.R.E as well – oooh I love it when a plan comes together!
So – without further ado – lets get sharing!
S = SELF
Of course this post is about ways to share things out more equally so you don’t have to do it all – but you can’t escape everything (sorry!).
So this section is about you.
I want you to think about you first – as this is key to knowing what to share out.
You want to understand what you can do, what you like to do, what you don’t like to do, and what you have time for.
If you have a cleaning schedule then look at that and work out what is and isn’t working.
If you don’t have a schedule yet (and you can find out how to create one HERE), then write down a list of all the jobs you currently do and split them into things you are happy to keep doing and those you would rather not.
We are talking in an ideal world here. It may be that you have to in fact still do a lot of what you don’t like, but if you start from the ideal, you may just get more than you hoped for!
Concentrate on these chores first, and then look at the other 4 ways to get help….
H = HELP
After doing it yourself, the next obvious way to get your household chores done is to get help from somewhere.
There are 2 forms of help – paid for and unpaid.
HELP THAT’S PAID FOR…
It can really be worth paying for some help with the chores you have, because it automatically frees you up to do other things.
For example – It took a while for me to get help as I do enjoy doing the housework, but I was finding it harder and harder to find the time to work as well (and as I work from home, the housework is right there wanting to be done so it’s also difficult to switch off during my work time). As such I have found that paying for a cleaner to do a quick clean every other week takes a little pressure off, but still allows me to clean as well – a great compromise! We also get our ironing done fortnightly – but only the larger items as the small stuff is quick and easy to do ourselves, another way we have made getting help work for us really well.
If you are wanting to get some help, then think about the following: –
- Car wash/valet
- Oven cleaner
- Window cleaner
Which would make the most difference to your life? What can you afford to do? What would you do instead of doing the chores?
You may or may not want help for everything that person can help with, for example – a gardener can do the gardening fully or you may just want them to weed and do the heavy work if you enjoy mowing the lawn.
If you can’t afford a lot of help then just be very specific on what you can afford and what would make the most difference. For example – if you can afford a cleaner for just 2 hours a month, then do this. Then you can write a list of what you specifically want them to do in this time to help you. Its all about making your life as easy as you can without breaking the bank in the process.
Or, if you can’t afford any help at all, then don’t panic – there may be another way to get help that can work well for you as well…
HELP THAT’S NOT PAID FOR…
Why not exchange skills instead of paying for help?
By this I mean that there may be something you absolutely love to do around the house, and another thing you can’t stand.
When you love doing something it no longer becomes a chore, and you can usually complete it much quicker.
If you can find someone who loves what you hate, then maybe you could swap jobs with each other and create an easier life for yourself in the process.
OK, you aren’t losing any chores by doing this – but you ARE losing the chores that you don’t like – which is bonus in itself!
An example of this may be as follows: –
You feel very happy watching a film while doing the ironing – but hate gardening – whereas your friend down the road loves mowing the lawn but hates ironing. Why both be unhappy? – swap jobs and feel great about it!
Think outside the box and you may surprise yourself with the results!
So – we’ve looked at the S & H of the acronym S.H.A.R.E – helping yourself, and getting help from others – now it’s time to look at clever ways to save time altogether and get things done as easily as possible.
Can you guess what the A.R.E stand for?….