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Welcome to Day 3.
A messy physical environment can make our lives feel overwhelming and over-complicated. But how do you stay on top of household chores when you’re busy and tired?
Let’s find out!
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62 thoughts on “Day 3: Chores 1”
Doing your chores helps you eliminate calories for weight loss:
Lose weight doing your chores as follows:
Mopping for 60 minutes = 153 calories
Sweeping the floors for 60 minutes = 153 calories
Cleaning windows for 30 minutes = 167 calories
Rearranging your closet = 87 calories
Scrubbing the shower for 15 minutes = 90 calories
Washing the floor for 30 minutes = 187 calories
Moving your furniture for 15 minutes = 100+ calories
Redecorating for 30 minutes = 167 calories
Washing your car = 153 calories
I just downloaded a chore app
I only do what I have to since I have no time for perfection and I drop the ball on the minimum. Meal Planning- will have each family member choose a meal, pay 7 year old to scoop cat box, drop off laundry, reward 5 and 7 year old to help empty my car.
I will choose Option 1 then option 2 later
My chorus are a really problem for me because I only do the necessary. My objective with the premium subscrpion was starting having my houde organized and declutered. I have to do my on chorus, I can´t delegate any. What I have to do is to help my mother and do more chorus were at home.
I decided to let my girls 16 and 8 make a dinner 1 night x week (starting next week). Rules were they needed to pick the meal and bring me the shopping list/ingredients at least 2 days before they were going to prepare it. That will save me on making dinner 2 x wk!
As I am not able to participate tomorrow I have spent some time on this today. I have listed what I think must be split between myself and my partner and started a conversation by making a suggestion as to how we might split the workload. Let’s see where we get to by Thursday with an actual agreement for when we will be “automating”.
The following are my group’s responses:
Automate: Healthy crock pot cooking; Everyday silverware; Purchase drip dry clothes; Attend RC Classes pertaining to your life’s goals & attend organizational skills weekly class; e-Mail.
Eliminate: Cooking gourmet meals; using fancy tableware; ironing clothes and postage stamps
Housemates: make a chore chart; bill paying responsibilities; cooking & dishes; laundry: each housemate does their own on a weekly basis
¬Share responsibilities: Cleaning [unless you can afford a cleaning service/sharing the cost] and financial = split rent and utilities
Last time I wrote there wasn’t anything I could eliminate but I was able to change that. One of my chores is to clear off the sofa – I have this bad habit of dumping newspapers, clothing, magazine, etc on it and letting it pile up. But I made a rule after clearing it off the last time that my purse and my drawstring backpack are the only objects that are allowed to remain on the sofa. I try not to put anything else on it at all, and when I do, I removed it as soon as I realize it. I’ll look at what other chores I have that I’ll be able to deal with in a similar manner 🙂
I like this Ellen. If you have a home for current magazines and newspapers you can put them there whenever you’re not using them. And of course old ones get recycled when new ones come in. 🙂
That’s a good idea – I do have a place for current stuff. It’s keeping up with the reading so I can toss or recycle them – that is my challenge. But after tossing 60+ magazines – most without going through them again and many without ever having gone through them – I am reticent to let any more magazines come into the house. This is a good thing 🙂
I like this one – time management is a bigger enemy for me than extraneous activity.
You might be interested in my next program Kim – it’s all about time management and productivity. Details next month. 🙂
I have today concentrated on what I think needs to be done regularly with regards to chores. I like Ana’s concept of “Mosquito” Tasks, a series of tasks you can buzz around getting done in a speedy half hour. For now I have consolidated into two half hour slots of an evening with the odd task in the morning. However, I have arranged to get some ironing help and someone who will spend a few hours a week giving the whole house a general once over, and then hopefully when this is all habit, I can tackle the larger chore jobs. My partner does all of the cooking and most of the more regular grocery shopping, so short of sharing with him what I am trying to achieve and getting the odd bit of help, I think I have made a good plan. 🙂
Am single so all chores are down to me. Do have a best friend who loves to help so may ask her to come over and defrost my freezer!
Sounds like much more fun with a best friend around Fritzy!
Just made my list and I don’t feel like there is much to remove. My husband and daughter help out already. I think revisiting day 1 several more times will help as much of my energy is spent moving excess things back into the correct place. I am also looking forward to summer as a nice reprieve from a few of my school related tasks.
I finished my list, It really isn’t to bad for me with Chores. My husband has always jumped in when he sees I’m falling behind or sees I’m just not going to get to it. (well everything but laundry, I won’t let him use my beautiful washed and dryer, he also is the type to just throw whatever in the machine, darks lights, hand wash all in together with his work clothes)!
I don’t delegate nearly enough. I don’t ask enough of the kids. About 2 weeks ago I had assigned simple cleaning chores, but I’m not great at following through to make sure they get done. I love the idea of asking the kids to cook once/week. That will happen this summer. Should be interesting and fun! What I wanted for Mothers Day gift was the gift of time/effort. My flower beds are being weeded, mulched; little projects were completed. The benefit is that husband and I are both motivated to keep going. While he has another week off from school, he is taking time off from work to continue checking things off my, er ah, our list. This morning we will lay down sod and cut down trees. Later this week I will ask him to sit with me and help file away piles of papers. Life will feel less chaotic when these things are done.
Asking is easy to overlook Rachel! But it’s less stressful to others to simply be asked and given the chance to negotiate, than it is to feel nagged or to see you do everything and feel miserable. Good luck!
I use lists regularly so this is not new to me. I could delegate to my husband but after a week or so it just comes back to me!
I have written up my list, but don’t feel that there is much room to move either. My husband already does the shopping, will see what I can do about him doing more cooking……
I made my list but can’t find anything to eliminate. But if I can set up a regular schedule for some chores and a couple of particular tasks, I think that would help me feel less stressed about them.
Don’t have anything that I can remove from my list – it was already pared down to necessary routines…
The list has been made. Stressful for sure! My kids already have a fair share of chores (they do dishes, help with dinner one night per week each, put away their laundry, pull weeds, tidy as directed) so I don’t do everything. My husband does help a lot, also. I already arranged for a professional cleaning service. They start tomorrow. That should relieve some stress but I’m going to have to do a rush pick-up tomorrow before she gets here!