How to Not Always Do Chores
As we begin to return to normal, set yourself up for success with some easy changes.
I know with this world-wide pause many people have spent time decluttering and deep cleaning their homes, but how can you maintain a clean home while returning to your day to day life? I have a few tips and tricks I have learned over the years to help you.
Use a shower squeegee and shower spray after each bath or shower. My spray recipe is the link provided.
Have disinfectant wipes in every bathroom and the kitchen and use them every day. It has just become routine for me that after I do my make-up in the morning I grab a wipe and go over the sink and what not. I prefer Seventh Generation brand but you can also make your own.
Get rid of your huge bathroom mirror and replace it with an eye level smaller one. Splashes from the faucets made it so I had to clean my bathroom mirror all the time, now it is about once a month.
Buy extra basics like socks and underwear for every family member so that you never feel panicked about laundry. For your kids don’t bother folding or rolling these items. I bought them all black long socks and all white crew socks. I just throw them in the drawer and easily match them to wear.
Put a hamper in every bedroom--clothes are much more likely to make it in a hamper if the person only has to toss them.
Have master shopping lists for each grocery store (if you go to different ones) on your phone so that you always have a reference so that you don’t miss anything.
Try to get gas for your car on the same day(s) each week so you just have a habit.
Have a place for mail to get put before it gets sorted and hooks for your kids to hang their bags and for your work bags as well. If everything has a place your house looks cleaner.
Create chore charts for your kids so that they know how they can help.
Try not to wear shoes in your house but take them off once you hit the door to keep your floors cleaner longer.
Do your laundry throughout the week. Throw in a load in the morning, throw it in the dryer when you get home and then sort it after dinner. It is better than feeling like you are in laundry Hell all Sunday.
Cook real food as much as possible and cook a lot of it. My freezer is always full of past meals to choose from on those nights when I get home late. Also, the slow cooker is your best friend. Throw stuff in it in the morning and by the time you get home you have dinner! I also do things like make huge batches of marinara sauce, pesto and salsa. Then I get little containers and freeze it in four to five parts. Now I have these little frozen flavor bombs to add to meals during the week.
Run your dishwasher every night and throw your sponge in the microwave at the same time. This will save you time and research shows it may also save you water. The sponge in the microwave will save you from bacteria and also extend the life of your sponge.
When you grocery shopping buy multiples of shelf stable items that are staples in your diet so that you never run out of necessities. Stock up (but don't hoard) on your quick go tos like your favorite frozen dinners or cans of soups. These will help you avoid the fast food trap as well.
If you can, do some food prepping on a day you have more time. For example, the first time I make a salad in the week, I may chop up all the tomatoes, salt them and keep them in a bowl in the fridge for the next couple of meals.
Sign up to pay as many bills online as you can. Think of all the time you spend just putting stamps on envelopes.