Managing Household Chores
Between working, soccer practice, ballet, parent-teacher conferences and after-work client meetings, it is no wonder that household chores get pushed aside. The result is many of us spend our weekends cleaning and doing other dreaded chores when we would rather be taking the kids to the park or sitting on the beach reading a book. One way to avoid the weekend cleaning spree is to develop a home chore list and enlist the help of the entire family to get household duties finished during the week, allowing for more family time on the weekends.
Creating the List
The first thing to do is to sit down with a piece of paper and pen, or at the computer, and make a list of what chores need to be done. List them by frequency, whether they are daily, weekly, monthly or yearly chores. Try to include as many household duties as you can think of. Examples of daily chores are dishes, feeding pets, doing laundry, preparing meals, and homework. Weekly chores could include washing bedding, dusting, vacuuming, mopping floors, paying bills, cleaning bathrooms, washing the car, and cutting grass. Washing windows, bathing pets, cleaning the refrigerator and cleaning blinds or curtains could be monthly chores, while shampooing carpets, cleaning the garage and pruning shrubbery would be yearly jobs.
Once the list is compiled, call a family meeting to discuss who will be responsible for which chores. Make it clear that everyone will be assigned jobs, but that you will try to let them choose the jobs they would prefer. Including the family members will make it more likely they will complete the jobs assigned as they are not forced into doing household chores they hate.
If you have small children, they can be assigned jobs too. If necessary, break down larger chores, such as dishes, into smaller ones that even pre-school aged children can do. Toddlers can be responsible for picking up their own toys, and pre-school and elementary aged students can dust, clear the table of dirty dishes, and feed family pets. As the children get older, increase their responsibilities based on their age and ability.
Post the List
Once all jobs have been assigned to a family member, write or type it clearly on a piece of paper and post it in a conspicuous spot in your home. The best place is on the refrigerator, but you could post it in a utility room, office or family room. Family members will be able to see the list and know what they are expected to do daily and weekly.
Setting up a home chore list can reduce stress and help to keep a home organized by distributing the duties among all family members, rather than just falling to one or two. For more tips on household organization and decorating, visit www.dobsonfloors.com.
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