Any mom will tell you: housework is never ending. It doesn’t matter what your work schedule is, or how organized you are. With kids in the mix things just don’t stay clean anymore. And while I don’t actually mind cleaning, the sheer endlessness of it gets to me sometimes. In the last year or so I’ve been absolutely hating housework. Dreading the simple tasks I have to do every single day.
But then I discovered one simple hack that has made it all less loathsome. I’m still doing the same things, but I’m getting them done faster AND not really feeling the hate anymore. Since I’m sure I’m not the only mom who struggles with this, I wanted to share the love and let you in on my secret.
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Here’s the super simple, practically free way I learned to stop hating housework:
Time Your Tasks
I started doing this as a productivity trick. You know, the one where you cut a big or overwhelming job into small manageable bites. I’d look at my super messy kitchen (and in our small house, it doesn’t take long to look absolutely trashed) and I’d just be SO overwhelmed. So I’d set the timer for say, ten minutes, and tell myself that I only had to clean for that long. Even if the job wasn’t done, I could stop.
And it worked! I wasn’t as overwhelmed, and I started getting more done. I learned that tackling a job in small bites is way more motivating than digging into a seemingly endless project. But that wasn’t the only thing I gained from timing small tasks.
I learned perspective.
I learned the tasks I dreaded the most took up just a tiny portion of my day. I learned I can unload the dishwasher in less than three minutes, and have it reloaded again in less than five. I can clean all the floors in my house in less than thirty minutes, and take my kitchen from disaster to spic-and-span in the time it takes to watch one episode of Friends.
The lesson I learned from my $3 kitchen timer?
I don’t really spend that much time on housework. And really, nothing that can be hashed out in that little time is worth loathing, or hating, or dreading that much. It was a little bit of a reality check, and a whole lot of “suck it up, buttercup!” But I needed that.
And since you might too, I thought I’d share.