After reading "Why I'm saying screw it to household chores" on This Unexpected Love Bethany reached out to me with her very own idea for a guest post on ways to get everybody to pitch in with the household chores.
I have to say, I love getting the kids involved with clean up, from cleaning their bathroom to making their beds every day, my stepkids are always helping us in some way.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with the hectic everyday life and having trouble managing your home with all the chores, errands and work, there’s no harm in reaching out to a friend asking for advice or find information on your own via your mobile device or computer. No matter if you are a mom and dad, single mom or dad, two dads or two moms, you probably have kids and/or pets, who go to school, the children, not the pets, come home and besides having to do homework, have an abundance of free time. Fifteen to thirty minutes is nothing to put aside and help.
If you have one child, two, maybe even three. A dog, a cat, both, and a fish along with a bird, the more the merrier, plus more hands around the house, sorry for excluding paws, fins or claws. You shouldn’t do all the housework on your own. Everyone in the family needs to be involved. So, call in all of the “Lesters”, you’re about to do some chores.
Let’s say you have a 9 to 5 job when you’re done you gotta do errands and it’s exhausting. Then you get home and need to prepare dinner while pushing aside some rubbish that you keep telling yourself “I’m going to leave that for the weekend”. That is tragic, this has to change.
It’s nice to be organized so setting up a nice schedule is advisable. “Tom” will take out the trash on Monday while “Emily” cleans up after the pets. On Tuesday, they switch their positions. Wednesday, there is a new chore added that they can take care of together. “On Thursdays, we wear pink” and so forth.
Maybe adding a few rules and conditions can motivate the household. For example putting passwords on the WiFi and devices that create a distraction. When the chores are done, the passwords are lifted. And maybe at the end of the week, there can be a mystery reward. This can even be turned into a game:
-The first objective is for “Tom and Emily” to work together and go to the store and buy groceries, get back home and put them away.
-The second objective is to sort their own laundry.
-The third objective, take care of pets and clean up fur, feathers, aquariums and cages. If of course, certain pets exist.
-Next, “Tom” does the vacuuming while “Emily” cleans up dust from flat surfaces.
These are simple enough chores that anyone can do. Plus, two people working together teaches teamwork and getting along.
Your partner is also doing housework. Let’s say the kids did all of the simple chores leaving you two with the more complicated tasks at hand, like preparing a meal. Both of you can alternate each day if your schedules don’t match or if they do, work together, thus splitting the job in half and getting things done quicker, this essentially works for everything. If the kids can help around the kitchen then it’s going to be a party. Let’s say both of you have certain domestic skill sets. It’s not a bad idea to hand them down to the next generation. All of this builds up into a more efficient and healthy household.
Bethany Nolan is an owner of small cleaning company called Happy cleaning services Peckham. She is divorced, has two lovely kids and a step daughter named Mia. She is a sweet and intelligent young woman and Bethany proudly can say that they get along very well.
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