How to reduce household chores?

1. Be More Efficient

Lack of efficiency, an easily distracted mind, or just plain laziness is one of the main reasons cleaning the house can take hours.

Esenzy Cleaning Tip: Don't try to do more than one task at a time. Focus on what you are doing.

2. Do Away With Procrastination

As far as chores are concerned, procrastination is your worst nightmare. The longer you let a mess pile up, the more difficult it’ll become clean. What may once have been a ten-minute weekly job can thus very easily turn into an hours-long slog through filth and trash.

Esenzy Clean Tip: Don’t work in bursts – make a regular effort to keep your surroundings clean.

3. Tone Down The Clutter

Clutter is awful – and the more there is, the less happy you’re going to be with your surroundings. A cluttered room not only has a negative effect on your mental well-being, it’s also extremely rough to clean. Consider whether or not there’s any junk in your surroundings you can be rid of – then get rid of it.

Esenzy Clean Tip: Don’t just keep your surroundings clean – keep them tidy, too. The less clutter you’ve got, the easier it’ll be to keep your home looking spotless.

4. Don’t Try To Do Everything On Your Own

Unless you’re living on your own, housework shouldn’t be a one-person job. Although we’d strongly advise against micromanagement (seriously. Don’t do it. Just don’t), there’s nothing wrong with asking (or encouraging) your family members or roommates to lend you a hand. After all, they have to live there same as you – you should both be making an effort to keep the place tidy.

5. Plan Things Out.

The best way to motivate yourself to keep things clean is to set up a schedule. Have a day and time on which you’ll clean the bathroom, or reorganize your clothes, or vacuum, or go pick up groceries. Don’t deviate from that time unless you absolutely have to.

Esenzy Clean Tip: Your schedule doesn’t need to chart out your every waking minute. Just set aside a specific time to do your chores, and you’ll be fine.

6. Change How You Look At Cleaning

Alright, this last one is admittedly a bit of a crazy statement, but maybe you spend too much time cleaning – and too much time putting it off – because you’ve got the wrong perspective? Why not, as Babauta suggests, try turning it into a meditative exercise? You probably still won’t enjoy doing chores, but at least you’ll feel like you’re doing something else with yourself instead of just sweeping or scrubbing a toilet.

Esenzy Clean Tip: Try thinking about a creative pursuit while cleaning – writing, art, or music, for example.

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