Tuesday, 22 December 2015

I hate chores. Who's going to do all the work to keep the house clean? If I don't invite anyone around who will know!

Living a life means doing all the mundane activities as well as all the fun to do activities. 

I hate chores particularly the endless task of washing, ironing, running errands and cooking. However, this aspect of our life is inevitable.  But, if tasks are allocated correctly and fairly you will find that the entire  household will enjoy the freedom that comes without having to see tasks build up into a monumental event which no one wants to do. 

Fairly distributing chores and getting all of the household to stick to their chores can be a challenging task in itself.  It is particularly difficult to control adult behaviour as you can hardly sanction your partner! Well, I am sure you could find ways!  This is why it is important that everyone understands the benefits of all chores and errands being distributed so that everyone has a vested interest in making sure their tasks are completed.

If chores are not delegated equally families often see one person endlessly trying to keep on top of most the household chores and errands. This can only produce resentment as they find themselves doing copious amounts of chores which means no spare time for them and exhaustion by the time they have finished.

How To Allocate Household Chores and Errands Fairly: 

1: Plan chores as a family. If you have children,  get them involved. It does not matter how old the children are - even a 6 year old can have a small part to play in family chores, errands or duties. They can, for example, pack away their toys at the end of the day.   

2: Once chores have been listed, each member of the household should have the opportunity to select chores that they find most appealing. Obviously, there may be some chores that no one wants to do, but this just means negotiating and allocating in a fair and considerate way. It's amazing how many chores will become apparent when compiling a list of chores as a family or partnership.

3: Write down the list of the chores and who is responsible for doing each one. This will make sure that there are no misunderstandings and everyone is happy with what they are doing.

4: Consider changing the chores every two to three months. This is particularly helpful for someone who is given a chore that they do not really like. It also gives others a chance to become more experienced at doing a particular task - a chore expert!

5: Make sure chores are given a timeframe in which to be completed by. Do not procrastinate about them. Set a deadline as to when all chores should be completed, this ensures  everyone knows what and when to expect certain activities to be completed by.

6: Finally, pin that chore list to a notice board so that there is no excuse for anyone conveniently forgetting  what their chores are, and when they are suppose to be doing them!

If none of the above works. Just close off rooms and don't invite anyone around!

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