NEW HABIT: Create a weekly housework routine
Housework is one of the biggest issues for most procrastinators. Maintaining a home, especially with a family, is very time consuming and repetitive, so a real challenge for anyone who is disinterested in long-term gratification. My weight and housework have always been the two key challenges for me. They are also the ones that would make the most difference to my mental health if I could crack them. I have had progress in the past but when life gets busy, it gets more challenging to maintain the routine. Tomorrow, I am hoping to implement a quick weekly clean that can always be squeezed in, whatever I’m up to at the weekends. To keep it quick, I must not burden myself with unnecessary chores. I will start at the top of the house and work my way down. As I decide what should go on my list, the criteria is: Anything that can’t wait more than a week. Anything that can wait longer will be added to, what I will call my Spring Clean. I will blog about that later. It will take place every 2 months over an entire day. I will even take a day off work for it because having tried it previously on weekends, it has always proved difficult because it’s too tempting at weekends to have a lay-in or chill the entire day. By the end of tomorrow, I should have a list of chores I must do every week to maintain a reasonable standard of cleanliness. I need to do it every Saturday before doing anything else. The likelihood that I may not have time on some Saturdays, requires I think ahead, and schedule it on a Friday evening or a Sunday. Whatever happens, the weekly housework is not something I should easily postpone. The shorter the list, the quicker it gets done, the more likely the chances are of long-term success.
So far on a Saturday I have created habits to get up at 8am, make my bed, collect the laundry and get it started. This week I will add collecting rubbish from the rooms too because there will be time to do it before 9am, which is the time I am aiming for in the future to go to Park Run. When Park Run is finally a habit, I will probably be starting my weekly housework when I return at 10am. So, with that in mind, tomorrow I will start cleaning and creating the housework list at 10am. As I have no other obligations tomorrow, I will clean as long as it takes to create that weekly list. It stands to reason, that tomorrow is the longest the session should ever take me. Theoretically, it should get quicker every week.
The collection of photos below show the state of my home now. I’ve already introduced washing-up and laundry habits, so that helps a bit.
“I will dedicate time to weekly housework every weekend”