5 Easy Steps to Manage Household Chores

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Are you the type of person who struggles in keeping up with your household chores? We all want a clean and organized home, however, with all the responsibilities we have to manage, doing chores have been pushed back in our list of priorities.

We always have the option to hire cleaners, though. But, if you are like me who doesn’t feel comfortable with other people going through my personal space, there is no other choice but to do it yourself. For that reason, we give you some tips as your reference so you can manage your chores properly. 

1. Schedule your chores

It’s so easy to get distracted from doing chores when you have other things going on in your life. Being able to be on top of your responsibilities requires a lot of discipline, not to mention your time management skills.

List down all the chores that need to be done. There are things you don’t need to accomplish daily, so make sure you keep another list for your weekly and monthly chores.

One important tip to make sure you won’t miss a thing in your list is to write your schedule on your paper calendar. Since we have a different list for our daily, weekly, and monthly chores, a two-page view wall calendar would be a perfect fit to keep us always on track. An example of a list of chores is provided by Renee at great peace.

Daily Household Chores Routine:

  • Make beds
  • Straighten bathroom
  • Laundry in baskets
  • Wipe down countertops & stove
  • Dishes washed and put away

Weekly Household Chores Routine:

  • Laundry on Mondays (washed/dried/folded/put away) s
  • Bathrooms on Tuesdays
  • Take out trash on Tuesdays
  • Sweep & Mop Hard floors on Wednesday
  • Dust & straightened desks tables and surfaces on Thursday
  • Pick up Milk from Dairy (This could be your grocery day.)
  • Additional Laundry as necessary either Thursday or Friday.
  • Vacuum on Friday or Saturday and this is a task that rotates each week to different family members.
  • Lawn care,
  • Water Plants, either Friday or Saturday depending on other schedules.

Monthly Household Chores Routine:

  • Meal Plan
  • Grocery shop, 2x a month
  • Wash & Vacuum Vehicles
  • Clean cabinet doors, outside and inside kitchen appliances
  • Clean out fridge
  • Run self-cleaning oven
  • Run the cleaning cycle in the washer
  • Sanitize drains (I use baking soda & vinegar)

2. Designate chores

Even if we want to do it all ourselves, we have to accept the fact that we are not superheroes. Doing household chores is a matter of teamwork unless you are living alone and you have no one to ask help but yourself. Assign chores to your family members, even to your kids. As young as they are, they need to develop a sense of responsibility by designating simple and easy chores for them to accomplish.

Supervise your kids while they do their tasks and take responsibility for your assigned chores as well. As time goes by, everyone will consider those duties as part of their routine.

3. Set up a backup plan

We cannot predict what happens tomorrow, thus we cannot say what will happen to our day. There might be times when we cannot manage our assigned chores due to a busy schedule. Don’t feel bad, it’s normal. Try to reschedule that task for the next day, or if it doesn’t work, do it on the weekend. If that option is still not possible, ask a family member to do it for you instead.