Clean House With Family Help – Is It Possible?
By: Lori Thayer
Do you find yourself almost dreading walking in the door of your house? Are the household chores piling up? Spending a full day at work and then coming home to hours of housework is overwhelming.
How can we possibly be expected to do it all?
Maybe you aren't expected to do it all? Are you putting that burden on yourself? If you think this might be you be sure to read my article, Are Your Expectations In The Way of a Happy Life.
Wouldn't it be better if the whole family contributed to the household chores? Keeping a clean house shouldn't be the responsibility of only one member. If other family members aren't already contributing ask yourself these questions.
- Have I ever asked for their help? Asking for help is the first step. Your family might think that you don't want their help. It could be you run everything so efficiently they don't even know help would be welcomed
- Would they even know what to help with? The necessary household chores may be automatic for you. Your family however, may have no idea of what needs to be done. My husband always needs a list for me. In my mind the tasks are obvious but he thinks differently than I do and a list is required for him.
- Is perfection getting in the way? If your family has tried to help in the past but they can't ever meet your standards they might have given up. Do you tell yourself that it is just easier for you to do it? Maybe you feel like you always have to re-do their task when they've completed it. Work on accepting that the dusting doesn't have to be done perfectly. A little is better than nothing and your family members will feel they are contributing to the household as well.
Engage your family to help clean house
Start by telling your family that you would really like their help. Have this conversation over a nice dinner or during regular family time where you are all together. Put aside the past and talk about how the family could help clean house going forward.
Have everyone agree on a list of chores that need to be done for the week. Let everyone pick an item or two a day that they will do to help clean house.
Set up a plan where everyone does a little bit at a time. Marathon cleaning session may leave the house looking great but generally create resentment and frustration in the participants. Who wants to give up half a day to do some cleaning.
Cleaning a little each day leaves the house looking nice and requires only a half hour a day maximum from each helper. Each member of the family then enjoy's the pride of contribution to a beautiful, comfortable home.
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Lori Thayer is passionate about finding ways to have the best life, from healthy eating, healthy living, saving money and enjoying life. She is excited to share these tips with others. Improve your health with her FREE article "5 Easy Habits To Improve Your Health".