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One of the biggest time drains in my day is those repeating tasks that never end! Laundry, dishes, wiping tables, picking up toys, etc. have to be done every single day. And they’re one of the biggest causes of homemaker burnout.
More Stuff = More Work
One of the ways I see people deal with this problem is by buying more stuff. They think, If I have more clothes, I won’t have to do laundry as often. Do you think that way? As a new mom and young wife, I thought that the day I could get more stuff, my problems would be solved! The only thing holding me back was living on a tight one income.
Now that things are a bit more relaxed, I’m not running to the store to triple my family’s wardrobes! I now realize that more clothes means more laundry, no matter which way you cut it. Maybe I can’t host a dinner party for 20 people with the number of plates I have now, but I also can’t even fit service for 20 in my dishwasher… or cabinets!
Do a Little at a Time
The one thing that does solve the problem of these never-ending repeating tasks is by not letting them build up. Easier said than done! But doing a little every day, or multiple times a day, means you won’t get behind. It also means you probably need less stuff. I do laundry every day, so I don’t need two weeks worth of undies, socks, pants and shirts for each of us.
Why Do We Let Them Build Up?
I understand what you might be thinking: do laundry every day? Wash dishes multiple times a day? Who has the time! I wonder that too some days! But I can promise you, letting these repeating tasks build up takes more time than taking care of them little-by-little. Let that sink in: doing it more often takes less time!
It takes me a full day to do six loads of laundry. It takes me an hour to unload the dishwasher then rinse and reload with an overflowing sink of dirty dishes. How much time would I have saved by spreading those tasks out? I’ll tell you: If you take a look at my cleaning routine, you’ll see that I spend less than an hour a day total doing all cleaning-related tasks.
Set Your Timer
If you still don’t believe me, time yourself! Start your stopwatch and see how long it takes you to clean up just one meal’s worth of dirty dishes. Or to sort and start one load of laundry. For me both of these take less than ten minutes.
Have a Routine!
You know I love a good routine! And routines can help you from getting behind on these repeating tasks. Work into your routine however much time you recorded yourself taking (and add a bit extra for wiggle room). I give myself a five minutes clean up after both breakfast and lunch, and closer to 20 minutes after dinner.
I know these repeating tasks can be the bane of our existence as moms! But not letting them build up is so important. Otherwise we can feel like we’re always playing catch-up!
What is the repeating task you hate most? Tell me in the comments!
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