It’s the start of a new year, in fact a new decade (how did that happen?!) which can be a reason for people to think about making positive changes or setting goals for the 12 months ahead.
Being more organised in the home is often part of this but it can be something that, with busy lives, seems overwhelming and unachievable. But with the help of some forward planning and breaking down tasks into more manageable chunks, it’s possible to take charge of household tasks without sending yourself into a spin.
A key part of this can be to use checklists, separating tasks into those that need to be done daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. While it might seem like a mundane thing to do, some people find it helps keep them track so that things don’t become overwhelming.
Here are some of our top tips for using checklists in the home:
- Be realistic. Heaping too much pressure on yourself to get a million things done will be counterproductive. While it’s important to have a clean and organised home, you also need to be able to have time for your family and yourself. So, when putting together a list, make sure it’s achievable.
- Consistency is key. Checklists, and this is true for any walk of life, not just tasks in the home, will help keep you on track. If you tackle things on a more regular basis and know what you have to do and when, the consistency of doing this will make you feel more positive.
- Benefits for the brain. If you feel more on top of things, then you’re more likely to have a clearer mind which is essential for good mental health. You know what they say, ‘tidy home, tidy mind’ and checklists can help with this.
- Time is of the essence. Most of us are time poor so being efficient with the time we do have for specific tasks is important. A checklist will mean you are more focussed on the job in hand and know what you have to do rather than wasting time deciding what to tackle and when.
- Sense of achievement. This may seem like an obvious or simple thing, but the act of crossing something off a list is hugely satisfying. If you’re able to do this, it will help provide impetus and motivation to ensure the job gets done.
How do you tackle household tasks? And do you have any tips or tricks for others about the best way to keep on top of things?
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