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If there is one thing most people can tend to agree on, it is chores are the worst. It’s not so much the doing bit that we loathe so much, it is the fact it always seems so futile. The pile of laundry never seems to shrink, the dishwasher always needs emptying, and the dishes are always stacked so high that you’re tempted to call out the Guinness Book Of Records just so you can get something out of all this mayhem.
Not that we expect this to make you feel any better, but the average amount of hours spent on housework chores – for two-parent households – is twenty-eight hours a week. That’s four hours every day. It’s a massive drop since the sixties, but it is still a lot. It’s no wonder you always feel like you’re clearing up.
Luckily, we are the bearers of good news because, with a few tweaks here and there, you can slash these hours further and finally understand what it is like to put your feet up for a minute.
It is time to ask Siri to ready that stopwatch because you are about to turn your least favourite chore of emptying the dishwasher into a competitive sport. Our current personal best is three minutes and sixteen seconds, a time we are incredibly proud of and a time that we hope our kids will someday beat. Remember, it’s not a chore if you’re having fun.
Let’s Get Laundry Efficient
There are a few ways that you can be a little more efficient on the laundry front and it starts with your detergent. Think about it. There’s nothing worse than doing a load of laundry, letting it dry and then realising a) the stains are still there and b) the smell is lingering, which is why you need to grab some detergent from https://www.cleanhappens.com/products/spin-credible-laundry-detergent. Next up, is your habits. You need to be less of a stickler. Towels can be reused, and both jeans and pyjamas can be re-worn. It’s not bad hygiene, it is smart.
Grocery Shopping Is In The Timing
We know it makes sense logistically to do your grocery shopping on your way home from work but, in terms of times, wow, you are setting yourself up for an absolute mare, as in nightmare. Why? Because that is when everyone on earth is doing theirs – the carpark is full, the aisles are crazy and the wait for the checkout is abhorrent. The best time to crack on is after 9pm and before 8am as only 5% of people hit these times. Basically, it is empty so you’ll be in an out in a flash.
Cooking Made Simple
The fewer pots and pans you use, the less washing up there is to do. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice health and well-being either because you can get some super meals made up using less. Wrap some salmon in foil and pop it in the oven, place some veg on the hob and put a pouch of rice in the microwave. One dirty pan and a deliciously nutritious dinner. You could even go to https://greatist.com/health/53-healthy-one-pot-meals for some ideas and get into the habit of doing one-pot meals now it is winter, making desserts that leave no mess as well.