Few homemakers naturally love every aspect of keeping a house. I love doing laundry and organizing the fridge. Cleaning the shower and washing the floor, not so much. Your favorites and worst chores are probably different than mine.
But household chores are part of keeping the home running smoothly. If we were called to be homemakers, these chores are part of the job assigned by a Good Master. We should learn to love them.
Here are a few ways that I am learning to enjoy the jobs I used to hate.
Do it first, quickly: If you really concentrate on it, few chores really take all that much time. If there’s a chore you hate, do it right away. Quickly. It’s amazing how much more enjoyable it will be.
Do it together: Whether it’s with a child, sister, friend or husband, doing a job together makes it much more fun! If you have kiddos, get them involved! Train them to help.
Listen to something: Whether it’s music, a free classic audiobook or lectures from the library, occupying your brain while your hands are busy is a great way to get a hated job done!
Eliminate the job: Yes, I know. This is supposed to be a post about learning to love chores. But, sometimes, we have control over the chores we don’t like and can trim them down or get rid of them all together. Often, it may take a bit more up front time, but will pay off quickly.
- Don’t like dusting? Pare down the knick-knacks.
- Don’t like tidying? Simplify. Clear out the clutter: throw away, give away or sell.
- Dont’ like multiple weekly (or monthly) grocery runs? Stock your pantry and shop less.
- Don’t like changing diapers (or buying them?!) Potty-train your child.
If you struggle to enjoy a job, there’s often a way to cut it down and make it more manageable!
How do you conquer the chores you don’t care for?