There’s no doubt that the physicality of housekeeping can be a huge drain. Staying on top of it is a significant part of staying in control.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Minimally Viable Housekeeping, says “The physical labour of housekeeping can be exhausing, and it helps when you feel like you’re in control of it.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for staying in control:
- Give yourself the feeling of choice: Rather than thinking something like “housekeeping is the same as homemaking”, try reframing it as “housekeeping is a way to make my home happier, not something you do for the sake of doing it.”
- There is no good or bad about it: Housekeeping is not an indication of your moral worth. You have the same value whether you’ve vacuumed the floors or not.
- Learn to control your attention: Look through the chaos and focus on what matters. Maybe that’s your kids or husband, maybe that’s your inlaw’s imminent arrival. You get to decide.
- Effectiveness v efficiency: Are you doing the things that matter, or are you doing everything else with the least amount of effort? Not that you can’t do both, but put the effort where it matters.
- Develop a calm and rational mind: Learn to dispassionately examine household problems so you can choose the best course of action.
Alexandria’s tips for staying in control will help you manage the chaos, and organise your housework.
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