Is your organization technique missing some steps? Do you even have a plan? If your household tasks are getting out of control, you need to get organized. Even if your to-do list is monumental, you can get it done by organizing your household tasks step by step. My natural multi-tasking tendencies have gotten me into trouble a few times. But with a little organization, it can all be put back together.
Step One: Make a list of every household task.
Before you can even get started, you need to have a clear breakdown of every single thing you do. From vacuuming the stairs, to dusting, to dishes, and so much more, don't leave anything off your list.
It's important to get everything on there so that you know exactly what you are dealing with. If you leave things off, it pretty much defeats the purpose of making a list for organizing household tasks to begin with.
Step Two: Organize the list by timeliness.
Make a column each for daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Go through your tasks one by one and place them in the appropriate column, according to how often they need to be done. Not all aspects of cleaning and other household chores need to be done every day.
For instance, paying the bills can be cut to weekly or even monthly, depending. Vacuuming the basement room no one uses should not be taking up time every day. You know which tasks you should and should not do every day, even if you don't exactly follow that right now.
Step Three: Eliminate or slow down on unnecessary tasks.
You may find there are some things you are doing too often, which takes time away from other tasks. For instance, do you really need to dust the ceiling fan twice a day every day? Really? You could be doing something more productive, like tackling that huge pile of dishes that sat overnight.
Prioritizing is a big part of organizing household tasks. Look through your list and find things that you really don't need to be doing or things that can be minimized. Leave deep cleaning to the weekly and monthly task list, so that you can tackle more of your daily tasks efficiently.
Step Four: Designate some tasks to another person, if possible.
If you have kids and/or a partner or spouse, this will be easier to do. In that case, you should definitely not be the only one completing household tasks and chores. If you don't have anyone else to share tasks with or there are too many, consider hiring someone.
Not all families can afford to do this. But if you can, it can reduce some of the time you spend cleaning and organizing. Household tasks can take up a great deal of time, especially if there are more chores than your household members should be expected to do.
Step Five: Test it out and adjust as necessary.
Once you have completed the other four steps, it's time to try out your new plan in action. If you aren't seeing a difference, then it's time to readjust steps two through four. Keep testing and readjusting until you have a plan that works well. Organizing household tasks is a daunting job.
But it's certainly better than running around like crazy and accomplishing what seems like hardly anything. Once you get down a routine that works, stick to it and you'll see a major improvement in your household organization and most likely some extra time to enjoy yourself.
LAST UPDATED 2/24/2022
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