If you’re like me and wish you could hibernate when the weather turns cold, chores are the last thing you want to do in the winter. I don’t enjoy housework any time of the year, but it seems the only way I can get anything done this time of the year is to make it as painless as possible. Here are some of the tips I’ve learned along the way.
Power through with a TV show
The Pomodoro Technique is a popular time management method, which I often use for work projects. The concept is simple: work 25 minutes, rest 5, and after 4 periods of work, rest for 30 minutes. It works like a charm for big, one-time projects, but I’ve found this hard to follow when it comes to everyday housework. Instead, I prefer turning on a television show that doesn’t require your full attention to enjoy and work the length of the show. After the show’s over, I’m done with cleaning for the rest of the night.
Take quick breaks in between things you enjoy
There’s nothing more I like to do in my spare time than to read. So on the weekend, I split my time up between my book and chores by doing something on my to-do list every time I reach the end of a chapter. The anticipation of getting back to my book makes me speed through my tasks in no time. This also works with binge-watching. Pause between each episode and get something done!
Is there a shirt or gadget you’ve had your eye on? Don’t buy it until you’ve done something you’ve been putting off. This will also limit impulsive purchases and could save you money in the long run. But remember, you can’t buy yourself a new iPhone each time you clean the toilet, so save this for the big stuff or keep the rewards small, like an extra snack the next time you’re at the grocery store.
Only deal with the things you need
Why waste your time washing a t-shirt you’re not fond of? Why are you washing ten glasses a week when you live by yourself? Cut down on the clutter, and you will have less to clean and take care of. For tips on decluttering, check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up or The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning.
What are your best hacks to get motivated? Let us know in the comments!