Conquering Housework, One Landmass at a Time

Life is a balancing act. For a mother, whether working in the home, out of the home, or as a keeper at home, that balance can easily become overwhelming. What do you do when the mountain of laundry becomes too high or the chasm of dishes too deep? How do you best serve your family under such extreme conditions? As I climbed the peak and plunged into the abyss, I formed this list.

  1. Do Nothing. If the cleaning fairies should show up, feel free to send them my way next.
  2. Make a list of everything that needs to be done. This can be in free form or in order of importance. After making the list, you have two basic options: return to #1 or go on to #3.
  3. Begin to conquer your list. Do you follow a system when you do housework? Are you more of an attention deficit cleaner? Find your groove, as long as you are able to cross things off the list – cross them off as done, not just cross them off for fun.
  4. Enjoy your accomplishments. Reward yourself with a break between the big tasks. After all a job well done deserves a celebration!


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