Tackle Any Home Maintenance Problem
Look around your house- could it do with looking better? As parents, we have a lot on our plates. Sometimes, we may lack the motivation for home maintenance and house-cleaning duties.
We live in an age where we have too many things to do, and not enough time to do it.
When it comes to the house duties, while it makes us feel a sense of accomplishment, what can we do to make sure that we actually make time for them?
Put Tools in Place to Make Everything Easier
Working smart instead of working hard is key. By making everything easier, you learn to take control of the schedule.
Think about it in terms of productivity.
Start to think about household duties and those all-essential maintenance jobs in a manner of productivity. Finding smarter ways around the problem, you’re going to reap the benefits with increased downtime.
You can hire people to do small fixes around the house, but this is quite an expense. Instead, think about preparing for a task, rather than learning on the fly. With regards to DIY duties, there are numerous YouTube videos that can help you.
If you think about appliances, your kitchen has many. Making sure there are Fisher and Paykel spare parts for your dishwasher and other appliances that get daily use is a good idea.
This ensures that you are on top of every eventuality and are prepared for the unforeseen.
You should also think about getting the actual tools in place. A toolbox is an invaluable investment because you will get good use of it.
Plus, you’ll have that wrench for when there is a burst pipe at 3 in the morning!
The more you practice, the better you get. The next time you go back to the task, you will do it in half the time.
Assess the Duties in Order of Priority
Effectively accomplishing any duties means looking at the house as a whole. Then prioritizing everything in a certain order.
You may think that cleaning the house is a bigger priority than a minor leak, especially if it makes you feel better. But, these little issues, especially the ones that we don’t necessarily see, need to take priority.
Perhaps there’s a watermark on the wall that belies something that, if left unattended, could cause a lot of damage to your home.
This is where you need to get a plumber in, or the relevant pro, so the problems are addressed.
You’ll also find that when you start prioritizing, you will find things that can wait. A very good example is rooms that you seldom use. If you’re one of those people that really like to deep clean your home every single week, you have got to start thinking about working smart instead of working hard.
Sometimes, that spare room can gather junk. If it really is eating away at you, setting aside a day on the weekend is a plan. You can install shelves and start to organize the junk.
Put a Schedule in Place
This is the easiest way to make the most of any insurmountable task. A schedule is something that can be broken, but it’s all about getting into the habit of doing tasks.
When you are looking at painting a room, it doesn’t have to be one task, but it can be broken down into numerous ones.
This is crucial if you don’t have time to do the whole room. Breaking down each task makes it more manageable. A schedule will help you stay on track.
A lot of people start a job in the house, and don’t finish it for months, if not years afterward.
Putting a schedule in place, even if it means painting one wall, then another one a week later, and so on, means that you are going to keep at it.
The same could be applied to cleaning the house. A lot of people like to clean the house from top to bottom. Then, it gets messy within a couple of days.
It’s better to clean one room at a time, or clean as you go. This is especially true for rooms like the kitchen that have more people running in and out of it.
Divide the Responsibilities
When we think about household duties as individual tasks, we’re not working to our advantage.
Dividing household duties into specific categories will give you a better handle on the overall responsibility. Allowing you to complete them effectively.
You’ll get better at DIY and maintenance with practice. Over time, when these issues come up again, you’ll be able to do them with ease.
Sometimes we can fall into a pattern, and one person is responsible for certain things.
If you have fallen into a rut, and nothing seems to get done in a decent time frame, swap places.
This will help to make life a lot easier. Especially when you both feel you are doing a lot around the house together.
Cut Down Time-Consuming Tasks
Take a look at the most time-consuming tasks. One of the biggest tasks is making food. But when you are working a full-time job, this is easier said than done.
You can use helpful appliances like crock pots that can be put on in the morning. When you get home, there is a meal ready for you upon your return. The right tools will make everything easier.
Things like handheld vacuums, the dishwasher, and various hacks around the kitchen can help you be productive. This will give you more time to spend with the people that really matter.
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In the grand scheme of things, focusing on the things that really matter, is important.
For example, spending time with our children is important. If we spend most of our lives cleaning the house, we miss out on a lot.
If you work smarter, not harder, you’ll be living your best life sooner than you think.
How do you handle a home maintenance problem?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.