I like to cook and find it relaxing. I am not a gourmet chef and typically don’t cook meals that take long than 1/2 an hour to prep. I find that I can kind of zone out into the details of the task. It doesn’t happen all of the time, but most of the time once I am started I enjoy the task.
Cleaning on the other hand, I typically avoid. The two tasks has several similarities. Both:
- Require attention to detail
- Incorporate movement (fine or gross motor)
- Have to be redone on a daily and weekly basis
I think if I could find more ways to make them similar I might like cleaning more. What’s the difference?
- Home cooked meals have immediate feedback (kids/husband like not like) while cleaning often goes unrecognized
- Spend less time cooking than cleaning
- Cooking smells better
- Cooking forces me to stay in a small area and I’m less likely to get distracted
- Kids are willing to help with cooking
Let me know if you see any similarities or difference. It may be simply a frame of mind theory. If I think it is meditative and peaceful, then I will enjoy the task more.
Enjoy your day!
The goal for the week is to finish tasks that I start. I tend to take breaks and not get back to it until much later. More often than that is that I get distracted. I start emptying the dishwasher and decide I should load the washing machine or read to the kids or make a phone call. Then it’s remembering or having time to return to the dishes.
I remember reading about if you don’t have time to do it now, when will you have time to finish it. The task may take less time, but there is less satisfaction in completing a partially done task than in completing a new task. There is a different feeling between taking care of the dishes and making the kitchen look okay and giving it a deep clean.
Speaking of finishing. There is a load of laundry that is calling to be folded.
We went out Friday night and had a sitter for the kids. We cleaned the house so that it would look good and she wouldn’t have to step over any major messes. The side effect is that now the house is mostly clean before the weekend. I still have to vacuum, but it feels nice to know that the basics are done. We have people coming next weekend as well so I will have to keep it clean. Maybe my husband picked that weekend to try to help me get into better habits. I suppose there is always more to do, but at least I will be doing different chores.
I remember feeling like something was wrong or that no one liked me if I had some free or unplanned time. I hated the uncertainty.
I am so excited for a lazy weekend. As an adult, I’ve learned to appreciate the slower moments. Catching up on the chores and doing mundane tasks seems relaxing and productive. We had two great family outings last week filled with foods, friends, and shows. Mix that with the fact that a new school year is upon us and comes along with changes. The busyness has shifted from I have to work out and clean to I GET to take time to focus on the house and routines. Hopefully that motivation will stick around so that the house can progress from scary to my normal to clean.
Enjoy your weekend, whatever you choose to do.
I downloaded an app for creating shopping lists on my phone. I honestly have stopped using it for that task since it is more effort to add items and remove items than it is worth. I find I either write a list using a grocery list pdf or go without the list.
I have found that I like the app for recurring tasks and lists. I have made a list of people I want to keep in touch with and will cross it off when I see them or call them. It keeps me from forgetting to call someone or not knowing who to call when I have a bit of free time.
I recently made a list of reoccurring chores. I’m hoping that it will help me clean ALL of the house rather than just picking my favorite chores and doing those over and over. I’m trying to use strategies that have worked for me in the past and using them again. I am also seeing if I can apply a similar strategy to other areas of my life.
Whenever I have time off, I debate whether it is better to get the basics done well or go for novelty. Part of me loves being able to tell people when I return the exciting things I did over my time off. I love trying new things and seeing the kids have new experiences.
The other part of me feels like getting a head start on the basics allows me to relax more once the pace picks up. There is something satisfying about having a clean house and food ready to go. Unfortunately, it never feels like that clean feeling stays around very long. I can put in effort and have nothing to show for it.
I think today I’m going to try for at home novelty. Cleaning the house, cooking more complex recipes, playing longer games, and maybe a craft or a fort. Then tomorrow I can try for an away from home adventure.
I’ve developed a new theory for washing dishes. I used to think it was easier to do a large load of dishes at once. The problem was the bigger the pile became, the more I avoided doing dishes. I usually ended up needing to fill multiple sinks full of water to get the job done.
I’m hand washing dishes when I have 3-4 dishes that need to be done. I let a few items soak while I work on a different chore. I wash the dishes until they are done or the water gets dirty. When the water is dirty, I wash off the first layer of dirt off the dirtiest pots and pans. Then I save what are left of the dishes for another day.
The plan is nothing spectacular, but it’s happening. I know I should wash dishes the moment they get dirty and wash all of them until they are done, but that is not happening at this point. Babty steps. Now I have to put all of these little tricks together to make a clean house.
I’ve found that I like having a day at home and a day away. Yesterday, I had a day of organizing and laundry. I did not have an agenda. I did not accomplish everything, but I made a good start.
Today I’m hoping for a day of shopping and groceries and out and about. Had I thought about it, I would have picked the rainy day to be out and about. Luckily I am washable.
Here is what I’m hoping to get (in no particular order):
birthday presents ( At least a start for 2 presents I needed to buy–one is done)
- book for book club
- trip supplies
- plastic totes
school supplies (not done, but a dent)
sports bra (Found the one I wanted on sale—bought 3)
Whatever else falls in the cart (movie for tonight)
Errands went well. I will make the last few stops later in the weekend. Nice day out about. Now to pick up the children.
I have decided that today is all about the kids. Playing with them and getting them involved in activities. I am still doing the basics on house work and spending time on my own, but the main focus is engaging with them.
Since last night, we have . . . .
- made strawberries sundaes
- went to the splash pad (me too)
- played a phonics and letter game
- played with indoor snow
- had lunch outside
Nothing horribly fancy, just simple joys. It’s nice to have a focus and get to other stuff as time allows. The other part that is nice is that I have learned that I can’t completely take off from housework. I make my life harder later if I avoid dishes and laundry and basic cleaning for another day. I snuck in the dishes before going to the splash pad and am on my way to put in a load of laundry.
Have a great day!
My car is clean. Not just free from toys and books for work. Free from dirt and grim and spills. It looks so much better.
This chore was not on my list of things to do, but my husband suggested it. I’m so glad we did it.