The easiest way to tackle household chores? Get caught up and stay caught up.
I’ve been able to stay on top of things (more or less) by making a simple chore list to follow during the week. Once you get into the groove, it won’t take you much more than 20 minutes to accomplish most days’ chores.
Monday – Laundry, Groceries
Usually I’ll throw a load of laundry in, then head to the grocery store. By the time we get home, it’s time to switch loads.
Tuesday – Bathrooms
Wipe down all surfaces, clean all the places no one ever likes cleaning, make sure there’s toilet paper stocked – you know, all that glamorous stuff.
Wednesday – Kitchen
Wipe down the inside of the microwave, clean out the crumbs from the toaster, de-clutter the counter, make sure that last week’s leftovers have been thrown out or frozen (if it’s not too late).
Thursday – Dust, Sweep + Mop Floors
Dust the TV and bookcases, sweep the kitchen and dining room and give it a quick mop.
Friday – Vacuum, Water Houseplants
Give upstairs and downstairs a quick vacuum, water houseplants.
Daily – Dishes, Go through mail
Staying on top of dishes and mail is key! They tend to be the worst culprits for piling up fast and bringing you down. I try not to go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink.
Obviously some days are busier than others and a particular day’s chores might get skipped. Sometimes I’ll try to make them up the next day, other times I may just skip those chores entirely for that week - but trying to stick to this schedule as much as possible means that even when you skip something it’s not hard to pick up the slack the following day or week and catch back up.