How to Save Hours of Time with Housework
If you want to live in a clean home, housework is a necessary evil. In an average 168-hour week, men and women spend about 16 to 28 hours on household chores, including cleaning, laundry, dishes and groceries.
These numbers are down from 50 years ago, and are distributed a bit more evenly among members of the household. But it's still high when you consider that most of us are spending 40 hours or more per week at our jobs, and four to six hours commuting.
Free time can be hard to come by, so try a few of these simple ways to cut your housework time in half!
1. Do your laundry in one day at the laundromat
Doing laundry in small batches all week long is actually inefficient. It may not seem so bad when you spread it out, but add up all that time, and it's more than if you had left it for a single day. Save even more time by doing it at the laundromat. That way, you can do all your washing and drying together rather than cycling through a load at a time.
If you really want to save time, most laundromats offer a wash, dry and fold service. These services are generally not that expensive, and are well worth what you get back.
2. Go grocery shopping during off-hours
Most people go to the grocery store right after work or on the weekends. If you go during these peak hours, it will take you almost twice as long than if you did it later. Early mornings may be tough if you can't return home before going to work. But most grocery stores are all but empty between 8 p.m. and midnight. If yours is open late, try going at this time.
3. Clean during the week instead of on weekends
If you wait to do your cleaning on the weekend, you'll give yourself more time to do it. If you set aside an entire day for cleaning and the whole house to clean, one task bleeds into the next and makes for one giant, daunting task. Setting aside an hour each weeknight for cleaning not only gives you focus, but distinct start and end times for your tasks.
4. Set up automatic bill paying
Automating bill payments not only helps cut down on paper, it can also free you from repetitive busywork. Instead of writing the same checks each month for utilities, you can spend your time doing something you enjoy. Setting up payments on a credit card that earns you points can give you additional benefits, but make sure to check your statements for changes to your bill.
5. Multi-task with things you enjoy
Combine boring, mindless tasks with your favorite guilty-pleasure TV show or listen to an audiobook or podcast. This isn't so much of a time saver as an incentive to pair the tasks that aren't as enjoyable with something fun. If you're entertained, you'll find yourself looking forward to doing chores rather than dreading them or putting them off.
These are just a few ways to cut chore times in half. If you think of any others, let us know. Our agents at Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson Realtors are always looking for new and interesting ideas to share with other home owners.