Hints & HELP!
submitted by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
article appeared in the September 1, 2002 Lincoln Journal
is coming to an end and with school starting families are
working to get back on track with schedules and getting
work done. Time management for getting jobs done is important.
some home/yard/car work is enjoyable, a lot is mundane and
routine. So a key to getting home work done is to have a
system. Whether that system involves a detailed list or
is as simple as lists of jobs to be done, plan ahead and
know how household work will be assigned to household members.
are basically four ways household work is done:
Do it yourself. While it may make logical sense for
the person who has the resources (time, skill, talent, knowledge)
to do it, common sense says that if one person tries to
do it all, overload will result.
Give the job away to other household members. Keys
to the successful giving away of a job include:
a. Teach the person how to do the job, including shortcuts.
b. Have the best tools, supplies and equipment for doing
c. Consider what household work a person already does.
d. Realize others may not meet your standards, but if you
have truly given up the job, accept your standards no longer
e. Praise people; let them know their work is appreciated.
Hire someone to do the job. Pay a household member
or someone outside the household to wash windows or clean
Don't do it. Apply the motto "Less is Best,"
so you have fewer possessions to manage.
let's look a specific household work categories and time
management tips to get work done.
TIPS. Develop and use a rotating menu system which can
include complete meals or just main dishes. Photocopy a
master shopping list so you just have to check off needed
items. Do only one large shopping trip each month for basics
and staples. Get everyone in the habit of rinsing dishes
immediately after use.
All family members above the age of three put away their
own laundry. Put away coats, boots, etc. as soon as possible
when entering the house.
CARE. Set a certain day as house cleaning time for everyone.
All family members over the age of three are responsible
for their own bedrooms.
the bathroom sink after each use. Clean the tub or shower
before you get out of it. Change filters on the heating/cooling
system frequently to cut down on the amount of house dust.
Keep multiple sets of cleaning supplies and equipment especially
if the house has more than one level. Keep lawn care equipment
in top-notch working order. Schedule the next routine car
service appointment each time you pick up the car left for
Run several errands at the same time. Have a morning "launching
pad" as a place to collect backpacks, briefcases, papers,
money, etc. the night before. Do as much routine shopping
(bedding, underwear, footwear, etc.) as possible by telephone
or mail. Organize important papers and records in a filing
MEMBER CARE. When supervising baths or homework, dove-tail
with other activities such as cleaning cabinets, checking
supplies, mending, list making, ironing, washing dishes,
or doing personal grooming. Use a master calendar to schedule
chauffeuring of family members.
a few minutes as a family, whether there are two or more,
to discuss work needs to be done around the home. Sharing
the tasks takes less time and you will have time to enjoy
more leisure time.
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