Running a can be an exhausting endeavor. Learn how to offset decision fatigue in this contributed post.
Running a well-organized home isn’t just about having a place for everything and filing away clothes neatly in drawers using drawer dividers. It’s also about reducing the mental burden of running the home too. After all, what’s the point of being organized if it’s taking up all your energy and making you stressed? Neither you nor your family is any better off.
According to research by psychologists, when men and women live together, they take equal shares of the physical work – a.k.a. the chores. But it turns out that women are far more susceptible to experiencing what has been dubbed “the mental burden” of keeping a home neat and tidy. In other words, women spend more of their time ruminating about the state of the home than do men.
So what can we all do (men included) to reduce the burden of keeping our homes neat, tidy and organized?
Tip #1: Start Anticipating Needs
When it comes to chores, we shouldn’t just “get them out of the way.” We should prepare for them well in advance. In practice, that means making sure that there’s a job that’s worth doing when we turn our minds to the task.
Keep a close eye on your laundry hamper and make sure that you’re separating whites and colored items for the wash. Also, keep an eye on the dishwasher. Once it starts to fill up, then put the cycle on – not before. Maximising the bang-for-the buck for each chore helps reduce total work time, allowing you to get on with the rest of your life.
Tip #2: Create A List
In business, there’s a phenomenon called decision fatigue. It’s something that affects people in leadership positions in companies. Every day they have to make dozens of executive decisions, and it can become exhausting.
Something similar happens in the household. Parents often end up making hundreds of decisions every day, and as a result, decisions about the chores can be a source of stress and anxiety. The solution says lifehacker.com is to create a to-do list: something which makes the decisions for you.
Tip #3: Automate
In order to eliminate the mental load of running a home, it’s best to automate as much of it as possible. In the past, this simply wasn’t feasible, but with today’s technology, it’s becoming a lot easier. According to homesecuritysystem.co, it’s now possible to get somebody else to monitor your home security apparatus, so that you don’t have to worry about it. Also, home assistants, like Alexa, can save reminders and alert you at a later date. Just a simple smartphone calendar can take over your timetable, providing you with all the information you need.
Tip #4: Get The Skills
If you don’t have the skills to run a home, you quickly find that it starts taking up all of your time. But if you’re able to coach yourself in the art of cookery or cleaning the bathroom, then what was once an hour-long job can easily be turned into a 15-minute one. Now that’s a stress reliever!
With these tips, you will beat the overwhelm of running a home. Let me know what your favorite tip is in the comments below.