5 (Typically Weekly) Chores You Can Skip When You’re Busy

updated May 4, 2019
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Give yourself a break when things get overwhelming and let go of that “I have to do it all” feeling. As long as you don’t let any extended cleaning breaks slip into a comfortable habit, there are some chores you can ignore every once in awhile. Here are five you can skip when you’re busy…

Wanna know what we think are the chores you should never skip?5 Chores You Should Never Skip (Even if You’re Busy)

Totally okay to skip on the weeks you’re really busy:

1. Mopping

Unless you’ve got kids who are doing their own regular “mopping” — only with sticky food across the floor — you can skip the mopping for a week. In the meantime, just spot clean any spills or stains with a rag.

2. Scrubbing the shower

I know that taking a shower isn’t technically cleaning the shower, but I mean, it’s pretty close. If you find that you want to skip shower duty a lot, consider “spray and walk away” cleaning solutions that do the cleaning for you, and definitely trim your shower liner so it doesn’t bunch up and get gross so that the weeks you do skip don’t set you too far behind.

3. Taking out the trash

As long as it’s not overflowing or filled with dirty diapers or raw meat, shove it down a bit, spritz it with your odor neutralizing product of choice and get on with your busy life this week.

4. Doing laundry

Ensure you have enough sheet sets and undies so you don’t have to do laundry every week and adopt a more relaxed attitude when it comes to clothes you only wear for short, un-sweaty moments in time.

5. Organizing your entryway, dining room or coffee table

Tuck it all away for one more week! You’ll have to be extra vigilant next week to make sure these spots don’t get out of control (and don’t exactly let them become completely lawless zones) but you can tuck stray items in a drawer to hide them and forget for one more week.

What’s on your chore skip list? What’s okay to miss on your busy weeks?

Re-edited from a post originally published 5.11.14 — TW