Mindful Living: Accepting the Never-Ending Cycle of Household Chores

Mindful Living: Accepting the Never-Ending Cycle of Household Chores

Kim R. McCormick
Aug 10, 2012

My mom keeps a little magazine clipping taped to her washing machine that reads "Laundry is a task with no end in sight." It's not exactly a complaint, but more of a reminder of a reality that we can't avoid (short of hiring a housekeeper).

I've been thinking of that line and its implications a lot in the past few weeks as I've been dealing with one particularly persistent cleanup job.

My neighbor's beautiful hot pink crepe myrtle arches over the new patio in my backyard. The view of this mature tree from inside the guest bedroom is one of the things that sold me on this house. That said, all flowers eventually drop their petals, and little rings of pink buds have been falling nonstop all over my patio. If I leave them, they make brown stains on the brick. If I clear them, there are new ones on the ground within minutes, if not seconds. I've settled on picking them up for 5 minutes or so each morning when I let my dog out and doing a big sweep on weekends. The patio won't stay clear for long, but this approach gives me a balance of tidiness and sanity.

While chores can sometimes feel Sisyphean — since it never takes long for it to be cleaning time again — Apartment Therapy has amassed methods and tips for managing these tasks. As you develop a pattern for each job or realize how quickly one chore can be done, it's just a little easier to accept that you'll be doing it again soon.

Apartment Therapy Tips For Making Chores Manageable:
Helpful Tip: Make A Cleaning Schedule
Housekeeping Basics: 36 Step-by-Step Guides To Every Chore In Your Home
Household Chores You Can Do While You're On The Phone
How to Tackle That Humongous, Unwieldy Beast of a Nagging Household Chore
7 Tips To Keep Your Home Clean (And Your Spirit Lifted)
Share Your Favorite Cleaning Tips

(Image: Magnet by Anne Taintor)

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