Image from here.
This post is inspired by a FB friend’s status – she doesn’t comment here so I won’t go into detail. She mentions dealing with work and housework in twenty minute modules. I also often use her advice which came from her Mum to never leave a room empty handed if there is something that needs to go to a different room. I find this stuff fascinating [see also Bluemilk’s post on other people negotiating their relationships].
I’m not quite as structured as twenty minute modules. I might start picking things up because having detritus all over the floor irritates me but I don’t necessarily do it in twenty minute lots. I do have a system for picking things up though – I will go through and pick up the shoes and put them away or give them to their owner to be put away, I will pick up everything that needs to be washed up, then everything that needs to be recycled, then everything that needs to go in the bin and so on. Sometimes when I’m ironing I will do three things that take some care, then one quick thing or something like that. Often when I’m using housework to avoid doing something else I will set myself a limit – vacuum one floor before starting the thing I’m avoiding, or read one chapter before starting the housework I’m avoiding.
I do enjoy the benefit of not having to count my energy in spoons, so at the moment the only limiting factor is time and my willingness to do something. So what’s your preference? Do you have a system? What makes your life easier? What have you done in the past but don’t do anymore?*
SotBO – this is just to satisfy my curiosity.
*This is from the old joke where a young woman cuts the end off the rolled roast before putting it in the oven. When her partner asks why she says because it’s the way her Mum always did it. So she asks her Mum why and she responds that it was the way her Mum always did it. So she asks her grandmother who replies “Because the roast was always too big for the baking dish”.