I have never been, and never will be, a cushion plumper.
Actually that’s not true, I do plump the cushions for practical reasons – so they are more comfy. But for a long time I have used this expression to explain that I do not spend an inordinate amount of time on household chores.
So, here’s the conflict.
Sometimes a little voice suggests that maybe I should be more houseproud.
Then the counter voice replies ‘a clean house is the sign of a wasted life’.
The rational part of my brain then interjects and reminds all the other voices that my house isn’t ‘dirty’ it’s just not immaculate. And doesn’t always run smoothly.
Yesterday I was talking with a male friend (this affects both men and women!) about how when you work from home (as we both do) there’s an unrealistic expectation of being able to keep a perfectly tidy and clean home while running a full-time business on your own. Then there’s the school run to consider, the meals to cook and unexpected visitors popping in.
Keeping on top of chores does not come naturally to me, and I gain little satisfaction from the process (although I enjoy the end result), therefore it’s imperative that I find ways to simplify the chores I do have to do.
It’s a work in progress. I’m looking to develop systems in each area.
But there’s always room for improvement and advice.
I’d love to hear about how you simplify your chores and reduce the hard work of house work.
If you’d like to read more about work/life balance and chores then this is a great article on Making The Case For A Messy House