Posted Jan 20, 2016
10 Daily Tasks that Make Life Easier
I’m sure there’s a person out there who just loves to do chores. I’ve never met this mythical creature, but like narwhals and pink fairy armadillos, I’m confident he or she exists. However, people who enjoy these menial tasks are few and far between–for the rest of us, chores are the terrible thing we have to do to continue to feel like adults. Luckily, these 10 chores are easy to do every day (provided you actually do them every day) and can actually make life easier:
1. Make Your Bed
I know – what’s the point of making your bed if you’re just going to mess it up later? Although you are going to unmake it later in the day, having it neat in the meantime does make a difference. Your bedroom will feel cleaner and more organized, which will make you feel more on top of things.
If it helps, think of making your bed every day as a meditation on the cyclical nature of life: Though things become unmade, we must move forward and make them again.
2. Pick Up Floors
Of all the messes that can sneak up on you, cluttered floors might be the most insidious. I’ll get it tomorrow, you think. I’m not just gonna leave a bunch of stuff lying around on the floor. But then you don’t get it tomorrow, or the next day, and it isn’t until you twist your ankle stepping on a video game controller that you realize you’ve let it get out of hand.
Avoid slowly turning your apartment into a fire hazard by tidying up the floors every night. If something is on the floor that isn’t furniture or a rug, put it wherever it belongs.
3. Do Laundry
Doing laundry is a lot like eating – if you forget to do it for too long, you’re probably going to start to feel nauseous. It’s also unlike eating in that it’s terrible and no one wants to do it, but some things in life are unavoidable. Doing one laundry task each day, alternating tasks. For example, you wash and dry on day one, and you iron, fold, and put away on day two. This routine will stop you from dedicating an entire day to the worst chore ever. It will also prevent you from having to come to terms with just how dirty you’re willing to let your clothes get before you give in and wash them.
4. Clear Your Desk
Whether you work from home or have a desk at the office, it’s easy to let it get away from you. When your desk is a mess, you’re more disorganized and less productive. Spend the last five minutes of every work day getting all of the papers on your desk in order, and throwing away or filing anything that doesn’t need to take up desk space. If you know what your first task will be the next day, you can even go a step further and set up everything you’ll need to get started right away.
5. Wipe the Stove
Spills and splatters are a natural part of cooking, but leaving them behind is a recipe for disaster (pun totally intended). Grease, sauce, and stray bits of food that make their way on to your stove can basically get cooked on if left over time. This makes it about a thousand times harder to remove than it was when it first landed.
Once you’re done cooking and the stove has had a chance to cool, give it a quick wipe to get rid of any food products that made their way onto the cooktop. This will make life easier in the long run.
6. Make Tomorrow’s Lunch
Preparing tomorrow’s lunch the night before will save you tons of time in the morning. Instead of scrambling in the morning to toss together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you can use your free time in the evenings to make a great meal.
Even if it’s as simple as putting the leftovers in the appropriate-sized container, it will still be way easier when you’re not trying to rush out the door.
7. Put Things Away
Having all the right storage containers and designated drawers can only do so much for your organizational skills. The next (and hardest) step is regularly and consistently putting things where they’re meant to be. Whenever you get something out, make an effort to put it back where it came from – even if it means going out of your way.
Tossing something in the nearest drawer once or twice really isn’t a big deal, but building a habit will unhinge any organization you’ve made in the past.
8. Take Out Trash
If you currently only take out the trash when it’s full, do yourself a favor and make it a daily task. You’ll get a ton of benefits from adding this to your everyday routine. First of all, your garbage bag is a lot less likely to get too heavy this way, which makes removing it painless. Secondly, when you throw out trash every day, you decrease your likelihood of developing pests. Flies, roaches, and rodents all love garbage, so you should get it out of your house as soon as possible.
9. Do Dishes
If you have a dishwasher, your best bet is to run your dishwasher at night and unload it in the morning. This way you get all of your day’s dishes done in a single sweep, and you don’t have to bother with unloading the dishwasher when it’s time to load it again.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, try to commit yourself to washing dishes as you use them. This will prevent your sink from filling up with dishes and starting to look overwhelming. Whatever you do, don’t put it off for more than a day – bugs and rodents love dirty dishes, too.
10. Do One Rotating ‘Weekly’ Task
Come up with a list of tasks you’d like to have completed every week, and try to tackle at least one of those tasks each day. These will probably take a little bit more time and effort than your daily tasks, but it will be well worth it. By distributing your weekly tasks throughout the full week, you don’t have to dedicate an entire day off to chores.
To make this as simple as possible, try to identify which of your weekly tasks are still short and simple. If you don’t have a ton of windows, then maybe spraying and wiping down the glass is a quick job. If you only have one or two rugs in your apartment, you might be able to knock out vacuuming in 15 minutes or so. When you get these done during your week, you can dedicate your weekend to enjoying your time off.