Life Skills Advice: Chores

There are chores you need to do in the home on a regular basis for your own and your families wellbeing and hygiene. Consider writing a schedule and a rotor and involve everyone. As a basic indication this includes:

Daily Chores 

 Have a set routine and order written down to follow so you do not forget chores and you stay focused. Do the cleaning in a set order consider what motivates you like listening to music as you clean. Re-award yourself after cleaning the house. 

Clean the Kitchen: This means wash the dishes, wash the counters, clean the microwave and the hob with cleaning products. Clean up any spillage and keep the kitchen tidy being mindful of germs. Store cleaning products together out of the reach of children.

Keep the home generally tidy with lots of storage and items related kept together.

Give the bathroom and sink a wipe with antibacterial wipes.   

Make your bed

Prepare daily meals 

feed animals

Be mindful of your personal care such as washing each day, looking after your oral health by brushing your teeth twice a day. Show or bath each day. Wash your hair at least every couple of days. Wear deodorant. It is worth knowing you smell because of substances from bacteria breakdown causing an oar  

Weekly chores

Try doing a certain number of chores once a week on a set day. 

Dust the house

Do the laundry being mindful of washing instructions, understanding the symbols, sorting the colours.  Some fabrics like silks need hand washing as they are delicate. Be mindful of different wash setting that suite different fabrics, some are also more economical

Check out Ariel's laundry advice includes steps, how to sort clothes and washing symbols   http://www.ariel.co.uk/en-gb/how-to-wash/how-to-do-laundry 

Iron clothing that needs it. It is worth being aware that some fabric needs less ironing 

Give the bathroom a more thorougher clean including the toilet 

Give the kitchen the same thorougher clean including the floor, cabinets and all appliances. 

Clean out the fridge checking used by and best before dates and checking including cleaning up any spillage 

Vacuum the floors

Wash sheets 

Check supplies like cleaning products and toiletries noting down on a shopping list any items in low supply

Water any plants, look after the garden

Do the recycling and take out the rubbish 

Keep track of your finances and pay your bills keeping to a sensible budget so you do not over spend and get into debt.  

Able Thrivean American site as part of their life skills section look at chores and the personal strategies people use for example if they are in a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury. There are lots of videos giving strategies for different chores http://ablethrive.com/life-skills/chores

   

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