Life Skills Advice: Chores

There are chores you need to do in the home on a regular basis for your own and your family's 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 and 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.  Shower or bath each day.  Wash your hair at least every couple of days.  Wear deodorant.  It is worth knowing that you smell because of substances from bacteria breakdown causing an aura.  

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 settings that suit different fabrics, some are also more economical.

Check out Ariel's laundry advice, including 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 thorough clean, including the toilet.

Give the kitchen the same thorough 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 Thriveis an 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 

This YouTube video from Able Thrive shows Chris Colwell doing Laundry, finding strategies to overcome Quadriplegia.   

   

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