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Unbelievable! Spend the Least Possible Effort on Daily Chores – Surprising Revelation!

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Unbelievable! Spend the Least Possible Effort on Daily Chores – Surprising Revelation!


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  • I use wisdom from my grandfather to save time and avoid being overwhelmed by daily household tasks.
  • For example, when folding laundry, don’t put it back in the basket; just put it right in the drawer.
  • This is an adapted excerpt from “Chaos to Calm: 5 Ways Busy Parents Can Break Free From Overwhelm” by Jenna Hermans.

Grandpa Saul’s Time-Saving Wisdom for Household Tasks

My grandpa Saul, who grew up in Kolkata, India, with limited resources, taught me valuable lessons on efficiency. Despite his modest living conditions, he took pride in keeping his few possessions neatly folded and organized. His advice, which has served me well over the years, is to touch an item as minimally as possible. Here are some examples:

  • When unpacking groceries, skip the staging on the table and put them right into the pantry from the bag.

  • When folding laundry, avoid putting it back in the basket; instead, place it directly in the drawer.

  • Reduce repetitive thinking by limiting the number of times you dwell on a topic. If action is required, schedule specific time to address it to reach a conclusion efficiently.

Complete Easy Tasks First to Lighten Mental Load

Another nugget of wisdom from Grandpa Saul is to prioritize easy tasks to free up mental space. By completing these tasks promptly, you eliminate future burdens. For example, when returning home after a trip, unpack, run the laundry, and fold while enjoying a family movie or your favorite show to ensure a well-stocked wardrobe for the week ahead. Don’t procrastinate on essential tasks, as tackling them while tired can be counterproductive. Get them done and minimize mental exertion.

Tackle Laundry Efficiently with a Simple System

In my household of six, laundry can quickly become overwhelming. To manage the never-ending task, we affectionately named our laundry pile “Tim.” Here’s a simple system to streamline laundry:

1. Leave a hamper of dirty clothes by the door as a reminder to start laundry.

2. Before leaving for work or dropping the kids off at school, start the first load in the washing machine.

3. Upon returning home, transfer the load from the washer to the dryer before attending to other tasks.

4. Find a time that suits you to fold the laundry, making it a pleasant experience by watching a show, movie, or listening to an audiobook.

With this system, you can ensure five loads of laundry are completed each week. By establishing a routine, you’ll no longer stress about the overwhelming presence of Laundry Tim.

This insightful approach to managing household tasks is a snippet from Jenna Hermans’ book, “Chaos to Calm: 5 Ways Busy Parents Can Break Free From Overwhelm.”

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