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Tasks to finish before starting a difficult job?

I'm starting a demanding, wearing job in a little less than three weeks. What household and personal chores should I do now, to help make adjusting to my duties more manageable? [more inside]
posted by newtonstreet on Aug 16, 2016 - 20 answers

keeping my dagnabbid floors clean

i have painted cement floors that i can't keep clean. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Dec 10, 2015 - 10 answers

Do you do share housework or do it all as a stay-at-home parent?

I'm a full-time mom of two children, one who is in school and one in preschool 2.5 hours a day. I'm trying to keep the house clean by myself, but am wondering- what works for you if you're also a stay-at-home parent? Do you do it all yourself or does your spouse help? What kinds of tasks do you share if you do share the housework? [more inside]
posted by percor on Sep 21, 2015 - 23 answers


Help me be a grown up, part 342342: What are the solutions that have made a household chore significantly more convenient or less annoying for you? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 27, 2015 - 67 answers

Random, Intermittent Laziness when it comes to Self and Home Care

When I'm at work, at a party, going shopping, in a coffee shop - I am a ball of energy. As soon as I enter home, I become extremely lethargic to do even small tasks. If I have laundry, dishes, sweeping to do it will take me HOURS to pry myself from bed, the computer, etc. all because I feel an overwhelming lethargy, laziness to do this one task. Not doing these tasks means I live in dishevelled, messy, dirty conditions that make me unhappy. Truly unhappy. I know these tasks won't take that long. I live in a bachelor, for god's sakes! However, I find it extremely hard to get moving. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Apr 12, 2015 - 32 answers

A Formula to Apply to This Stressful Situation

I frequently find myself really stressed by situations that have much in common. Namely, when I have a bunch of things to do that are equally important, especially if they each involve going to a different place, I get so paralyzed and wishy-washy and timid that I end up doing nothing. I'll include more details about today's example, but what I really want is for someone to teach me how to fish when this comes up. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Feb 12, 2015 - 22 answers

New Mom, Overwhelmed, Needs Help in Sacramento

Help me help my niece-in-law. She and my nephew had a beautiful baby boy in July, and she returned to work full-time in December. She is feeling overwhelmed, and I am trying to come up with practical solutions to take some of the load off. [more inside]
posted by ereshkigal45 on Jan 7, 2015 - 23 answers

How Does The Average Day of Men and Women Differ?

I'm looking for some sort of examples about how the average day of a woman vs a man might differ, especially in regards to the "second shift" and household labor. I know I've seen these before, but for the life I'm not finding them. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Aug 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Max-force cleaning plan and the products to achieve it

After a tumultuous nearly two years of apartment living following my separation, my kids and I are finally moving into a townhouse. (Yay!) It's a rental, but one I hope we can stay in for quite a while - it seems pretty fantastic! I have a week between when I get the keys and when I have movers scheduled, so I'd like to take the opportunity to get the place cleaner than it's ever been. Hoping to come up with a really solid cleaning plan, and a list of all the products I need to get it done. Suggestions and tips are more than welcome! [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on May 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Is your child's allowance dependent on chores?

Hi, My ten year old daughter wants to start getting an allowance this summer when school is out. My husband and I thought about it and we thought 10 dollars a week would be good. But we are trying to decide the pros and cons of attaching the allowance to chores. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on May 5, 2014 - 44 answers

My mother asked me to do her a favour. I don't want to anymore...

My mother routinely asks me to 'check on' her place when she is out of town. This has become very burdensome for me. Details below. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 17, 2014 - 41 answers

Definitive book for Doing Things?

Is there a definitive activity book? Sort of like a cookbook, but for Activities To Do? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Nov 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Make my home a factory for living

I figure, at this point, somebody has done exhaustive operations research on pretty much all of my daily chores. Assuming I don't care about hominess or aesthetics, what does industry have to teach me about getting through all the little maintenance work of life with less time, effort, and attention? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Oct 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Why won't you do any washing up?!

How do we ask our housemate to do more around the house without sounding like a douchenozzle? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Oct 16, 2013 - 35 answers

What to do when your equal-division-of-labor spouse is too hurt to help?

My husband got into a pretty bad accident this week and will need surgery in a few days. He is at home and his pain is managed, but he can't move around much. I'm now in charge of doing everything in our house as well as taking care of him, and I'm having trouble coping. [more inside]
posted by oysters oysters oysters eat eat eat on Aug 31, 2013 - 28 answers

Dust to Dust

How can I clean dusty surfaces more effectively, so that it actually gets removed rather than moved around? [more inside]
posted by pianissimo on Aug 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Does my ideal iOS reminder app exist?

I'm looking for specific functionality from a task reminder app. I'd like to be able to schedule regular chores and tasks at specific intervals, but have the next reminder time be automatically updated at the time I complete the task. [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja on Jun 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Speed me up!

I've noticed recently that my "natural speed" for various mundane physical tasks eg hanging out washing, folding clothes, putting stuff away, and even getting out the car, grabbing my stuff and shutting the door, is slower than average. How can I get faster at these things without feeling like I'm rushing (and slightly stressed)? [more inside]
posted by pianissimo on Jun 28, 2013 - 25 answers

roommate and the balance of housework

My roommate is currently a lot busier than me. I'm unsure if it's fair to ask her to do more of the housework than she's currently doing. [more inside]
posted by colfax on May 11, 2013 - 25 answers

Remedial Laundry Study

The thing I want to wear is always in the hamper. I can't see my dresser under mountains of worn-once clothes. I never have enough kitchen towels. I have somehow made it to the age of 30 without really understanding how to stay on top of laundry. Please help! [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Feb 21, 2013 - 46 answers

Goals and To-Dos - best tools, resources?

I'm looking for the best tool to maintain a list of long-term goals and a resource for generating short-term ones. [more inside]
posted by stefnet on Jan 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for an app to track and time chores!

Which Android-friendly chore tracking/timekeeping app do I need? Some tasks should be done for 30 minutes each day. Others? Only 30 minutes a week. Is there an app with a built-in timer that I can use to keep track of my chores, and then look back over previous weeks' performance to keep track of my goals? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Jan 2, 2013 - 6 answers

I always know where my towel is: it's on the roll or in the trash

Help me reduce my dependence on foreign oil domestic paper towels. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Dec 6, 2012 - 30 answers

Cooking Woes

My boyfriend and I constantly fight about cooking. Are we both being too inflexible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 50 answers

It’s not quite Domestic Blindness... so where do you get Domestic Contact Lenses?

My partner says he simply doesn’t see some things that need to be done around the house. I believe him. He is unhappy about this; we would both like to see it change if possible. How can he learn to see what needs to be done? [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story on Nov 8, 2012 - 34 answers

The campaign for more slacking off as a family.

Are there corners to cut that we should be cutting? What tasks do you skip, consciously or not, as a family? Washing dishes? Putting laundry away? IS THERE SOMETHING WE SHOULD NOT BE DOING? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 17, 2012 - 84 answers

How to implement a token reward system for kids?

Looking for recommendations on how to implement a token reward system for a 4- and 6- year old.  If you've done this, what's worked best for you? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Oct 14, 2012 - 11 answers

What should I pay the neighbor kid for chores?

Neighbor kid wants to do chores for money. What should I pay her? [more inside]
posted by bac on Oct 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Sometimes living alone and sometimes not.

Advice for living sometimes alone and sometimes with someone I don’t particularly get on with. [more inside]
posted by sock of ages on Sep 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Pay for Not-Play?

Should my kids have to do their chores in order to earn their allowances? We are going to start paying allowances to the two oldest of our children. They will be allowed to spend only some of the money and will have to save a portion and donate a portion (we'll give them each four charities to choose from at the end of the year). However, my wife and I can't decide whether the kids should be required to complete their chores in order to earn their allowances. [more inside]
posted by Area Man on Aug 21, 2012 - 42 answers

TV to watch irons go by

I like watching light drama/90s sitcoms while I'm doing chores or want to relax for a bit. I've run out of my favourites, and there's probably a lot of stuff I've missed due to being too young or not staying in enough when they were broadcast. What next? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Aug 16, 2012 - 61 answers

Do kids do better with individual chores or group chores?

Parenting filter: I have two kids, 11 and 9. I'm a divorced dad trying to figure out a plan for their accountability for their chores when they're with me. The biggest stumbling block seems to be division of labor. On the one hand, assigning individual chores (Daughter, you wash the dishes. Son, you dry and put away) and rewarding for completion seems simple enough. But I want to teach them teamwork, negotiation, time management (who does what part first) and shared responsibility. So sometimes I say "Clean the kitchen, you figure out who does what". The latter seems better for a shared reward like a trip to the movies. Does anyone favor one approach over the other, and why? BTW they're coming from a household where their mom and I differed on how to handle chores, so they're a little used to coasting.
posted by punocchio on May 17, 2012 - 22 answers

Whose mess is it?

Cohabiting couples, how do you handle the housework? Is there a clear distinction between your mess and their mess? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on May 4, 2012 - 52 answers

Housework Blues

I'm confused about how to equitably split up housework. I am messier than my spouse, and to him this means I should do all the housework. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 - 54 answers

Fairness question about division of specific household responsibility

I am so wrapped up in a depressive period, being self-absorbed, self-pitying, self-loathing, that I cannot figure out the fair way to handle this situation, and I need input that I can't get anywhere else. I keep seesawing between feeling completely put-upon and exploited, and then feeling that I am being infantile, lazy, self-indulgent, and irresponsible. I can’t get a realistic hold on the situation. [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Apr 7, 2012 - 46 answers

Recycling Draaaaama

Apartment building recycling bin drama. [more inside]
posted by annie o on Mar 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Let's hang out ... but only at my place

Looking for advice about how to deal with spending a disproportionate amount of time at one person's house when in a relationship ... while my situation may be unique, I'm hoping others have done the dating-while-living-with-folks thing, or the dating-with-a-horrible-roommate thing, or dating-someone-who-doesn't-drive thing. I can feel myself getting resentful, and that's not fair - it's no one's fault. [more inside]
posted by athena2255 on Feb 23, 2012 - 22 answers

How can I get boring daily activities out of the way more efficiently?

I want to spend less time and effort on "maintenance" activities. What are some good not-widely-known methods, or (cheap/small) products, to get this stuff done more quickly and get back to the more interesting parts of your day? (Examples in the extended explanation...) [more inside]
posted by SpiralT on Nov 28, 2011 - 25 answers

Love and cleaning toilets

How do you balance housework as a couple, and what do you think of our arrangement? I personally don't like it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 - 93 answers

Achievement Armlocked!

RewardFilter: Inspired by the recent Habit Judo hoo-ha, what are novel and interesting ways to reward yourself ? [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos on May 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Efficient or lazy?

I wait until, I think a task needs to be done ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY or NO MORE DELAY possible to do anything. [more inside]
posted by daveg02 on Apr 27, 2011 - 23 answers

Lost in the household

How can we manage to do our chores despite working all day [more inside]
posted by jfricke on Jan 4, 2011 - 57 answers

A man does not need a maid!

I can't believe that, in 2010, I have to ask this question: How do I get my SO to share housework duties? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Oct 25, 2010 - 56 answers

Give me direction!

Do you know of an email subscription and/or website that is like FlyLady used to be? Which is to say, I want someone to email me lists of household chores to do on any given day, but without all the fluff. [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead on Jun 23, 2010 - 13 answers

Rules and Guidelines for Life

TL;DR There is still hope. They have not passed the point of no return. Help me help them change their ways and change their lives. This young family needs guidelines for life which include cleaning, cooking, finances and vehicle maintenance. I am not passing judgement because "there, but for the grace of God, go I." I am simply trying to help. Unseemly details follow. [more inside]
posted by CleverCrow on Apr 22, 2010 - 44 answers

Auntie Mame Pays the Cable Bill

What are your tricks for making everyday chores exciting? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Feb 5, 2010 - 48 answers

Should I confront my roommates?

My roommates are driving me nuts; should I talk to them about it, more than I already have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2009 - 41 answers

Teaching Children Responsibility

Please help me nip another parental failing in the bud. I want help my children be more responsible. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Sep 21, 2009 - 34 answers

Metafilter:Guidelines :: Apartment:???

What are some things you wish you knew (or were glad you knew) before you moved into your first apartment with roommates? I'm looking for methods of splitting up chores, cooking, finances, resolving disputes, and dealing with common problems.
posted by yaymukund on Aug 5, 2009 - 40 answers

washing the counter each day keeps the cockroaches away

How do you structure your chore system? I live with 6-7 other folks in something resembling a relatively new housing co-op. Some chores get done, some don't. We have agreed that we're not interested in a punishment-based system, such as paying a fee if your assigned chores don't get done. What options are available to us for keeping a cleaner home?
posted by aniola on May 29, 2009 - 14 answers

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