You gotta love em…OK, maybe not. After all, they are C-H-O-R-E-S.
Why have they gotten such a bad wrap? Is it simply because they are required tasks that are not fun? (Sounds like some people’s description of work.)
And who says they cannot be fun? Where is that rule written?
I’ve never seen it. In fact, I do everything I can to make chores a joyous occasion. We crank up the music, sing and dance our way through mopping the floor, challenge ourselves against the time when picking up and putting stuff away. That doesn’t sound like something bad, does it?
Truth be told, I do hate chores!
. * I hate that I have to scrub the toilet every week. Eww, that’s just gross.
. * I hate mopping the floor (although I probably hate the waiting until its dry more).
. * I hate vacuuming (although I love the ‘vacuum lines’ when finished).
So, why do I insist on doing them if I hate them so?
Because it improves my health, physically and mentally, and my overall wellbeing. I feel good when they’re done. It’s amazing how clutter, lack of organization, and dust plays with your wellbeing. It took me a while to understand the importance my environment plays in my health. And I’m sure the same is true with you, whether you are aware or not.
Even small changes can positively affect your wellbeing.
My favorite thing is spending 5 minutes a day putting things away. (I know, it doesn’t sound like much fun – but it really makes all the difference in the world – trust me!) When I first started, I literally set a timer. I would race the timer, pick up and put away as much as I could. I’d then stop and look around, acknowledging my accomplishment (this is an important step when beginning a new habit – it reinforces the positive outcome).