What Is an Automatic House?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your house automatically stayed clean? What if that was the default? Wouldn’t it be nice if it was unusual to have things out of place? Well, that’s what an automatic house is! In this article you’ll learn how to create a carefully planned weekly chore routine that will set your house on automatic.
An automatic house is an amazing gift that you can give to yourself. It creates a peaceful atmosphere for you to live and work in. Everything is more enjoyable and relaxing in a peaceful atmosphere. Take this matter into your own hands and set yourself up for success!
An automatic house works because you commit to a consistent process that keeps everything clean and tidy all the time. It’s a bit of work up front, but it really pays off in the long run.
Weekly Chore Routine
The first step you’ll need to take is summoning all of the tasks you need to complete in order to maintain a clean home. Do a bit of brainstorming, and really think of all the chores you should do each week. It’s okay if this list is disorganized. You just need to get it all out there, in the open so that you know what you’re dealing with.
For example, your list might include:
Cleaning the kitchen
Cleaning the bathroom
You might have a lot more chores than this, or some of these might not apply to you. Write your own, custom list to fit your home and your life.
Order Your List
Now you’ll organize your list so that it’s easier to work with. Sort your list into two categories: tasks you need to do every day and tasks you need to do just a once or twice per week.
Cleaning the kitchen
Cleaning the bathroom
Reclaim the Tasks that Truly Make a Difference
At this point, you should pause and careful consider each item you currently have on your list. Are each of them necessary? Only keep those chores that really make an impact on the state and cleanliness of your home.
Are there any of the tasks that you particularly dislike? Perhaps with some introspection regarding the benefit the chore provides you, you might be able to find some gratitude for that chore within yourself. However, if you continue to dread a particular task, consider how you might be able to either go about it differently or avoid it altogether. If you dislike mopping, perhaps you could find a different type of mop that makes the chore easier. If you dislike doing the laundry, perhaps simplifying your wardrobe would help make the task quicker.
Or you can outsource. You could assign a specific chore to your child or partner, you could have a maid come once a week, or you could purchase a Roomba.
Transform Your Home
Now you’ll create the schedule that will set your home on automatic. Assign each of the weekly chores to a specific day of the week, so that you have a plan when each of them will be taken care of.
Sunday: Clean the Kitchen
Tuesday: Clean the Bathrooms
Wednesday: Clean the Kitchen
Saturday: Change the Sheets
On each day of the week, you’ll complete the assigned chore, as well as the daily chores (dishes, sweeping, tidying).
For your home to truly be automatic, you should also decide on a specific time each day (preferably the same time every day) when you’ll do your chores. You might plan to always do them first thing in the morning, after breakfast, after dinner, or before bed. You’ll want to pick a trigger activity: something you do without fail that will serve as a reminder. For example: after breakfast, or before you go to bed.
Completing your chores at the same time each day make it much easier for it to develop into a streamlined routine. This is helpful because you’ll be harnessing the power of habit, you’ll find it easier to remember to do your chores, and you’ll become much more efficient, saving lots of time.
Enjoy the Dramatic Change
Especially during the first few weeks of your new chore routine, be careful to take the time to be mindfully present while you work and grateful for the positive changes you’ve made. Being intentional in these ways will create emotional imprints that will empower you to continue to maintain an automatic house into the future, and will create significant joy. Won’t it be wonderful to find JOY in your chores?!
Determine to Keep Your House on Automatic
Taking the time to really enjoy your new routine will do most of the work for you, but you should still respectfully make a commitment to yourself to be consistent. Without a serious commitment, you will only continue with your routine as long as it’s feeling enjoyable. If you have a bad day, or just happen to feel disinterested (“My house is clean enough… I don’t need to do chores.”) then you might start skipping days and lose the valuable habit you’ve created.
Make a commitment to yourself to be consistent even when you don’t feel like it. These chores are only going to take you 20 to 60 minutes each day. You must be determined to stick with it, and do the assigned chore each day. Even if the floors don’t look dirty, sweep them anyway. This prevents work from piling up in the future, overwhelming, or distracting you.
An automatic house is a wonderful place to live. Everything is so clean and tidy all the time. Environment makes a huge difference in your emotional state and joy of life. Please do the work to give yourself this beautiful gift. You’ll say Thank You later. I promise.