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My kids are young but whenever I can get them to help out I do...even if it means that it will take me longer or it won't be done perfectly. My kids are 4 years and 18 months. They help with the dishes, so while I empty the dishwasher of its plates and glasses, after removing the sharp knives, they will put away the spoons, forks and other utensils. I let my 4 year old daughter put face clothes in a stack, or put away underwear. Whenever they can help out they just love it and participate.
You need kids and some chores... :))
Sometimes I have so much housecleaning to do that I feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start. That's when I get pen and paper out and list all of the chores that have to be done. I start at the top of the list and then I cross the chore out when it's done. This way I can see my progress and it's also an incentive to finish the chores down to the last item on my list.224
I keep two lists. One is "Things to do when I'm bored," which is often the source of emotional eating for me. The list contains things like get a manicure, pick a chore, take a shower or hot bath, exercise, read a good book, etc.
My second list is my project list. AND for bigger projects, I break it down into smaller pieces underneath that, so I can at least get PART of a project completed and feel like I've done something.
These lists help motivate me in more ways than one!
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