Saturday, November 17, 2007

Daily Chores: A Simple Tip

Today's advice was requested by a man from the UK who we'll refer to henceforth as Mister K. Mister K asks:

"Dear Inari,
I find it hard to keep my flat clean. I try to clean it up once a week at least but the motivation to clean it up after six or seven days time is lacking. It just seems like too much to do, so I put it off constantly until it's been two whole weeks or more since I've cleaned house. I'm especially bad at getting the dishes done in any timely manner, putting it off until they're rank and I'm eating cereal out of a mug rather than a bowl because all the bowls are dirty. 

How can I get myself motivated to not do the things I want to do and do the things I need to do?

Mister K.

My advice to you, Mister K is not to put off house work all week so you have to do it all at once. It is a common misconception that all people do their chores only once a week and I'm not sure where it came from. That prospect would be intimidating to anyone except the most dedicated neat freak.  Instead, try doing a thing or two daily so that by the end of the week your place is nice and tidy. Doing one or two small tasks per day won't seem like as much work in the long run. As an added bonus your apartment will never reach a state of, "definitely looks dirty now -- I should clean it ASAP."

As for the dishes, I only know one person who enjoys doing dishes and I think it's because she lives someplace boring and cold. So the task and the hot water are both boons to her. I, personally, despise dishes and would eat off of the floor with my hands if it were socially acceptable. Since it isn't, I find that doing the dishes as soon as you dirty them makes the chore less daunting, as you aren't forced to chisel week old oatmeal off of bowls to complete the task. At most, if I'm really just not in the mood to do them, I put them off until the following day. Never any longer because after twelve hours or so, they just become harder and harder to clean.

Hope that helps,

RE: Daily Chores

"Thanks Inari,
That advice worked out for me. I do a couple chores while waiting for tea and it seems much simpler to keep up with. It's also less embarrassing when surprise company pops over. Doing dishes daily sort of makes it feel like a constant never-ending task, but it is easier when you don't need to hammer old crusty food from your pots and pans.

Mister K

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Some of you (I'm betting most of you actually) know me from my other blog, Blognari, which follows my day-to-day happenings and general whimsy. I draw little pictures and take funny pokes at my own absurdity. This blog will be somewhat like that blog, since that's simply who I am, but it will be mostly about helping people. Because that's something I do. I help people; friends, family, strangers, it makes no difference to me. Questions about losing weight, relationships, sex, setting a budget, getting motivated, whatever the case may be. If you have a problem and need advice, I'll provide it to the best of my ability.

What's more, I'll do it discreetly. Despite the fact that I'll also be posting it publicly on the Internet for the world to see, I'll keep your identity private. Why post your questions at all? Well, because a lot of people can find a lot of comfort in simply knowing someone else has had their same problem. That some one else shares the same concerns. Be they big or small. Sometimes you do not need advice, you need the comfort of knowing others have tread where you are treading now and made it through okay.

Over the next month or so, I'll be going through my backlog of past advice and once it's all accurately been edited for privacy reasons, I'll be publishing them. After that, I'll start working on new material. Feel free to email me for advice at any time, however. Even if I'm not publishing new articles at the moment, I'm still here to help in the meanwhile. It should be noted that I am not an expert in any particular field. I do not hold a doctorate. I am not a licensed psychologist or health professional. What I am is someone with a wealth of life experience and the willingness to share it.

If I do not possess the personal experience to assist you with your particular problem, I'll speak with someone who does on your behalf and relay the insight. I'm definitely not shy.