11 Family Chores You Ought to Cease Doing (It is A Waste of Time).


But did you know that some household chores are just plain unnecessary?

That’s what my grandmother told me when I told her that I was not doing it …

« You want to do too much, no need to do some household chores, it’s no use! »

here is 11 household chores you should stop doing because it’s a waste of time. Look :

1. Wipe clean dishes

Wipe clean dishes with a tea towel

Did you just wash the dishes?

And you hasten to grab a towel to wipe it off?

Do you want me to tell you something?

Put this tea towel back right away!

Remember that the dishes dries by itself.

The water will evaporate on its own and you just have to put it away.

Not to mention that tea towels can be sources of bacteria that you will spread on your very clean dishes …

So convinced?

2. Rinse the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher

a plate rinsed under a jet of water in a sink

Everyone wants to have clean, sparkling dishes.

So, what do we do ?

The dishes are rinsed before putting them in the dishwasher.

You too do that, like 39% the French ?

So, take note of one thing.

With the new generation of dishwashers, you no longer need to rinse your dishes before putting them in.

Well no, it’s even counter productive. Here’s why.

3. Vacuum daily

It’s tempting to vacuum every room every day to have a spotless home.

But it is useless!

Just spend it once a week in the rooms where there is the most traffic: the entrance, the kitchen and / or the living room.

On the other hand, think about take off your shoes on your way home.

They carry lots of dirt all over the house.

Of course, if you have pets and / or small children, it is necessary to vacuum more often.

But then just vacuum the main rooms.

For the rest, forget it!

4. Mop too often

It’s the same !

We are tempted to mop every day to eliminate bacteria on the floor.

But quite frankly, if you don’t have a baby crawling on the floor …

It’s wasted time!

Did you know that it is recommended to mop 1 time per week only ?

Just pick a good soil product that kills bacteria like this one.

And you are quiet.

If between two passages, you see a stain on the kitchen tiles …

A wipe of the sponge and we don’t talk about it anymore!

5. Iron all things

Ironing clothes on an ironing board with the iron

Shirts, tea towels, pants, t-shirts, sheets …

Ironing is one of the household chores which takes the most time.

Let me tell you a good thing:

I do not iron anymore since many years !

And no one ever complained about it!

How do I do ? For the shirts, I gave my husband some wrinkle-resistant shirts like this one.

He is very happy and me even more!

And for the rest, I make sure that the laundry is not wrinkled.

Hanging out the laundry properly with these tips is half the time of ironing, says my grandmother!

And for the sheets, here is my mother-in-law’s trick to stop ironing them.

6. Do one laundry per day

A person puts a washing towel in the washing machine

OK, we don’t do the laundry by hand anymore.

But it doesn’t prevent it from remaining a chore !

Do the laundry, spread it out, pick it up, fold it, put away things (and yes I don’t iron anymore) …

It takes a lot (too) long.

So I made a deal with my teenagers to limit the frequency of washing clothes.

We do not put pants in the laundry bag until they have been worn for at least 3 days, or even more for jeans.

The same goes for sweatshirts, sweaters or shorts.

Except sports sessions or special tasks of course!

Well believe me, thanks to this instruction, I do one to two detergents less per week !

I save time and I save electricity.

But I grant you, it’s more complicated with young children.

7. Clean your windows too regularly

A person cleans the panes of a window in the sun

No need to clean the windows every week!

When it rains, the windows will not stay clean for long because of the rain droplets.

And when it’s sunny, the heat from the rays will make the window cleaner dry so quickly …

That it will leave traces everywhere!

Not really the desired effect, is it?

So wait a cloudy day to make your windows.

But above all, use this trick to keep them clean twice as long.

That way, you do them in depth once a year. That’s enough!

8. Make dust every day

a library with books at the edge of the shelves to avoid dust

No need to dust yourself off every day!

Certainly, I agree with you: the dust tends to come back up a lot (a lot) too quickly.

But make the dust once a week, or even every two weeks, that’s more than enough.

First, I recommend these homemade products so that the dust comes back less quickly.

For example on computer screens or on furniture.

Then, I advise you to limit the number of knickknacks and to avoid rugs and carpets. They are real dust catchers!

Finally, also consider installing 2 doormats: one outside and one inside to catch as much dust as possible.

Want another smart trick? Push all the books to the edge of your library shelves.

That way, you can’t see the dust that settles on the shelves 😉

Neither seen nor known !

9. Clean the teapot as soon as it is dirty

A dirty teapot on a wooden table with a yellow sponge held by a hand

If you are a tea lover, you have found that tea leaves brown marks in the teapot.

And we only want … it’s to make them disappear immediately !

Don’t do anything!

Because the tannins deposited by the tea enrich the taste of your beverage.

The good news ? The principle is the same for coffee.

On the other hand, if you want to remove traces of tea in your cup, I recommend this extremely effective trick.

10. Tidy up the children’s room

A woman tidies the children's room with two small children

It’s easier to do when the kids get older.

Because the trick is to to delegate this thankless task for the main stakeholders: the children.

As long as the children are small, it is difficult to ask them to tidy their room.

But as soon as it starts to grow, teach them to tidy up their room on their own.

With this method, children are able to transform a battlefield into a (roughly) tidy room in 10 min.

11. Empty the dishwasher and set the table.

A person empties the dishwasher

No, I can reassure you right away!

The dishwasher is regularly emptied.

But I’m not the one doing it.

For a long time, I have also delegate this household chore to my children.

So is setting the table and clearing.

The air of nothing, it saves me a lot of time.

And them, it teaches them autonomy.

Everyone wins.

Did you know that kids can do a whole lot of household chores?

You just have to adapt them depending on their age.

Practice not?


And here it is, casually, you have gained at least an hour in your day, or even a little more!

One less thing to do here, another there …

And it’s free time for you to read, play sports, meditate, take care of yourself, take up yoga, knit or relax.

Not bad isn’t it?

Your turn…

Have you tried these tips to stop doing certain household chores? Tell us in the comments if it worked for you. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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