Housework schedule

How often do you find yourself overwhelmed by all those occupations and activities you have in your life? How often do you need to take a break, even just for a day, to catch up with the ironing, the washing, cleaning the bathroom, prepping meals for the week?

Breathe: we’ve all been there. No need to stress out: have you ever thought that, if just you were able to copy with those things one by one, your life would be so much easier? At times, the easiest hacks can have a great impact on the quality of your life: once, when I was overwhelmed by all the occupations in my life, I decided to write down a list of what I really needed to do (if you need help on writing your own list, you can find it here). I suddendly felt better: the anxiety of forgetting something was gone, and writing my list on paper made it possible for me to organize the tasks one by one.

This article is especially written for all of you who struggle with time management and getting all the little occupations in their lives done. The idea behind this is easy: break the tasks into little steps everyday, and don’t miss out day by day. If you cannot do everything you planned, don’t stress: we’re human, and, remember, your house won’t fall into pieces if you don’t clean the bathroom for once.

Housework is something we all have to do, so I’m going to use a housework schedule to provide an example of an effective list of stuff to do: you can use it too, or adapt it to your needs, adding or letting stuff out.

  • Monday
    • Wash blankets
    • Get rid of dust
    • Tidy the rooms
  • Tuesday
    • Vacuum
    • Mop
    • Take rubbish out
  • Wednesday
    • Bills and taxes
    • Check the kids’ grades and extra activities
    • Laundry
  • Thursday
    • Clean the kitchen
    • Water plants
    • Do the ironing
  • Friday
    • Clean the bathroom
    • Tidy the rooms
    • Take the rubbish out
  • Saturday
    • Laundry
    • Grocery
  • Sunday
    • Do the ironing
    • Meal prepping for the week
    • Water plants
  • Every evening
    • Load dishwasher
    • Quick tidy of rooms

This one works pretty well for me, since everyday I only have small tasks to do, and in that way I manage to run the house without overstressig. Remember that, on the same level, you can write your own lists of goals to accomplish and organize your life completely. (Check out this article if you need help).

Let us know in the comments if this schedule works for you too, and, if you have ideas to improve it, don’t be afraid to point them out!

How to treat people with mental illnesses

The purpose of this article is to help spread knowledge and acceptance towards mental illnesses and how to react to them. Too often, in fact, we don’t know how to react to people with depression or anxiety, and end up both making our friends feel uncomfortable and feeling weird ourselves.

Let’s make it clear, as a beginning, that there are a lot of different mental illnesses and that every person has their own way of feeling, and, as a consequence, even if we have had experiences with mental illnesses, we should never feel entitled to judge someone.

Here are some tips on how to act with people going through something rough:

  • Don’t judge. I don’t care if you had depression yourself, if you’re a cancer survivor or if you think you’ve had it worse. People are different and react differently, never ever should you feel entitled to judge someone you know nothing about.
  • Be open and listen if they need to talk. At times, the simple act of listening to them can make people feel valued and loved. You never know how important it can be for someone to just have a friend’s comprehension.
  • Don’t give advice if they don’t ask you for it. I know this may look like a weird suggestion, but most people with mental illnesses know what they should be doing, they just don’t have the energy to do it. Do not ever say anything like: “You just need to eat”, or “You would get over this if you went outside more often”: it’s extremely painful to hear something like that, believe me.
  • Do not belittle the problem, no matter how little it looks to you. You’re not them, remember it.
  • Don’t point out what’s worse. Some people automatically do it: when they hear of someone’s problems, they feel the need to point out that there are worse situations. Ever heard anything like: “Come on, there are literally people out there dying because they cannot get access to food”? Yeah, same. This is toxic, remember it and avoid it.
  • Do not force people into doing things they don’t feel like doing. It’s nice to be propositive, but if the answer is no, don’t try to change it. This surely has some exceptions, in particular when trying to help someone get into therapy, however, let’s make it clear that forcing your anorexic friend to eat that slice of pizza will only make the situation worse.
  • Suggest them to see a psychologist. Don’t force them into doing it, but point out the positive aspects of such a decision and be supportive if they decide to go for it. Say that you can go with them the first few times if they need to, or offer your help with calling and getting there.
  • Check on your friends once in a while. We all have a busy life, but, if you don’t find time for your friends, can you really call them so? Try to check more often on those friends of yours whose behaviour looks so weird lately, and make sure they know they can always count on you.
  • Remember not to be too present. It’s really nice if you decide to help people who need it, but don’t jump into their lives at any possible moment. Remember people need their privacy and their time alone: understand it and act consequentely.
  • Remeber about yourself. Don’t let all your energy sink into a toxic behaviour: it’s good to help, anyway, if you feel like you’re getting too involved, remember to take a step back and care about yourself.