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Chapter 13. Dirty Dishes and Other House... > Home Squalid Home - Pg. 135

Dirty Dishes and Other Household Chores 135 · Have a routine.Putting regular and seasonal chores on your monthly calendars and daily plan- ners will help you get things done without having to live in a constant state of worry. Having a routine for when you do household chores is the key to getting past the "I don't feel like it" excuses. · Connect with people and information.Delegate chores to family members or roommates, hire someone to do them, or even just have someone keep you company while you do the chores. Connect with the information you need on how to get things done so that you can't use lack of knowledge as an excuse. Books, Web sites, and TV shows are filled with household tips. · Chip away.Because much of household procrastination is based on simply not enjoying a par- ticular task, the chip-away technique is especially useful because it's a way of getting things done little by little so that you almost don't even realize you're doing it. You'll read examples of how this works throughout this chapter. · Play trick-or-treat.As with the chip-away technique, playing tricks such as "beat the clock" and rewarding yourself for getting the job done are particularly useful when the job is one that you just don't like doing. Don't forget that before you can put these techniques to work, you have to stop, look, and listen so that you squash the impulse to procrastinate and start taking action. Home Squalid Home The holy trinity of household chores has to be tidying up, cleaning up, and cleaning out. By tidying up, I mean collecting all the random items that end up scattered around the house while you're busy living in it and putting them in their places. Cleaning up is that thing some people do to keep germs, dust, mildew, mold, bugs, and even rodents