I saw this on the ravelry.com website. You must have a login ID for view, but the original article is here: http://www.ravelry.com/twir/84/25-ways-to-cut-back-housework
I can say that these are definitely cute ideas if you have munchkins running around. :)
*Use a every flush toilet bowl cleaner. Sure it makes the water blue, but you don’t have to think about it being dirty all the time.
*Have cereal for dinner once a week. Choc full of vitamins. Let everyone know ahead of time to pick their favorite cereal. Saves you oodles of prep time.
*Use paper plates for a week when you have to finish that special UFO.
*Pay your teenager to grocery shop for you. Make them spot the sales. It is a great learning experience. Saves you the shopping, packing, driving and unpacking time!
*Barter with the teen for a handknit…..he wins for sure!
*Hang those towels up and reuse them a few times. After all, you are clean when you get out of the shower.
*Invest in a dark colored kitchen floor. No one needs to know how dirty it is but you!
*Clean the kitchen on the first of the month and don’t let anyone use it AT ALL for a week. This will keep the kitchen spotless. TV dinners were meant for a reason after all.
*Invite people over if you must and close all your doors except for the room you are forced to entertain in. Make it the kitchen. See * 8.
*Serve hot dogs once in awhile. Ketchup is a vegetable….
*Hire a cleaning service……I didn’t say these were all cheap ways to gain more knit time.
*Put the dog on the treadmill while you knit next to him.
*Put the kids on the treadmill while you knit next to them.
*Put the significant other on the treadmill while you knit next to them.
*NEVER clean unless someone is home to see it and appreciate it.
*Spray the shower down with cleaner a half an hour before you get in.
*Teach your kids to do their own laundry early in life. My kids did all their laundry once I read that Martha Beck taught her child (with Downs Syndrome) to do anything he could once he was capable……
*Consider a container garden…. easier to weed.
*Soap the car up right before a thunderstorm. (yes I have actually done this!!!!!)
*Cut the grass less frequently…it discourages weeds when it is longer.
*Keep a broom handy, it is less daunting that hauling around a heavy vacuum.
*Ask people to take off their shoes in the house…. they can show off their handknit socks.
*Invest in a Furminator. You wont believe it until you use it. I’m a believer.
*Find an orthodontist that your children can walk themselves to…….you’ll swear you live in that place otherwise.
*Tell your son he needs to learn to cook if he wants to be a fireman….(don’t they all at one point?)