18 Responses to “How to Enjoy a Chore-less Weekend”


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  1. We are living with less and prioritising our family time. To maximise our weekends and spend less time in the house doing chores (even if you haven’t any, you can find them at home!) we’ve decided to ditch the house as much as we can at the weekend and camp.
    Outdoor time is important to us. By camping it means we ‘ll be sharing a small space with minimal things…few chores apart from washing dishes etc after we eat…and we’ll get some great outdoor quality time together!

  2. I am a big fan of “good enough.” We live in a house, not a magazine.

  3. We used to try and have a “family fun day” on Saturdays. I think it would do us well to get back into that habit, after we move. Downtime is seriously underrated.

  4. For the last year, Saturdays have been our chore days. Shopping, cleaning, tidying, errands. I also work full time (40hours), so resent losing a whole day at the weekend to maintaining our living space.

    Some good ideas here in the thread, but coming home to a messy house after time away is too stressful for me. I think a daily habit of picking up and cleaning as I go is the solution!

    I would so love a chore-less weekend! :)

  5. Amy

    This is a big one for me. Working FT and trying to finish my first novel leave little time for household chores, so I spend much of my weekends tidying. Starting to resent the place that I love because of the maintenance involved in keeping it up. Time to revamp for a different approach. Excellent timing with this post, thank you!

  6. We definitely value our time over a clean house, but the main way we keep it in any semblance of order is, as you suggest, just doing a little at a time during the week.

    The biggest mess for us is the kitchen, so I made a little chart of one thing to “deep clean” every day. That way it only takes about 10 minutes at a time.

  7. Dropping the perfection is really the key. Nothing can stay perfect and it becomes a constant endless battle where no one is happy. Learning to love the dirt a bit is a true key to happiness.

  8. Courtney! Thanks for such delightful reminders! Tammy and I love sitting at lunch for hours and then at tea. We leave the phones in their bags and simply talk. Once in a while, we write down a worthy idea on a note pad. Yeah, they still sell those for goofs like us;) Chores get bumped more times than not.

  9. I used to think running through my day was the way to feel good about myself – if it wasn’t at work then I was doing it at home with cleaning and “getting things done.” Now that I have decluttered, I have less “stuff” to dust, and the stuff I do have is just fine with a little dust. Now that I don’t have a lot of decorations, I can move faster with my dust cloths and not break anything!

  10. Gerard

    Good post, so good that I shared it on My facebook and google+.

    I could easily talk on each point, but I’ll spare Everyone of that… this time:-)

  11. andrea

    one of the major reasons i started reading minimalist blogs and simple living blogs was for motivation to just get rid of all the stuff that i had accumulated over the years. for the past 3 months we have been off-loading tons of things we just don’t need, it was like a switch went off. now i want to get rid of *all the things*. and now, our world is actually beginning to look a little bare-bones but it is fantastic. AND even though it was my main goal, the amount of TIME i am saving on a day to day basic just *maintaining* our place is really unexpected. there are still chores, and we try to do 10 minutes a day each (we set a timer) to do something other than cook/dishes/laundry. that leaves weekends remarkably freer.

  12. I’m very skeptical about such a thing as a ‘chore free weekend’ but I am definitely going to start practicing several of your tips here to attempt it. Thanks for a really cool post!

  13. Natalie

    Every night I would come home from work at about 10pm and spend an hour loading our dishwasher and then the following morning, unloading it and then loading it up again. A month ago I went through my kitchen cupboards and now my kitchen only holds enough plates and cutlery for one per person in our family. The extra dinner sets etc…have been stored in the buffet for now for when we have guests etc…but this will slowly be decluttered as well.
    Since doing this, I have not used my dishwasher at all and now when I get home from work, I hop straight into bed with a good book. I can’t believe how simplifying my life has made it much more enjoyable and rewarding!

  14. One of my biggest accomplishments this June has been turning OFF the TV and using my week nights to get things done, like laundry and grocery shopping, so I don’t have to worry about doing it on the weekend. It’s been so freeing. Next step-keep decluttering to make it even easier!

  15. Patty

    Trisha’s comment says it all. We forget sometimes with all the media and TV shows that “we live in a house not a magazine”.

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