Get in control of your housework - Stick to a plan to keep things nice and tidy

Taking control of your housework involves sticking to a plan, says Andrea Mara

Andrea Mara gets to grip with housework. Picture: Nick Bradshaw

A year ago, when I finished up my full-time job and began working as a freelance writer, my biggest fear (apart from failing miserably, being penniless, and regretting the decision for the rest of my life) was housework. Finances would no longer allow the luxury of a cleaner, but my small window of time each morning was needed for paid work, not housework. So when would the house get cleaned, I wondered? Study after study shows that housework causes stress — and can even lead to divorce — so the stakes were high.

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