We all have tasks or "chores" that we must complete on a daily basis. We all know that these "chores" suck. Most of the time I find myself rushing to throw in a load of laundry before I run out the door or quickly throwing my sink full of dishes into the automatic washer before company comes over. While these modern appliances are helpful, I have found that in my life when I simplify my everyday tasks and stop rushing, that I enjoy them more. Seriously? Enjoy housework? No way! :)
Way! By simplifying my tasks I mean by going back to the way things used to be done, when there was no rush and no quick fix. I must say that there is something fulfilling about doing work with my hands. While, yes, I do use my hands to toss dishes into the automatic washer it's just not the same. I used to loathe these chores, the dishes go in, the dishes come out, the dishes get put into the cupboard. Its systematic, but put me in front of my sink with an open window in front of me, a cool breeze and a moment with my thoughts and suddenly I don't hate it anymore. There is just something about simplifying my everyday tasks that I love.
After finding that I actually enjoy doing things "old school" so much better, I started looking for other ways to de-modernize my life. Each time I ditched a modern appliance and did things the way they used to be done, I found myself creating joy. Here are several of the ways I have changed my chores from mundane tasks into something I actually enjoy.