Are you struggling to manage your home with all of the other hats you where? As moms we are chefs, taxi drivers, seamstresses, nurses, professional organizers, interior decorators, housekeepers, and the list could go on and on. It’s amazing that we are able to stay sane in the midst of it all. If you are struggling to juggle all of the tasks you have to do each and every day, then you need to create a home management system that works for you.
When you are working to create a home management system for you and your family, you have to be realistic. There is only so much time in the day and, if you are anything like me, you don’t want to spend your entire day tending to housework. I’d much rather be playing outside with my kids any day of the week!
Create a Home Management System
There are a few tips you should follow as you create your home management system.
Start with a List
What tasks are important for you to get done each day, week, or month? Make a list that makes sense for you, your home, your family, and your time. Don’t go overboard with this step. If you suffer with overwhelm, really keep these lists to the bare minimum. This isn’t just cleaning tasks. These are anything you have to do around your home to keep it running smoothly. Include things like cooking, baking, budgeting, paying bills, running errands, and doing office work. All of these are tasks should be part of your home management system.
Routines Are Your Best Friend
By following regular routines, you will notice a huge difference in the tidiness of your home. You will also notice that tasks that were once a big challenge will become much easier. Think about the task of fixing dinner. If you go to fix dinner in a messy kitchen with dirty dishes you will most likely be very discouraged. However, if you follow your morning routine by emptying the dishwasher and load it throughout the day, your kitchen should stay relatively clean.
Budget Your Time
Creating a time budget for your days or weeks will help you figure out how much time you have to dedicate to managing your home. You might have much less time to dedicate to home management than your neighbor. If that’s the case, then you will have to prioritize.
By setting a budget for your time, you can stop worrying about what to do when or that you don’t have enough time to get something done. If you put your time on paper with purpose, then you will start to see that getting things done is much easier.
Use a Binder if Your Feeling Overwhelmed
I love using binders to manage my home. They allow me to get all of my thoughts, lists, and routines down on paper. It makes things run like clockwork and allows me to not stress about what I need to do each and every day. Once I’ve set up the system, my binder just tells me what to do.
A home management binder is a great place to organize your tasks and keep track of everything you need to do. If you don’t have one set up, be sure to grab the Simply Organized printable pack so you can set up a system that works for you.
Put Organizing Systems into Place
It’s much easier to manage a home when there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. However, that’s sometimes easier said than done with a busy family. But by putting simple organizing systems into place, you will help to keep your home clutter free.
Think about the things that are your biggest stressors in your home. If it’s a cluttered countertop because of mail and paperwork spread out everywhere, add a basket on top of your fridge to hold those items until you can take action on them. If it’s the mess of toys that’s driving you nuts, then add some bins or an organizing unit to coral all of them quickly and easily. Remember that organizing doesn’t have to be super detailed to be functional.
If you are still overwhelmed by your home, check out Stacy’s course Home Management How-To. Stacy is the very funny and energetic blogger behind Humorous Homemaking and is pretty much a home management rock star. Her course has really helped me break down my tasks into management pieces so I’m not feeling overwhelmed by everything each and every day.
What’s your number 1 tip for creating a home management system?
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