Generally, housekeeping is the responsibility of homemakers and traditionally the women of the household were responsible for that duty. In the last ten years a shift towards father’s staying at home has slowly changed the atmosphere of homemaking but regardless of your gender, running a household can be stressful. Successful home management is achieved through proper planning, implementing and directing of ideas.
Implementing ideas for efficient home management can be difficult for busy parents. But, being organized and attentive to details regarding family’s home, office, school, and community demands can make housekeeping easy, effective, and economical.
Here are a few ways to get organized at home and add zest to family living.
Six Tips for Effective Home Management
Before assigning chores to family members, the busy parent must first classify the housework into two housekeeping categories. Families can organize tasks according to urgent and important and important but not urgent. A daily to-do list is also helpful for setting the ideal amount of time for each task. However, housework listed as urgent and important must be the priority. For establishing effective home management the first step is taking away or leaving behind tasks that are less important and staying focused on urgent and important tasks.
One effective time management tool for busy homes is delegation. Delegation is the ability to assign specific task and responsibility to each family member. Delegating certain tasks can reduce the number of household chores for each parent. Assigning chores is the easiest way to get organized at home.
It has been said the most effective homemakers reshape home management by interweaving chores, their role as a partner and parenting. Grouping similar activities allows focus instead of bouncing back and forth. Time is precious and time management is a major source of stress for all busy parents. Twenty-four hours is never enough to care for family, home, and business. But with multitasking, you can focus on multiple tasks, like breastfeeding and supervising children’s homework while blogging.
Plan the weekly menu ahead of time with easy healthy meals that require four to six ingredients at maximum. Take the crock-pot off the shelf and put it to use to make casseroles. Also, there is nothing wrong with serving instant mashed potatoes or frozen dinners for everyone when time does not allow traditional cooking. Finding tools and tricks to help you get the dinner on the table more quickly, allows you to use that time for other projects. TIP: Instant pot recipes are a great way to save time cooking dinner!
Lead like a leader
Homemaking is a hard and stressful job and it is expected that parents will make mistakes including when budgeting, marketing, planning and cleaning. It’s important to not allow small blunders to interrupt your overall home management. Avoid spending time wrestling with things you can’t control or worrying “I should have done this.” Keep focused on the tasks at hand.
Use time wisely
If you have a full house and a limited number of bathrooms, consider establishing a wake up schedule that allows everyone individual times to use the facilities. You can modify wake times so that members can use the bathroom or kitchen without conflict. Kids who start slow should wake up first and can use the extra time by preparing their own lunch for school. Time management is utilizing resources effectively and delegating tasks that can be accomplished by competent family members.
Implement house rules
When you have a million things to do, wasting hours in front of the TV can destroy the entire plan. Consider TV a reward for completed assignments and tasks, for both yourself and your children.
Effective home management is important for work at home moms to gain control of their homes, their families, and their lives. If failure happens, a reminder to do better next time is necessary to keep the busy mom going and not give up. Eventually, home management that keeps the house clean and safe, does not compromise family health, and promotes family responsibility and teamwork will find its way home to the busy moms.
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