Sometimes the simplest of actions can make such a huge difference in the way your home is managed. I’ve learned a thing or two about this from running a cleaning and home management company for over 15 years. And I want to share the secrets I’ve learned so you too can bring your home management skills to the next level.
Once you implement these tips your home will immediately become more manageable and much easier to navigate moving forward. You’ll reap other benefits as well, but most importantly you’ll have a home that allows you to be relaxed knowing everything is in its place and not forgotten.
Are you ready to take your home management skills up a notch?
9 WAYS TO BRING YOUR HOME MANAGEMENT SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Before we dive into the nine ways you’re going to up your home management skills so you’re hitting it out of the park, remember that everything takes time. I read somewhere that it takes 21 days for a new habit to be formed. Using the cleaning calendar above is an excellent way to ensure you remember all the tips and strategies that will take your home from where it is now to a place where it will be neat and tidy and stay that way even longer.
First and foremost to have a home run smoothly, it needs a system of organization. You need to make sure that each room in your home is organized and free of clutter. This takes time and can be overwhelming, particularly if you are unsure as to where to start. You can tackle it one of several ways.
- You can tackle one room at a time
- You can declutter in 10-minute increments
- You can do a weekend purge
No matter which way you chose to go about decluttering your home, check out the many resources available to make the job easier.
Head to your local Dollar Tree for organizational items that are affordable! My house is full of baskets and bins from my local dollar store and does make organizing my space simple and easy. Without a clear organizational system, you won’t be able to up your home’s cleanliness because you’ll have too much stuff collecting dust.
BASKETS AND BINS
I love using baskets and bins for storing items in each room in our home. You can add labels to the outside, so everyone in the home knows what belongs in what bin. Place them inside cabinets in the bathroom for toiletries, kitchen for cleaning supplies, drawers for organizing all the do-dads you own, in the laundry room, office and more. There is no shortage of ideas on Pinterest for helping you design a storage and organizing system that will work for your family.
Labels are a great way to keep everyone in the know about where things go so you can maintain your organizational system. Tags help kids know where to store their toys, where to put their homework, what to grab for a snack. Labels work well in the bathrooms, kitchen, bedroom, and any other area in your home where you want people to put things in a particular spot. If you have younger children, use stickers to identify where items belong.
A LOAD A DAY
Trying to improve your home management skills mean you have to get a handle on laundry. Piles of dirty laundry bring your home management skills down a few notches. Here’s how to combat this issue.
Establish a firm load a day habit. Look, we all hate to do laundry, and if you have a big family, it’s even worse. But the reality is ignoring this one simple habit can really create a mess in your home. It doesn’t take that long to load the washer (5 minutes maybe 10 if you have to spot treat some clothing), load the dryer – maybe 10 minutes if you have to hang a few items and 10 minutes to fold. 30 minutes total spread out over the entire day. That’s not too bad really when you break it down, is it?
TO DO LIST
Using a list is the smartest thing you can do if you want to up your home management skills. Why? Because as things happen (run out of cleaning supplies, need to have the vacuum serviced, need to call the repairman for the washing machine) instead of trying to commit them to memory, your to-do list will help to keep you organized and not overwhelmed.
Download our done for you To Do List and experience the difference in how organized you feel!
CLEANING CHECKLIST/HOME MANAGEMENT ROUTINE
For a home to up its cleanliness, it means certain tasks must be done daily. This includes:
- Making beds
- Doing one load of laundry
- Wiping down surfaces after use
- Handling paper/mail as it comes in
- Putting clothes and shoes away after use/or at the end of the day
- Handling clutter immediately
- Emptying the dishwasher in the AM
- Cleaning the kitchen after supper
You might have other chores you want to be done daily. Great, put them on your cleaning calendar, so you don’t forget them. The point here is that to improve upon your homes cleanliness, you have to be doing small but simple tasks each day. This way nothing gets completely unmanageable.
And, get your kids to help.
Check out the Daily Home Mangement Checklist that helps you to manage all your daily to do’s. Cleaning, meal planning, and To Do’s all in one spot!
Keep a calendar or planner to keep track of all the appointments, school activities, and important information. Review your planner each morning so you never forget something crucial. Get in the habit of writing in it regularly. If you’re out and you make a meeting or appointment, create an alert on your phone so you remember to write it down when you get home.
If you really want to up your home management skills, mastering meal preparation is key. There are many ways you can go about this. One of the services I use to help me manage meal preparation is $5 Dollar Dinners, Freeze Easy, and My Efficient Kitchen. These affordable and easy to use systems developed by Erin Chase has completely transformed how I manage the dreaded questions, “what are we having for dinner”.
Her systems walk you through a variety of ways to menu plan and shop so that you’re feeding your family in the most efficient and least expensive way possible. Using her systems helped me to carve off $500 a month of our grocery bill. Not too shabby, right? That’s a $6000 savings per year!
No matter how you go about it, prepping your meals and knowing ahead of time will save you time and money. You won’t be rushing to put something on the table or worse, ordering out every night because you haven’t planned. Doing that can be a budget buster.
The motto in our home is “You live here – you help out.” It’s not just one person’s responsibility to keep the house clean and stay on top of household chores. Each person in the house should help to keep the home in order. Maybe a young child can help bring laundry to the washer and dryer, someone can unload and load the dishwasher, takes out the trash. Designate chores to fit each persons ability and age. This way they know what they are required to do, and on what days. This can take the load off of you having to do it all yourself – because nowhere does it say it’s only your responsibility.
NIGHT TIME ROUTINE
Prepping at night is key. Make sure things are picked up for the night, clothes are laid out for the next day, lunches are prepped and ready so that in the morning everything runs smoothly. The more you do at night, the easier it will be when you are in a hurry the next day. Make sure you have your kitchen clean so you can start breakfast off to a good start in a clean environment. Clean up before you leave for the day, so you won’t have to tackle the mess when you return and you’re trying to get dinner on the table.
Becoming a master of home management and upping your skills in this area can easily and readily be done by adopting these 9 simple habits. None of them are all that difficult but will make running your home super easy because you’ll be organized and efficiently managing every aspect of your home.