Everyone needs a home management system. Yes, even if you live on your own. Why? Because it’s the easiest and most convenient way to stay on track with your household obligations – laundry, cooking, cleaning. Also, by using a household management system, you will be making life easier for yourself through routine and organization. I first started using a system like this when I got married a little over a year ago, but recently I’ve noticed that my system could use a little work. So, I’m working on creating a new one. The thing with a system designed to help you manage your household duties, is it takes time to perfect and get in the flow of things. However, once you do, the results and benefits are phenomenal.
I am not a self-proclaimed guru on this subject, but I have discovered how to manage the home (on most days) without feeling totally overwhelmed. That said, I am not going to go into detail regarding my new and improved home management system (yet). First, in this post, I want to ensure you’re prepared by providing you with 5 quick and easy pieces of advice. It doesn’t have to be daunting, you don’t need 10 notebooks, and you definitely don’t have to “have it all together” (who does anyway?). All you need is the will to get started.
Where to begin:
- Set up a cleaning basket/caddy. Seems like a silly idea to start with, but it honestly makes a world of difference. I find that having all the cleaning supplies in one easy place makes cleaning much easier to get through. You can take the caddy from one spot to another without having to run back and forth from the closet.
- Create a must-do check list and hang it inside your pantry or somewhere you access often. This check-list should contain all of the daily household chores you want to get through for the day. For example a simple starting list could be: Wipe down counters in kitchen, scrub down sinks in bathroom and kitchen, rinse the toilet bowl(s), take out the trash, wipe down stove top, put away clean dishes and reload the dishwasher, vacuum, and clean up clothes (dirty ones into hamper and clean ones into closets).
- Find a role model. I personally am enamored with Nikki Boyd from the YouTube channel AtHomeWithNikki. She is incredibly inspirational when it comes to organization and home style. She gives practical advice on how to make housekeeping chic and pleasant. Having someone who inspires you to get organized and scrub the house down is a fun way to help yourself stick to your goals. When we’re too busy or too tired or too lazy to get some housework done, watching a YouTube video or reading a blog post or scrolling through Instagram can motivate you.
- Set reminders on your phone to help keep yourself on track with certain tasks until a routine gets established. For example, set a remind to put the laundry on. When you’ve likely forgotten about it (say you’re watching Food Network and lost track of time, a common problem I face), your phone will remind you that you forgot about your laundry.
- Buy a book on minimalism or decluttering or both. Honestly. Reading about getting rid of stuff and being gently encouraged by the author to declutter your house and live a simpler life is one of the best things I can suggest. It has been immensely helpful for me, in fact I’ve just ordered two more books on this topic, which are a little Christmas gift to myself. A book I suggest which touches on minimalism without being overbearing is called The Joy of Less by Francine Jay. A book strictly on decluttering and organizing which I recommend for easy, humorous and realistic help is Real Life Organizing by Cassandra Aarssen.
I hope this has helped you feel a little better about getting those pesky household chores done and finally cleaning out that mystery drawer in your kitchen.