Running a home is one of the biggest challenges that you can ever undertake. But it’s one of those things that we all have to do when we have a family to take care of. If you don’t take care of things, the chances are nobody else will. It’s a tricky task, but, luckily for you, I have some tips that will help you out.
Here are all the things you need to do if you want to keep your home running smoothly.
Start the Day Early
For you to get everything that needs to be done in the day done, your day needs to start early. Sure, we’d all love to roll out of bed at 10 a.m, but that’s not a good way to run your household. When you have a school run to take care of, it’s vital to give yourself enough time to get yourself and the kids ready. It’s certainly not the most fun that you will ever have. But you will only be making the whole task more difficult for yourself if you are getting out of bed late. Then, when the kids are at school, you will be able to get on with all the other tasks that need to be taken care of.
Set an Example
When you are running a family home, what you do around your kids suddenly become very important. They pick up on all the things that you do and they look to you for guidance as well. So, you need to keep this in mind when you are running your home. Setting a good and positive example for them is vitally important. This is most important at the start of the day. You have to be the one sitting down with them and eating breakfast. When you do this, they will be more likely to do the same. Yes, it might be tempting to eat it on the go when you are rushing around. But it’s must better for everyone if you sit down with the family and start the day together.
Make To-Do Lists
This might seem like something that is a little old-fashioned. But the reason why so many people still make lists of the things they need to do is that they work. When you have a solid list of tasks, it becomes much easier to visualise and plan out the day ahead of you. When you are not only trying to get things done, but also remember all the things that you need to do, your job becomes very difficult. And there is no sense in making your difficult job even more difficult than it already is, I’m sure you’ll agree. All it takes is a pen and a piece of paper, so try it out.
Do More by Doing Less
Sometimes, doing more means doing less. That will probably sound like one of those ridiculous and meaningless things that people say. But allow me to explain because it actually makes perfect sense. When you are trying to do lots of things, most of us instinctively multitask. It’s just what we do these days. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a good thing. In fact, it could actually be a very bad thing. You should aim to do one task at a time if you want to get things done and done properly. When you rush things and juggle multiple tasks, you run the risk of doing lots of jobs badly. And that’s not good.
Clean As You Go
Cleaning is one of the main household tasks that we all have to take care of. It’s also one of the most hated household tasks out there. There are not many people in the world who enjoy cleaning things. And those that do are a little weird to tell you the truth. So, it’s perfectly normal that you put this task off. But you could actually minimise the amount of cleaning and the time it takes up by cleaning as you go. By this, I mean that you should clean as soon as something happens. So, if someone drops some food on the floor, don’t be tempted to leave it until later. By doing it straightaway, the mess and dirt are usually easier to tackle.
Keep a Book of Useful Contacts
Let’s face it; there are all kinds of things that can go wrong in the home. These problems tend to come when you least want them to. But rather than despairing when something goes wrong, you should confront it and find a solution. You need to make sure that you are always prepared for the worst. You can do this by keeping a book of contacts that has phone numbers of tradesmen that can help you out of your problem. So, you should have the numbers for refrigerator repair people, car mechanics and plumbers. These are all people that you might need the help of in the future. Don’t hesitate; make sure you start putting these contacts together now.
Stop Saying ‘Yes’ to Everyone
If you’re one of those people that are always trying to be helpful and not putting on a brave face, you probably say yes to everyone. But, sometimes, when you need to get the important things done, you have to learn to say no to people. You can’t lend everyone your time when you have very important things that are also demanding your time and attention. This is simply one of those facts of life. So, don’t be ashamed of it. And you can say no to people in a way that is polite. You simply promise to get back to them when you can.
Make Sure Everything Has Its Place
In a properly organised home, everything should have its place within that home. If you have items that are simply left lying around, your home will become messy and disorganised. So, you need to make sure that everything that you own in your home has a place in which it can be stored. There are lots of small storage solutions that you can come up with when you are looking for places to store things. For example, you could install more shelves or use the insides of cupboard doors as places to store things.
Plan Meals in Advance
If you are the designated chef in the household, this takes up even more of your time and your energy. There is nothing worse than arriving home after a busy day and then wondering what to make for the family’s dinner. It’s a huge stress for many parents, and that’s why so many of us turn to unhealthy solutions like takeaway food. But this is not what you should be doing if you want to raise your family in a healthy way. Instead, you just need to plan out each meal in advance. That way, you will be taking away the hassle of making a quick decision at short notice.
Create Time for Yourself
Just because you are a parent or head of the family, that doesn’t mean that you should spend all day worrying about others. Every one of us also needs to have time in which we can do things we want. If you haven’t got time to yourself, maybe you should look at new ways to run the home. It’s only fair that both parents do their fair share of the work. When the home and childcare duties are shared equally between the parents, it’s much easier to find time to spend alone and do what you want to do.
Keep the Bedtime Routine Strict for the Kids
The kids’ bedtime might be one of the most stressful times of the day for many parents out there. When you have a child that is refusing to go to bed at the right time, it can be very frustrating. And when you allow yourself to get frustrated with the situation, the whole ordeal just becomes even worse than it is. So, that’s why you should get in the habit of having and upholding a strict bedtime routine as early as possible. If children get used to this kind of thing when they are young, they will stick to these habits as they grow up. That’s good for everyone.
Prepare for the Next Day
When you have a busy day ahead of you, it is always a good idea to prepare for it in advance. This allows you to jump straight into the challenges of the next day as soon as you wake up. This could mean preparing for everyday things like getting the kids ready for school, for example. If they’re young and they still need a lot of help getting ready, you could get their clothes and school bag ready. That makes the whole task of getting them ready for school easier when everyone is rushing in the morning. We all know what those busy morning routines can be like, so anything that makes them easier can only be a good thing for the family.