One aspect of parenthood that is often most overwhelming is the task to manage your household. Our to do lists are often so long that we usually end the day feeling stressed about what we did not get finished.
Don’t you wish you could set some tasks on automation and without thinking they just get accomplished? Yeah, me too.
While I can’t offer a solution as great as a self-cleaning house, I can give you 5 tips for more efficiently managing your household.
Taking the time to plan and prepare for the week ahead of you will allow for extra free time to spend with your family, accomplish long-term projects or even just a little quiet time to yourself. How nice would that be, right?
Make ONLY 1 trip to the grocery per week.
For some of you this is easy and for others it seems impossible to only go to the store once in a week. Not only will this tip save you a ton of time (especially if you are traveling with kids each time) but also a lot of money.
Please tell me I’m not the only one that comes out of the grocery with a few unnecessary items. 🙂
My sister and I make this trip a weekly sister date. Typically, we like to plan for Sunday nights.
Some time on Saturday I will take inventory of what is needed and plan out a week worth of meals. I will look at the upcoming weeks’ agenda and make sure that I’m planning ahead. For example, on the night we travel to gymnastics I make sure to plan for a crock-pot meal like this Taco Chicken Bowl. That way I’m not rushed when I get home to put a meal on the table.
Buy in bulk when possible.
It’s not possible to buy everything in bulk but some things like toilet paper, napkins, laundry detergent, etc. can easily be purchased only once per month. Cottonelle Clean Care Mega Rolls is a great product to buy in bulk. The larger the roll means fewer times changing the toilet paper roll.
Make sure everyone is doing their part.
I tell my kids all the time that I am not here to serve them and I am NOT their maid. Can I get an amen? There are 5 people living in my house and it is crucial that everyone is doing their part. Everyone helps carry in the groceries especially after a big Wal-Mart trip.
My oldest daughter is learning to unload the dishwasher, my son helps water the plants and my youngest helps take dirty laundry to the laundry room. My husband and I share different roles around the house as well.
It not only helps accomplish the necessary tasks around the house but also gives each of us a sense of ownership in the home we are creating.
Plan, Plan, Plan ahead!
I cannot emphasize this point enough! Without planning you will likely find yourself chasing after the week as it flies by. I hate that feeling.
I like to take a little time every weekend to survey the week, plan meals and a grocery list, make sure everyone has the necessary things they need (particular clothes for a special event, sports camp attire, school projects, etc.).
It is inevitable to have little surprises during the week but the fewer surprises the better!
Try to begin each week with a fresh start.
There is nothing worse than carrying over last weeks’ messes into a fresh new Monday. Sunday afternoon or evening is always a prep time for me. Finishing the laundry, cleaning the house, grocery store and early bedtimes for the kids are always a top priority.
Waking up Monday morning with a clean house, empty laundry baskets, well rested kiddos and a fridge full of food really sets the tone of the week. The weeks that this doesn’t happen I of course manage but I just can’t seem to catch up. So, I really try to make this happen as much as possible.
I hope these 5 tips for managing your household help manage your household more efficiently. What works for some may not for others so you may need to tweak a few things or add more or less routines to really perfect your style.
I’d love to hear from you and what tips you use to maintain a well-managed home. Let me know in the comments below.
And don’t forget your coupon for Cottonelle Mega Roll!
Have a great week!