Managing your home isn’t something they teach in school. So when many of us hit the adult world, we can struggle. We think we know what’s involved, but when it actually comes to doing it, it’s a lot more effort than we imagine.
The good news is that effective home management is easy, so long as you adopt the right strategy. Here’s what you need to do:
Master Your Meal Prep
Meal prep can sometimes feel like a massive chore. That’s because it is. It takes time to make quality meals that you can eat throughout the week.
The solution is to batch cook on a Sunday (or your day off) and then freeze meals in containers. This way, you can whip up quick lunches and dinners for when you are on the go.
When you prepare meals, make many portions ahead of time. If you are in a rush, you can make individual meals for both you and your family. You can then take them out of the freezer on the night before and then warm them up in the microwave.
Create A Maintenance Calendar
Do you know when your next AC repair is due? If not, you’ll want to create a maintenance calendar. This shows you when you need to get certain jobs done instead of waiting for things to break. Once you have a timetable, you can better plan your expenses.
Get A Grip On Your Laundry
Do you sometimes feel like your laundry is out of control? If so, you’re not alone. It’s not always easy to manage.
Many homeowners adopt the “load a day” strategy. They put one load in the wash daily and then process it in the evening. This way, they can produce a continual supply of clean clothes for themselves and the rest of the family.
Label Your Items
If you have a lot of clutter in your home, then labelling can really come in handy. Putting labels on everything lets you create an organizational system to let kids know where they can put their homework, store toys and get something to eat.
Consider laminating your labels so that they last longer by buying a home lamination kit. You can also print out labels on stickers using a regular printer.
Place Baskets And Bins In Every Room
You would be amazed by how much difference placing empty baskets and bins makes to rooms. All of a sudden, people have a place to store their junk. They no longer have to rely on either taking it with them or throwing it away. And once it is in a basket, it will allow you to figure out where more storage is needed.
Declutter In 10-Minute Bursts
Spending six hours decluttering is a lot of work and often feels quite draining. But regular 10-minute bursts are the opposite. With these you can get on top of clutter daily and prevent it from building up too much.
If your home is already messy, you can do the classic “weekend purge”. This is where you throw away all the things that you no longer need and you tackle it in bits and pieces. You can also try tackling one room at a time so that you can see the results of your efforts more quickly. And before you know it, you’ve done your whole home as long as you don’t give up.
Are you currently decluttering your home? I missed the whole Spring cleaning season because I was quarantining and cooking, so now I am going to catch up for Autumn and Winter. Have you used any of these tips to de-clutter your space?
Until our next rendezvous…