- Managing a household and home economics is usually a mother’s primary role. The overwhelming stress of getting everything done can be daunting, and sometimes you don’t know which way is up.
- Did you recently venture out on your own and get an apartment with your child’s father? Random question I know, but there may be someone listening so I’m going to continue.
- I had my first child at the age of 22 and lived in my mother’s house, where I was not the head lady in charge. It wasn’t until after having my 2nd child at age 29 that I stepped out to raise my children in a two-parent household with their father. Not only was I responsible for the daily care of the children, but I was also now in charge of EVERYTHING in the household.
- I had to figure out how to manage my home while being a mother and a wife who worked a full-time job. After 10 years of managing my own household, I’ve been able to outline a few key points to help as you embark on this journey. Keep reading for the scoop.
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What is Home Management?
Home Economics was one of my favorite classes in high school, but the real thing is not always fun. Back then I had no idea how much work actually goes into managing a household. Cooking and cleaning are just the basics.
Managing your home can include planning, organizing, and coordinating everything necessary to keep your family alive! Planning daily meals, keeping track of doctor’s appointments, birthday parties, school events, and paying bills are just a few tasks that fall under home and household management and can vary based on your unique situation.
How To Get Started with Home Management
Start by making a list of all the household responsibilities that belong to you and group them by category. For example cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping.
To keep yourself from complete burnout, also make a list of what everyone else in the house is responsible for. This tip comes from personal experience, I pride myself on being a “Super Mom” by doing everything, which usually leaves me flat on my face by the end of the day.
If you are like me and have a partner and two bigger kids, make sure you allow them to join in the fun of household duties.
After listing out each family member’s tasks, create a schedule to keep track of when these tasks need to be completed, and do your best to make everyone stick to it.
Tips for Success with Home Management
- Establish a work/life balance that works for you and the family.
- Use a colorful planner, for example, The Happy Planner.
- Create some organization to ease overwhelm. I can’t function in a crowded or messy space. For example, I prefer to have the kitchen decent before I cook a meal.
- Don’t feel bad if you fall off schedule sometimes. Do the best you can!
Common Questions About Home Management
- How can a working mom keep a clean house?
- How do you plan a meal for a family of 4?
- How do you balance motherhood and work?
- Can you be a good mom and work full time?
The Last Thing You Need to Know About Managing a Household
The job never ends. Some days you may not know which way is up, but having a standard operating process to lean on can help you get it together.
I’m curious to know where you are in your journey, leave a comment below and let me know how long you have been in charge of keeping your home in order and feel free to email me if you have tips to add to the blog, I would love to share them.
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It surely was helpful when you said that home management also involves planning daily meals, keeping track of events and appointments, and paying bills on time. My grandparents live alone with a few maids in their big house, and since they’re already old, they can’t oversee everything properly by themselves. I’ll have to hire a house manager from a reliable staffing service to be in charge of this from now on.