Managing your household successfully is essentially to maintaining order and structure in your day-to-day life. If your household is a mess, it can affect other areas of your life, such as your relationships and career. When things start spiralling out of control at home, however, it can be overwhelming and difficult to get things back on track. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to ensure your household is always under control.

Time Management

The first step to successfully managing your household is to have excellent time management skills. Excellent time management skills will allow you to spend time with your family, clean the house, eat properly, dedicate yourself to your work, and even have some personal time. Unfortunately, many people do not have great time management skills. While there is no secret tip to become great at managing your time, there are several things you can do to improve your time management skills. Start by making lists. This can be on your phone, laptop, or written down and pinned on the fridge. Make sure they are attainable – nobody wants to see 30 items on their to-do list. Prioritize what is important and set aside time to get it done. You should also set deadlines. This can range from projects at work to mowing the lawn. Setting deadlines and meeting them will make you feel great and show that you are capable of managing your time. Don’t be afraid to delegate responsibilities. Managing a household is a tough task, one you can’t do on your own. Get your partner, your children, parents, and friends to help out if you are having a tough time. Lastly, don’t waste time. While it is important to have personal time, there are many moments throughout the day where small tasks could be accomplished. For example, if you are waiting at the doctor’s office, you may be able to write a grocery list or send an important email.

Essential Apps

In today’s age of the internet and Smartphones, it is easier than ever to use technology to help you. There are many apps out there that will help you organize your household, particularly when it comes to cleaning and daily chores. One of the best apps is HomeRoutines. It allows you to break down your chores by days of the week, and by time of day. It also has a feature called “Focus Zones”, which divides each room of your house into a certain day for cleaning.

Mother and baby in home office

Mother and baby in home office

Chore Pad is another popular app, aimed more towards families. Parents can add their children into the database, and assign chores for each individual person.

Schedule ‘You’ Time

When it comes to managing your household, it can be extremely overwhelming and time consuming. It is very important to schedule time for yourself. If you have young kids, you may find that you come home from work only to have to do more work, whether it is cooking, cleaning, or other things along those lines. This can lead to high stress and cause you to burn out. While it is important to have excellent time management skills, and not waste time, this does not mean that you do not need to have personal time. Try to schedule at least half hour to an hour a day for “you time”. This can include going for a walk, going on the internet, watching television or a sports game.