By: Kurly de Guzman
Whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, with or without a household helper, we moms all have a certain degree of involvement in managing our homes. Running a household can be overwhelming, so getting organized can definitely make things more manageable. Here are some practices that moms swear by.
Schedule the Tasks
Household chores may seem endless, with laundry piling up and furniture gathering dust each day. Scheduling tasks not only gives you peace of mind that each one will get done on a specific day, but will also help balance out the workload. To schedule, it is important to determine your priorities and needs. For example, if there are children going to school, laundry may be scheduled at the end of the week to ensure that their uniforms are ready for the following week. Cleaning of certain rooms or parts of the house, which are seldom used, can also be scheduled less frequently. Start by writing a list of tasks, then plot them into days of the week.
Moms are modern-day heroes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t get help. Look for opportunities where you can get help in any form. Other than hiring a full-time or a part-time helper to do the chores or look after the kids, seeking help from your husband or other family members would ease the load too. Investing in more efficient appliances like an automatic washing machine or a good vacuum cleaner can save both time and effort.
Mombrain is real, so avoid the hassle of forgetting tasks or things by using lists. Who says planners and sticky notes are only used in business or office work? Here are some lists that you can consider putting together:
A generic grocery list of common items at home. You can use this as a master list every time you check for supplies before heading to the supermarket.
Weekly Menu. Having a weekly menu for all your meals helps you carefully plan your market and grocery needs, and also saves you the hassle of having to think of what to serve your family every day. You can also go an extra mile and have a list of favorite food/recipes that you can choose from every time you do your meal planning.
Daily Reminders. Order drinking water, call the gardener, pay bills, buy bread, PE uniform every Tuesday. These are just some reminders that we try our best to remember. Write them down on paper and place it on your fridge, or create reminders on your phone so you won’t miss it.
They say, “Different strokes, for different folks” so it’s best that you find what works best for you and your family. Sometimes, it takes a little trial and error to really see which tasks take longer, which ones require more effort, and which areas you need help on. Practices and routines may change over time as your child grows older or your work schedule evolves. So it’s also important to be open to trying new ways of doing things to adapt to changing needs. But most importantly, get the whole family involved! It’s a home, not just a house, so everyone must do their part.
Kurly de Guzman is a life coach and CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of KurlyConnects. She is a hands-on mom to an energetic boy and a furbaby. She believes that parents ought not just to teach and preach, but to demonstrate, encourage and inspire.