12 Time Management Tips For Homemakers

 

 

My Dear Homemaker

The star of this letter is TIME, the ever elusive entity. There is one thing we have to realise, we can’t manage time. We have to manage ourselves, to make the best use of our time.  Here are 12 management tips for homemakers, to master the time monster.

It is not necessary to achieve them all at once. Select the most important ones to manage your daily tasks. Keep the rest in mind, it might come in handy at a later stage.

 

I once read this story about time management many years ago and it had such an impact on me that I would love to share it with you.

12 Time Management Tips for Homemakers

  Prioritise Your Time

Time management, story of the profesor the Glass Bottle, Rocks, Stones, and sandA philosophy professor, once, decided to teach the students some valuable lesson about Time Management. This is one of such Moral Stories on time management to teach the value of time. So he stood before his class with some items on the table.

When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a big and empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in size. He then looked towards the class and asked the students if the jar was full. They all agreed to it that it was full.

So the professor then moved to pick up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar gently. The pebbles, of course, rolled through the gaps between the rocks.

Then again he looked up to the students and asked if the jar was full. They all again shook their heads in agreement.

For the last time, he turned towards a jar, and this time, picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar and shook it lightly. Of course, the sand moved into the gaps and filled up everything else.

He then asked one last time if the jar was full or not. The students were surprised but responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to realise that this jar actually is your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your children, your health, your partner – things that are everything. if nothing remained but only these then your life would still be full.

Pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your career, your house.

Sand is everything else. The small and unimportant stuff.”

“If you put the sand (unimportant stuff) into the jar first,” he continued “there is no space for the pebbles (career, job) or the rocks (family, children).

Moral of the Story:

The same goes for your life.

If you keep on filling the jar with the sand means if you keep on spending all your time and energy on the pity things. You will never have room for the things that are prime for you.

Pay attention to the things that are valuable to your happiness. Spend some time with your children. Take your partner out for dinner. You will never be out of time to go to work, offer a dinner party, help your spouse in cleaning the house, and fix the disposal.

First and foremost, Focus on the rocks – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

Interestingly enough ever section of life has it’s own priorities, for instance your relationships, raising your kids, your social life, house cleaning etc. You have to find the best way to achieve maximum results. You can not save time or store it. Once it is wasted you can never get that minute back again.

 

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12 Time Management Tips for Homemakers

What is time management in the workplace? Time Management and good planning allows you to do more in a shorter period of time.

For instance create systems to fit your lifestyle.

A good homemaker adapt, tweak and additionally, rearrange systems through the different stages of life.

Nothing ever stays the same, therefore, keep improving and keep it functional.

When you decide to become a homemaker, firstly, realise you join a services industry.

You do not serve the public, as in the case on the banks or hospitals, but instead, you are serving your family.

With that in mind, it is easy to get excited. Household tasks take on another meaning.

Fill your days with enthusiasm and joy, because your task enhance the quality of your family.

Unfortunately there are housewives that are just plain lazy and not to mention, the bad reputation it gives a stay-at-home Homemaker.

In any other career you also get the lazy self-centred people, that takes the shortest way to get a job done, and subsequently think it is their right. They can never be a good team member, are the unpopular and unhappy. Success depends on the kind of person you are. A loser find it hard to change.

 

12 Time Management Tips for Homemakers

How to manage time wisely

  • Not only commit to get the job done but also, don’t get distracted.

  • Have an estimated time schedule.

  • In the beginning do the tasks with a timer to know how long it takes.

  • A system and a routine ultimately makes it easier.

  • De-clutter the home one room at a time.

  • Start your day early.

  • Leave a room as you have found it. It only takes a minute or two to fluff the cushions on the couch again and empty and wash the ashtrays. Teach your family the habit too. Turn tasks into habits.

 

12 Time Management Tip For Homemakers

 

“The first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog.” –

Mark Twain

 

This is the best explanation I have heard for doing the job you loathe, first. You will most probably procrastinate on it.  Get it out the way first thing, and the rest will be easy.  Mark was a very wise man.

 

  Typical Household Activities

  • Cleaning of hot spots

  • Laundry.

  • Meal planning, preparation and clearing.

  • Food and household shopping once a week.

  • Be able to fix repairs, alterations and improvements on a basic level.

  • Get up early and be done by noon.

  • Shower and get dressed with care.

  • If you have kids, keep the afternoon free after school activities.

 

 

12  Time Management Tips For Homemakers

* How to be Efficient

  • Get organised and create a Responsibility Corner in the centre of the busiest area.

  • It is the heartbeat of a home, where everything happens from.

~ A central place to keep keys, calendar, time schedules.

~ Important notices. Memo of meetings,

~ Keep track of appointments and events.

~ List of everybody’s responsibilities.

~  Birthday calendar

~ Most importantly have a gratitude section, where everybody pays tribute.

  • Plan ahead. Therefore have a plan B, just in case something out of the ordinary happens.

  • Leave time for the unexpected.

  • Make to do list everyday and plan your day accordingly.

  • Start early and do every task properly. However never go back to a finished job.

  • Do not stop until a job is done, in other words, feel satisfied.

  • Eliminate clutter. Make sure an item serves a purpose and above all, fits in it’s own space.

  • Have all the tools ready to start a job, therefore, keep cleaning products where it is needed.

  • Priorities. Do the hard tasks first while you are fresh. It gives satisfaction and makes you feel motivated to do the rest.

  • Take a 5-minute break in between each tasks. Pour a glass of cold water or juice and enjoy it. You will get up refreshed to do the next task.

 

12 Time Management Tasks for Homemakers

* Different Categories

Homemakers tasks can be divided in 3 categories. Daily, weekly and monthly tasks.  You can also decide to do the shortcut way with other rooms and clean one room at a time thoroughly.

Identify hot spots that needs cleaning everyday and do them  first.

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Everyday Tasks

  • Kitchen cleaning – hot spot

  • Cleaning the Bathroom – hot spot

  • Preparing of meals – hot spot

  • Sweeping the crumbs

  • Vacuuming if needed

  • Feeding pets

  • Dusting if needed

  • Laundry every other day.

Once a week Tasks

  • Deep clean one room at a time.

  • Dusting of window sills, picture frames, doors and skirting on the floor.

  • Special care with laundry, the washing of the bed linen, removing of spots and washing of delicate items.

  • Vacuum and mop the floors.

  • Watering pot plants.

  • Taking out the trash

  • Wipe light switch at each door.

  • Spot clean the furniture and carpets.

Monthly Tasks

  • Cleaning of the windows

  • Attend to furniture, clean upholstery and oil wooden and leather furniture.

  • Bathing of pets.

  • Defrost and clean refrigerator and freezer.

  • Clean behind and under the fridge and stove.

  • Change or wash air filters on a furnace or air condition and don’t forget the stove extractor fan.

  • Dust blinds at windows and the ceiling fans.

  • Vacuum or wash curtains room by room.

  • Wash the carpets one room at a time.

Develop a routine according to your lifestyle, most of all, a routine that fits the whole family.

Nobody needs to be perfect. Happiness is more important. This is just a guideline.

 

 

 12 Time Management Tips For Homemakers

Let’s make a list of all the ideas and tips.

  1. Have a time schedule for your cleaning plan, at the Responsibility corner. Save time for fun too.

  2. Do a task well the first time, don’t ever have to go back when done.

  3. Never over commit your time, Know how long it takes to finish a task, rather give more time.

  4. Prioritise. Determine what is important and do it first.

  5. Do your planning with a purpose, always ask, why do I have to do this?

  6. Develop routines, but most of all it should suit your lifestyle.

  7. Allow time for the unexpected, on the contrary, you never know what will happen.

  8. Set goals for yourself and your time. Not only to be efficient but for self-esteem, feel proud of yourself when it is done.

  9. Focus on one task at a time.

  10. To eliminate or minimise distractions, lock the door, as well as, let friends know you will be busy and not available.

  11. Make it a team effort and delegate task to family members.

  12. Outsource certain tasks, for instance washing of windows and tasks in the garden.

 

 

12 Time Management Tips for Homemakers

* Ways to Get Organised

Give each task a time limit, additionally, make use of a timer to get an estimate.

Create a routine with systems. Make it a habit.

Focus on one task at a time, not worth it to multitask, some things will get neglected.

Every item should have a specific space where it is stored. After use, put it back where it belongs.

 

12 Time Management Tips For Homemakers

 Suggested Daily Schedule

Start early at 6.00 am.

 

~ Prepare breakfast and see everybody off.

~ Firstly clean the kitchen, as a matter of fact, it is the heartbeat of the home. Wash the dishes, clear and wipe the surface areas and stove, simultaneously empty the dustbin.

~ Secondly tackle the bathroom. Add a cleaning solution to the toilet bowl and let it sit for a while, while you clean. Put away stuff standing around and clean the basin, wipe the surface areas and the mirror.

~ Clean the bath, and shower floor with sanitiser.

~ Spray the tiles and wipe down, and lastly wipe the taps with a dry cloth until shiny.

~ Use a toilet brush and clean the bowl of the toilet. Sanitize the toilet seat on top, as well as underneath.

~ Lastly, empty the dustbin.

Have a cup of tea and relax for 15 min.

 

Next is the Living or TV room.

~ Open the windows and air the room.

~ Put all the clutter lying around into a specially provided box, in the corner. Everybody can collect later.

~ In the case of smoking in the house, emptying and washing of ashtrays are most certainly a priority.

~ Fluff all cushions and move furniture back to its place.

 

The Bedrooms are next.

~ Everybody should make their own beds, and put away their own stuff in cupboards and drawers.

~ Open windows to air the room.

~ All clothes lying around go into a box in the main bedroom, for collection with a penalty, most importantly, to teach them responsibility.

~ Empty dustbins. woman sweeping or mopping the floor

~ Sweep or mop tile floors, especially in the kitchen if needed.

~ When done in a room, close the windows and also the curtains. Spay with an atomiser to keep the room fresh and lastly, close the door.

~ On a laundry day while busy in the kitchen,  simultaneously, load the washing machine  and unload it when you hear the ding dong.

~ If a room needs dusting, take and extra 10 minutes per room and dust all the surfaces, especially, during the dusty season.

~ Lastly, attend to the menu of the evening. Do some preparations, most importantly, defrost the meat and at the same time, peel the veggies.

 

 

12 Time Management tips for Homemakers

After all are clean and done

~ Freshen up or shower, be ready to receive the family home.

~ Equally important, plan a moment of rest in your schedule, before the afternoon starts. Sit comfortably or lie-down even if just for 10 or 15 minutes.

~ Relax and read or listen to music. Set a timer in case you fall asleep, for example, this is what we call a power nap.

~ Welcome the kids home with a smile and a hug. Your behaviour set their mood for the afternoon, and at the same time it has a positive effect on them.

~ While making them a sandwich after school, talk about what happened during their day.

~ Enjoy lunch with them, as a result, it will create loving memories.

~ After lunch send them off to change and to rest a little before homework starts.

~ Meanwhile, attend to the evening meal and do the prep work.

~ Be available to help with homework tasks and most of all, make sure homework is done properly.

~ While they go off to play, you can do the cooking.

 

Time Management Tips for Homemakers

 Creating a Routine

Getting started with the places that can get smelly is a good idea, for instance, the kitchen and bathroom. If unexpected visitors come early you will be ready for them. A clean kitchen to make a cup of tea and a clean bathroom if they need to refresh.

Routine that systematically becomes a habit is a good way to implement new ideas to your work schedule.  Create a routine that suits your lifestyle and build it to perfect your system. Make it easy to maintain.

A good routine goes hand in hand with a disciplined attitude. Maintain the effort to stick to your routine, create a formula for success, and as a result, your goals will be met.

On the other hand a very strict and rigid routine is the killer of all creation and initiative. It only gives house cleaning a bad reputation. Therefore apply your routine with a twist of adventure to keep it alive and interesting.

 

 

 Conclusion.

A day in the life of a homemaker should never be boring. It is a decision you make, in other words, a mindset you have chosen.

Train your brain to be happy.

Therefore, feel happy and content with your choice. Never let influences from outside dictate your style.

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12 Time Management tips for Homemakers

You are your own boss, and therefore, can organise your day to benefit you.

Think of it this way, every career has its chores. Tasks that are not liked. For instance, at the office it might be filing or meeting after meeting, a demanding boss or travelling. Every office has its problems and worst of all, toxic people.

While, at home, you are among your loved ones, consequently, your task is to create a loving harmonious lifestyle. You are the one in charge.

What a privilege!

Until next time, take care!

Estelle

Empower to Walk Tall with Pride and Confidence

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