Creating a home management system that works for you and your family is a gift that will keep on giving. Imagine not having the mental clutter of the never ending to-do list, not knowing what to do next, and constantly feeling like you are running behind! Instead, everything is running like a well oiled machine. It is not perfect, because we are not trying to win a prize for the most clean and organized house, but it is well managed and you feel at peace.
If that is what you are looking for, then you came to the right place.
The home management system has three basic components. When you are working on implementing it in your house, think of it as a three-phased process. You want to take your time and go one step and one phase at a time. Otherwise, it will become overwhelming and you will quit before you give yourself a chance to succeed. Remember, that the time you dedicate upfront in creating a home management system that works for you will pay off tenfold over the rest of your life.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of constantly cleaning, organizing, decluttering and still feeling like my house is never well managed. Maybe you find yourself walking by your windows and thinking – gosh those need to be washed! Or perhaps you are in the laundry room and realize that your washer needs to be wiped down because it is starting to look gross. These are the things that happen to me all the time.
It is creating a chaos in my head and I’m simply tired of it. Let’s turn that around and create the home management system that will actually work.
Aren’t there CLEANING SYSTEMS than have already been developed?
I have looked at cleaning systems developed by the Fly Lady, Clean Mama, and various different cleaning routines on cleaning channels on YouTube. There are a lot of great systems out there that work for many people. But none of them had everything that I needed. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a working mom so my daily schedule works differently, or because I find them to be too structured and too restrictive (and I need flexibility), or because I believe that we need to customize everything to make it work for us. Probably the combination of all of it.
The house management system that I will explain here definitely has some parts that were inspired by the cleaning gurus – because why would I re-invent the wheel? But I will show you what I am modifying and what I’m doing completely differently. The goal is to make it work for you and your household. Which is why this house management system is flexible and can be easily customize to fit your needs.
Home Management System
The plan that I came up with for an effective house management system has three phases: first one is daily routines, second one is declutter/organization system, and third one is system for deep cleaning of your house.
So let’s go over each of them. If you have been reading my blog or watching my channel, you know that I have already adapted some of the routines. But I want to give you an overview so you can see how each phase is working.
The very first thing you have to do is to develop your daily household routines. There are three main ones: morning routine, evening routine, and daily cleaning routine. I have been doing morning and evening routines for a long time now. And I will tell you that how you start and end your day really makes a huge difference. So you are just starting out, this would be the first thing that you will implement.
Morning and evening routines are simply things that you do each morning and evening. They are things that you do each day to get your day started and then to get your house back to order at the end of the day. Check out the videos on my YouTube channel to see what I include in those routines.
Cleaning routine is basically a set of cleaning tasks that you do each day. And we are talking about surface cleaning and not deep cleaning here. I have recently developed a cleaning routine where I spend 15 to 20 minutes each day cleaning one specific area of my house. I used to be a person who would clean their entire house on the weekends and a couple of months ago I switched to cleaning a little each evening and I have not looked back. It does not take too much time each day, it is flexible, so I can move things around, and it allows me to have a lot of time back on the weekends.
And then there are smaller routines like laundry routine, paperwork system, and meal planning and prepping. These routines will be coming up soon to this blog so make sure that you are on my mailing list so you don’t miss it.
Creating an Effective House Management To-Do List
One of the most exhausting things about house management is the constant feeling of being behind. Feeling like the house is never really clean. And having a constant flow of tasks and ideas for your house improvement projects pop in your head.
In order to get a good handle on the house management system, we need to get better at creating an effective to-do list of all the household tasks. And in order to do that we need to declutter our mind.
Step 1: Braindump!
In this step you need to go through your house and write down all those projects/things that you want to do. Any decluttering projects, room decor, small house projects, cleaning tasks that you need to get done as soon as possible, and organization projects that you have been meaning to tackle for a while now. More details on that coming to the blog next week, so be sure to come back.
But this step does two main things for you. One it is decluttering your mind! You no longer have to keep thinking of all the things that you want to or need to do. It will be all on paper. And to be honest I cannot believe I have not done that before. I am doing a brain dump quite often – you may have seen it in my previous videos. But I have never done one specific to just house chores and projects. But it has been amazing how great it felt after it was all done.
Step 2: Organize your tasks
Once you make your list, you will be able to divide it up into two groups: things that you want to do on a regular basis and what I call random or ‘once and done’ tasks. Things that you want to do on a regular basis will be incorporated into the deep cleaning routine, which we will get into next. And things that you will consider random tasks, like decluttering your office closet, creating a chore chart for your kids, or buying a new rug for your family room will be written on post it notes and tackled one at a time. Next week’s blog will go into detail how to keep and tackle that to-do list!
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Develop a Deep Cleaning Schedule
And finally, the last component of the house management system is creating a deep cleaning schedule for your home. This phase was inspired by the Fly Lady! It is basically about dividing your house into cleaning areas or zones as she calls them. For example, one cleaning area can be the kitchen, one zone can be the master bedroom, and another can be your garage.
The Fly Lady’s system is about rotating cleaning zones. Each week is dedicated to one area of your house. And the next week you move to the next zone. After all the zones are done, you start over with zone one. So think about things like deep cleaning your fridge, washing your windows, or cleaning under your couch. Those are all the things that we want to clean but not on a weekly basis. With this system, you will be cleaning those areas about once every month or so depending on the size of your house.
BUT I will be honest! This is too much cleaning for me and I would like to have more flexibility. So what I have designed is a quarterly deep cleaning schedule. I will still divide my house into zones and create a list of all the tasks that I want to accomplish in each zone. But I will tackle that list on a quarterly basis without being tied to a specific zone or order of cleaning. More on that in the upcoming posts so stay tuned!
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So lots of planning and preparation in the upcoming weeks. But I’m really excited about it. I’m a huge planner and I also like to have systems in place to lessen the energy to think about what I need to do next. Make sure that you are on my e-mail list and subscribed to my YouTube channel so we can go through this journey together.
Do you currently follow a specific home management system? If so, let me know what you features your love most about it! And if you don’t have a home management system in place – are you ready to join on this journey with me?
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