When you have a busy life, be it due to your work, a child needing more attention than others, or otherwise, then you might not have quite as much time as some other moms. You might not be able to devote quite as much time to managing and organizing the house. However, the work still has to be done, to keep your home clean, safe, and healthy. Here, we’re going to look at how you can get more organized about your home maintenance so that it becomes easier to take care of.
Take advantage of some time management tips
The first thing you should do is think about how you might be able to free up a little extra time each day. There are a lot of time management tips that you can follow, but a lot of people have been finding mindful time management, in particular, very helpful, especially if there’s a good deal of stress in your daily routine. This focuses on taking the time to stop, to think about your list of tasks without too much stress, and to accept the idea that not everything on the to-do list has to be done immediately. You can take the time to think about what you can put off for the future without worrying too much about it, focusing on the tasks that you can and should be doing today.
Make a list of everything that needs to be done
There’s a lot that goes into maintaining a home, and you should take the time to sit down and write out absolutely every task that you can think of, from every day to things that you should do every week, every few weeks, every month, or even just once or twice a year. There are, of course, plenty of home maintenance checklists on the internet that you can take a look at, download, or copy. But it’s a good idea to have a total view of everything that you want to get around to.
Note the big ones on your calendar
For those jobs that need to be done once or twice a year, you should make sure that you don’t inadvertently put them off by simply never getting around to them. Take the time to write those tasks, like having your HVAC units serviced and your roof checked, on a calendar, and setting a date when you get around to making the call. Take the time to find the number of the HVAC maintenance team that you want to work with and add it to the date as well so that it’s a lot easier to simply look at the day on the calendar and make the call. Do this now when you have time so that it doesn’t get lost in the fuss of everyday life down the line.
Make the home easier to clean
If you don’t want to spend as much time cleaning the home, then you should think about ways that you can make the home a lot easier to clean. Some of the methods of doing this are going to be relatively simple, such as tidying up services with clutter so that there is less clutter on them and, therefore, less dust is going to build up on them. Others can take a little more investment, like replacing a carpet in one room with a laminate floor that’s a lot easier to vacuum and clean. However, a little investment now can save you a lot of time in the future.
Have ‘clutter spots’ dotted around
Of course, living in a home with children, it’s not always as easy as simply saying ‘no’ to clutter. Sometimes, it’s going to build up, no matter what you say. But being overly focused on always making sure that everything is in the right place can mean that you don’t get the time to do a real tidying for a while, and things can be left lying around, making the home dirtier and increasing your stress. You can set up clutter spots, like placing wicker baskets in each room, where you can quickly put toys, clothes, and other bits of belongings that can later be organized. This way, you can quickly clean up the spot in question, but you don’t have to take the time to return everything to its rightful place until you have that time.
Put home maintenance into the budget
Of course, when it comes to things like taking care of the utilities of the home and making repairs, you’re almost always going to have to pay for the privilege. If you don’t take the time to set money aside right now, then you can end up having to put off important household maintenance tasks in the future because you’re unable to afford them. Take the time to look at your household budget (or create one if you don’t have one) and make sure that you set aside a portion of your income for household maintenance and repair costs.
Assigning chores to children
When it comes to children with autism, what household chores they might be able to help with is going to be on a case-by-case basis. You might want to take the time to look at some of the chores they might be able to help with. Household chores can be fun for young children who are always looking to take part and can help to build self-confidence and eventually lead to a greater sense of independence for children who are on the spectrum. It’s a good idea to get the whole family involved in the chores, and this can be done by creating a chore chart. In some cases, it might be a good idea to give one family member specific authority over certain chores, while others might be able to be rotated.
With the tips above, you may find it a lot easier to keep on top of all of the responsibilities and tasks that come with your home. You still have to do the work, but getting organized about it can be a great help.
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