The Ultimate Guide to Home Management

A homemaker is someone who creates and manages their home to create a warm and happy space for everyone who lives there. So, home management is important to any millennial homemaker — whether you stay at home, work for yourself, or work full-time outside the home.

Keep reading to learn more about home management and how to get started.

What is home management?

Home management is effectively running your household. It helps you create a functional space and maintain order and stability. Home management includes things like:

  • cleaning and organizing
  • decorating
  • laundry and clothes shopping
  • meal planning, cooking, and nutrition
  • scheduling
  • budgeting and finances

Proper home management helps you hone many skills, including organizing, budgeting, cleaning, planning, and delegating.

3 reasons home management is important to homemakers

Home management isn’t just crucial for ensuring your house continues to work for your family, but it can also help you personally.

1. Reduce stress

You’ll have a plan in place to make sure everything gets done and that you’re headed in the right direction. Ultimately, you’ll be more confident in your skills and will be proud of your home.

2. Establish habits and routines

By establishing routines that become habits, you’ll find that everything that needs to be done will be done more quickly and efficiently.

3. Spend more time doing what you love

You’ll spend less time every day maintaining your home, so you can focus on what matters most — the people you share the home with. You and your family will spend more quality time together because you won’t have to spend all day cleaning and organizing.

5 steps for getting started with home management

If you’re new to home management, it might seem overwhelming. So, we’ve put together five easy steps to help you manage your home.

1. Set goals

Evaluate where you are now and determine where you want to be to make sure you and your spouse or partner are on the same page. Your goals might be related to money, your marriage, friendships, nutrition, and/or your careers.

You should create both short-term (things you want to accomplish this year) and long-term (things to accomplish in the next five to ten years) goals.

For example, one of our short-term goals is to become debt-free by the end of 2021. One of our long-term goals is to sell our current home and buy our forever house.

2. Make a list

It can be easy to get overwhelmed if you don’t know what you need to do. So, list out everything that needs to be done every day, week, month, and year. Don’t just include cleaning tasks, but also bills, cooking, errands, and home maintenance.

You might consider including your list in a home management binder, which would also include contact information for various people who work on your house, emergency contact info, checklists, your family budget, etc.

3. Define your budget

Create a budget for your money and your time. These budgets will help you make sure you’re not buying things you can’t afford and not trying to do something you don’t have time for. This way, you’ll prioritize what needs to be done and where your money should go.

Listen: Saving Money & Creating a Budget with Leah Janik

4. Create routines

Now that you know what you need to do, create routines to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.

For example, you might load the dishwasher each night and put your dishes away each morning. You might also create a cleaning schedule, so you know what day of the week you’re going to clean the bathrooms or vacuum.

5. Plan your meals

If you plan your meals in advance, you won’t have to worry about not having the ingredients you need or not having enough time to cook. It will also make grocery shopping cheaper and less frustrating because you can try to cook with things that are in season, stop buying things you already have, plan for leftovers, and use the same ingredients in multiple meals.

I try to plan a month’s worth of meals at once, so I don’t have to spend too much time each week creating my grocery list. I also keep a binder with our favorite, tried-and-true recipes, so I don’t end up spending hours on Pinterest or searching through cookbooks for meal ideas.

Listen: Meal Planning for Two

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