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Home Management Tips: 3 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Easier to Manage

Home Management Tips: 3 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Easier to Manage

Today’s post is going back to the basics with some simple home management tips. I’m sharing 3 simple things that can help make your home easier to manage.

Taking care of your home can be a big job. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed out or frustrated by your home, today’s post is definitely for you. I’m sharing 3 key things that have made my home significantly easier to manage and take care of.

If you’re struggling to get your home under control, go back to the basics and make sure you are doing the 3 things from today’s post. These 3 home management tips lay the foundation for a home that functions well and is easy to take care of.

Home Management Tips: 3 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Easier to Manage

Home management tips: start with the basics

1. Own less

The less stuff you own, the less time and energy you need to spend taking care of it all. And your home stays tidier with less time and effort to keep it that way.

Everything you own requires something from you. You spend time and energy picking it up, cleaning it, cleaning around it, putting it away, organizing it, looking for it, etc. The less you own, the less time and energy you spend dealing with stuff in your house.

If your home feels overwhelming to take care of, the most significant thing you can do is ruthlessly declutter. Get rid of anything you don’t use, need or love. Aim to only keep what you can comfortably manage.

It might take some experimenting to figure out how much stuff you can comfortably manage. Start by decluttering a space, then pay attention to how it functions and how you feel in the space. Is it easy to keep the space tidy? Do you feel peaceful in the space or still overwhelmed or stressed out?

Keep decluttering until you find it easy to keep the space tidy and feel a sense of peace when using or thinking about the space.

What you can comfortably manage will be different for different people. Some people can comfortably manage more stuff. Others need to keep things highly simplified to feel comfortable with a space. Keep decluttering until you find what feels comfortable to you.

2. Build strong habits & routines

After you’ve decluttered until you feel you can comfortably manage your home and the stuff in it, the next step is building habits and routines to help maintain your home.

Building routines and habits to help maintain your home is the key to keeping your home feeling under control. And also not feel like you’re constantly cleaning and tidying!

I like to think of my routines and habits on a daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal basis.

Daily habits & routines

Daily tasks are things I do every day to keep our home tidy and functioning well. These are the basics I like to keep up with to maintain our home, keep our home tidy and feel under control. They are things I do consistently to keep up with our home, without feeling like I’m spending all my time cleaning or tidying. Even if I don’t get anything else done during the day, I know the basics will be covered if I do my daily tasks.

I like to break my daily habits down into morning tasks and evening tasks.

In the morning I:

  • Unload the dishwasher and clean up from breakfast
  • Make the beds
  • Wipes the bathroom counters and sinks
  • Start a load of laundry
  • Quickly tidy the house after the morning rush

In the evening I:

  • Do the dishes, wipe the counters and start the dishwasher
  • Fold and put away the laundry
  • Vacuum the kitchen or any other space that needs it
  • Prepare for the next day by making lunches, choosing an outfit, laying out anything we’ll need, etc.
  • Resetting and tidying the house back to baseline, or the way I like to keep it on a regular basis

Weekly routine

In addition to the daily habits, I also have weekly chores I do to keep our home clean beyond the basic daily tasks.

Having a routine makes it easy to know which chores need to be done and helps me get through them on autopilot. I don’t need to think about what needs to be done and when. I just follow my cleaning routine and know I’m keeping up with the tasks that need to be done.

My weekly chores include:

  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Mopping floors
  • Cleaning the bathrooms
  • Washing bedding
  • Taking out the garbage and recycling
  • Watering and caring for plants

Monthly routine

In addition to my weekly chores, there are also tasks I like to do regularly, but on a less frequent basis. Again, having a routine means I keep up with these chores without having to remember and schedule them into my routine.

Monthly tasks include things like:

  • Running a cleaning cycle on the washing machine
  • Wiping down kitchen cabinets
  • Cleaning out the fridge and freezer
  • Wiping baseboards
  • Doing maintenance decluttering

Seasonal routines

Finally, there may be tasks you do on an even less frequent basis but still want to include in your routine so they don’t get overlooked or forgotten.

Seasonal tasks could include things like washing windows, washing blinds or curtains, changing furnace filters, a more thorough maintenance decluttering session, etc.

3. Stop the inflow

The last key to building a home that’s easy to manage is to stop or slow down the inflow of new stuff coming into your space.

No matter how much you declutter, if you’re still bringing more stuff into your home on a regular basis you won’t experience the full benefits of decluttering. After decluttering, maintain your space by being very intentional about what you bring into your home.

Really think through purchases before you make them. Make sure each item is truly necessary. Think about where you’ll keep the new item so you know it will have a home. Take some time to think about purchases before you make them so you can be certain they won’t add unnecessary clutter.

Being intentional about what you allow into your home requires practice and often changing some of your habits and tendencies. But with time and practice it can be easier to become a gatekeeper in your home. Allowing fewer items into your home and becoming more intentional with your shopping and buying behaviour.

Home management tips: start with the basics

I hope today’s post will remind you of the basics when it comes to home management tips. The foundational things you can do to make your home easier to manage.

Sometimes going back to the basics is the best way to take action and create a home that serves you well rather than stresses you out.

Which of these 3 things do you need to do more of to simplify your home and life? Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re going to start working on!

Home Management Tips: 3 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Easier to Manage

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