A practical and easy guide to simple home management for you and your family. These three steps help homemakers manage their homes.
Simple Home Management
Managing a home does not need to be complicated. You can have an organized, clean, and welcoming home with just three simple home management tips.
Learning how to manage your home well will free up much of your time and energy.
Step One: Systems
The first step to simple home management is all about systems.
Without having systems in place your home will devolve into disorder and chaos.
Find systems for the areas of your homemaking that are vexing you. That could be laundry, cooking, cleaning, organization, meal planning, or homeschool. Almost any area of your home management will be improved with implementing a system.
I talk about one of my most loved systems here.
Your system may not look the same as mine, as your mother’s, as your sister’s, or as that one social media influencer with the gorgeous home decor. Your family is entirely unique so find the system that best fits YOU.
Step Two: Work Your Systems
Simple home management does not require a lot. But it does require that you use the systems you put in place. It does not go without saying that if you do not work your systems then they will not work.
You can have all the beautiful color coded charts or a planner with strategically placed stickers but if you do not put in the work to actually WORK your systems then nothing will be accomplished.
Don’t get me wrong I love some quality organization and I am a sucker for list making and color coding but at the end of the day we all have to put in the work.
I can not tell you how many times I get questions about how I do various chores around the house when the real answer amounts to I just DO it. How do I get the laundry put away on the same day I started the load… I do the work. How do I make the bed every day, meal plan, cook dinner each night, or keep the floor swept… I do the work.
This is not to pat myself on the back. I do not always love doing laundry each day and I would rather do almost anything than scrub a toilet but God gave me this family to serve and to love so do that I shall.
Pray for self discipline and work your systems.
Step Three: More Work = Less Work
Here is where the simple part of simple home management comes in. This is my favorite part!
The more you work your systems the less work you will need to do.
It is true I promise you. If you do that load of laundry every day then you will not find yourself at the end of the week with a mountain of laundry. The same is true about dishes and the dust on the shelves.
Not only that but the more you work your systems the more it becomes second nature and saves you time in the long run. You know that every Sunday night (or whenever is best for you) you put together a quick meal plan and grocery list. That saves you every evening from scrambling to see what you can throw together quickly or throwing in the towel and busting the budget because you order take out again.
Working your systems frees you up to spend that quality one on one time with a child or spouse. Working your systems alleviates a lot of the mental and physical fatigue that homemaking can bring. In short… working your systems WORKS!
Simple Home Management Just For You
I mentioned this at the beginning of the post but I think it should be said a hundred more times.
What works best for your family may not look like what works best for someone else. That is okay. It is better than okay actually it is perfectly unique and wonderful.
At the start of my homemaking journey I was breaking my back to imitate a homemaker whose blog I adored. She embodied everything that I thought I was supposed to be. I worked like crazy to try to make her cleaning schedule work for my home, to make her devotional time work for me, and to make her personal goals reachable in my own life.
While it is wonderful to draw inspiration from others it is not realistic to try to fit a square peg into a round hole. What I wish I would have done instead was see her cleaning routine, admired the creation, and used it as inspiration to create a cleaning routine of my own. Instead, I set myself up for failure.
Find systems that work best for you.
I hope that you can take inspiration from my posts but do not compare yourself to anyone else. God made you and your family beautifully unique and wonderful so honor that in your home management.
This is so true! Having systems and planning ahead makes a REAL difference in the home! Great post!
My homemaking methods are constantly evolving. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me!
Thank you for the encouragement and I loved your daily tasks post too!
Thanks for the reminder that it’s okay to have a different way of doing things. I needed to hear that today, I go through phases of trying to imitate people that inspire me and the fact is I just have to do my thing my way.