Ensuring that your home runs smoothly is something everyone needs to be paying attention to. Your home, how you live, your schedule, appliances, and your organization can impact how efficiently your home and, by extension, your life runs.
Being able to keep things running can give you peace of mind that everything is taken care of and is under control.
But what do you need to be paying attention to so you can reduce any stress in the home and keep things going?
Have A Cleaning Schedule
An unkempt home can be a big source of stress and worry, and falling behind on chores is easily done when you have a busy lifestyle. Instead of letting things build up, create a cleaning schedule that breaks everything down into manageable tasks and allows you to keep on top of things.
Have a list of things that need to be taken care of every day, such as washing the dishes/loading the dishwasher, laundry, cleaning the kitchen/bathroom counters, vacuuming, and so on. Doing them daily will make them more manageable.
Then, list things that can be done weekly or monthly and designate a time to get them cleaned. Be it one day a week when you take the more significant tasks or a weekend each month when you go through the whole house for those monthly tasks.
Servicing and Maintenance
The last thing you want is to find out your home or elements of it have developed a fault and throw you for a loop. A breakdown of appliances you use frequently or an electrical or plumbing disaster can do just this. Regular HVAC maintenance can help to avoid any complete system failures or massive repairs by having an engineer come and check on it periodically to ensure it is working correctly. Having your electricity checked annually, or your appliances can also reduce the risk of breakdown or huge repair costs and give you peace of mind everything is working as it should be.
If your home and life are non-stop and you have multiple things you must do each day and different appointments and schedules for each family member, then you need to coordinate schedules. You can do this digitally by syncing family members’ accounts to one centralized calendar in which everyone can access and input information. Or you can use a physical calendar to help you stay on top of everything and display it in a prominent place so people can see it easily. Find what works for you and put it into action.
Find Everything A Home
Keeping your house running smoothly means ensuring everything has a place to go to and a designated spot. This can be a well-organized mudroom where kids can put their book bags, shoes, coats, etc, so you can find them before school, and they know where to put them each day so nothing gets lost. It can be ensuring you have your laundry room set up so that you can wash and dry everything easily and keep it in one place until it is put away; it can be ensuring you have plenty of storage for toys so they’re not left lying out everywhere or kitchen organization so you can remove clutter from your countertops. Whatever your home needs, ensure you find a home for everything, and everyone knows where this is so they can help you keep things tidy and organized.
Running a busy household isn’t easy, and keeping things running takes time and dedication to get the proper organization into place and for habits to stick. By making small, simple changes, you can begin to get on top of things at home and ensure that everything runs smoothly.