If you want to be on top of your to-do list, all the household chores, and appointments do you need to change how you run your home? There is so much that we need to do to run a home, if you don’t have a plan you can fail. Having something that you can work with daily to finally transform your life and home.
I get it, you are stressed and don’t know where to turn to help you manage your home and life in a way that makes sense to you. If you are craving an easier life you need a home management journal so you are finally back in control.
These home management tips will help you transform your home from a chaotic mess to a home where you are in control.
A home management journal is a way to organize your life that allows you to fit everything into your day without feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t do the tasks for you, it just helps you to remember what you need to do and when.
Benefits of a Home Management Journal
The benefits of a home management journal are related to getting the tasks done and done on time. It’s about using your time wisely and not filling your plate with more than you can manage in one day.
Having a plan of action not only helps you but also the other members of your family. They can see that you are less stressed and managing better. You can also share the tasks they need to do.
Benefits Of A Home Management Journal
- Know when things need to be done
- Having a plan for your home and life
- Being on the same page as the rest of your family
This leads to a reduction of stress in the home, and often this is accompanied by more things being achieved.
You have a way to check what has been done and to see it in your journal will make you feel a lot better and this has a positive impact on your mental well-being too.
Setting Up Your Home Management Journal
There are a few things you will need to consider first and that’s the type of journal or planner you are going to use.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on the most fancy journal you can find, in the beginning, a simple notebook is all you need. Once you have practiced using the journal and checking off the tasks then you might progress to a more specialised journal in the future.
A home management journal is a tool that you use to help you complete the tasks in your home. It’s a time management tool that helps you plan what you have time for during the day.
Creating Specific Areas For Household Tasks
You are going to need pages that are dedicated to the different areas of your home so that you can track what you have done and still need to do.
This is part of your household organization planning and will help to identify areas you think are important. It’s about having systems in place that help guide you, essentially it’s a task management system.
- Morning routines
- Evening routines
- Weekly cleaning tasks
- Monthly cleaning tasks
These will help as you learn what to do and when.
Morning And Evening Routines
Create areas in your journal for morning and evening routines, these tasks are what you are going to be doing daily and at similar times. It’s these daily routines that you want to practice because they will become automatic after a time. You won’t have to think about what you need to do you will just do it.
- Washing dishes
- Doing laundry
- Making your bed
- Feeding pets
These are the tasks that are going to help you keep your home tidy and picked up, these are the basic things you need to do daily to keep your home tidy and reasonably presentable.
Weekly Cleaning Tasks
You will need to do cleaning at some point during the week and these are the tasks that you need to complete by the end of the week.
- Bathroom cleaning
- Changing bedding
Some people might do these tasks more than weekly, it’s about finding the right balance for you and your family.
Monthly Cleaning Tasks
The monthly tasks are less frequent but knowing when they need to be done is important. It means that you are planning your cleaning throughout the month and checking off those tasks as they appear during the month.
- Cleaning your fridge
- Window cleaning
- Oven cleaning
- Washing machine clean
- Dishwasher clean
It’s about finding the balance and how often you want to do these tasks. But setting up a schedule where you have a plan is going to help.
Creating Your Daily And Weekly Routines
Once you have the basics set up, you now have to think about how you are going to put them into your daily and weekly plans.
This is the key to actually ensuring tasks are getting done, you are transferring tasks to your daily plan and doing them.
The problem often arises when you forget this element, you have to put these tasks into your daily plans.
Knowing how long they are going to take to complete is one thing, putting this into your day and doing the tasks is something that is going to take time and practice.
It’s OK if sometimes things don’t go as planned, you are learning and life often gets in the way of even the best plans.
Home Maintenance And Your Journal
It is so important that you are also thinking about your home maintenance. You have to look after your home and make sure that everything is kept in good working order.
You can do this by creating a section in your journal for your home maintenance, you might have different sections for decorating or a master list of when appliance services need to happen during the year.
Don’t forget to add tasks to your daily plans to ensure these are completed.
Related Article: How To Make Sure Your Home Maintenance Is Up To Date
Task Delegation And Collaboration Family Responsibilities
It’s not about doing everything yourself, you need help and this is so important for children to learn how to do tasks around the home too.
Your family needs to be a part of the process, you need family collaboration when it comes to all tasks related to the home.
Creating chore charts for children and checking the tasks have been done is a really good way to help children learn that they have to help.
Don’t forget about your spouse, they need to help too. It’s not about doing 50/50, let’s face it that isn’t real life either. But they do need to do some things around the home too.
Doing it together as a family creates a positive home environment where everyone works together.
Using your journal you can have ideas of the tasks that you need to delegate and that means you might get some free time too.
Integrating Technology for Efficiency
You don’t have to do any of this paper-based if you don’t want to. There are apps that you can use to share tasks with family members and you can even use a PDF on your tablet to write on instead of having a paper version.
A lot of people try the electronic versions and love them, others need the paper and pen versions and that’s OK too.
It’s a personal choice and you have to find something that works for you.
You could even get a tablet that is touchscreen, and freestanding or have one mounted on the wall, with a calendar and a planner that you and your family can all use.
Check out my Home Management Binder that I created for you.
Troubleshooting Common Challenges
You are setting up a new system and this always comes with challenges. You are teaching yourself and other family members a new way of doing something and that takes time.
You might be struggling with procrastination, and that is a hard one to break, but just keep practicing doing the tasks on your list and it will come eventually.
If you have children there are going to be conflicts and arguments over who is supposed to do what. These are expected and you just have to be firm and stick to the plan.
Celebrating Successes and Milestones
It’s really important to celebrate following the plan and getting tasks done. Recognizing when lists are completely ticked off means that you did what you planned to do and that is amazing.
Positivity is a great way to encourage even more success in the future.
Having a home management journal is going to make your life easier and a lot less stressful.
More Resources For Home Management Journals
When it comes to creating a home management journal sometimes it’s a great idea to have even more information and ideas. Check out these ideas below.
- Bullet Journal Cleaning Tracker Inspirations
- Digital Home Management Binder To Help Unlock Efficiency In Your Home
- Bullet Journal Spring Cleaning Checklist Ideas
- Tips To Help You Understand Home Management In Plain And Simple Terms
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