The 5 Step Plan That I Follow To Run A Successful Household
As a mom of five and having managed a household for 38 years I have learned some secrets over the years on how to run a successful household. I’ve tried a little bit of everything to keep my house in order. Today I’m going to share my 5 step plan I follow everyday to keep my household running smoothly. These steps may or may not work for you due to your work and family schedule. The main thing about running a successful household is designing a household management plan and schedule that works for you and your family and sticking with it.
1. Quiet Time: Conversation and Coffee! Serve up your favorite morning beverage and spend some time in the word conversing with God. I know you’re probably thinking how is this helpful in managing a household. For me it keeps me calm and centered. It helps me to keep things in perspective when life is overwhelming. I have skipped this step many times and always realize that without spending that time putting God first place in my life, I don’t handle the inevitable interruptions that most days have. I take this time to read some scriptures. I allow God to speak to me through His word and pray. I also plan out my day. I know someday’s it just doesn’t seem there is enough time to fit this in, but it so’s worth it. Even if you’re a new mom and have your hands full with a baby or small children it is so important to try to find the time to spend with God. Even if that means turning on an audio Bible. There are many you can listen to online for free. Or some worship music.
2. Make the beds: I find if everyone makes their bed it makes it seem the house is just more organized and cleaner. I do this everyday. Especially, since I have an office I work out of in my bedroom. Get the kids on board and soon this will become a habit that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. I have found with kids that if they have their favorite bedding, comforters and pillows on their beds that it motivates them to want to keep a nice presentable room. Especially, if they go shopping with you and pick it out themselves. I believe they will take pride in their room when they care about their own things.
3. Kitchen Time: I do a quick wipe off of the counters, sweep and mop. I am a little ocd about this, but it just makes me feel like the house is clean when I can walk into my kitchen and there is no mess. I usually do this step after step 1 and 2. I also pull something out of the freezer to cook for dinner or throw something in the crock-pot. I also prepare breakfast during this time if needed and taking out the garbage. This is also the time I look at my calendar and my list of things to do. I’ll also add to the list as needed. I also usually throw in a load of laundry during this time. Once this step is done, I’m ready for step 4.
4. Walk-through: This is when I walk through each room in my house. Opening curtains in each room if not already done. I’ll take the time to straighten up things in each room where it might need it. I also am picking up anything that may have been left sitting out of place in the house. There usually isn’t since I do this before bedtime the night before. In general, I’m checking making sure everything is done in each room and mentally noting what might need done that day. I also will sweep and mop in these rooms if needed. I don’t have a lot of things that needed dusting, since I really hate knickknacks and leaving things sitting out. In my living room I only have the TV, TV stand, one table and fireplace to dust. In the dining room I have a glass corner cabinet and kitchen table. I really don’t dust everyday. Just as is needed. So to sum it up, during the walk-through on any given day, I’ll be dusting, sweeping, mopping, picking up, straightening up pillows etc…. and anything else that might need done that day. I also include the bathroom in this. I check to make sure the garbage can is empty, that we have toilet paper in the bathroom and the bath towels that are in there are hanging straight. I will clean whatever needs immediate attention. This is also the time I’ll throw the laundry in the dryer if I washed anything during step 3. The walk-through is not when I do heavy cleaning. I plan those projects on different days of the week. Usually later in the afternoon. The walk-through is just to get your house in order. I also do a walk-through before I go to bed at night.
5. Organize and Projects: This is the time I do household paperwork. Make appointments needed. Writing down my meal plans. Making grocery lists. Doing my monthly budgeting. Returning phone calls that pertain to the household not my work. Anything that needs done, such as calling and scheduling appointments. Example: one of the things I recently had to do is call around comparing insurance plans. This is also the time I spend on household projects. I usually just plan one project a day or just a few a week. I find if I do a little everyday instead of all at once, it doesn’t seem to overwhelming.
These are the steps I follow each and everyday. By this time of the day it’s usually around 9 or 9:30 am if I was able to start early. Sometimes I finish even earlier than this if I don’t have to cook a big breakfast or do a lot of clean up. The rest of my day is spent on homeschooling. In the late afternoons I’ll do bigger projects like the yard work, finishing cooking, appointments or anything else I need to do and have planned for that day.
For me, these five steps help me to run a successful household. When I follow these steps I find that life does not seem so overwhelming and I can stay on top of keeping my house clean and organized leaving me the time to do the things I love.
Do you have a household management plan?
If not, I’d like to encourage you to start. I believe that when you have a household management plan in place you’ll feel more in control of your life and your day. This way you can avoid feelings of being overwhelmed by life and the interruptions that are sure to happen.