I just moved into a new home. I’m almost done with all moving and unpacking and I’m ready to get back to normal homemaking!
Homemaking can be overwhelming at time. We have so much on our plates, it can be hard to do it all well. For me it’s taking care of the home, making healthy meals, volunteering, running this site, running Green Oklahoma, and the list seems to go on and on.
With my new house comes a fresh start when it comes to homemaking. I’m taking this fresh start to be a more productive homemaker and hopefully that will help make me a happier and less overwhelmed homemaker as well! I’ve learned some things during moving and my years as a homemaking, now I just have to put them all to use!
Organizing is Key
I have decluttered a lot while moving and plan to do even more as I put our new home together. Even if you aren’t moving a good decluttering before trying to organize is a good idea! There is no point in organizing things you don’t use and all the bins in the world won’t make your home seemed organized if there is too much stuff.
Our new home is 1350 square feet and while we are a family of two, we do both work from home. It’s so important that we stay on top of clutter or we will quickly overfill this house!
There are some really great resources out there to help you simplify, organize, and declutter.
- 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life by Ruth Soukup
- Simplify: Thoughts & Tips to Live More Intentionally by Victoria Osborn
- Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle
- The Organized Home eCourse from Pulling Curls
- The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley
Another thing that has helped me with decluttering is to donate everything I can. I get emotionally attached to items but remembering I’m helping others makes it easier. Also remember people don’t want the things they give you to cause you stress.
Time Management Isn’t Easy
We have so many distractions these days. How often do you say “I’m just going to check Facebook really quickly” only to be on there for a hour, or more? The internet is quite the rabbit hole. Plus there are the many other things pulling us in all directions.
I often feel like I’m doing a lot but getting nothing done. Time management is one of my biggest struggles. I’m finding things that can help though. There are really some great resources for helping in this area.
- It’s About Time by Aby Garvey
- Make Over Your Year by Crystal Paine
- Family Systems: How to Automate Your Housewife Life by Hilary Erickson
A method I’ve used a lot to help me stay on track is using a timer. I set a timer for say 30 minutes and clean as much as I can, then I give myself 10 minutes to take a break and do something fun. It’s easier to think “I just have to clean for 30 minutes” instead of thinking about your long to-do list.
Planning is Required
Planning ahead is a good way to stay organized and productive. I use a Happy Planner and a homemaking binder to help me plan. Having a plan in place and being able to look ahead can be really helpful. It’s stressful to remember things you need to do last minute!
Planning has also been key for me when it comes to healthy cooking. When I have meals planned out grocery shopping is easier, dinner time doesn’t leave me feeling panicked, and eating out becomes rare. It also helps save money!
These are some of the resources I’m enjoying for help with planning.
- Little Owls Meal Planning Printables by Mollie Johanson
- Plan It, Don’t Panic by Stephanie Langford
- Sweet Life Planner by Laura Smith
This may seem like an overwhelming amount of info and things to do. I recommend focusing on one area at a time. Think about what you struggle with the most and knock that off the list first.
Since I just moved organizing is top on my list. For other things in my life to work I need my home to be functioning.
What are you struggling with the most? Let me know your tips as well!