Are you feeling less than productive? Homemaking can be overwhelming but there are some easy ways you can be a productive homemaker.
How to be a Productive Homemaker
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.
The last couple of years as I’ve become busier I’ve had to learn to be more productive with my time. I found a lot of great resources to help and learned a lot along the way that I want to share.
Organizing is Key
I did a pretty good job decluttering and organizing when we moved a couple of years ago. There are some places that need work though. First I need to do a bit more decluttering.
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.
There are some really great resources out there to help you simplify, organize, and declutter. This is one I really like.
- Clutterfree: Declutter Your Home to Create Space for Joy by Christina Tiplea
Another thing that has helped me with decluttering is to donate everything I can. I get emotionally attached to items but when I remember 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 an 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.
- Say Goodbye to Survival Mode ecourse by Crystal Paine
- The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner
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. Also, consider doing a power hour.
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.
- Brainbook: Bullet Journaling Your Way to a More Organized Life by Kalyn Brooke
- The Best Planners for Homemakers
If you don’t have time to meal plan and want to take that off of your plate, check out Eat at Home. They make meal planning and grocery shopping easier.
Getting Started as a Productive Homemaker
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.
What are you struggling with the most? Let me know your tips as well!
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