Yesterday, I talked about the different types of homemakers and today I want to give each type of homemaker a couple of tips to make her job a little easier. By the way, even if you don’t have children yet, many of these tips can still be put into practice to simplify your life. Also, just because you’re one type of homemaker, doesn’t mean you can’t use the tips I’ve listed under another type of homemaker.
Streamline the Lunch-Making Process
Mornings are chaotic enough! If you are making everyone’s lunches in the morning, consider moving this task to your night time routine. In fact, as your making lunch for the kids, go ahead and make your own lunch. Make the job easier by packing the same lunch for everyone. By doing so, you’ll save money and be able to make your personal phone calls in the break room without worrying about what you’re going to eat.
As your making dinner, go ahead and put together those sandwhiches, fill everyone’s thermos, and choose those side items. Come to think of it, make it easier to choose those side items by buying those healthier items (carrots, nuts, cheese) and then, when you get home from the grocery store, take a few minutes to separate them into smaller ziplock bags. Once separated, place them into a basket or plastic container inside your pantry or fridge so it becomes as easy as grabbing a ziplock bag and tossing it into the lunch box.
In fact, if your kids are old enough, assign this task to one of them. If you alternate chores in your household, you can give each of your kids the chance to assist the family in this manner. Having your kids pack lunches means one less thing YOU have to do.
Conquer the Laundry Mountain
It’s tough to keep the laundry under control when you’re only home for maybe 6 waking hours per day. I mean, I’m home full-time and the laundry STILL keeps me chained to my laundry room. What’s a woman to do?
First of all, organize the dirty clothes. Instead of allowing clothes to to remain all over various floors in your home, teach all family members to place their dirty clothes in hampers. In order to ensure that they will do this, be sure those hampers are in a convenient place – where they normally change (bedroom, bathroom).
Now, as for actually getting those dirty clothes cleaned and put back into drawers/closets, here’s what you can do (Found on About.com):
- As your family members are putting dirty clothes in their hampers, ask them to set aside those clothes that are stained so that you can treat them immediately versus frantically doing so in the chaotic mornings.
- Create a system in your laundry room to sort colors: lights, darks, and delicates.
- In the morning, before leaving to go to work, place a load of clothes in the washer.
- When you get home, as soon as you get home, remove the clothes from the washer and place in the dryer.
- After the kids go to bed, turn on the television and get to folding/putting away.
This should at least keep your head above water during the week. On the weekends, if your family is hanging out at the house, do as many loads as you can squeeze in. Otherwise, make an appointment with the laundry mat every other week or so.
In any home office, paper clutter is usually the biggest challenge. In order to keep things under control, you’ll need to set up a paper filing system that works for you. As you categorize your paperwork, label them according to how your mind works. In other words, say you need a folder for your rental lease or home deed. Would you find it better if it were labeled “RENT” or “MORTGAGE” or would it make more sense to you to label it “HOME”? Figure out how your mind labels things and then transfer those labels to folders.
Keep office supplies stocked. There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of ink or computer paper in the middle of an important project. Not to mention, it can often halt a project entirely; at least until you run by the store to put more supplies.