Running a household is no easy task for anyone. Sometimes it can feel like you are overloaded with requests and “to do” lists from all different angles. By the end of the day you can feel exhausted. What we don’t take into consideration is that not only do we have a house to run but we also have a life to lead. We may have work commitments to be thinking about, children to look after. So what is involved in running a successful household? Here are some tips and suggestions to help you get more organised with yours.
In a lot of cases, families tend to designate the financial side of things to one person to manage. This means that this person is in charge of the running account balance, what is spent, and making sure the bills get paid. Here are a few tips on how to ensure this side of your household necessities runs smoothly. Also ensuring you stick to the budget.
Managing the bills
The bills are what leave your account each month. Some need to be paid for manually, while others will leave your account automatically through a direct debit. These are the things that need to be paid out each month to keep a roof over your head. Often they are your biggest expenses like mortgage payments or energy bills. A great way of keeping track is to use online banking apps to ensure that your bills have left your account and that there is enough money in your bank to cover the costs due.
Managing the finances can bring you all kinds of issues. The need for making savings is one of those things. We all try and save as much as we can but often miss out on a few ways to do it. Your regular bills are just some of the ways you can make a saving. Things like switching providers to make use of introductory offers are one way. Another thing you can do is look at your expenses that you have control over. The first major one being your food bill. There are many ways you can save on your food bill. Meal planning is one of the most popular.
Alternatively, you could also look at some of the other expenses you have; things like clothes, family days out and treats. There is also money to be saved here by using things like discount codes and vouchers. You can get great savings on these sorts of items and they are readily available online. A great idea would be to move the amount you will have saved over to one of the savings accounts you might have. Small balances can really add up and make a big difference to your savings amounts, which can then be used for holidays or other expenditure such as Christmas or Birthdays.
Cleaning your home can be one of those things we all love to hate. But often we love the end results once all the cleaning is done. The problem is that many of us tackle the cleaning of our homes in the wrong way. Many people leave the whole house to be cleaned at once. Making it feel like a big task that could be impossible to finish, or do thoroughly. Here are a few suggestions to help you tackle this better.
Having a cleaning schedule
A cleaning schedule is one of the best ways you can tackle your household chores. The beauty of it is that not one schedule will be the same as someone else’s. This is because your cleaning schedule is specific to the jobs and chores you have, the time in which you have to do them and how you do them, making it unique to you. In principle, although no schedule will be the same, the way you do things has a formula. Stick to the formula and you can’t go wrong. Start off with a list of every weekly, monthly and yearly household chore you need to do. From cleaning the bathroom to the gutters. Then work out a schedule to suit the time you have. There are some great examples online.
Spreading the chores around
Who says chores have to be done by one person? The opinion is even if you’re a stay at home parent that all cleaning jobs are left to yourself. But your whole family lives in your home. So why not spread some of the chores around? Perhaps leaving the responsibility of children’s bedrooms to your children, if they are old enough. Ensuring that they start to take ownership of their own surroundings and things. Or even ask your other half to perform some tasks. Things like putting washing in the machine before leaving for work or more manual jobs like garden maintenance. When chores are spread round it makes everyone feel part of the running of the home.
The family can be one of your biggest juggles. From school or extracurricular activities to events and family gatherings. It’s all a big juggle that can be easy to lose sight of. So here are some tips to help you stay organised.
Have a schedule and calendar
A calendar, diary or wall planner schedule is a great way to keep tabs on where everyone needs to be. Often children can have more things to do than some adults. With after school activities, trips, and sports commitments. It can be hard to keep track of where everyone needs to be at any one time. Having something to refer to will enable you to plan your week ahead accordingly, making sure all commitments are met.
An essential way to keep things moving is to communicate with your family. Make sure everyone is aware of the week ahead. Some people like to call family meetings at breakfast or meal times to discuss the week ahead. A great time to do this is on a Sunday.
Family meal times
Getting the family together for one meal day can be hard. But it’s a vital part of family bonding. It’s a great time for you all to share your day and experiences. While presenting news of up and coming things that could affect the family, both logistically or financially.
Let’s hope this guide helps you on your way to running a successful household.
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