25 Home Management Tips for a Peaceful Home

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Do you desire a more peaceful home? These home management tips will help you establish habits to run your home with ease.

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It doesn’t take much for overwhelm to set in when you are a mom and homemaker. There’s always a long list of undone to-dos, emergencies that need your attention, calendars to manage, relationships that need tending, and the list goes on. Putting systems in place that help your home run smoothly is incredibly helpful. The power of habit is real and something we ought to use to our advantage. Try choosing a couple of the tips below to start implementing into your home this week. This will quickly help to lighten your mental load. Here are 25 home management tips that can help you to achieve the peaceful home you desire.

  1. Create a Routine: Establish a daily routine that includes essential tasks to be done every day. This might include things like meal prep, cleaning, laundry, nursing a baby, naptimes, schooling, and don’t forget to include some time to care for yourself! There will certainly be days when sticking to this routine is impossible. However each day you follow your set routine, it becomes more habitual and requires less thought to follow through on.
  2. Use a Calendar: Our brains are amazing, but in our modern era it is nearly impossible to remember everything we need to do. Create a calendar that you and your family have access to. This can be a digital calendar that everyone can sync on their device or a calendar posted in a prominent location in your home. We have a dry-erase magnetic calendar that we hang on our fridge so everyone can see what we have scheduled each month.
Monthly calendar paper planner
  1. Find a Planner (that works for you!): No one planner is going to be a good fit for everyone. Remember those amazing brains we have? They all work differently. The perfect planner for me may not be the perfect one for you. The perfect planner for you is the one that you use!
  2. Go Digital: There is now an abundance of tools at our fingertips to track and plan everything from expenses to household tasks to our calendars. Utilizing a digital tool like Notion that can give you a view of all you have going on in your life can be immensely helpful!
  3. Prioritize Tasks: Pick the top three most important tasks that you need to do each day and get those done first. It’s easy to get distracted with busyness that we can forget what is critical to accomplish in a day. Completing those tasks first frees your mind to pursue other things you want or need to do.
  4. Practice Time Management: Use time management techniques like setting timers, time blocking, or breaking tasks up into smaller chunks. This can help to improve your productivity and ensure you have time for the tasks you have prioritized.
  5. Declutter Regularly: Finding time each week to declutter your home has so many benefits! When my home is cluttered, my mind feels cluttered. It’s like a visual to-do list. Removing items from our home that no longer serve us prevents us from having to manage those things.
woman sorts clothes to declutter
  1. Follow the “One In, One Out” Rule: Don’t undo all the work you have done decluttering! Whenever you bring a new item into your home, find a similar item (or even just another item that you no longer use) to give away to prevent having to declutter later.
  2. Find a Home for Belongings: Designate a specific place for each item in your home. This will make tidying and finding the items you need much easier. If you find that you don’t have space for some of your things, consider decluttering the items that you no longer use.
  3. Utilize Storage Solutions: Investing in storage containers, bins & shelves can make tidying your things and keeping them organized easier.
  4. Implement a Regular Cleaning Schedule: Split up your household chores into a weekly, monthly & seasonal plan. This might look like assigning specific tasks to each day or having one or two hours each week where you knock out all of the chores on your list. Do what works best for your schedule.
DIY essential oil cleaning supplies
  1. Set Up a Cleaning Station: Have a space (or spaces) in your home where you keep supplies to complete chores. This makes accessing those items easier when needed. Try keeping bathroom cleaning supplies under the counter in a bathroom or store everything in a broom closet. Do whatever makes sense for your home and makes it easier to get the task complete. Eliminating barriers to completing tasks is always helpful!
  2. Maintain a Home Maintenance Checklist: Keep track of regular maintenance tasks for your home. Examples include appliance maintenance, air filter replacements, gutter cleaning, and checking smoke detectors. Knowing the frequency with which these tasks ought to be done and tracking when you last did them will help you keep up with the maintenance of your home and hopefully prevent some costly repairs down the road!
  3. Learn Basic Repairs: Master some basic skills to handle minor repairs in your home. This can save you both time and money.
  4. Delegate Tasks: If you are not the only one in your home, you should not be the only one doing housework. Even if you have small children, teach them how to complete age-appropriate chores. As families, we should seek to serve one another. This is the perfect example of how we can do that daily. Give your family that opportunity! My kids know that there are certain tasks that only I can do, but by doing the things they can do, Mom is freed up to do what she needs to do. Then we all have more time to enjoy doing fun things together. Win-win!
dirty laundry ready to be washed
  1. Create a Laundry Routine: Find a schedule that works for you and your family. This may mean washing all of your laundry one day a week or doing a load or two every day. For our family, we have found that doing a little each day helps to keep it from getting too overwhelming. This is also a great area to delegate tasks to other family members. We require each of our school-aged children to be responsible for folding and putting away their clothes. We’ve found these folding boards to be especially helpful in encouraging our kids to accomplish this chore!
  2. Meal Plan: Plan out all of your meals for the coming week… and I do mean all! You and your family have to eat multiple times a day. Make sure you have a plan for each meal. This can look different for each family. Maybe you enjoy and have the time to prepare a fresh meal 3 times a day, make a plan and do that. Maybe mornings are really hard and having a couple of breakfast options available for your kids to fix for themselves works best. That’s still a plan! When you make a plan and shop based on that plan it will help you save money, prevent waste, reduce shopping trips, and provide nourishing meals for your family.
meal prepped food in the refrigerator
  1. Shop With a List: Have you ever purchased an item, brought it home, and moved it from place to place without ever using it because you just didn’t know where to keep it? Or bought food at the grocery store because it was a really good deal, but you already had a fridge full of food and that item ended up getting thrown out? Shopping with a list will help you to avoid impulse buys. When we make a purchase on a whim, oftentimes that item goes unused and ends up just costing us money and time.
  2. Buy in Bulk: This is going to vary from family to family but think about the things your family uses a lot of. Consider purchasing these items in bulk. This will help you save money and reduce the frequency of your shopping trips. We love shopping in bulk at Costco and Azure Standard.
  3. Create a Budget: Establishing and maintaining a budget helps to make sure your finances are in check. It can also make you aware of overspending and direct you to areas where you can save money for your future goals. Track your spending to see where you are spending. This can help you determine areas that you can cut down on or maybe categories you need to pay particular attention to throughout the month.
  4. Set up Automatic Bill Pay: Most companies will now offer an option for automatic bill pay. Having this set up can help to ensure that your bills are paid on time and you avoid late fees. It’s also one less thing you have to think about each month!
  5. Maintain a Family Command Center: As our families grow, so do our obligations, calendars, documents, and tasks. Find a central area in your home where each family member can access this information. You can also look for digital resources and apps that can help with this if you’ve got older kids with devices.
  6. Implement a Mail Management & Filing System: Establish a routine for sorting and processing incoming mail and papers. Do this as soon as they come into your home. This will help keep paper clutter from building up and ensure that your important bills, documents & paperwork are organized and easy to find.
  7. Limit Screen Time: Time behind a screen is often necessary in our culture, but don’t let it dictate your day. Set limits for yourself (and your family). This can help to not only improve focus and productivity when it comes to tasks, but it allows you to better care for and focus on spending quality time with those you love.
  8. Take Care of Yourself: Managing your home and caring for your family is hard work. Find ways to keep your cup full. Read scripture and spend time in prayer. Read a book for fun or find an activity you enjoy. Spend time with people who will pour into you. Move and nourish your body. It’s so necessary for us to prioritize caring for ourselves.
woman studying the Bible

Try starting with one or two of these home management tips. Once you conquer that habit, add in another idea until it also becomes second nature. Over time you will have many systems in place that will create a more stress-free and efficient home. Most importantly, know that you are doing valuable work! Managing a home is challenging! Give yourself grace and time as you work to implement new systems and habits.

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