Household Management Series: Manage Your House Like a Pro
Hello my Frugal readers! How are you doing?! School is back in season, sports and after school activities have all started in full swing, and you are back to being in 100 places at once! I am sure some of you are just loving this and some of you are just exhausted. I 110% get it! I have mixed feelings all the time about whether I like summer or fall more!
Well since we have started Fall out, I know that this is the time when many of you are starting to make new goals. That is why I have dedicated this week’s September series to household management! You may be asking, what does that even mean? Well, let me tell you! Do you ever just feel like your life is chaos? Do you feel like you are constantly wore ragged? Or do you ever feel like you don’t know how to do this whole parenting thing? These are all topics I am going to address this week in our series. Each day I will have a new topic plump full of ideas to help YOU! That is my job here at Fabulessly Frugal! I want women to feel empowered, independent, and most of all, happy.
So, Let’s Get Started!
How to Manage Your Household Like a Pro
We are going to start off with one of the hardest things about being a mother for me, and that is managing!! I have wonderful children and with each one comes completely different, distinct lives! Each one of them loves different activities and are involved in different extra-curricular events. That means that I get to take each one of them where they need to be and remember to pick them up once it is over! That also means that I get to be 100% emotionally available so that at all times I can be their mom! I am such an advocate for parents actually BEING THERE for their kids. Kids need someone to talk to and parents need to be that person.
But, as I was a young mother, I did not know how to balance ME. I did not know how to be in all those places at once! But I learned. And today I am going to share a few tricks, resources, and tools that I use to manage my home and keep all in order.
I am going to start Household Management off with chores! I know that may sound strange, but let’s be honest! There is only one of you! You should not have to do every single chore in the entire house. It is important for kids to learn how to work and chores are the perfect way to do that. I have my own system that works with my family, but I also asked a few of the girls that work on my team what they do to get kids to help with chores and you will be amazed!
What Works for Me:
I am a HUGE chore can fan! I have been using this since my kids became old enough to do chores. They are simple to make and last forever. What I do is I allow my kids to earn privileges. I have always wanted my kids to work for what they have. I believe that extra curricular activities, time with friends, electronics, etc. are all privileges, not things that my kids are entitled too. I want to help teach them responsibility and show them that once they do their work, they can have all the fun they want! Those are skills that will follow them into college and their careers!
So here is how it works in my house…
- Every morning my kids have a list of responsibilities (I often use the chore can). My kids at home range from under 2 year old to 17. Another day I’ll share with you how we divide up all the household responsibilities, but for now I’ll just let you know that my children do a LOT around the house… from their own laundry (starting at age 12) to making their own breakfast and lunch, to sweeping, cleaning, changing diapers, making bottles for the baby, babysitting, and so on.
- Once responsibilities are done, they get free time.
- If they break rules, they lose privileges.
- Depending on the severity of the offense, I will provide ways for them to earn privileges back.
Privileges in my house are defined as:
- Xbox (they are super motivated to play this game right now… they all pitched in and bought it together)
- TV (we love our Amazon Fire TV)
- Reading (NOTE: some of my children LOVE reading… at times, when they are sucked in a good book, they are very motivated to do things in order to earn a book back. If your kids don’t love to read then this might be on their responsibilities list).
By doing this, I help keep my kids motivated. I have noticed that they often do not whine, they just simply get their chores done because they know that after their chores, they can have fun!
What Works for Kelley:
Kelley is a member of my team and she is SUPER awesome. She has 4 beautiful children and has learned what works best for her little kiddos. This is what she does:
“I came up with this idea a few summers ago and so far it has worked really well for us. I have a white board and each night before I go to bed I write 3-5 chores of my choosing for each kid (2-3 for my littles). I like doing it this way because it allows me to look around and pin point areas that need attention and they seem to respond much better to having something different everyday.
Sometimes I’m super OCD like ‘wipe down the outside of the garbage can’ or washer and dryer and sometimes I give them a break like “tell your sister why you love her” or ‘tell mom she’s gorgeous’ haha. (Also works well if they are being naughty, I will give them a chore they dislike doing so that they will have better behavior!)
As much as my kids hate chores, I laugh a little when the first thing they do is run to see the white board. The clincher is if they get everything done by 10 am they get paid. If not, too bad – still have to do them. And I pay them decent (or so they think), but really what I’m doing is just using money I would normally use as a back-to-school budget and “redistributing” as chore money. Shh, don’t tell them.
I try to make our back-to-school shopping an event (part of a summer trip or go to another city) so they have motivation, and it works and I’m really not out any extra money and almost always chores are done before 10 am. This eliminates the fight which is priceless for me.
We are in a small town with not a lot of shopping available, so maybe that’s why that works – but you could make the ‘reward’ anything you want. It could be screen time, time with friends, a trip to frozen yogurt! Whatever you choose!”
What Works for Melanie:
Melanie is the recipe queen here at Fabulessly Frugal and she is blessed with 3 wonderful children! When asked about how she gets chores done in her home, this is what she said:
“We have a system that has worked awesome with our children. We have chores that are just required and must be done each day. They are the basics like clean room, make bed, brush teeth, pray, and complete one job that mom assigns. After they have done all of these things, then they can ask mom for an additional job to earn tickets.
We have a family store filled with candy, toys, games, cash, or whatever they are interested in! Each monday night, we open the store and they can cash in the tickets for a prize. There are of course monday nights when we are not home or on vacation, but monday seems to be the best night to do this because we all tend to be home.
This is the perfect way for my family because it motivates my kids without me having to say a word. I hate to nag and get on my kids so this system does the motivating for me! It is a win-win situation.”
Which Will Work For You?
There are plenty of different books, systems, and ideas out there that can tell you tips on how to set up chores in your home, but you need to find out what will work best for you and your family. Take the time to try out different things and find the perfect solution for your family so that your kids can learn how to take care of themselves and work! That is the purpose of chores!
What ideas do you have when it comes to motivating kids to do their chores?
Another key way to organize your household is to organize yourself and your home. It can be SO hard! Later in this week I will give you different hacks on how to keep everything organized, but in this section I want to focus on one thing that can put a roadblock in your path… CLUTTER.
We all know what it is (some of us more than others!) Something that has helped me be more organized is the Conquer your Clutter Super Bundle!! This is awesome guys! I am happy to introduce it to you!
This bundle does exactly that, it helps you CONQUER your CLUTTER! It is made up of 40 different resources including ebooks, ecourses, and daily planners that will assist you in keeping everything in order. They have been reviewed and named as the BEST in the business to help you live an organized, clutter free life.
The craziest part is this entire bundle has a value of over $658 and you can buy it today for just $47! This is such an awesome deal that I honestly could not pass up. Not only does it help with clutter and organization, but there are also resources to help with family life, managing school and work, and even ways to effectively store photos! This is EVERYTHING you’d ever need to help you manage a family.
What’s Included in the Conquer Your Clutter Bundle?
Inside of the bundle you can find 38 (plus two bonus) different resources (either ebooks, printables, planners, or even an ecourse) all following the theme of 7 different topics!
Cleaning and Chores
- 2017 Motivated Moms Chore Planner by Susan Cramer ($9.00)
- 30 Day Guide to a Clean and Organized Home by Rachel Jones ($27.97)
- Energy Budget: Time Management for the Chronically Ill (And Others With Long-Term Roadblocks) by Rachel Ramey ($78.00)
- The Three Systems Every Family Needs by Saren Loosli ($24.00)
- Chaos To Clutter-Free: 16 Realistic Steps To An Organized Home by Davonne Parks ($4.99)
- Freed from Clutter: Declutter Course by Becky Mansfield ($47.00)
- Step-By-Step Decluttering: Your Guide To Less Stuff And An Uncluttered Home by Sarah Mueller ($15.00)
- 30 Days To An Organized Life by Kimberlee Stokes ($9.00)
- Home Management For The Homeschool Mom: Simplifying The Big Things So You Don’t Miss The Little Things by Amy Roberts ($9.99)
- Home Organizing DIY Assessment Workbook by Andi Willis ($7.00)
- Organizing For School Success Kit by Saren Loosli ($27.00)
- Organizing Life As Mom by Jessica Fisher ($12.00)
- Sanity Savers For Christian Moms: Simple Solutions For A More Joy-filled Life! by Kristi Clover ($5.99)
- 5 Days To A Better Morning by Crystal Paine ($2.99)
- Mindspace: 10 Practices To Help You Let Go Of Mental Clutter And Make Room For More Joyful, Creative Living by Melissa Camara Wilkins ($9.99)
- Never-Ending To-Do List: A One-Hour Solution for Busy Parents Who Want Less Stress And More Fun by Kelly Holmes ($4.99)
- Routine Cards by Rachel Norman & Lauren Tamm ($6.00)
- Spend Your Days: How to Control Time with Rocks, Bullets, Chisels, & a Boat by Tsh Oxenreider ($8.00)
- Meal Planning Made Easy by Kelly Smith ($7.95)
- The Printable Recipe Binder Kit by Kalyn Brooke ($12.00)
- The Ultimate Guide To Freezer Cooking by Crystal Barton ($10.00)
Organizing Papers and Files:
- 10 Steps To Organizing Photos & Memorabilia by Lisa Woodruff ($3.95)
- 2017 Budget Planner by Jessi Fearon ($19.97)
- Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly ($29.00)
- Paperwork: Sorted! by Chrissy Halton ($12.39)
- Spend Well Budgeting System: Printable Files To Help You Take Control Of Your Finances by Carrie Lindsey ($5.99)
- The Sunday Basket: Weekly Paper Organizing & Planning by Lisa Woodruff ($7.95)
- The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide by Jason Glaspey ($29.00)
- 2017 All Inclusive Binder by Mique Provost ($19.99)
- 2017 Christmas Planner by Mandi Ehman ($4.00)
- 2017 Homestead Management Printables by Quinn Veon ($8.99)
- 2017 Thanksgiving Planner by Mandi Ehman ($3.00)
- Homekeeping Foundations Kit: The Perfect DIY Homekeeping Binder Kit by Clean Mama ($20.00)
- Homeschool Mom Life Binder by Heather Bowen ($19.99)
- How To Create Your Own Printables by Laura Smith ($49.00)
- Printable Planner Stickers by Rachael Wynn ($28.46)
- The Home Management Binder & Family Planner by Helena Alkhas ($47.00)
- Wanderlist: Your Travel Planning Toolkit by Kimberly Tate ($12.99)
- Exclusive $20 credit to SaneBox ($20 value)
- 4 month trial to YNAB ($20 value)—only available to new customers
And you get all of this for just $47!! I mean come on, even if you just like 1 or 2 things on this list, you will be getting your moneys worth. And it is not bad to admit that you need a little extra motivation to help you be a more organized mom! Moms are constantly learning! Take all the help you can get!
Lower Your Expectations:
Motherhood is hard, but it is also the most rewarding thing on earth. I know that we set all of these goals to be SUPERWOMAN, but the honest truth is that your kids just need your best. That’s all. Be your best self. There might be nights when the house is a disaster and that is okay. Tomorrow will be a new day and you can fix things up then. Don’t get too busy managing your home that you forget that you have precious little children who sometimes just need your time.
So, tell yourself how GREAT you are doing because that’s the truth! If you are trying, you are succeeding! Of course we can all get better, and we will, but take it one day at a time!
Coming up tomorrow on our Household Management Series:
Do you feel like your home could use a little more love? Come back tomorrow to find out SIMPLE ways to bring more love into your family and home!