Frugal homemaking priorities are those that help the home run efficiently and affordably. I keep my schedule in the kitchen. My schedule is written across one whole wall. This chalkboard illustration helped me set priorities for housework. No more random cleaning that led to rabbit trails of other cleaning. Time was wasted without a plan. Since I am a visual person, my schedule had to be in front of me in a big way. Oh, and the bottom half of the chalkboard is for my kids to be creative on. They have access to chalk anytime so they do not need to mark on my walls with crayons.
When I decided to visually set priorities for my housework is when the housework started to get done.
How to Set Frugal Homemaking Priorities
Decide what needs to be done each day. Make a list of three. This number is not overwhelming, but it accomplishes somethings on the list. Some days I am only able to get one item crossed off, but that one makes me feel accomplished.
Keep the priorities in a visual place. My command center is the kitchen. I have a calendar, schedule and homemaking binder that helps me stay on task with household duties. To keep things running smoothly at any point coming in from an appt, or anything I check my schedule to see what it is that I need to be working on at that time. It isn’t my taskmaster, but my guide. Using my schedule to steer me back to my priorities is important. Frugal homemaking priorities are the ones that move your home along in smooth transitions.
Keep the tasks simple and focused. Many time frugal homemaking tasks are simple, easy and ones that are necessary to keep costs down. Baking bread, meal prepping, homemade cleaners are all ways that frugal homemaking allow for moms to pour love into their home. Therefore, these simple homemaking tasks are endless and sometimes monotonous, but always moving the household finances first. Living beneath ones means doesn’t mean going without or living in extremely uncomfortable circumstances. This lifestyle is a gentle reminder of contentment. One that helps us moms to stay the course to keep our families happy, healthy, clean, dressed and fed. After all of that is done, if there is time or money left over to save we do.
Look at what season of life is currently happening. In a busier time condense a cleaning schedule. No need to add more stress to a situation. The house will still be dirty the next day. Cleaning something is better than nothing.
Coming to the realization that I can only do so much was important. Especially, since I am slightly OCD. Laying out priorities and embracing my busy season helped. On Wednesday’s when my kid’s would nap I cleaned the kitchen. Now, I do not have any nappers and we homeschool. No longer do I clean the entire kitchen.
Be realistic when setting priorities for housework. Creating bottles of homemade cleaners, cleaning every room in the house, baking bread, meal prepping, shopping, grocery lists and all of the things that go into running a house aren’t going to happen everyday.
They happen at their given time on a given day. Keep it simple. Keep it affordable. Have a set time to do everything on a set day each week. On errand day add in some fun and stop by a park for the kids.
Keep the Home Running
Find three tasks that keep the home running. Ask yourself, what will keep this home running? I absolutely need to have dishes done completely each day, laundry folded each day, and food prepped for breakfast. After I established my three must do’s then other cleaning tasks became secondary. Keeping the kids clean, fed and dirty dishes out of the sink lowers my stress level. Once those three are completely done I am content.
What will lower your stress level? Break down tasks and make setting priorities for housework easier. Also, don’t buy a lot to create clutter. That is really more stuff to manage.
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