Frugal home management system for moms is imperative to help run the home smoothly. Routines, schedules, menu plans, cleaning days, office days and duties that go with each of those keep the household moving. Since I have had my second child my home management system has evolved. Each year it changes, and I adjust to maintain and embrace the change. No schedule works all of the time. No menu planning is going to prepare any mom for the days’ when kids’ have to be to two places at once and dinner isn’t ready. Life gets in the way, but that does not need to be the norm.
Frugal home management system is a help to moms because when it seems like things are off track and crazy those systems put the train back on track. Fancy planners, expensive binders or systems are great but a simple system is all that is needed. One that is flexible and adaptable to the needs of your family.
Frugal Home Management System
Create a system around each meal time. One that aligns with your families’ style and lifestyle. Active or relaxed, written or laminated daily home management system. When I created my home management system I grabbed a binder and some loose leaf paper. Having an overly complicated process would get ignored and I knew this. My goal was to create something flexible and workable. Therefore, the basics of how I ran my house had to be written down.
Meal routines, laundry, cleaning, calendar, schedule and daily work. How I start my organizing if from the top down. So, I created my days that had a specific task. For example on Friday’s I clean. Whether it was first thing in the morning, at nap time when my kids’ were little or after they went to bed, I cleaned on Friday’s. Using a journal style of creating the system, I wrote down the flow of my days’, and included my meal time before and after routines.
Daily Home Organization
First, set up the days’ that work well with your families schedule. We homeschool, and I am home all day. That doesn’t mean I am not busy, but some moms’ may be out of the home. Household management for those homes will look differently than it does in my home.
Create a day for laundry, planning and budgeting, cleaning, kitchen and meal prep, gardening and outside work. After these designated days’ are set, then each week build on that plan, but do not overload the list. Keep the list to no more than three items. For example, I do four loads of laundry on laundry day. I could do more, but then I would just not have time to fold it. On laundry day I do four loads that are washed, dried, folded and placed in our individual laundry baskets. On kitchen day I meal prep either three breakfast meals, three lunch meals, or three dinner meals. See, the object is to do something that will make the week flow better and free up time in other area’s, but not so much I am worn out.
Frugal Home Routines
Next, for each meal create a prep routine, and cleanup routine. In my schedule, the time allowed or needed for meal prep and cleanup will be included. All of this is important. If I don’t work backwards with my time, something else will be thrown off. Every day I do the same thing to start my day in the morning, I make my bed. Currently, I am setting the same system for lunch where I do one thing that moves me into the next part of the day. Right now that is lunch dishes. Adding in the 15 minutes it takes to complete the dishes is an important part of my evening. Setting the next routine is after dinner or a bedtime routine.
Completing one thing each day helps me to move into the next part, if not I feel like time slips away from me. Going to bed at a decent hour is an important part of my morning, so that is why having a schedule is important.
Frugal Home Schedule for Household Management
Schedules can be restricting. But, for me they are a guide. A place to start after an appointment or bad day. When everything seems to be falling apart, I go to my wall schedule and see what I should be doing at that time. My schedule changes yearly with the children’s activities and family needs. For me, a schedule is pivotal to accomplishing more in my day.
Now you may wonder how do all of these things play a part in a keeping to the frugal lifestyle. They do this by allowing me to have time to pay bills on time without late fees, purchase groceries that we need on budget, save on gas by not running errands all of the time, and finally by giving an overall balance to our home and finances. Living a more content lifestyle that stays within our needs and not always acting on our wants.
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