THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO an ORGANIZED Home

An ORGANIZED HOMEMAKING

My daughter likes to ask me every now and then how I know how to keep house. How I know when to do what when it comes to homemaking.

As she becomes older I realize that passing this information on to her is quite important. She hopes to care for her own home one day and she wants to do her best to get it right from the start.

Homemaking is nothing new. It's been around as long as there have been homes. It has evolved over the years. Most noticeably with the Industrial Revolution and the new inventions that came at that time to make life easier at home.

These days homemaking has made a kind of resurgence. Beautifully kept homes and cozy family life have launched many an influencer on Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube.

But how do you reach this level of perfection?

Let's put to rest the idea of perfection first of all. The goal is to find the right home life for your and your family. This blog is designed to share the tools with you that help you keep your home and home life organized.

Newlywed? First home? Or maybe you want to prepare your growing teen for when they have their own home. This is where you start.

Beginner's Guide to Organized Homemaking

WHAT are the CATEGORIES in HOMEMAKING?

  • Homemaking is a set of step that you do to keep your home and family clean, fed, and clothed. It includes…
    • Organizing
    • Cleaning
    • Meal Times
    • Parenting
    • and extras like Gardening, Home Decor, and Crafts

GET STARTED WITH ORGANIZING YOUR HOMEMAKING

  • To get started with having an Organized Home you need a home (or apartment, trailer, room, etc) and the desire to get things together. Got that? Good! Just making sure.
  • First I want you want to set up a good Morning Routine. Take steps to start the day off on the right foot. Even if you work outside the home or stay at home, it is one of the biggest keys to getting organized.
  • Then we need to set up Daily and Weekly Routines for keeping your home and home life organized.
  • We move on to Meal Planning because feeding the masses with the least amount of stress possible is super important for making time in your day.
  • Learn some great Cleaning Tips for various areas of your home.
  • And finally it's time to Declutter and Organize your home for that Organized Homelife that you've been wanting.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN ORGANIZED HOMEMAKING

  • One of my first tips to be more Organized about your Homemaking is to realize that there is more than one way to do things. I may tell you a fabulous way that has worked for me but in truth it may not work for you. That goes for cleaning, meal planning, organizing, and especially how you structure your days.
  • Another tip to being more organized is to take it a little bit at a time. Don't try and become this super organized fabulous person overnight. Little by little make changes, and make them habits. Just keep working at it and don't give up.
  • And my final tip to help you in your organized homemaking journey is to tell you that when all else fails or you feel just so overwhelmed make a to-do list. I do this often. If I have lots of things going on and it just seems like too much I write it down on a to-do list so I can really get an idea of all I have to accomplish and if I do need to make some changes.

Every day presents opportunities for growth.  Every problem has a solution.  Sometimes all it takes is to think a little differently than we have before.  ~Emilie Barnes

COMMON QUESTIONS/FAQ ABOUT THIS THING CALLED HOMEMAKING

  • WHAT SKILLS DO HOMEMAKERS HAVE
    • The skills it takes to be a homemaker are varied and great. It's an awesome undertaking and in my opinion prepares you for quite a few things. Here's a nice list.
      • Cooking Skills (reading and creating recipes, meal management)
      • Cleaning Skills (stain removal, keeping bathrooms tidy, cleaning up messes)
      • Organizing (of papers, belongings, time)
      • Budgeting (money going out is not more than money coming in)
      • Event Planning (hostessing, birthday parties, holidays)
      • Time Management
  • DUTIES OF A HOMEMAKER?
    • The duties of a homemaker are the same as the list but here I will write them out so you can get a sense of what you are actually doing.
      • Cooking Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Making sure the fridge and pantry are stocked. Also training your children to also do these things.
      • Cleaning the house including bathrooms and kitchen, keeping general house tidy, doing laundry, and keeping cleaning supplies in stock.
      • Organizing things such as paperwork, off season items, kitchen items. Pretty much everything in the home so that you and others in your family can find what they need.
      • Budgeting may or may not fall under your duties. If you live alone or are the head of household then it usually does. My husband and I switch back and forth. Right now he's doing it and I'm glad but I now how to if need be. Keeping track of incoming and outgoing funds.
      • Event Planning is the fun part. This past year I upped my game on being a hostess. I'm learning in real life from some of the best how to put on a dinner party, host an overnight guest, provide quick snacks for drop in guests, and have a birthday party for more than just family.
      • It all comes down to Time Management. The above list looks like a lot but if you manage your time well it is doable and so much more.That's where the Organized Homemaking comes in.
  • IS HOMEMAKING AN OCCUPATION?
    • That's a tough one to answer. A homemaker is one who manages a household. Some tax forms and online surveys list it under occupation. The next time someone asks you your occupation say, “Homemaker” and leave it at that.
  • WHY DO YOU NEED TO BE AN ORGANIZED HOMEMAKER?
    • I love helping people get organized. If you're frazzled at dinner time, wasting money rebuying things you lost, and upset over the state of your home you need to be an organized homemaker.
  • ARE HOMEMAKERS ONLY STAY AT HOME MOMS?
    • In my book no. I called myself a homemaker even with a full-time job outside the home. It was just my other job. If you manage the home you you're a homemaker.
  • IF I AM A HOMEMAKER CAN I ALSO EARN MONEY?
    • Well since I mentioned before that I felt you could still be working outside of the home and also call yourself a homemaker then of course you can earn money. Some ways to earn money at home…
      • Sell your crafts on places like eBay and Etsy
      • Sell your designs on places like HungyJPG and Designbundles
      • Offer services such as babysitting.
      • Blogging as a source of income

THE LAST THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING ORGANIZED WITH YOUR HOMEMAKING

  • Keeping your Homemaking Tasks Organized is an ongoing thing. As your life changes so will the needs of your home. New babies, teens, empty nests all play a part in how you keep your home.
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