Life is busy for everyone. Parents are rushed off their feet juggling work and family life. Kids are busy with school work, homework, and their social lives. It’s easy for things to become disordered and that’s when things go wrong. If a household is disorganized, appointments and deadlines will be missed. Healthy habits will slip, and chaos will ensue.
There are several simple steps you can take as a family to prevent this. A little planning and a little organization are all it takes.
- Set Up A Schedule
In most households each of the occupants have their own appointments and deadlines. The best way to track all of this is to get organized and set up a schedule. A wall calendar works well. Opt for a week to view calendar so you can see all events at a glance. That way things are unlikely to be missed.
Each Sunday evening, gather the family together and go through the schedule for the week. Ensure that everyone knows where they need to be and when. Check whether anything else is taking place that has been missed from the calendar.
- Get Everyone Involved
When everyone has busy lives, it’s not fair that all the chores should fall to one person. Makes sure that everything is split fairly. Even young children should do their part to ensure the house functions efficiently. They can help with keeping their toys tidy. You could get them involved in other simple tasks such as dusting.
Everyone should be aware of their chores and when they should complete them. Stress the importance of this.
- Have The Right Equipment
When you’re in a hurry, having the right tools for the job can make all the difference. For example, the right kitchen knives can cut food preparation time in half. Many people are also turning to induction cooking. This is where heat is transferred to your pan via a magnet. This targets the heat and cuts cooking time significantly. It is also a safe option as elements remain cool. It’s worth investing in an induction cooker and cookware.
And it’s not just in the kitchen where equipment matters. Vacuuming is another area that can be time-consuming. However, having the right vacuum cleaner will save time and provide better results. Make sure that your household appliances are in good working order.
- Double Your Cooking
When you’re busy, one of the first things to go out of the window is cooking. After a hard day, you don’t always feel like making a healthy family meal. So you resort to take-out. This is okay on occasion. But it can be expensive, and it’s an unhealthy habit to adopt.
Instead, try to plan ahead. The next time you’re cooking a meal, prepare twice as much. Put one-half in the freezer. You can also build up a few meals for nights when you don’t feel like cooking. These will be your own ready meals, and there are several advantages. It will save you time in the long-term. Plus, you know exactly what ingredients went into those meals.
- Accept Help
It can be difficult to ask for help sometimes. We all want to be independent and keep everything together. But it’s not always practical. If friends or close family offer to help, let them. The next time you need an extra pair of hands, give them a call. It could be picking the kids up or babysitting for a few hours. Don’t be too proud. We all need help.
- Share Childcare Duties
Get together with other moms and share childcare duties. Take it in turns to take the kids to school or look after them afterward. This can be a great help and support for parents. If you see other moms struggling, reach out to them.
- Set Routines
Establish routines and keep to them. If dinner is at a certain time, expect everyone to be present. Set up rules where everyone switches off their phone before sitting down to eat. Mealtimes should be protected, and they should be for family. It’s somewhere that everyone can gather to talk about their day. Encourage everyone to have a voice and join in.
For young children, set a routine for bedtime. A couple of hours before they go to bed, encourage them to wind down. This should be a quiet time. Keep to the same timings each night. By a certain time, they need to be in the bath. At each stage, let them know what’s coming next. In five minutes you’re going to get dry and ready for bed, etc. If you and your partner read stories, keep to this each night.
Creating routines can help set boundaries. Everyone knows where they stand. It can be challenging in the early stages. But once everyone is used to it, they will accept it without question.
- Don’t Let Things Mount Up
This is easier said than done, but try to keep on top of things. Don’t let household chores build up. It’s easier and quicker to wash the pots as you go along. If you let them build up, a ten-minute task takes an hour.
This applies to everything, whether it’s housework or gardening. Opt for little and often, rather than all or nothing.
- Do Things The Night Before
Small tips like preparing packed lunches the night before can help. This will avoid rushing and feeling stressed in the morning. Invest in some lunch boxes or bento boxes and pop the lunches in the fridge overnight.
If you don’t relish arguing over clothes with younger kids, ask them to prepare their clothes the night before. This could be part of their nighttime routine.
- Ask Kids To Empty Their Bags Each Day
When the kids get home from school, ask them to empty their bags. Take out lunch boxes and PE kits so you can wash them. Ask them for any school letters to allow you to respond promptly.
Life is busy, but there are ways through it. With a little planning and organization, you can avoid the chaos and enjoy a happy and harmonious family life.