Families today have demanding lives with all members being active in pursuing their work or educational goals. it is important to set up a system in the home for all members of the family contribute towards keeping the house well organised and under control. An organised house can be a place for the family to relax and feel inspired and energetic, rather than being a place which is a stress point. Keeping the house clean and running on a system can seem like an insurmountable task with all the other responsibilities one had.
Take a few minutes going around each room with a pen and pad and note down what are the main activities that the rooms / areas are used for. Write down one area/ room per page, so that you can add notes later. Look at each room / area and what it is used for, and if you and the family want to change or add something to it to use the space better. For example: if the study can double up as an entertainment or family room. Once you have this in place, go over the rooms/ areas again to remove the articles that do not suite/ fit in with the activity the space is meant for. This will ensure that everything you need to dine at the table, stays in the dining area; example crockery, cutlery, table linen etc. The nook for laundry will then need to have everything from washing powder, clothes clips to possibly an ironing board and an iron to complete the laundry process.
A lot of time is wasted and stress is added searching for car keys in the morning or trying to find a hammer when you need one. Find a place for all items in the house and ensure members of the family follow a routine to put things in their designated place. It takes a little effort to find a designated spot for everything and a little effort in making a habit of putting away things correctly, but it pays rich dividends in helping curb clutter and a pile up.Clothes in the closet, along with socks and undergarments, soiled clothes in the hamper, a cupboard with toiletries and extra towels etc., a closet with extra bed linen, accessories according to type such as earrings, chains, belts etc.
Stationery, gift wrapping supplies. Use baskets both large and small for smaller items to ensure they do not get lost. Grouping all items together according to their use and keeping them in an accessible place according to the frequency of use will help keep the home organised and minimise wastage of time when you need something. Periodically go through all your stuff and toss the things you don’t need. Papers, old magazines, clothes, appliances that don’t work anymore. They tend to collect and occupy more space than we want to acknowledge.
having a schedule for routine stuff helps ensure there is no pile up of chores and ensures the household can run on auto pilot. For instance knowing whose turn it is to cook the meal or run the washing machine, helps regulate work, ensures everyone contributes and distributes chores equally. Even kids can contribute by helping to lay the table for meals, or knowing it is their turn to put away toys and books after playing with them.
Organising the kitchen is a very important task. It helps in making the preparation of a meal enjoyable. Grouping together groceries according to frequency of use and quantities purchased is one way. Alternatively according to category such as cereals, pulses, beans, pasta, oils, spices, sweeteners etc. is also a good way to be organised. If you keep all ingredients for pasta together, pasta, olive oil, seasonings etc., all you need to do is open just one cupboard and grab it all, rather than opening multiple cupboards searching for ingredients. Make a list of all items in all the storage areas of the kitchen, go through the list to group them together. Put away multiples of products in another less used cupboard, shelf or storage area. Make your grocery list after cross checking with your supplies on hand so that you only replenish stock and not buy randomly.
some tasks need to be done on a daily basis, some on a weekly basis and some tasks can be done monthly. Each household is different and hence the lists can change. However it is good to do tasks such as dusting, laundry, dirty/ used dishes, cleaning kitchen counter tops, taking out the garbage and making the bed every day. Weekly tasks can include doing the vacuuming, cleaning the shower and toilets, cleaning the vents in the chimney, etc.