- Establish a suitable routine. Don’t make a schedule that your whole family is going to feel like a slave to. Do make a basic routine where everyone knows what is expected and you don’t have people constantly asking you what’s going to be happening and when it will be. “Mommy, is it time to visit yet?”, “Mommy, are we going to paint today?”, “Mommy, is it my day to do this?” can drive you to wishing you could change your name!
- Make sure there is a place for everything and everything goes in it’s place. An inbox and outbox for mail. A place for magazines to read. A specific shelf in the frig for leftovers. A place for all laundry, dirty in one spot, clean in another. A specific basket or shelf for library books. This is soooo important and helps sooo much. It is so easy to implement but it takes consistency and determination to keep things this way. It is worth every effort and reminder! I promise!
- Purge regularly. Don’t hang on to things. This is a faith and stewardship issue. If you need it later, God will provide it when you do. Someone else may need it now, don’t hang on to things others may be able to use now. Don’t keep things you don’t have room for. (Preaching to myself now! My BIG problem is sewing and craft supplies. I have WAY too much!)
I do have some resources that have really helped me. (I think I need to pull them out and remind myself!)
This first one may seem an odd suggestion, but it not only helped me understand my children; it also helped me understand my husband and myself. The way we learn affects the way we live. Knowing the different personality types in your home can help so much in knowing how to arrange things for ease of use and keeping things tidy.
- Cynthia Tobias's "The Way They Learn" will help you understand the learning styles of each person in your family. You will find yourself using these references for better understanding other people you have to deal with or work with throughout your life. Things are so much easier when you know how to relate to people.
- Kathy Peel has a way of bringing the honor and respect into managing home and family. With "Family Manager" she gives you practical advise on putting everything in order in your mind so you can implement the management of your home in a professional and loving matter.