Work and home: Part 1
The most important message I can give anyone is to keep your home TIDY (thanks mum). If the house is a mess, it can quickly lead to frustration and stress. If I get up in the morning/arrive home from work in the afternoon and find a tidy home everything runs smoothly—I feel better.
The motto in our house is "a place for everything and everything in its place”. Nothing is left lying about—something my sons learnt early. Another thing that is also important is keeping up with the chores by doing a little each day. By the time the weekend arrives there is very little to do (except to buy the groceries).
Planning meals and buying all the food in one go also saves heaps of time and avoids stopping off on the way home to buy bits and pieces that have been forgotten (time waster).
Multi-tasking is something all women do—whilst brushing my teeth I give the sink a wipe down, when walking to the washing machine I use the washing to do some dusting. It is surprising what you can do whilst doing something else.
As I do not expect my husband to come home and do housework, I make sure that the housework is completed and dinner is cooking by the time he walks through the door Here are a few of my tips for running a smooth organised home:
Before I leave for work
- Wash dishes (usually only a few)
- Kitchen cleaned, take rubbish out
- Kitty litter cleaned
- Bed made (sons do their own)
- Bathroom sink wiped clean, towels neat
- Washing in basket (decided if washing will need to be done in the afternoon)
When I get home
- Change into “home clothes”
- Put washing on (I wash twice a week and on Saturday)
- Quick vacuum (to clean up any cat hair etc)
- Put any washing away
- Quick whizz around making sure house is tidy
- Start dinner
- If I walk past something that needs dusting I dust it, it means no big dust is needed at the end of the week.
- I always leave the house tidy before I go to bed — everything put back in their right places e.g. throw rugs folded, pillows tidied, book pile tidy, DVD’s away
- Dishes air-dried and put away
- Ruby’s breakfast “tray” is ready for her breakfast
- Move meat from freezer to fridge for next day’s dinner
- Make lunches for next day—I only make mine now, but I use to make the children’s school lunches in the evening
- Have bags packed for next day—make sure that everything you need is together (no looking for lost items)
- Paying bills/organise the budget
- Make appointments
- Post mail
- Place orders
- Filling out forms
- Phone calls/emails
- Shopping lists
I am not superwoman. But being organised and using my time wisely, things will run like clockwork. And even though it sounds like I am busy all the time – once the dishes are done at night (usually by 7:00pm) I am sitting down relaxing— reading, blogging, watching a DVD etc.. And I don’t spend my weekend doing house chores as most have been done during the week (that is my gardening time). And I try hard to take time to stop and take pleasure in your day-to-day activities—take time to smell the roses so to speak.
PS you may notice that ironing is not mentioned, I don't iron, only what I need. My husband irons his own clothes!!