Types of home management you need to consider to keep your life running smoothly. How to make home management less of a burden by automating, delegating, and creating home routines.
Types of Home Management
Think home management is a walk in the park?
Over the years, home management has become more involved, as our lives have become more complicated.
This makes maintaining a home feel like an uphill battle.
But it helps to know all of the types of home management so you can prioritize, delegate, and make sure nothing important is falling through the cracks.
In this articles you’ll learn about all of the different types of home management so you can create an action plan for maintaining your home.
When you think of home management, cleaning is probably the first thing that comes to mind.
To keep your home running smoothly, you need to figure out a way to keep it clean.
You can do it yourself by creating a routine that incorporates cleaning into each day, or you can do a big cleaning day each week.
If you’re able to, cleaning is the perfect home management task to outsource.
Cleaning is time-consuming, and if you can hire it out, that will free up a lot of time.
Laundry is a necessary evil – whether you’re a household of one or a household of 16!
To make sure you always have clean clothes to wear, you need to set up a system for getting the laundry done.
For some people, doing one load a day works best. For others, having a laundry day once a week works.
If you have children, teach them to do their own laundry and make it their responsibility.
We gave our kids each a “laundry day” each week, and that’s when they wash, dry, and fold all of their clothes.
They just started doing their own laundry this year, and I wish we had started sooner!
Meal Prep and Meal Planning
Meal planning and cooking are a big part of home management.
We all need to eat!
What we eat depends a lot on our schedules, diets, and how well we plan what to eat for the week.
Having a good meal plan each week and shopping from a list is a huge money saver.
And if you run out of ideas for what to eat for dinner, that’s something you can easily outsource.
If you have good organizational systems running in the background, everything home management-related will be so much simpler.
And once you have organization in place, you need to maintain it.
But if you can stay consistent with the organization systems you put in place, it gets exponentially easier.
Keeping track of planned events doesn’t take a lot of time, but if you don’t do it, chaos ensues.
Choose a specific time of day to do a calendar check and make a to-do list.
Consistently check your calendar at the same time every day to see what appointments and activities you have scheduled, and write out your to-do list.
You’ll know what’s coming up for the day ahead, and you’ll have a clear idea of the things you need to get done!
Calendar and Scheduling Tools
- Cozi is a free digital calendar option that works perfectly for families.
- You can use a paper planner to map out your days. I use my Daily Planning Sheets or an Erin Condren Life Planner.
Routines and Habits
The routines and habits you create around home activities are a huge contributor to home management.
Norms you have for your house can make maintaining it easier or harder.
Here are some examples of home management habits:
- Always putting your dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher when you’re done with them
- Taking off shoes before entering the house
- Running the dishwasher every night
- Doing a load of laundry every day
- Turning off the lights when you exit a room
- Wiping down the table and countertops after each meal
School & Extra Curricular Activities
Kid-related activities have a big impact on how you run your home.
Depending on what your family does, you’ll have to manage things like:
- Study time for kids
- Transportation to/from school and activities
- Monitoring school calendar
- Keeping track of practices, games, meetings, etc.
- Purchasing supplies for school and activities
- Paying fees, tuition
- Remembering dress-up days for school, picture days
- Creating and maintaining a budget
- Monitoring bank accounts, credit cards, loans, etc.
- Paying bills
- Finding best prices for big purchases
- Investing, researching, etc.
- Maintaining financial records
- Paying taxes
Family Activities and Memories
- Planning and booking family trips
- Recording memories in photo albums, online postings, etc.
- Planning family activities
- Maintaining family traditions
- Recognizing family accomplishments
- Planning birthday parties, holiday parties, etc.
- Managing faith formation activities
- Quality time with all family members
- Grocery shopping
- Shopping for gifts
- Purchasing clothing
- Replacing items needed for home
- Dry cleaner
- Filling cars up with gas
- Oil changes
- Driving to/from school and activities
- Picking up food from restaurants
- Dropping off donations
- Picking up/dropping off library books
- Taking boxes, glass to recycle center
Because home maintenance tasks aren’t something we need to think about every day, it’s easy to forget about them!
Make a practical home management binder to help you keep track of home maintenance tasks you need to remember.
Here are some things you may need to do to maintain your home:
- Washing windows
- Powerwashing deck, patio, driveway
- Maintaining roof and gutters
- Pest control
- Landscaping and mowing
- Replacing broken appliances
- Polishing countertops, furniture
- Cleaning/maintaining flooring
- Servicing furnace and air conditioner
- Replacing air filters
- Changing batteries in smoke detectors
- Replacing light bulbs
- Cleaning air ducts
- Cleaning lint trap in dryer
Paper Organization and Information Management
Maintaining all papers, information, and records that pertain to your home.
Depending on where you live, you may need to do different things to prepare for an emergency.
We live in an earthquake zone, and there are frequently forest fires in our area.
You may be in a hurricane zone, or have a lot of tornadoes in the summer.
Or, you may need to be prepared to be snowed in or without power in case of a blizzard.
Here are some things people do to prepare for an emergency
- Stock your pantry with at least two weeks’ worth of non-perishable foods
- Maintain an extra supply of water in case of emergency
- Know how to turn off water, gas, power in your home
- Have a plan for what to do in case of fire, tornado, earthquake, etc.
- Maintain an up-to-date list of emergency contacts
- Maintain a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher
- Have a home inventory in case of property loss
- Make sure prescriptions are filled so you’ll have enough for a week or two (talk to your doctor about this one)
- It never hurts to have some extra toilet paper on hand!
Related: How to Make a Sick Kit
Our furbabies are like children. They need our love and attention to thrive.
And because they’re an integral part of our home life, taking care of them often falls under the umbrella of home management.
Here are some common pet care tasks:
- Feeding pets
- Cleaning food and water bowls
- Bathing, brushing pets
- Cleaning out cages, litter boxes, etc.
- Walking pets outside
- Cleaning up poop!
- Shampooing carpets
- Giving pets medications
- Veterinarian visits
- Playing with pets
- Purchasing food, pet toys, grooming tools, etc.
Decorating is not essential.
But if it’s something you like, decorating your home in a style you love can make being at home much nicer.
If you want to re-decorate your home, go for it!
Feeling Overwhelmed? You’re Not Alone.
Wow. There’s really a lot that goes into managing a home.
And often, most of that responsibility lies with one person.
If you’ve read this far in the article, I’m guessing that person is you!
The good news is:
- You don’t have to do all of this stuff – Almost no one does (unless they have a staff helping them)
- It gets easier – If you’re new to home management, or you’re in a busy season of life, things will be more difficult. Over time, it does get easier. This too shall pass.
- You can take control right now by focusing on the essentials.
If you’ve been thinking through all of the things you’re already doing around the house, and the task list feels daunting, it’s time to simplify!
- Make a list of 4-5 tasks you can do every day that keep the house running smoothly.
- Make a list of things you’re going to STOP doing so you have more breathing room in your life.
More Types of Home Management Resources
- Easy Home Management: A Realistic Action Plan to Take the Pressure Off
- Create a Weekly Home Management Routine That Works for You