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By Thea Theresa English

Tips on being a fabulous modern homemaker

Today’s homemakers wear many hats. They might from work from home, but some work part-time outside the home. Other modern homemakers operate businesses from home and juggle the responsibilities of motherhood, the household and their marriages. Here are tips for better homemaking to get you started.

Stick to a flexible schedule

Avoid chaos during your daily tasks with a flexible schedule. If you get up at 6 a.m., you can spend thirty minutes in meditation while everyone is asleep. At around 7 a.m., you might start breakfast and get the kids ready for school. Between 9 a.m. and noon you can focus on playtime with the infants and toddlers you have at home. Around 1 p.m. you can do housework as the little ones nap. Around 4 p.m. you can get dinner ready and help the older kids with their homework. Between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m., you might have dinner and wind down with your family. As everyone sleeps, you can work on blogs or other work-from-home projects before you go to sleep.

Get in the habit of waking up early

This is important because if you get up too late in the morning, you will find it hard to get things done. You can use your early morning hours for lots of things. Wash clothes, iron the kids’ clothes for the week, make meals to freeze for later use, or even run short errands before everyone else gets up. I’m a morning person naturally, so I prefer to do most of my tasks before the afternoon hours.

Repurpose and reuse

The modern homemaker understands sustainable living and as a result, she might repurpose and reuse household items. If you have some large popcorn canisters, fill them with sugar, flour, rice and dried pastas. Old cardboard boxes can make for fun crafts or additional storage containers for the attic. Repurposing items saves you money and time.

Adopt a clean-as-you-go way of housekeeping

Dishes and clothing pile-ups can be avoided by adopting a clean-as-you-go way of housekeeping. If you have free time during the day, use this time to wash the small load of dishes leftover from breakfast. Or you can use the extra time to take excess clutter out of your closet and dust furniture in your bedroom.

Get help from rest of the family

Homemaking shouldn’t be a one-woman responsibility. Delegate certain tasks to others in the household to make your life easier. Your teenagers can do chores such as washing dishes, taking out the trash, cooking meals occasionally and changing the babies’ diapers. Your spouse can clean the bathroom or garage when needed and organize the kitchen’s pantry.

This concludes our tips for better homemaking. As a modern homeowner, you have multiple responsibilities, but with some organization and help from others, you will be fantastic.

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