Welcome back to part two of 10 Ways to Streamline Your Home! In case you missed part one you can go check it out here. I put together these streamlining tips to help other overwhelmed Mama’s gain back sometime in their day! Hopefully, with all this extra found time you can start that blog finally or take a nap 🙂
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Let me introduce myself. My name is Corinne and I am a productivity/efficiency geek.
I feel there is always a way to do something better and faster. My blog, helps other overwhelmed moms be more productive at home and in their business.
I have limited time and frequently get distracted on the internet, so I have to force myself to stay focused and productive during the time blocks that I schedule to work on my business.
Needless to say, I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and how I can reduce the amount of time it takes to accomplish my tasks. I experiment with new ideas and share them on my blog if they are a success!
10 Ways to Streamline your Home-Tips 6-10
6.) Prioritize Your Tasks and Automate Where You Can
Have you ever read the book “The Four Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferriss. He talks about when you’re looking at your task before you try to automate anything or create any systems you should really gauge if you even need to do the task at all. I completely agree with him. There might be things on your to-do list that you don’t need to do at all and you should really just get rid of it completely.
After you have scrubbed your to-do list for all the unnecessary things, prioritize all the items that remain on your to-do list and then automate where you can. We were very deliberate with our morning routine because we know if nothing else gets done all day then at least we did a little laundry and we put the dishes away. Get the most important things done first before your day gets away from you.
Check out this blog post: How to Use Time Blocking to Skyrocket Your Productivity
7.) Automate Your Finances
I created a way to basically streamline all of my finances so I only look at my budget now once a month. All our income comes in, all my bills get paid and we are saving money. I know automating your bills sounds scary but with some simple notification settings, you can be alerted before anything goes wrong.
8.) Develop a Cleaning System or Schedule
The client who inspired me to write this blog post has eight kids!! I struggle sometimes with just the one!! Develop a cleaning system to streamline your housekeeping. Find a way to involve your kids and it becomes a learning opportunity. Teaching them how to use a budget (a college friend taught me…can you believe I didn’t learn to budget until college), time management and prioritizing their time are great life skills.
My cleaning schedule is more of a looping system where do I focus on one area of my house each day. I do not clean on the weekends. Weekends are for fun…not for working or cleaning. Basically, I focus on what part of my house every day and if I don’t get to it then I just do it the next day or week.
We’re pretty good about cleaning up after ourselves so we don’t really ever have a messy house. Cleaning as we go really keeps the house maintained and deep cleaning is rarely needed. That is one habit we will keep even as we eventually hire a housekeeper.
9.) Meal Planning
We meal plan once a month and I do not go grocery shopping!! More on shopping in #10 but meal planning once a month has not only streamlined our home but it has really helped out our budget. I specifically plan meals that are healthy and low in calories so it helps my waistline too. Once you have a monthly meal plan you like, you can keep repeating it. We typically only change every season. When it comes time to shop we just check the pantry and done.
10.) Online Shopping
Where we live in Vermont it is a good 30 minutes to the closest Walmart or grocery store. I don’t even know where the Target or mall is off the top of my head. I would have to look it up. We order almost everything online with Amazon Subscribe and Save or with Grocery pick up. By ordering we know exactly how much it is going to cost and if we will be on budget. No embarrassing moments in the checkout line of having to put things back because they are over budget.
When I do go to the store, I minimize the number of trips so I am not wasting time or gas!! I plan my errands so they make the most sense geographically and based on my schedule. Most of the time it is all online though. It is so nice not having to remember dog food or paper towels 🙂 With auto-ship we never run out.
Again, if you missed part one, tips 1-5 you can find them here. If you found some of these tips helpful, comment below and tell me which ones. I’m going to keep adding to this so definitely save it, pin it to reference later or share with a friend!