So many times homemakers find that there just aren’t enough hours to get it all done. And truthfully, we can’t get all the things done that we hope. It’s just not realistic and there aren’t enough hours in the day.
That being said, you would be surprised at how much homemakers can do during a 24hr period. But this is only possible when time is organized and managed well.
The key is to manage and primarily organize your time well.
How to organize your time
The first, most important thing you need to do is take a look at the time you actually have in your awake hours. Simply take 24hrs and subtract from it the necessary time you absolutely need to sleep at night. Ideally that will be between seven and eight -and-a-half hours. Some can function on less well, but I find that this range is sort of the sweet spot for most.
What you have left is the true amount of hours and minutes available for you to work with.
Make a list, check it twice
Writing things down adds a tangibility to them. You’re able to have a total visual of what you feel you should tackle in your home daily.
List out your daily action tasks, so everything you do. If it’s a multi task item (wake up, brush teeth, get dressed, make bed) wrap it into one item. You can call it morning routine, rise and shine – what ever makes sense to you. if listing it all out makes it easier for you, go for it.
My list would look something like this
- Home Management (includes chores and a couple of breaks in the day to do a quick tidy pick up)
- Morning routine
- Evening routine
As you can see, my list is super simple and yet it allows for so many things to be sub categorized under them. But in general, these are the main items I tackle each day.
After you have your list, allocate the time required (or hoped for) for each item. Once you have this, you can break them down and list them out again but in order of how they pan out throughout the day. Having a semi structured schedule is helpful to me, because I do so much and I want to ensure that what I would like to tackle in the day is on my list. If it doesn’t fit within my time slots – then I know I can’t possibly get them done. Or if I try, I’ll probably wear myself thin.
Does this mean I can’t veer off schedule? Not at all. Instead this serves as a guide. If I wake up later, or if I take longer on one task or another – It’s totally okay.
Once you’ve done this for your whole day you’ll allow yourself to truly see what can and can not be done throughout the day. I was that crazy homemaker who thought she could clean her entire house every.single.day. It was crazy town and I just couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t do it all. In my head the time I thought it would take to do this, plus do all my other things – made sense.
But when I put it all down on paper, I was able to clearly see that I was just way over my head. So I scaled waaaaay back and simply allocated one area (room) a day.
I hope this simple tip on organizing your time helps you grab ahold of those crazy busy schedules of yours! Do you have any tips or methods that you’ve used to help you get your time organized?