When you work from home, you have the privilege of working at your own pace, and you have the opportunity to chill out and work in a more relaxed fashion. The caveat? Working from home can actually be more difficult than working an office. There can be less structure when you work from your house, and if you - like most people - struggle to put your own routine into place, then you are bound to blur the line between work life and home life.
The Perfect Balance: Managing Your Home While Working From Home
One of the most difficult tasks to keep track of is housework. It can feel like a constant pull: you want a clean house of course, but you have deadlines to meet. You may have to call an AC repair service to get your HVAC serviced, but you're crunched for time because work has you swamped. It's the same with housework, too. Sweeping, mopping and dusting seem to fall by the wayside when you're laser focused on work.
So what can you do?
So what can you do?
- Plan & Schedule. When working from home, planning & scheduling will no doubt become your new best friends. If you don't already own a planner, consider purchasing one that not only has a monthly spread, but a daily or weekly one as well. Who knows? Planning might just become a fun new hobby for you!
- Make everything as streamlined as possible. For example, breakfast doesn't have to take an hour; you can make a healthy & nutritious meal in just 15 minutes. Forget sweeping or vacuuming, and try a robotic gadget to help you out instead. You can also purchase a steamer to help clean fixtures like windows, mirrors, counters and more!
- On weekends, find some time to declutter. From clothes you no longer wear to linens you no longer use, make a quick trip to the charity shop while you're out and about running other errands. While catching up on your latest Netflix binge, scale back those piles of magazines, newspapers & mail. On Saturday evenings, take an hour of downtime to meal plan the following week.
- Remember--you're not in this alone, so get the whole family involved. Make up chore charts and ask the kids to pitch in. Maybe your oldest is better at folding laundry, and your youngest is great drying dishes. Whatever the case, focus on their strengths and what they're able to do rather than fighting them on what you want them to do. Check out this free printable from The Country Chic Cottage. She can help you tackle house keeping in just 15 minutes a day!
- Do the 10-second tidy: Using color coded laundry baskets, ask each family member to collect their toys, clothes and other miscellaneous items from around the house, and put back in their proper places.
- Start a load of laundry every morning before you sit down to work. At lunch time, throw wet laundry in the dryer or hang on the clothesline. After dinner, sort and fold. If you make it a part of your every day routine, your laundry shouldn't become too overwhelming a chore.
- Get the kids involved in cooking, especially meal prep. Ask older kids to chop, peel and slice, and younger ones to stir, sift and spread. Not only are they helping out, but they're learning an invaluable lesson!
- If it's feasible, hire a cleaning service, even if it's just once a month. We have a wonderful team who comes through once a month to do all of the things we just don't like doing, like washing floors, scrubbing the tub and shower and cleaning the inside of appliances. It's such an invaluable service and not only does it free up our time, it helps us stress less, too!
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