Being a parent and a worker puts different challenges before people every day.
Time management, errands, chores, and work tasks require an efficient home-work balance. And when you’re at home, make sure to regularly maintain your living space.
Otherwise, you’ll slip into a whirlpool of constant tension, disorganization, and mess.
So, in the next few paragraphs, we’ll share some handy home maintenance tips for hard-working parents to ensure peace and order in their homes.
1. Organize The Closets and Cabinets
No matter if you have one, two, or more children, divide your home and its areas into several sections. In a perfect-case scenario, every kid and adult in your family will follow your instructions.
That way, you’ll avoid the chaos of having clothes and other things scattered around your home.
This approach is something that you should apply as soon as possible.
If you’re about to renovate your home or buy new furniture, make a layout for all the items you’re planning to buy. When you think in advance which family member will be using which furniture item, you’re already halfway there.
Once those closets and cabinets are delivered, just put on labels on them and voila – everybody has a place for their clothes and other belongings.
Additional note: your kids might enjoy choosing their closets so include them in the buying process.
2. Delegate Chores to Family Members
No matter if you’re a man or a woman, it’s important that you understand how important sharing responsibilities is.
Many prudent parents and partners try to do everything they can to keep their kids free from any obligations.
In theory, this sounds look like an incredible sacrifice. In reality, it usually makes more harm than good. If you don’t teach your kids how to help you from an early age, they won’t develop the habit of being involved in chores and errands.
Therefore, make a list of chores and assignments. Adapt the types of chores to your kids’ age. Younger children can help you do the laundry or set the table, while teenagers can mow the lawn or do other more complicated chores.
If you’re working parents with toddlers, avoid taking them shopping. They’re probably going to slow you down and you won’t be properly focused on your shopping list. This can lead to spending more time and money in the supermarket than planned.
3. Plan Meals Weekly
Cooking every single day is not an option for busy parents.
What you should do instead is combine takeaways and home-made meals.
For starters, grab a piece of paper (or one of those meal-planning apps) and start planning your meals.
While you’re creating this plan, check out the local restaurants that deliver food. That way, you can combine different caterers and your own culinary efforts.
That way, you won’t have to spend your precious free time preparing meals for your family. This will leave you more time for your family and your hobbies.
Another benefit of making weekly meal plans is the fact that you’ll always have some proper food in your fridge. When you’re not organized with food, it’s more likely that you’ll eat unhealthy foods. If you work a lot, this could lead to obesity and other health issues.
4. Avoid Working Overtime
Now that we’ve explained how to make your meals interesting and healthy while saving some time along the way, let’s move to the work itself.
If you want to properly maintain your home and have enough time for your family, working overtime is something to avoid.
Of course, this is easier said than done, especially for people working in large corporations, where work tasks are often time-consuming and demanding.
But even in that situation, you can do your best to be as efficient as it gets.
Get to work early in the morning and don’t procrastinate during the day. Skip or reduce your daily breaksand coffees to completely commit yourself to your tasks.
If the company work culture is such that working overtime is expected, stay longer one or two days at work. That way, you’ll be able to leave work at regular times on other days.
Additional note: avoid doing any side jobs at weekends, because that’s when you should spend quality time with your family and take care of your home.
5. Find Proper Assistance
When both parents need to work at least eight hours a day, getting an extra hand is a logical thing to do.
For starters, think about getting help with cleaning and maintenance. You could find someone to come to your place once or twice a week. They can either help you with your chores or you can let them clean the entire house on their own.
Apart from that, you might need to find assistance with your kids. Depending on your work hours and job in general, this might a babysitter to look after the kids while you’re doing your due overtime. Also, you could find a governess who will have more responsibilities around your children. If so, make sure to check their work background and education. It would be wise to find a person who has passed one of those governess courses to make sure your children have adequate care and supervision.
It’s not easy to handle business and private matters. But if parents build a clear structure regarding their own and their kids’ obligations, they’ll all be more satisfied with their lives.
In line with that, make a corner for each family member within your home and include them in all family activities. Moreover, plan what you’re going to eat to save your time and stay fit. Be focused at work so you don’t have to stay overtime. Finally, find skilled professionals who will help you deal with home maintenance and upbringing. All these prerequisites will make you an equally successful parent and worker.