How to Begin to Take Control of Your Homemaking


Has your house ever felt like such a disaster that you didn’t even know where to start? The laundry bin is piled high, the sink is full of dishes, and you haven’t even begun to think about starting dinner yet. Sometimes when it comes to homemaking, it’s not that we are incapable, but that we just don’t know where to start. If you are ready to get back into homemaking, or maybe get started for the first time, here is how to begin to take control of your homemaking.

Write it down

This to-do-list is probably going to be one of the worst that you will ever create. It will be long, and none of the tasks will be easy. The first thing you need to do is take a mental inventory of your home. Think about each room and where you are struggling. Are you behind on your dusting? How do the baseboards look? Remember, the goal isn’t to do all of these rooms at once, but to know where you need to put your efforts. Once your list is complete, start by prioritizing the list. It may not always be the hardest thing first, but rather what needs your attention first.


Start with a 15 or 20-minute cleaning session a day

If you can give yourself more time go for it! However, if you are feeling overwhelmed, the best place to start is with a shorter time frame and gradually work back up. Start by just doing a simple 15 or 20-minute cleaning session every single day. Set a timer on your phone and start with the first task on your to-do list and work your way down. You may be shocked to find you can get a lot done in only 20 minutes.


Look for short wins and multi-tasking projects

If you need a win for the day, look for things you can do quickly to check off your list. You can multitask a number of projects to also get a short win such as running the dishwasher or a load of laundry. These tasks don’t require you to sit there during the entire cycle, so you can get other things done at the same time.


Don’t overwhelm yourself

It can be difficult to take control of your homemaking again if you are constantly overworking yourself. Instead of trying to get caught up in a day, spread out your tasks over a week or more if you need to. This is not a sprint, but a marathon. If you want to be able to fully take control of your homemaking and stick with it long term, you need to do it slowly one step at a time. If you need to, set a limit on how much you’ll do each day to make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself.


Homemaking doesn’t have to be a long time-consuming task. If you follow these tips, you’ll not only be able to start taking control of your homemaking once more but stay on top of it for good.

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