Mums rock. Mums run the world. Mums make the most of little time and money to deliver a safe, healthy, comfortable life to families daily.
Data shows that women often take on a bigger share of parenting and household duties compared to men. But during the pandemic, women have been doing even more.
The average millennial mum spends 30 hours a week on unpaid home maintenance and childcare.
If you are a busy mum looking to save time and make do with little money, here are a few tips that may help you keep your home in order.
When it comes to your daily chores at home, you may easily forget some of the things that you must accomplish; stocking the fridge, for instance, or taking your cat to the vet.
Scientists say that time flies faster in 2021. Jot everything down in a to-do list so you can have much more clarity and distribute your time.
Do it with friends
Facebook groups and other social media platforms can be useful. When you are looking for appliances, costumes, décor, or grocery deals, real mothers online can be of greater help than Google. Their algorithms seem to be particularly slow this year—their search results suck!
You don’t have to get stuck in a grocery store aisle trying to remember if you needed paprika or oregano.
Sometimes you get home with the new supply only to realize you had two jars in the top drawer. Go digital—organize everything on the phone from kid’s clothes to food and teacher’s gifts.
Get a basket and a lead.
Sometimes kids and men rip off jumpers, ties, and socks when they walk in the house, and it’s your work to pick them up. Have a central area that makes it easy to store these items just in case they end up asking you tomorrow: “where is my shoelace?”
Clean the home regularly.
Stains, dirt, and grease all worsen when they build up. One of the ways to avoid the frustration of stained floors or ovens is to clean them regularly. High traffic regions of your home should be cleaned at least once a week.
Learn how to clean grout from tiles for the beauty and longevity of your flooring and walls. Cleaning grouts regularly can save you from having to call a pro later on.
Do your chores in batches.
Do you have lots of laundry or spring cleaning to do? How about mowing the loans and fixing broken stuff? Instead of doing these things one by one each day, designate one weekend and get everything done. It saves you time and the temptation to procrastinate.
Use gentle cleaners
Be careful what you put on your countertops, sinks, and floors. Many cleaners are laced with harsh chemicals that corrode and strip away the beauty of your fixtures.
The right grout cleaner removes dirt and stains and restores the colour of your tiles. Clean your countertops with warm soapy water. As for the grease stains in your oven, try vinegar and baking soda.
Maintain the HVAC system
HVAC maintenance can reduce the risk of breakdown by 90 %. Given that homeowners spend a fortune on repairing these things, create a regular maintenance schedule for your system. HVACs should be professionally checked twice a year.
Perform a garage door safety check
One of the critical safety risks at home is a faulty garage door. A normal working garage glides up smoothly and stays open. If you hear noises or notice worn-out areas, call a pro. A preventative maintenance check once a year can save you from safety risks.
Watch for signs of water leaks.
Look at the walls and ceilings for tell tale signs of water leaks. Peeling paint or streaks of stains may mean that you have a leak in the roof—have that fixed fast because if it worsens, it may require you to reroof the whole house.
Dump walls may also mean that a pipe is broken somewhere in the home. Call a plumber.
You’re a rock star. You’ve got this. Use the above tips to stay on top of everything on a budget and with minimal burnout.