Tools for Homemaking Productivity
I struggle with keeping things clean and orderly. My brain is constantly bursting with ideas, and I tend to be a little “ADDish”, flitting from one thing to the next and making a bunch of messes as I go.
(I named this blog Imperfect Homemaker for a reason!)
Anything to help my days be a little more productive is a big plus!
Here are some of the tools I use on a daily basis to help me have a little more accomplishment to show at the end of the day:
That would be as opposed to PJ's or loungewear. You'll get more done when you wear real clothes, I promise. When you wear PJ's or loungewear all day, you just feel like…well…lounging. Not good for productivity. (If you need some clothes at a good price, you should check out Thredup. It's like an online thrift store, which is great for this busy mom who doesn't have time to drag her kids to a real thrift store. Plus, you get a free $10 credit to spend when you sign up through my referral link here.)
Not just any shoes. Sneakers. (I actually grew up calling them tennis shoes. What do you call them? Oh, wait. I'm getting distracted again. Back to the point.)
If you put shoes on your feet, it helps you walk faster and get things done more quickly. Plus you don't ever have to stop and clean crumbs out of your toes or nurse a throbbing foot because you stepped on a lego.
Your shoes should be ultra-comfortable so that you can wear them all day long. I have these, and they have been one of the best purchases I've ever made. These are the most comfortable shoes for all-day wear I've ever owned.
Listening to fast-paced music helps keep me going. And it's nice to have Christ-honoring music to think about as I work too. Old Christian Radio plays a lot of faster-paced music, and many of the songs on the CD that my husband and I recorded are fast-paced as well.
4. Rags and cleaners
Keeping rags and a bottle of cleaner in multiple places throughout the house makes my job a lot easier. Whenever someone spills something or makes a potty-training mess on the bathroom floor, I have what I need right at hand to clean it up immediately. I use my homemade non-toxic disinfectant as an all-purpose cleaner. It works so well for just about everything.
5. Air fresheners
There is something about things smelling clean that makes me want to keep things clean.
I'm sure this makes me a healthy living heretic, but I absolutely LOVE the smell of Downy Unstopables. When I'm walking through the laundry room I just want to stay there because it smells so good! (Does anyone know of a natural way to make the laundry smell that good? I hate using the chemicals on my clothes, and I try not to do it terribly often, but it just smells oh-so-good! And no, adding lavender drops to the wash is not a valid suggestion. It's fine, but just not the blow-me-away awesome smell that the Downy is. If you're awesome with essential oils and you have a recipe that you think will blow me away, I'd love for you to share!)
6. A Menu Plan
There is something about knowing at the beginning of the day what I am having for dinner that makes the entire day go more smoothly.
Sometimes I drop the ball and end up scrambling at dinner time. Not fun. But even more often than that, I get in a rut with meals. We end up having the same things over and over because I am just too tired to try to think of interesting meals.
I just discovered the coolest menu planning program. Really, really cool.
It's called Build a Menu. You choose the store where you normally shop, and then you're given recipe options for all different eating styles (for example: Clean Eating, Gluten Free, Budget Friendly, even Trim Healthy Mama!)
If you want to see exactly how it looks in action, take a look at this post.
The thing that makes Build a Menu so cool is that you get to decide what you want to make. Many menu planners give you a pre-made menu, but then it ends up being nothing that you or your family would like. With this you simply look through the recipes (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts are all included!) and mark the checkboxes beside the ones you want to have that week. Boom! Your menu and shopping list are done, and it's exactly what you want to eat!
Which of these tools do you need to start using? What would you add to this list that helps you be more productive at home?