I've been thinking about this for a while, both my Mom and my grandmother are very good 'household management' types. In another era they would have been called 'householders' or 'chatelaine'. The food rarely gets wasted, they know where all their expenses go to a gnat's whisker and they plan their shopping, canning and cooking in advance. Home management is not just about budgeting. This is one blogger' s definition. "what is household management? At least for me, it is the act of focusing not just on the mechanics of home organization and cleaning, but taking a bigger picture view of how these actions effect and influence all aspects of your family life." The definition of a manager is a person who handles, controls, or directs. Household managers handle, control, and direct the everyday tasks and functions of their home. Photo © Istockphoto.com/blueclue Because the role of home manager touches basically every aspect of your life and those of your family, it can have a great impact, either positive or negative, on everyone in your family. Now, don't get me wrong, you are not ultimately responsible for everyone in your family's happiness, or lack thereof, because there is something called free will and personal responsibility. But, there is some truth in the phrase, "if Momma ain't happy, nobody's happy." Therefore, developing and improving your skills as a home manager can bring positive results -- enjoying your home and family more, and the opportunity for everyone else in your family to do the same. So, what does a home manager do? Actually, it is easier to start by saying what she doesn't do -- she is not a maid, nor does she do everything all by herself. That is the challenge -- involving everyone in the family in the day-to-day activities of life, by handling, controlling, and directing. So, how does she do all these things? She "handles" things by doing them herself, such as when her children are too young to help with the task, she has delegated the task to herself, or because she is setting an example for her family by pitching in to get the job done. She "controls" by having a master plan of what needs to be done, and how to do it. This involves the usual daily to do lists, but also the bigger picture tasks like family goals, and the more routine details such as weekly cleaning schedules. This also involves creating and maintaining a household management notebook to keep the big picture and details organized and available for any family member that needs to see them. Finally, she "directs" by delegating certain responsibilities, such as chores to other members of the family. But she does not just dump responsibility on someone without any training for chores, so delegating actually, at least at first, takes a lot more effort than just doing it herself. Learning to become a good household manager does not happen overnight, and actually is a never-ending process, because there are always new things to learn, new obstacles to overcome, and ever changing circumstances in life. The time and effort involved in learning these skills is well worth it though, because it has the potential to have such a positive impact on both you and your entire family. Are you ready to get started? Schedules, Routines and Habits For Your Home Anyone else have tips and tricks for this? Anything from how you rotate your food, stash to how you manage your cleaning and budget. My first tip is for cleaning. Establish a routine I clean one room a day and putter in the garden each morning Monday = bathrooms Tuesday = bedrooms Wed = office Thursday = out door big chores, mowing, setting up new beds etc Friday = Living room/den Saturday = shopping Sunday = day off The way my schedule is set up I can move the friday, saturday chores to another day if I need the weekend for something fun.