Keep on top of all you have to do and keep your family clean, on schedule, and well-fed while still carving out a little time for yourself.
- Step 1: Periodically purge your home of stuff you no longer need. Put together boxes or bins labeled "Trash," "Donate," and "Sell," and have your family help you eliminate clutter before you go through the closets. The best homemakers sometimes have to be ruthless.
- FACT: By 2003, 30 percent of American families with children had one full-time parent at home, a complete reversal from 40 years earlier, when it was 70 percent.
- Step 2: Put away everything you use immediately. The best homemaker is organized and manages household supplies and groceries, making sure there is enough of everything and that everything has a place.
- Step 3: Be there for your family, but don't let them take advantage of you. Each family member should have a set of chores they're in charge of completing, and children should be responsible for dressing themselves and knowing what books and materials they need to bring with them to school.
- TIP: If you have small children, accept that the house may be slightly messy more often than you like. But that comes with the territory.
- Step 4: Get a head start on the day by rising before everyone else and getting ahead of preparing breakfast and lunches. Plan your day. If there's no plan, the day is long and work seems like it never gets done.
- Step 5: Don't put off tidying-up tasks, like doing the dishes or making the beds. These chores don't take long, and they'll make your home feel neat and in order, causing you less stress.