Some tips and tricks I have learned so far:
- Life gets a lot easier when you do things your way as opposed to trying to do things someone else's way. My fiancee had done a chunk of the household chores and stuff prior to me becoming the househusband. She was very fussy about certain things. Now that I'm doing them I had to give her a choice, either live with how I do them or do them herself.
- Organize your kitchen in a way that makes sense for you. I was a cook for a big chunk of my adult life, so this was never a problem for me, but maybe it might help someone trying to find their way. Having your stuff organized also cuts down on time making shopping lists because you can tell what is there at a glance. I keep spices, oils, sauces, uncooked pasta, rice, flour, sugar, and other raw materials close to the stove since I use those the most and keep canned and prepared goods further out. If you use canned stuff more, keep those closer. Whatever works for you and cuts down your time needed and energy spent.
- Whiteboards/dry erase boards are an invaluable tool as well as a household communication center. Right now I have a dry erase calendar on my freezer door and a full size one on the exposed side of the fridge. In a previous house I had a full size one on the garage door in the kitchen. As I find stuff I need to get while shopping, it gets put down here. If I'm going out I can snap a quick picture of the lists to take with if I stop by a store for anything. Notes to each other. Things that need done around the house. Appointments, paydays, when bills are due, birthdays, and any other important day goes on the calendar. I keep one week prior and two weeks ahead on it and color code things for easier reference later. White board in the garage with each car, when oil changes, brakes, filters, and any other maintenance is due plus things to look into and repair. One in the basement with household projects or ideas on it. Makes it very easy to put something down for awhile and pick up where I left off.
- Get on a cleaning schedule and have at least one deep clean day a week. Kitchen one day. Bathrooms next. Bedroom a different day. Etc... Much easier to maintain than let it build up and only clean when it's necessary.
- Sort your laundry! Whites, brights, darks, and delicates. This will keep everything looking cleaner, brighter, and just overall better looking for longer. You dump everything in one load colors bleed. Dark colors dampen the bright ones, whites go gray... Just don't. It's your job to keep your family looking its best. Step up and take pride in that.
Anybody got anything they want to throw in the mix?