Being the Manager of Your Home

It sounds very formal and official to call yourself a Home Manager, but every home is managed somehow — intentionally or unintentionally, well or poorly.

According to Google, a manager is:

  1. a person responsible for controlling or administering all or part of a company or similar organization. (A family or household)
  2. a person who controls the activities, business dealings, and other aspects of the career of an entertainer, athlete, group of musicians, etc. (a family or household)

Synonyms include: executive, head of department, supervisor, principal, administrator, head, director, managing director, CEO, employer, superintendent, foreman, forewoman, overseer; proprietor; boss, chief, head honcho

This is a VERY important job!  As with any professional business or career, a good manager can succeed even with mediocre employees and a bad manager will often fail even with excellent employees.

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Being a Home Manager sounds like a large and overwhelming job…especially on top of everything else in your life.  However, systematizing and simplifying your job as Home Manager will make the rest of your life easier and more joyful!

Every family wants a clean and comfortable place to call home.  Most people want to eat (at least) three meals a day.  Everyone wants to have their schedules under control so they feel like they are leading their lives instead of running to catch up.

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These lofty goals are actually not that hard to achieve!  The secret lies in working smarter not harder; in setting priorities so you can let go of perfection in all areas and settle for good enough where you can.

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Most Home Managers struggle in one or more of these five main areas:

  1. Food
  2. Cleaning (including the unending tasks of dishes and laundry)
  3. Schedules
  4. Finances
  5. Health

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Thankfully there are concrete steps you can take, systems you can create and implement, to take control of your home!  This will provide you with more time and energy for the things you want to do.

Check out Simplified Home Management for links to posts to help you simplify your life.

Which of these areas causes you the most stress in the management of your home?

Summer Capsule Menu

Even though we are a home school family, our summers look quite a bit different than the rest of the year does for us.  We spend much more time outside, we are away from home more and Tony’s work schedule changes.

I love how having a capsule menu helps me to keep real food meals on the table for my family, day in and day out, without much thought and effort.  But during the summer, I want a change.  Lighter meals filled with all of summer’s fresh produce.  I want salads instead of soup.  And I don’t want to use my oven!

Here is my school year capsule menu if you are interested.

I have some unique challenges as I plan meals for my family (and I’m sure you do too!).  My husband needs to be nightshade-free and my children can be rather picky; they are more willing to try new things if they can be tried separately.  I also often pack meals for my family to eat someplace other than at home.

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Chicken Ranch Wraps…I like to pack meals separately, then I can personalize sides to match preferences.

Rather than scheduling specific meals to specific days, I’ve listed meals according to categories.  Doing it this way gives me more flexibility to cook according to what I have on hand and according to what our daily plans are.

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Asian Cabbage Salad with Chicken (this is yummy but would be even prettier with tomatoes and colored peppers!)

Here is my Summer Capsule Menu if you are interested.

Do you have a favorite summer salad that is hearty enough for a full meal?  What are your favorite summer meals? Please share!