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20 Things You Can Do to Make Your Life Easier

By julieminer |

I’m a crappy housewife. I was bad at before I had kids, terrible when I was stay at home and I’m even worse at it now that I’m back at work. I don’t even aim for clean or sparkling anymore – my goal is “not embarrassing” and I sometimes don’t even get there.

So last week I asked the 28,000+ brilliant readers of Rants from Mommyland what their tips and advice were for me to make my domestic life if not easier, at least a little more manageable.  I got hundreds of comments on the blog, Facebook and Twitter – enough for a 5 part series that kicks off this week – incorporating tons of great ideas and suggestions.

Here’s 20 tips for helping get the chaos of a family home a little more under control:

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Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips for Moms

Stop & Assess

If you’re really overwhelmed: STOP, take a moment to evaluate where you’re at, and prioritize. Like a lot of you, I'm trying to do too much at once and as a result, I feel like I'm not doing a good job at any of it. For me, multi-tasking doesn't mean "very efficient", it means "frenetic flapping about". So I’m going to slow down and try and do one thing at a time. I’ll start by answering the following questions: What HAS to get done? What’s the REAL priority? What in my house is driving me the most nuts? Who can help me?

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Julie W. Miner writes the blog Rants from Mommyland. She has three kids, a long-suffering husband, a very naughty dog and a geriatric, ill-tempered cat. In addition to blogging, she teaches at a college she couldn’t have gotten into because she made bad choices in high school. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “20 Things You Can Do to Make Your Life Easier

  1. Sus says:

    Where is the “Ask your HUSBAND to help” ??? My husband and I share managing the household so neither of us has to feel responsible for remember and organizing EVERYTHING. Hello 21st century!

  2. Mel says:

    Great post! I love Flylady and a lot of these tips are part of her system! ie cleaning while kids are in the tub, one load of laundry a day, large family calendar, having the kids help, etc. I Def recommend the site.

  3. Rosana says:

    That is true Sus. Thank God my husband is great at doing things around the house without me having to tell him. Sometimes I have to remind him that he has to prioritize but thanks to him I can concentrate in other things. Also, I cook all five meals on Sunday and my husband fix them up for us during the week. We have so much time for family during the week, less stress and making sure my kids eat healthy.

  4. Tracy says:

    LOVE all these suggestions and it helps just to be reminded. Sometimes we just get bogged down and function on auto pilot instead of taking a step back and reassessing. Please let me know where to get that wall calendar. I love it. I’ve tried others, but they just didn’t work. I like the idea of having 2 months on there. Greatly appreciated!

  5. Stephannie says:

    I DESPERATELY need your peel and stick calendar. Where can I find it?

  6. julieminer says:

    I got it from and there should be a live link in the caption. Here it is again though –

    Glad you liked it!!

  7. Melissa says:

    Very good posting. I will enjoy reading a follow up. I have been using the 10 min and 1 hr power clean for years. We have a system in our house. Usually we power clean on Sunday, sometmes 2 hrs. Then afterwards everyone is OCD about cleaning for 2 days because we just spent 2 hrs working our butts off. By Wednesday we start sliding downhill, sometimes not even putting our cups into the dishwasher. We probably will have a mess by Friday and do a 10 -30 min clean. By Sunday, it’s time to sweep, dust, clean toliets, etc ALL over again.
    Don’t even get me started on laundry. We live on the 3rd floor of an apartment building, no elevator, and we need quarters to do it. Enough said!

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