Monday, January 23, 2017

Home Administration

The success of Home Management is only as good as the designated "Home Administrator". Below are some items that you will need to be successful

Labels for filing home items

A place for paper items such as:
  • menus
  • invitations
  • stamps
  • coupons
A place for everyone to put their in/out items such as briefcase, book bags, coats, items needed the next day

In Box for person responsible for going through paper 

Outgoing area for: library books, birthday presents, items to return to people

Area for items that need fixing

Prominently displayed shopping list that people can write on when they think of something

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Job roles within the household

As a professional organizer, I am also a teacher. Often the class I am teaching is how to efficiently run your household. If you think of it like a business, you need a "department" for each of the major parts of running the household. And each department needs a manager.

On a most basic level someone needs to be responsible for the following departments. It does not have to be the same person.

  • Housekeeping
  • Cleaning
  • Financial management
  • Reservations/scheduling
  • Kitchen/meal planning
  • Groundskeeper
  • Maintenance/home improvement
  • Home administration
  • Teacher (if children)
Once you have designated a manager for each department, each person should OWN his/her job and just do it!
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Shared Spaces/Merging two households

When one person is moving in to the house of another, the person who owns the house often has a hard time making way for the one moving in.

Before considering the logistics, we need to consider the circumstances of why one person is resistant. 

After getting past the basic emotional issues, one can begin the logistics. This doesn’t mean emotional issues won’t be or shouldn’t be addressed. It just means that the decisions has been made openly by both parties.

The person already living in the house has to understand that the person moving in will bring things. On a most basic level, they will have clothing and personal items. Additionally if other items are desired there will be negotiation so the person entering the space can feel welcomed yet the person already there won’t feel pushed out.

This means the person already in the space must be willing to purge to make room for the new items entering the space. In the case of non-personal belongings, a negotiation must occur.

When a person is moving into a home already occupied by others they need:
1.      Their own space/bedroom
2.      A place for their items in the bathroom including towel
3.      A place in the kitchen

4.      To learn the routine of the others including the schedule for cleaning common areas

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