Is it possible to have a stress free home?
How to have a stress free home is something that I know practically everyone wonders.
It can feel impossible can’t it when you are taking care of kids, working, trying to keep your home in order, cooking, chauffeuring and trying to have any semblance of a life yourself.
Aggh. it makes me feel stressed just to even think about all I try and juggle. I am not alone in this. According to the Happy Home Study from home management site Hoppy, for over a third of stressed out British workers (36 per cent), running their home is as or more stressful than their day job, with one in three working men (30 per cent) staying late in the office to skive household chores. Ha! I am convinced my husband misses tea/homework time on purpose sometimes!
But it is not impossible to have stress free home, you just have to have the right tools and habits in place to make it run smoothly. Here are some top tips to help you create the stress-free home you crave.
Ten tops tips to a stress-free home
1. Have great insurance cover
Without insurance, your life could easily end up in chaos. It is one of life’s essentials, Hoppy’s new home insurance service compares the best insurance deals on the market for consumers – this ensures you get the best for your money and makes the process of finding the best deal really straightforward. You can spend hours looking for an insurance deal that is right for you not knowing if you have got the best price or service and this allows you to make a speedy and informed choice. Insurance is critical and this takes the stress out of getting it in place.
2. Develop good habits
Getting into the habit of getting stuff done straight away makes life so much simpler in the long run, For example, clean the dishes after eating, make the bed in the morning or add items running out to the shopping list straight away. This all makes life seem more manageable and without a trail of unfinished jobs behind you will feel more in control.
3. Make your home work for you
Every morning I tidy up from breakfast and set off the dishwasher and washing machine before I do anything else. The feeling that my home is being productive gives me a sense of ease and helps me feel more productive.
4. Use technology to manage your finances.
Money can be such a stress can’t it and it’s an area that you really need to take control of. The key to having a happy home is to feel on top of these things. Working out a family budget of incomings and outgoings is crucial. You can use home management sites like Hoppy to help you get your money under control and manageable and this can impact os positively on your wellbeing,
5. A shared calendar
A shared calendar is a really good idea. Busy family life can become confusing and messy if it is not clear what everyone is doing when. Hoppy automatically sync your tasks to your Hoppy calendar, invite friends or family and share dates and documents so you can keep on top of things. I just love this idea.
6. Fix problems as they arrive
Is your home a trail of half done projects or jobs waiting to be started. This is always a cause of stress. Commit to getting any outstanding work done and your home just as you like it. On Hoppy, there is a tradesperson portal where you can list your job and your turn around time and professionals can contact you to pitch for the work and you can compare quotes. That is SO Much less stressful than you having to ring round a dozen different people trying to find one available.
7. Meal plan
Meal planning is a great way to avoid stress. It means you shop for what you know will eat and you don’t even have to think about it from one week to the next. It is also a money saver as you won’t be wasting food or splurging on takeaways because you have nothing in to eat.
8. Assign responsibilities
If everyone in the family knows what their role is it won’t all land on you. My least favourite job ever is putting away laundry so everyone puts away their own. My husband loves to cook and is a speedy ironer so these are his jobs. I order the food shop. Knowing who does what ensures it will get done without fuss and that the jobs are equally shared.
9. Plan ahead
We always get school uniforms set out the night before and pack lunches made to avoid stress in the mornings. Bins go out the night before collection too. A little planning ahead can take away a lot of pressure.
Having less stuff around in your home means you have less to tidy, you are less likely to lose things and you feel calmer. Decluttering works so well to reduce stress. Grab your bin bags!
Your stress-free home
So there you are … an eclectic mix of tips to keep your home more stress-free. Huge thanks to Hoppy home management and psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos for some great ways to reduce stress in the home that really inspired me. Do check out the fab Hoppy blog too for lots of great home management tips.
I hope this advice works for you too!