Home Management 101

I have been a full-time homemaker for two years now. I'm not sure what it is with the world today but managing a home is not as easy as before. My tendency is to be a control freak. It is very important for me that every single thing is in order. Otherwise, I would flip out. Yes, I stress about the littlest things.

Thankfully, modern technology offers a lot of assistance. I want to share where I get my ideas in coming up with a system which makes my homemaker life manageable.

I hadn't been a regular visitor of her website until the time I was planning Javi's first birthday. She has an awful lot of ideas for my son's Halloween-themed birthday party. When we moved to Bangkok, I had almost two months in the hotel which I spent browsing through her site picking out ideas how I'd like to arrange our soon-to-be home then. I even choose recipes which I saved in PDF file so it's ready for printing when we finally move to our place. I read on about how to clean, organize and keep one's home in order. She made household chores seem glamorous and fun to do.

I have yet to learn how to fold a fitted sheet.

Who wouldn't want their fitted sheet to turn into this from this?

Menu Planning Made Easy by The Organizing Junkie

I have been a failure at menu planning until very recently. My girlfriends had helped me but I just can't seem to create my own menu planning system. I almost gave up. I was trying too hard and thinking of menu plans that will last for a quarter. No wonder I wasn't making progress.

And then I found the Org Junkie's templates for Menu Planning and Grocery List. Her format was perfect for me. I appreciate how the list of dishes are all on one side and the grocery list on the other half. It even has a line where you put your source of recipes. I had been using it almost a month. I would pick out a recipe book on a Friday and pick out dishes I want to cook for the following week. To make my life easier, I made my own guide of cooking one protein/meat per day - chicken, pork, beef, fish/seafood and lots of vegetables. So far so good.

Laura of OrgJunkie is an organizing nut like me. I think I clapped when I found her website. She is now included in my RSS reader.

The second area where I am a failure at is maintaining a record of our finances. I was so good at keeping track of my money when I was single. But now that I am married and a mother, nothing seems to work for me. Of course, I needed help. I tried out this application in iPad and it has been my savior.

I know it's a good application when I can figure things out on my own without having to resort to Google for my next move. I tried the lite version and now upgraded to the pro version as it was working perfectly for me.

You simply log the numbers, customize the categories and subcategories and voila, it shows me our running expenses, what's left of our money, and it also reminds me when bills are due. It's like having your own finance manager at home.

My best buddy is my small notebook where I jot down everything. I have several checklists and to-dos. That's how I live by. And when I became a mother, I learned I have to put everything down the minute I thought about the task or whatever it is because I will definitely forget what the heck it is.

So one of the first apps I looked for to install in the iPad is a To-Do application. I looked around and 2Do caught my eye first because of the different colors.

I have tabs for my To-Dos, Irma's Lists (list of books I want to read, movies I want to see), Shopping Lists (the actual To Buy list, my Nice to Have list, and my own wish list. It's not as easy to use as Home Budget. I still don't know how to rename the tabs. Fine, maybe I need to Google it.

A couple of websites which has been a great source of information and ideas are:

I was sold by Toni's tagline. She is a stay-at-home wife and mom to 7 children. And she homeschools her children. Talk about credibility, right? I tried her recipe for Garlic Shrimp and Spinach Pasta and it was delicious.

Taylor of Household Management 101 gave me the idea to keep a Household Notebook which will keep the family's schedule, calendar, cleaning and chores, home maintenance, my menu planners, and other similar items. I'm still working on ours. Well, I bought the three ring binder and the slots where I put documents, checklists and guides. I may need a year to finish everything. It is pretty overwhelming so I'm taking it one at a time.

Staying at home being wife and full-time manager is not as simple as before. And yes, I am pretty techie when it comes to home management. That's what works for me.


  1. Thanks so much for your kind words about my site, and about my advice about your household notebook. I use my notebook like my brain, when the kids and other things going on make me lose my own sometimes.

    Don't worry about it taking you a long time to create it. It is an ever evolving process, and I've created quite a number of them and still tweak it all the time! As life changes so do your routines, so just jumping in there and starting is key -- I'm proud of you!

  2. So happy you have found menu planning to be helpful! It really has changed my life which is why I'm so passionate about sharing it with others.


  3. Thank you, Taylor and Laura. You both inspire me to be better at what I do.


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