The Family

Running A House Is Tough- So what happens when things don’t go to plan?

Running a household is no easy task for any of us. There is always something that needs managing, organising or simply just tidying away. But our homes are our sanctuaries and our biggest assets, so there is no surprise we want to ensure we take care of things, that means the finances, the interior and the exterior. So I thought I would share with you some of the things that could take you by surprise when it comes to running a household. Perhaps it will help you spot the warning signs in the future or better prepare ourselves.

Needing paperwork and not finding it

One of the biggest things we can be faced with is not being able to find something when we need it the most. That might be your driving license, your recent bill and account numbers, or simply something you want to pay or file away. This is when you could run into problems if you don’t have a filing system in place. Make it much easier to find those things by keeping them organised in a cupboard or filing them away in a folder or drawer. Next time you need that specific piece of paper or document, you will know exactly where to look. We recently had a good sort out of our paperwork (throwing away some payslips, near 10 years old!) and it’s surprising how much you clutter and collect. All our important stuff is now in appropriate folders, in a good strong storage box.

Appliances failing on you when you need them the most

Remote in washing machine
Which broke? The machine or the remote? One of my baby brain moments a few years ago.

Some of us can grow reliant on some of the appliances we have in our home, from a fridge for keeping food cool to your washing machine and kettle. They can all be necessary features of your home ,and too often we can take them for granted, that is until they break on us when we least expect. Don’t worry too much, as finances may not be in a position to fork out for those things places like Swift Money do have options you could consider. Or alternatively, think about an insurance plan that covers appliances and could be replaced under your plan. This may cost you each month but could be worth it in the long term.

Also, seriously consider what you really do need. We ditched our microwave because it was no longer being used. Save space and money for items that you really do need and love, and create a more clutter-free home by eliminating those items that you don’t need.

Missed communication

Being a family ensures that each one of it’s members has your own place to be and appointments to get to. Not to mention school runs, after school clubs and family time. When I’m not running errands I’m in the garden clearing space for our vegetables or I’m decorating the house. Sometimes things can happen when you don’t communicate with one another such as missed appointments and neglected groups. So get organised with everyone and have a wall calendar or planner to hand to ensure that you all stay up to date with times and where you need to be.

Batch cooking and meal planning

Too often we can all be guilty of heading to the shops and buying stuff we don’t need. This can cost us more than it should and can end up in a lot of food wastage. As you know, we are on a mission to grow our own food in our back garden which means things like batch cooking and meal planning will be more important to ensure we don’t waste any of our efforts. Things can get hectic during the week, so having a plan to ensure you all get a good healthy meal is a great tip to keep you on track. Plus it could save you quite a bit on your food shopping bill as well. We recently realised that we can food shop for £10 a week, or less… the key is definitely a good meal plan and sticking to it.


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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