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Why Every Home Should Have a Home Manual

Stay on top of everything that happens in your home with this handy must-have

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If you’re a homeowner with a family and other members living under your roof, it gets difficult to keep track of everything happening and needs to happen around the house—especially if you also have work to think about. Most of the time, things like cleaning schedules and weekly menus aren't properly planned and your family, including the helpers, are left guessing or repeatedly asking questions. The good thing is, there’s a simple way to keep everything and everyone on track within your household—the Home Manual.


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A Home Manual is basically a printed guide or book that can help you run the household smoothly and efficiently. I admit, even as a stay-at-home mom, I couldn’t keep up with the daily needs of my household so creating our home manual organized the chaos of everyday home life. In a home manual, you can deposit any information you think your household needs to function from schedules to lists.

Still can't decide if you can work with a home manual or not? Here are reasons why you should start putting your version together:

It can help manage emergencies.

You can provide your household an extensive list of emergency contact details for any sort of emergency, plus a list of actions to take in emergency situations. If your kids have allergies or are prone to episodes like convulsions when sick, you should put details on what to do during those situations—especially if your kids are left at home with just the helpers at times. You will feel secure knowing you’ve left your household armed with the right information and they will have clear instructions in case they can’t reach you.

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You can keep track of schedules.

If there’s anything that will help you run a tight ship, it’s a well-planned schedule. To avoid forgetting an important date or avoid neglecting your monthly home maintenance, place your schedules in your home manual. This way, you will always remember what school events you need to attend for your kids and your helpers will always know when best to change the sheets on your beds. Personally, I even place my kids’ chore schedules so they’re always reminded to do their assigned tasks. Depending on the schedule, you can print out a daily, weekly, or monthly plan for each member or each section of your home. Nothing will be missed out for sure.

It can be handy when it comes to finalizing meal plans and grocery lists.

Adding your weekly meal plan in the manual can do wonders for your home as doing so will give you plenty of time to prepare ahead. You won’t be left thinking of what to cook at the last minute and end up ordering take-out instead. This is also great for when you need to make a grocery list—everything you know you’ll be preparing is already listed so you can determine which ingredients to pick up at the supermarket. You can also leave a space in your manual for your household to list down groceries that have run out in your kitchen. Not only that, you can even put recipes of your meals in your home manual for when you don’t have time to cook and someone has to take your place.

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If you need a little help in keeping the home in tip-top shape, a home manual is your best bet. It’s a great system everyone should adopt to help keep it running like a well-oiled machine.

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