Home Management Tips For Busy Single Moms

Last Updated on January 23, 2024 by Lori Pace

You’re expected to be organized, to have clean homes, to be available to drive everyone around, and to make delicious, home-cooked meals everyone enjoys every day. We’re in charge of family activities, scheduling, planning trips, remembering to take the garbage out, monitoring the child-appropriateness of TV shows, and hosting elaborate birthday parties and so much more. There are so many things and you are so busy in life. So, here are some home management tips for you!

Home Management Tips To Help Busy Single Moms

Give Yourself A Break And Cut Yourself Some Slack In Home Management

You are your worst critic, and you will feel worse if you continue to tell yourself you are failing or you’re powerless. It may sound strange, but if every time you find yourself negative, you will be able to tell yourself that “I am making improvements that will make it easier for me” and keep moving forward. You are doing a lot. You can do a lot if you focus on this and not the things that are impossible to reach.

Write Down All Of The Things You’re Doing In A Day

It will be amazing to see how much you accomplish in a single day, even if you know you do a lot. This was a great way to motivate yourself and help you make changes.

For Now, Cut Back On (Or Eliminate) Non-Essential Tasks 

Take a look at the list of things you do every day and begin to cross off those you don’t need. It’s easy to cut down on the time we spend on social media.

Creating An Essential Routine For Home Management

Don’t forget to include things like showering or time for yourself.

Keep track of everything you do regularly 

Keep track of everything you do regularly 

Write down everything. It takes time to drive, pack lunches, clean, grocery shop, and get gas in the car. Note the things you aren’t doing that you absolutely need to. It was important to note things like picking up mail, walking (for exercise) and cleaning the kitchen floor.

Take a look at your list and begin to get rid of things

Get rid of anything that isn’t necessary. These time-wasters could be a hindrance to your productivity. If you feel exhausted, take a look at your list and eliminate any unnecessary items. You can find the unneeded items in your life by exhaustion.

You can group like-items together

Perhaps you can combine all your errands in one trip. After a run or walk, you can stop by the mailbox to pick up your mail before you head home.

Automate everything you can

These are five ways to automate your tasks. These are just a few more ways to automate.

Take a look at the list and decide if there are any other people who can help you

Your children can now sweep the kitchen floor. Although it’s not perfect, your kids may love using the vacuum. Then you don’t have the stress of worrying about how much Cheerio crumbs are accumulating on the floor.

Consider hiring someone to help you if you are really in trouble

Our house was filthy after my back had been in bad shape and I had already visited the doctor several times. I found a cleaner that would come in to clean our kitchen and bathrooms (at a much lower cost than cleaning the entire house), and was able to get “cleaning” done for a week while I recover from my back injury. To pay for it, I used some of the proceeds from ThredUp selling my old clothes.

Your new routine should be charted

Create a seven-day calendar and write down all the things that you need to do. You then spread it over the course of a week. Also include driving time and how much energy you expect to have on certain days. 

Get Your Family To Help You In Home Management

Get Your Family To Help You In Home Management

Particularly the kids. This is a great way to get your children involved. Have you been there? This article is great for getting back on track after a break. Sometimes, our routines and home management tasks just need to be reset.

Playroom Clean-Up Checklist Tasks

  1. Get rid of all trash.
  2. Everything must be taken off the floor.
  3. Place furniture and big toys in the right spot.
  4. Bring it back to its rightful place if there is anything in your playroom.
  5. Straighten shelves/bins.
  6. Clean up all messes.

After completing the tasks for the day, the children can come up with their own ideas. As long as their ideas are useful. Additionally, you’ll want them to get their rewards as quickly as possible.

Family Helper Jar

Family Helper Jar
A Family Helper Jar filled with pom poms or even coins!

A Family Helper Jar can be a motivator for your children to do their best. Children can earn a pom pom for helping the family by doing something.


  • Jar or container – It is best to have something clear so that the children can see what they are doing.
  • Pom-poms – It is available at Wal-Mart and Dollar Tree. You should buy enough to fill the container or jar.

Slowly Set Up A Home Management Routine

Before you commit to something permanent, it’s best that you ease into a new routine and do lots of testing to ensure your doability. Simple home management steps can help us to avoid a lot of the hassle of looking after our homes.

Morning and evening routines in our house are life-savers.

These can make your children feel safer and have eliminated many of the difficulties we had getting ready for school and getting to bed.

Weekly Routines

You basically assign different tasks to different days in your home management routine. On Mondays you might do laundry, baking on Tuesdays and running errands on Wednesdays. You need to create a system that works around your energy, your schedule, and your household’s general structure.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!