Resources & Solutions

This page is my all-in-one directory for simple, efficient solutions for putting homemaking on auto-pilot. 

Some are my own, and some are from other creators. 
ALL of them will help you overcome what is holding you back from enjoying peace of mind and a home you love.

 

So, what causes the most stress in your home?

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MANAGING YOUR MEALS

Featured Resource:

Meal Planning on Autopilot

Do you ever feel like you’re reinventing the wheel every time you sit down to meal plan? 

I struggled to motivate myself each time until I realized that I could do it more efficiently by saving and reusing my meal plans. 

I created this FREE workbook (seriously, the most valuable free thing on this website, I think!) to help you learn the ropes of creating reusable, rotating meal plans.

What do you struggle with in meal planning?

Find solutions to your biggest obstacles and relief from the stress. You're not alone!

In addition to switching to reusable meal plans (above), I would also recommend the advice from working-mom, Pauline Mckinney.

She hosts a practical, 30-minute course on Skillshare called “The Exhausted Mom’s Guide to Menu Planning” – which I think is perfect.

You can get this training as part of a FREE Skillshare trial by using my link here. Follow the instructions to set up the free account, then join her course to get started!

Do you ever sit down to meal plan and think, “Ugh. What this week?!”

My meal planning hero, Elise, has created an amazing handbook of recipes called “Ultimate Theme Nights Recipe Lists” to solve this exact problem. I love that everything is in one place and it eliminates all the brainstorming & researching.

Check out her different options here:

I totally understand how much work it is to plan, shop, unload, prepare, and cook food.

One HUGE way I have cut back on the time involved is by using Grocery Pick-Up. At many stores, including Walmart, the pickup option is entirely FREE. By quickly adding what I need on the app, I can pick up my groceries in less than 10 minutes. Plus, the items are saved when I need to order them again.

If you haven’t tried pickup at Walmart, you can get $10 off your first order with this link ($50 min).

TAKING CARE OF YOUR HOME

Featured Resource:

Home, Clean Home

Cleaning, maintaining, and decluttering a home is no joke. However, many schedules & resources make it harder by piling on unrealistic expectations and generic suggestions.

Home, Clean Home is a personalized cleaning schedule & system that is made specifically for you. 

Learn more about the 3 tiers available, or grab a free preview!

What are your biggest obstacles at home?

Click for my favorite solutions to these common stressors.

One of the fundamental principles of task management is to get it out of your head and into a system you can trust! A schedule can be the perfect solution, as long as it is comprehensive and personalized for you.

If you need a schedule that keeps track of what to clean, when to clean it, and when you did it last – definitely check out the Custom Schedule option in Home, Clean Home

In minutes, you can generate a schedule of daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal, and annual tasks – including cleaning, maintenance AND decluttering – all based on your home, preferences, and needs. Full overview here.

Hi there, kindred spirit. 🙂

This is definitely my biggest struggle, too. I can organize all day but am easily discouraged by tough messes, and I’m always looking for ways to clean FASTER.

Good news – there is an amazing reference guide, made by a professional cleaner who shares her solutions from years of trial and error. It’s called Clean My Space, and while you can get a hard copy for around $20, there’s also a way you can get it FREE.

Through an Audible free trial, you can download 2 free audiobooks – and this one is an option! This is the perfect way to absorb the information on-to-go.

Plus, the audio version of this book comes with an amazing bonus PDF full of:

  • Cleaning techniques
  • Homemade cleaner recommendations
  • Worksheets to personalize your cleaning routine and priorities
  • Laundry instructions & printables
  • and more!

This book was a game-changer for me, and I can’t wait for you to check it out, too.

Follow the Audible instructions here to set up an account, then search the book in the homepage.

Let me say this again here – you are not alone!  Overwhelm at home is completely normal and extremely common. 

There can be several causes of the overwhelm, so I put together this post to tackle the different angles. I hope you it helps you, and if there’s something you want to talk about further, please reach out.

MANAGING LIFE ADMIN

Featured Resource:

Personalized "Life Admin" Action Plan

From managing meals and household supplies, organizing paper and digital files, budgetting and managing finances, scheduling appointments and activities, keeping track of to-do’s, buying gifts and planning parties – the list goes on and on.

This “life admin” is rarely acknowledged as its own type of work, but we spend countless hours managing it.

The good news is there are many tools and techniques to streamline, automate, or delegate these tasks. Get over 40 ideas and generate your own personalized plan (free!) to tackle this area of your life here.

What type of admin do you need help with?

Put one or more of these areas on auto-pilot with these smart solutions.

Who doesn’t struggle with the stress of this?

While there are millions of resources on task & time management, a wonderful FREE introduction can be found through Skillshare.

I highly recommend 2 courses (both only 40 minutes but packed with personal, practical knowledge):

  1. The Art of Planning: Master Time Management & Increase Productivity, by Anouk Rose
  2. Finding Planner Peace – Discovering What Planner System Works For You, by
    Cindy Guentert-Baldo

Access one/both of these courses simply by signing up for a Skillshare 2-month FREE trial. Follow the instructions here, then search for the course to get started.

I resisted paying for a budgeting app for a LONG time but You Need a Budget (YNAB) finally won me over.

With an intuitive interface, the app (desktop and mobile) allows you to plan for every dollar and account for any deviations. It can be shared with a partner if needed, and their learning center has everything you need to know about budgeting! (Seriously, an amazing resource even if you don’t use the app.)

You can get a free month with this link– check it out and see if it would work for you! If nothing else, it’ll walk you through setting up a budget that you can use elsewhere. Best of luck!

Two “auto-pilot” solutions come to mind when managing household supplies.

One truly automated resource is Amazon Subscribe & Save. Choose your products and how often you want them delivered (anywhere from every 2 weeks to every 6 months). Save 5-15% on the products, and perhaps most importantly, save the time & energy of keeping track of those regular purchases.

Another simple tool for managing your household needs is using a Staples Checklist. While this is more “manual”, you can regularly check off what you have and what you need – without keeping track of all of it in your head! You can get a template & instructions on this post.

I stumbled across a course from professional organizers speaking to this struggle, and I was so excited to find this resource.

Tame the Paper Clutter, a course hosted by Emilio y Samantha from KWPOrganizers, discusses how to create a system to manage both physical and digital files.

You can access this course at NO cost by using my link for a Skillshare 2-month free trial. Set up your account by following these instructions, then search “Tame the Paper Clutter” to get started.

Good gifts often take a lot of time, money, and thought – all precious, limited resources. 

To streamline the process and minimize these resources needed, I put together several “shortcuts” and systems for meaningful gifts. Check them all out here: Your Guide to Meaningful Gifts without the Stress.

STAYING MOTIVATED & COMMITTED

Featured Resource:

Habits-Based Homemaking

Have you ever started a new routine or system around your home, only to fall “out of habit” shortly after?

We often think we just need to try harder next time, but the truth is – according to psychology, neuroscience, and business – we need to change the way we try.

This cheat-sheet-style book compiles 21 of the best research-based strategies for setting goals, staying motivated, and forming lasting habits — all applied to your everyday household duties. Learn how to work smarter, not harder with each lesson.

Ongoing Support:

This Month on Purpose - Monthly Email


The most common feedback I receive from my readers is that they struggle most with staying motivated & committed to systems long-term. What good are resources and schedules if they don’t work day to day?

In addition to Habits-Based Homemaking (above), I want to provide practical encouragement, personal experience, and proven strategies every month to help you reach your goals at home. If this sounds like what you’ve been missing, sign up to get This Month on Purpose the first Sunday of every month.

Do you want more?

Go in-depth with the experts who have influenced Our Home on Purpose's approach to homemaking.

Even better, you can get any of these books in audio format FREE with my 30-day Audible trial link here.
And just for fun and some extra encouragement, instantly download these black-and-white motivational prints 🙂
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Need something specific that you don’t see? Contact me with suggestions.

Special Instructions for Recommended Tools

Skillshare

I have found Skillshare to be an amazing way to learn specific skills & solutions from others without paying for expensive courses.

You can access thousands of courses and check out all the platform has to offer for 2 weeks with my free trial link below.

Note: You will be required to enter payment information during set-up. To avoid unwanted fees, notice the “you will be billed on” date at the bottom of page, and simply add a reminder to your calendar/phone to cancel or adjust your plan. I have done this and had no issues.

Audible

The same goes for Audible – if you are busy and always on-the-go, listening to an audiobook to learn what you need to know is a huge time-saver. 

Because Audible also offers a free trial, you can access 2 free audiobooks for 30 days — and get solutions from experts at NO COST.

Use my link below to access this free trial and get started.

Note: Don’t forget to add a reminder on the billing date to adjust or cancel your trial. Easy, peasy. 🙂

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