Taking care of your home as you return to work

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For women returning to work, it can be a daunting time. There are plenty of things to consider – from how you’ll integrate back into the office environment to how your home will cope without you.

Whatever your reason for staying at home in the first place, chances are you got into a routine of looking after your home and this is not something you’ll want to slip now that you’re back in the world of work.

Here are a few things you can do.

Get help

Caring for the home isn’t a one person job so if you live with a partner or children then get them involved to share the load. Everyone can chip in somehow and there are plenty of chores you can set the little ones at to help them earn some pocket money.

It’s not just family that can help though – companies can play their part too. Take E.ON for example. Their latest nergy saving campaign is aimed at helping their customers use only the energy they need and there plenty of useful hints and tips you can take advantage of if you’re one of their customers.

Probably the crowning glory of their new initiative is the Saving Energy Toolkit which gives E.ON customers the chance to monitor their energy consumption and make proactive changes. You can even compare how much energy your house uses in relation to other similar households in the area – something the kids can help you track.

For more information or to see how else E.ON can help you save energy and manage your home, visit their website.

Plan

Caring for your home is a full-time job in some respects and the only way you can manage it alongside your day job is to plan thoroughly. Set yourself a rota of things to do, and when to do them. Then stick to it. You can use a calendar or white board to do this and colour code jobs for different family members so everyone knows what they’re doing.

Control

There are many ways in which you can control your home without actually being in it and these are ideal for those returning to work. Set timers on things like your heating to ensure that your home is kept at a comfortable temperature ready for when you return home but without drawing energy all day.

You can also do the same with lighting by setting timers on plug sockets with lamps connected to them. There may even be apps and other technological gadgets which can help you extend the control you have over your household from remote locations so why not take a look at what’s on offer?

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