Home Management used to be “home economics” which was primarily under the care of women. But Home Management trends today point to the entire family as the ones responsible for managing everything in the home, from cooking to cleaning to fixing things at home. The County of Maui in Hawaii calls this development “best management practices” for apartments and condominiums as well as for independently constructed homes.
For multifamily residential buildings, the areas of concern are vehicle parking, vehicle washing and oil changing, and the use of waste food garbage containers that separate biodegradables from non-biodegradables.
Besides, households must be alert about stormwater in parking lots containing undesirable concentrations of oil and grease, suspended particulates, and metals including organic byproducts of engine combustion, as these conditions could become hazardous to people and pets.
Part of the Home Management trends is the hiring of caregivers to assist the members of the household in caring, either for the young or old. Caregivers aside from receiving basic professional training must also be given specific instructions on specific, peculiar home issues that may not be found in other homes. The caregivers, as part of the “management team” of the family, must also be knowledgeable about basic first aid methods and procedures for the very young as well as old members of the family.
For homes in exclusive subdivision areas or home enclaves, security has become a top concern of families. Usually, a night patrol cruises along the meandering roads to assure the safety and security of the residents including the parked cars in open parking spaces and covered parking areas. Team patrols are also conducted in the daytime.
Trash disposal is also a significant part of home management. Households in owned or rented homes and apartments must comply with the health and safety code on solid waste disposal and transport. A weekly system of garbage disposal and collection using standard is done by the local government unit responsible for the area. Families are provided instructions as to where to place garbage that to encourage participation in waste source reduction, composting, reuse, and recycling under the environment code.
Each home or apartment is provided with garbage bins that segregate biodegradables from non-biodegradable garbage. Each container is placed a black plastic bag inside for comfortable pullout of trash from the bin. Families must provide recycling bins—where to put recyclable materials that include office paper, flattened cereal boxes, junk mail, envelopes, phone books, newspapers, aluminum and tin cans, glass whether clear or colored, plastic jugs and bottles.
This is made possible with the development of correct attitude and practice on garbage disposal to minimize global pollution. The home management starts in the kitchen where food leftovers are gathered and placed in a bin separate from recyclable materials. Such practice is related to the skill of menus planning and cooking that are taught to the children.
Other home-based skills related to management include laundry skills, time management, teamwork, good cleaning habits, essential money management, care in the use of cleaning chemicals for toilets and sinks, energy management or the wise use of electricity.