Life can get chaotic, especially if you have kids, pets, or messy family members. Things are always happening and it can get difficult to keep up with so many different responsibilities. A hectic life can be very stressful. It is difficult to keep track of so many important aspects of life.  You may be embarrassed that your home is always a mess, you may have trouble keeping track of what’s going on in your family’s lives, you may keep losing track of important items, or you may be neglecting maintenance on your home. Whatever the case, B&L Ott near Reading, PA is here to help with some tips and tricks to help get your home running a bit more smoothly.


Another issue you and your family may have when it comes to cleaning is not knowing where to store certain items. When this happens, you or your family members may end up just shoving everything under the bed, in a closet, or in a drawer. It only helps the messiness continue.

The first step is to declutter. Get rid of everything you don’t need or haven’t used in a while. If it’s still in good shape, try donating it before just throwing it away. Once you declutter you will have less to work with and organizing the rest will be easier. The next step is to give everything a place. Go out and buy some organizational bins or shelving if you need to. Assign a place for every single type of item in your home. Then the next time you need to clean, you will know exactly where to put it.


Between bills, permission slips, receipts, and other mail, there may be many papers scattered throughout your home. If you don’t take care of them fairly quickly, they begin to pile up and take away your desk, table, or counter space. Some important papers may even get shuffled around. Then you can’t find them when you need them, and you end up spending your time stressing and trying to find those papers.

Try to designate a place in your home where you and your family can store all of your important papers. You can put a folder, file cabinet, or bin for papers so your family always knows where to place and look for these papers when they need them. This will help you avoid those stressful nights when you have the entire family tearing apart your home looking for these important papers. It can also help


Cleaning can get monotonous after a while. You spend an entire day cleaning your Berks County home and before you know it, it’s messy again. Life isn’t just about continually cleaning your home so you can impress your guests. You want to go out and have inspiring experiences, but you can neglect your home either. Setting up a chore system can help keep things organized so you can have some more time to go out and have fun.

If your entire house is messy, you may not where to start. Then you waste time figuring out how to tackle such a massive project. Creating a routine you can follow can help. If you create a system once to make sure everything gets done, the next time your home is messy, you can just follow your routine instead of figuring out what order to clean everything. If your kids are old enough, get them involved too. You can even create a reward system to help motivate them to help you get the house clean.


There are many items in your home that need maintenance from time to time. This includes your car, appliances, HVAC system, and even your home itself. Some of these items may not have received maintenance in a while. Every time you walk past them, you may feel guilty that you haven’t given them the attention they deserve. Now is the time to create a system to make sure your home and items receive the maintenance they deserve.

Try to set aside a certain day every month where you can take care of home maintenance. You can change the filter in your HVAC system (and schedule maintenance with B&L OTT), you can take care of the garden, patch up the holes in the walls, repair the door, and all of those other fixes you haven’t gotten to. Another small way you can help your home run more smoothly is by setting up some home automation. B&L Ott can help you install a programmable thermostat so you can create a routine for your HVAC to follow. It’s easy, convenient and gives you one less thing to worry about.

Scheduling and Communicating

If you have many family members in your home, you likely have a lot of events. It is difficult if not impossible to keep track of your entire family’s schedule. Therefore, creating a scheduling system can help make sure you don’t overbook yourself or miss out on important events. This issue has a fairly simple solution. All you have to do is buy a wipe off board calendar and have your family fill it out with their important events. Put it in a place where everyone can see it every day. This can help you plan out your month ahead of time and make things easier. You can even get a few magnets and hang your tickets and invitations on so you can always find them when you need them.