The home is a central operating environment for the consumer. The home and household can be systems that consist of more than one individual. A well functioning consumer's household is an adaptive system, which ensures its continuation by securing alternative sustainable ways of operating in various life situations. A diverse system is able to cope with changes in circumstances. If one is to be aware of one's own and the environment's functioning and status, effective systems of information and feedback are required, and these can help us prepare for new situations and make flexible corrections to our ways of working. Managing this system is home management.
Home management skills are based on understanding goals, roles and responsibilities, having foresight and the ability to share work processes. Managing the home and participation encompasses social skills that facilitate the formation of the commitment required to manage daily life, build shared understandings and tolerate differences. Home and household perspectives also enable participation in learning and consumer citizenship skills on a broader scale.
The learner learns how to responsibly maintain the functioning of the home environment by allocating resources and making decisions. Learners acquire the ability to evaluate factors like the consumer's household social relationships, time management, leisure and chores. Learners are able to assess how consumption habits influence our well-being, ability to work and our financial situation.