“What the heck do you do all day?”- Husband
Rolls eyes, perhaps cursing under breath, maybe huffs and puffs, probably still sweating from all the days commitments, wishing she really was able to sit around eating bon bons and watching her favorite shows. – Wife
Dreaded and hard to accomplish, but absolutely needed. I get it! With so many demands of your day- people to please, pick up/drop off, shuttling kids from here to there, making healthy home cooked meals (hopefully), getting the laundry done, cleaning the house, full time jobs, part time jobs, the list goes on. It’s enough to make your head spin! This should count as exercise and training for a triathlon!
This is what I have found for our family that has kept me from breaking under the pressure. I hope you can use some of these tips to make your day flow a little better and accomplish all (most) of the tasks:
- NOT my favorite, because I LOVE my sleep, but waking up a little bit before your kids to hop in the shower for at least 5 min of peace and quiet is a game changer! Not only will you be in a better mood, but you take care of YOU first. Now, I am not saying you have to be completely ready for the day with your hair and makeup and clothes on. It is just literally hop in the shower, get refreshed, put on a robe and get the kids ready. Of course if time allows, always nice to get YOU all done first. 😉 It’s very hard to take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself. Mom guilt is real and we have to remember to give ourselves some grace!
- If older kids can get themselves ready in the morning, have them help with the little ones. While that is going on start making breakfast. And if time allows, shove those dirty dinner dishes in the dishwasher and throw a load of laundry in the wash to get a little bit started. Also, taking at least 5 min to rinse off the other dishes from the meals of the day and shoving them in the dishwasher as you go is fantastic!
- If you DON’T have older kids to help and all the kids need mom, take a deep breath and realize you are only ONE person and can only do what you can at one time!!! 😉 Prioritize and get the kids settled with breakfast at the table and maybe toss a load of laundry in quick, then come back to help the kiddos. (At least you have started the process. Give yourself a pat on the back!)
- Pick specific days to clean different parts of the house. If you do a little bit a few times a week, you can enjoy the weekend with your friends and family instead of doing chores. EXAMPLE: Mondays- laundry, bathrooms. Wednesdays- dust what you can and vacuum. Fridays- swiffer/mop floors. Daily- kids picking up toys throughout the house.
- My kids still have quiet time and naps, so I really try to be with them while they are up and we are doing things everyday. So my biggest accomplishments happen when they are asleep in the afternoon. I can finish loading the dishwasher, folding laundry and hopefully sorting it, maybe finishing cleaning some rooms. When both of my boys are awake they will play together pretty good. That also gives me a little window to get some cleaning accomplished. When my youngest goes for his nap in the afternoon, I like to have that one on one time with my oldest. That is usually my main homeschool time with him. Now if you have older kids in school, you have a wonderful advantage of not being interrupted!
- We have the kids go to bed by 7pm/7:30pm. My husband usually takes over after dinner and I can clean up the kitchen a bit and fianlly kick back and relax!!! (happpppppy dance) 😉
I hope you found at least one of these tips helpful and can begin to implement them somehow in your week!