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Some days it can feel like your drowning in work, household chores, cooking, school stuff, extra activities, the list goes on. Mom life right? Well it doesn’t have to be like that all the time! Of course, we’re going to have our days and weeks where “stuff” is put on the back burner or we’re just too lazy to do laundry all weekend. But I’m going to give you 4 tips to help you stay on top of it all so you can feel less drowning and a little more like your breathing fresh air.
For those of you who don’t know, I call myself a work-at-home-mom. I watch my nieces and nephews Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and I also work for a local media company, Do Something Different Media. Oh and I run this mommy blog! Follow me on Instagram.
I love doing this because it allows me to help my family out financially and take some of that burden off my husband, but also allows me to be a full-time mom to my two kids. I have great work/life balance and a very flexible schedule.
But sometimes being a mom, homemaker, and working part time can eat up a lot of time. That’s why I’ve come up with a system to keep up with house hold chores, be able to work, and be a mama.
4 Tips To Get Household Chores Done
This is the bane of our existence as moms right? Well, call me crazy but I have a laundry system, it could probably be its own blog post, but I’ll keep it brief here. I don’t love help when it comes to laundry because I like to do it my way. My biggest tip though is to get 1 load of laundry done every day. And when I say get it done, I mean wash, dry, fold, put.it.away. Don’t leave it on the couch, or the floor, or the special laundry chair. Just do it! When you fold it, keep the folded clothes organized so that the clothes that go in the same spot are all stacked together. I put my folded laundry back in the laundry basket then bring it to it’s special place. It takes me about 10 minutes to fold and put away. Then you’re done and you feel accomplished! YAY! Also- choose at least 1 day a week when you DON’T do laundry. Because that’s just good for your sanity.
2. Washing Dishes
You might be the type to throw everything in the dishwasher, and that’s ok. But there are some dishes that I need to wash such as pots and pans, and kids dishes. I don’t have a bunch of these items anyway and sometimes they need to be used twice in a day. I designate at least 2 times a day to washing dishes. Either after breakfast or lunch then after dinner. At the same time I wash the dishes, I also wipe down the counters and table. This way everything is always clean and picked up. And yes, whatever I can put in the dishwasher, I do! The dishwasher is probably my favorite appliance. 😉
3. Basic Household Chores – Vacuuming, Cleaning the Bathroom, Picking Up, Etc.
These are things, I think that need to be done more often than monthly. My whole house is carpet so I have to vacuum often, but I choose specific days of the week to do these things. Sunday and Thursday might be vacuum days, so Wednesday can be my bathroom cleaning day, and so on. Make yourself a schedule that works for you. But if you’re cleaning 1 or 2 things each day it will only take you a few minutes, and you’ll have less to clean over the weekend. Keeping up with the cleaning is the best way to not feel like you’re drowning underwater, in my opinion.
When it comes to cleaning up all the toys, well I use to do this literally all day long. Yea that gets to be a little much! So, once or twice a day I clean up the toys, especially in the living room. It makes relaxing at night when the kids are in bed that much more enjoyable. You can also recruit those cute little ones to help you clean up!
4. Dusting, Organizing, Decluttering, Etc.
Unlike number 3, that needs to be done more often, dusting and organizing doesn’t have to be done daily or weekly. I think of this more as a monthly chore. At the beginning of each month dust the baseboards, the ceilings, the fans, windows, whatever. Organize that stack of mail on the table. Go through your kid’s dressers and put away clothes that no longer fit. And go through your own closet, look at clothes you haven’t worn the last month or two and donate them on thredUP (get your clean out bag here!) Or try selling them! I love selling clothes I no longer wear on Poshmark.
The point is to keep up with these household chores so it never feels so overwhelming or too much. Don’t wait until you have a full closet and no room in the drawers, or you’re looking at a sink full of dishes from the last 2 days. This makes the task daunting and it just takes longer, and ultimately you will probably put it off. Again. Below I wrote up a chart of what chores to do each day. Try to add this into your daily schedule to keep up with your chores.
Keeping up with your household chores will only take about an hour out of your day. That still leaves you with plenty of time to play with and snuggle your babies, to get your work done, or blog. 😉 And at the end of the day having an empty sink and a clean living room will make you feel accomplished. Then you can enjoy sitting on the couch binge watching your favorite Netflix series guilt-free!
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