Stay at home moms have a hard job. One would think that since you are home all day that it would be easy to get everything done, but the truth is, the work never ends and the constant juggle of chores can really baffle even the most organized person unless she makes a plan and creates a routine that works for her.
I’ve been a stay at home mom for over 25 years and I still have to be very purposeful about how I use my time if I want to get everything done. You may feel like you are constantly cleaning or picking up after your kids or trying to stay ahead of another disaster. It doesn’t have to be this way! There are things you can do to create a balanced routine. Whether you discover your best time to get things done or start a 30-day cleaning schedule that frees up a lot of your time, you can create a balanced routine that works.
Tips to Organize Your Day for Stay at Home Moms
Discover Your Sweet Spot
We all have a sweet spot – it’s that time of day where we’re able to get the most done. For some people, it’s early in the morning. Others do their best work midday. Try to pay attention to your day and see when you do the best work. Once you nail down your sweet spot, you can schedule your time so that the harder projects are done during that time frame. My best time seems to vary from day to day, but evenings are often when I get that second wind.
Plan Your To-Do List
Instead of trying to cram everything into a few hours, spread your to-do list out throughout the day. This can make your day much more enjoyable. For example, if you’re a stay at home mom, get up each morning and empty the dishwasher while you’re making breakfast. After the kids leave for school, you can clean up the kitchen and then take break. You can then start a load of laundry and pay the bills. Once laundry is done you can run errands and come home and make dinner.
On the other hand, creating a morning routine that allows you to get the bulk of your chores out of the way by mid-morning may allow you the break you need in the afternoon to do other things – like run errands, take a nap, visit a friend, or take a walk.
Start a 30-Day Cleaning Schedule
If you spend all your time cleaning, you might want to consider trying a 30-day cleaning schedule. The way it works is that you do a bit of cleaning each day and after 30 days your home is spotless. If you continue to follow the schedule month after month, it will only take a few minutes each day to clean your home. This is a great way to spread out your chores and still maintain a clean home.
Make Time for Breaks
A balanced routine requires finding time to take a break. When you schedule your to-do list into your planner, you want to make sure that you schedule time for breaks. Even if it’s just a few minutes here or there, it can make a big difference.
Remember to Have Fun
Last, but not least, balance is also about having fun. Remember to take time for yourself and to have with your children. Mom, this is so important. Never underestimate the importance of laughing and playing with your kids. The fun memories you make playing with your children will last a lifetime. Schedule a movie or game night into your planner, take time to visit a park or museum, find ways to schedule that fun!
A balanced routine can make a world of difference for the stay at home mom. You want to make sure that you’re spreading out your work while also making time for breaks and fun.