Mom working full time is something that is new to my family. After being a stay at home mom for 7 years or only working part time, I have had to find ways to make our time at home more efficient. And ways for me to keep (or gain) my sanity! Here are a few things that have helped me. What are some things you have on your lists?
- Say “no.” Today, most of us are overscheduled and overworked. Trying to be everything to everyone and it’s just not possible. You don’t need to join every group, volunteer for everything, sign your kids up for every activity or attend every event. Decide the things that are truly important to you and your family and make them a priority.
- Use a planner! I can’t stress enough how much this has changed my life. Not only do I have a planner, my family is now using a shared app calendar which send reminders via text or push notification and everyone can add things as they need as well. My mind was blown at how much pressure this takes off of me! Everyone knows what’s coming and what to have prepared – ahead of time! Imagine that! No more “Mom, what color jersey today?” “Mom when is practice?” “Mom.. what day is basketball?” It is magical!
- Declutter. A cluttered house will bring a cluttered mind. Not to mention the anxiety that will come with it. Start small. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and throw things away. Yes, it is ok to not keep everything. It took me some time with that too! By all means, keep the important things, but will little Johnny get mad in 10 years when you didn’t keep his third multiplication practice page from 2nd grade? Probably not! Get rid of the things that you are saving for the time you “might” use it one day. If you haven’t used it yet, chances are you probably won’t!
- Delegate. Don’t be afraid to put your kids to work! They won’t break! In fact, studies have shown that it will actually do them some good in the long run and God knows us moms can use some help! In fact, according to Psychology Today, “Insisting on chores sends children the message that being part of a family means pitching in and doing things for the greater good.”So put them to work! Here is the link for the printable chore chart seen below.
- Rise Early. I love my sleep as much as the next gal; however, that extra 15 minutes or more in the morning to get coffee, get ready, whatever – is vital to a successful morning for everyone. Mom’s mood usually dictates the tone of the home. Take that extra time for you to prepare and recharge. You will be ready to face the day and your family will follow!