Being a mom can be hard, some days it can be downright overwhelming. When I first made the decision to become a stay-at-home mom, I had envisioned a perfect life. Well behaved children, tidy organized home, spending my days cooking amazing meals and doing Pinterest worthy activities with my children. Well, let’s just say that was all a dream.
Being a stay-at-home mom was much hard then I thought, juggling housework, feeding and entertaining two small children that both demanded all of my attention was difficult. You lose yourself in your children, spending all day and all night with them can be overwhelming. Over the last 4 years, I have discovered things that do make things easier,
Follow a Daily Schedule or Routine
If you can only do one thing a routine is it, for me our routine is flexible but it always helps me to get the necessary things done every day. For me, I have a few things I like to get done every day, but some days we have errands to run or maybe it just beautiful day and we want to get outside.
My Schedule looks like this:
7:00 Kids breakfast
7:30 Kids get the dress
7:40 Set Kids up with an activity
7:50 Clean up: Tidy up breakfast dishes, empty dishwasher, make beds, tidy kids rooms, pick up any remaining toys or random items around the house.
8:30 eat my breakfast and enjoy a cup of coffee
9:00 clean up kids activity
9:15 get busy with our day!
Get Up Early
This is easy said than done, I really suck at this one. When I do get up early before the kids it really does help me start the day in a great mood. It nice to get up before the kids to workout, get some work done for a client, maybe to just shower, get dressed and have a cup of coffee in quiet. It really does help get your day started right.
Meal planning is an amazing way to reduce your stress, I normally meal plan on a Sunday. Deciding what I m going to be cooking ahead of time and also I try to cut up fruits and veggies for easy snacking for the week ahead.
Use a Cleaning Schedule
Is an awesome way to stay on top of things. It doesn’t even need to be a crazy all day schedule, it can be something as simple as Vacuum on Monday, wash floors on Tuesday, clean bathrooms on Wednesday, dust on Thursday, and laundry on Friday. I normally try and do one of these things after lunch every day. Check out Clean Mama for some amazing ideas on home to stay on top of cleaning.
Declutter and Organize
As a stay-at-home mom, your home is pretty much your workspace, trying to do a declutter really helps your sanity. I normally do a purge 4 times a year. Donate toys or clothes that no longer fit or use, buy storage bins or anything you need to stay organized. I find by doing this 4 times a year can really help you stay on top of things.
Having a support system
Having someone to reach out to is so essential, it could be another stay at home mom, a family member, a neighbor. Anyone that you can talk with about your day, I found one of the hardest parts of being a stay at home mom was the isolation. At work, I had co-workers to chat with, have lunch with, go for an after-work drink. Now my co-works scream at me to get snacks and poop their pants. It can be lonely. Finding someone else to visit or chat with a couple times of the week, even if its just text messages really can help.
As your kids age things will change and life will get a little less hectic, Stay Strong Mama!
Are you a stay-at-home Mom? What challenges do you face? Comment below!