Lately, I've been feeling pretty swamped in all of my jobs, but especially in the area of my home. I've had the idea in my head that I can only do "home things" on the weekends, things like grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, etc. In general, this is true; weekends are a great time to plan menus and shop, scrub and scour, and sort and fold. However, this tends to leave very little time for FUN, which, obviously, is a problem. I want to spend more time doing FUN family stuff instead of freaking out about how we're going to get everything done if we happen to go out of town for the weekend. This has been on my mind a good bit lately; I even found a post that I started a few weeks ago but never finished about this same thing:
"We spent the weekend in the most awesome house overlooking a lake, and I freaked out all last week about leaving for the weekend and the things I would not get done because of it. Things like grocery shopping, laundry, grading, cleaning, you know, all those things I am too tired to do when I get home from work, so I push them off until the weekend. And, seriously, I was upset that I was not going to be able to do them because I was going to be stuck at a lakehouse with our friends. I must be insane."
Overall, I just want to feel more successful and less stressed, like I am doing a decent job of all of my jobs. Enter my mommy resolutions. These are small changes I am committed to making so that I can have more fun and feel better about my life. (Some of these are things that I think normal, "good" moms are probably already doing. Don't laugh!)
1. I will split up the chores and do one each weeknight. Surely I can manage one household chore per night. Vaccuuming, laundry, and grocery shopping won't seem like all-day affairs if I do only one at a time, right?
2. I will get up when my alarm goes off and get straight in the shower. This probably seems dumb, but my alarm is set for 5:15, which is too early. I end up pushing snooze 50 times and then convincing myself that I must have a cup of coffee before I can possibly shower, which just makes me run late. I'll just set my alarm a little later and actually get up when it goes off and go straight to the shower. (I tried this one this morning. I set my alarm for 5:30 and got up on the first ring. But...I talked my-half-asleep-self into a cup of coffee before my shower. Grrr... BUT, I left the house a solid 15 minutes earlier than usual!! Yay for less rushing and more time!!)
3. I will not leave dishes on the counter or in the sink. I'm really bad about the dishes...don't judge me! (Managed this one this morning! Two points for Jessica!!)
4. I will make Cara pick up her toys, especially in the living room, before she goes to bed.
That's only four things, so it's not like I'm trying to completely overhaul my routine and my life, but I think they will make a huge difference in my peace of mind. Any additional tips or advice? How do you keep your house running smoothly while still making time for the fun stuff?
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