When you’re a stay-at-home mom, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the things that need doing. But if you learn how to make habits out of the small tasks, then you’ll find that life is exponentially easier for everyone!
In this post I’ll give you some tips on how to create a routine for yourself so that every day feels like less of a chore and more like an enjoyable way to spend time with your family.
Create a morning routine
- Wake up earlier. The best way to make your mornings easier is to wake up earlier and get on track before the rest of the house wakes up.
- Get out of bed. If you’re going to get up, get out of bed! Use this time for something that feels productive and enjoyable—reading, writing in a journal or blog, working on a hobby…whatever gets you excited about life in general!
- Get dressed. You’d be surprised how much more ready you feel when fully clothed (and maybe even with makeup if that’s your thing). Plus, kids are less likely to bug you when they see that everyone else is getting ready too!
- Make breakfast—or don’t! Either way works here—if it helps motivate you enough then great; but if not then don’t worry about it too much because there are plenty of other ways besides this one where we can all save money around here!
Get rid of unnecessary items (Declutter)
- Take everything out of your closet and drawers.
- Sort through the items, throwing away things that you no longer need. Don’t hold on to anything that you don’t absolutely love or use!
- Donate to charity or give away if you don’t have space for it (like clothing).
- Throw out old food, expired medications, etc. Be ruthless with this step! You only need what you need right now – not the past ten years worth of things that never got used up. If something isn’t useful anymore or has been ruined by time/use/wear and tear (or by kids spilling), get rid of it! You can always buy another one later if needed (but chances are better than not that this won’t happen).
Schedule yourself breaks
When you’re a stay at home mom, it’s easy to feel like you should be doing something all the time. Not only are there endless chores and responsibilities, but also the temptation of digital stimulation is always there. So how can you make sure that your time is spent wisely? You need to create a schedule!
Create a schedule of your day and break up work into chunks with small breaks in between. If you have children, schedule in time for them too—these will be your most important breaks throughout the day. When scheduling tasks or chores around your family’s needs, try breaking them up into smaller tasks so you don’t feel overwhelmed by all the things that need doing. If there are certain chores that take longer than others (like laundry), consider putting them off until later—then do them all together when everyone has more free time during nap times or at night before bedtime if possible.
When working on a task, try not to get distracted by other things until it’s done—setting aside dedicated work times can help keep this from happening as often as possible especially if there is housework involved!
Make a family calendar
A family calendar is a great way to keep track of everyone’s schedules. You can use a paper calendar or an app on your phone or computer. Make sure everyone in the family knows about it and keep it up to date with all appointments and activities.
You can use the family calendar to plan family dinners (and get a babysitter!) so that you’ll never have to say “sorry, we already ate”.
Focus on self-care
Self-care is an important part of staying healthy, but it can be difficult to find the time and motivation to treat yourself in a world where you’re taking care of others. Try setting aside some time each day for self-care so that your energy doesn’t run out. You’ll feel better, and your family will benefit from having a more rested mommy!
Here are some ideas for ways you can focus on self-care:
- Take a bath or shower every day – even if it’s just 5 minutes!
- Take 10 minutes at lunchtime to relax with a magazine or TV show
- Have breakfast before work if possible; this will help keep blood sugar levels stable throughout the morning
- Eat healthy snacks between meals; avoid junk food as much as possible (even though it tastes good) because it won’t fill you up like real food does
Encourage self-efficiency with your kids
- Encourage your kids to do chores around the house. They can help with dishes, laundry and vacuuming etc.
- Teach your kids how to take care of their own stuff. This will make life easier for you in the long run because they’ll be responsible for their items instead of just throwing them wherever they want when they’re done using them or losing them altogether!
- Give responsibility over to your child as soon as possible so that he or she can learn from their mistakes and become more independent throughout their life!
Meal planning is a great way to ensure you eat healthy and save money. If you’re trying to cut back on spending, it can also help you eat more seasonally.
Meal planning involves setting aside a time each week to plan out your meals for the next couple of days or even the entire week. This could be either at night before bed or an hour each morning when no one else is awake yet (you know who you are). Eating this way saves money because you won’t feel tempted by fast food places or convenience foods, which tend to cost more than making your own meals at home. It also saves time by giving you a list of what ingredients are needed so there’s no need for last-minute trips to the store!
Say no more often
One of the most important habits you can adopt is learning how to say no. This can be difficult if you’re an overachiever, and your natural inclination is always to say yes. But as a SAHM, it’s important that you learn to set boundaries so that you don’t burn out or overbook your family’s schedule with unnecessary commitments.
Here are some tips for saying no:
- Be specific when declining an invitation: “I am not able to attend because I already have plans with my family” or “My kids have school on Thursday mornings and I would like them to attend without me having to reschedule their classes.”
- Offer an alternative: “I will be unable to make it but I am happy for us all to meet up at a later date” or “I would love for us all get together but there isn’t enough room in our house”.
- Take care of yourself first: If someone asks why you cannot attend something, explain kindly but firmly that this event does not fit into your schedule because it interferes with other important things such as work projects at home or spending time with your children after school each day
Make a habit of simplifying your goals
- Set goals that are achievable. You want to be able to reach the goal and feel good about it. Make sure it’s realistic, but not too easy.
- Set goals that are measurable. How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal? Is there a way to track progress toward reaching your goal? It’s important to keep track of your progress so that if necessary, you can adjust your plan accordingly and stay on track!
- Set goals that are time-bound so they can be worked toward in a concrete manner; without a deadline there may be no reason for urgency! Without urgency though, why bother even trying? Once something has become part of our daily routine it becomes easier to forget about its importance until we experience negative consequences from neglecting our responsibilities as parents or spouses/significant others–and then suddenly we realize just how much time has gone by since last checking in with our families…ahem…when was THAT again…?
Set actual boundaries with your time
Here’s a general rule of thumb: if you have 10 hours of to-do list items, it means that you need to be working for 6-7 hours. If you’re finding yourself getting overwhelmed with all the things on your plate and not sure where to start, just start with one thing at a time. If you have an hour free in the morning before your kids get up, put on some music and work on organizing your files or cleaning out the garage. When lunch rolls around, take a break from working and spend some quality time with them! Don’t wait until later in the afternoon when they’re all tucked into bed—by then they’ll be cranky and won’t want much interaction anyway! That idea also applies if it’s 9pm at night; make sure that family time is happening during daylight hours when everyone is fully rested and ready for human contact!
As far as saying no goes… don’t feel guilty about it either! It’s okay sometimes not being available 24/7 because then those times become even more special when someone comes over (or calls) unexpectedly expecting availability but instead gets told “sorry babe but I’m busy right now.” And speaking of expectations…don’t set them either! There are plenty of people who would love nothing more than seeing us every day–but sometimes we just don’t have room in our schedules
Clean house in sections
When you clean house, clean in sections. Don’t do all the floors and bathrooms at once. It’s too overwhelming. Plus, there are no shortcuts when it comes to cleaning—you have to do all of it!
It’s much easier to tackle one room at a time instead of trying to get everything done within an hour or two. Not only will this save your sanity, but it also allows you more time with your kids while they’re awake and/or gives them something fun to do while you take care of chores like washing dishes, doing laundry or vacuuming up crumbs on the floor (my personal favorite).
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do to make your stay at home life easier. If you want more ideas on how to declutter your house and simplify your daily routine, check out some of our other posts here!
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