Running Your Home Smoothly Stay at Home Working Moms
Running Your Home Smoothly
by Melissa Ingold
Ever feel like a tornado went through your house? In a matter of minutes, all your hard work crumbles before your eyes. The kids are into everything at once, yeah, “home sweet home”.
It never fails that when things get off track, you seem to have non-stop visitors. Why can’t they ever come around when you have a clean house? For most stay-at-home moms a routine is in play, but sometimes attention to that routine diverts and that’s okay. Tending to our children’s needs overrides dish duty, hey; they’ll still be there tomorrow.
Although it is okay to let things slide sometimes, it’s not okay to make a habit of it. You’re just asking for stress if you don’t work to keep things in your home running smoothly.
If you find things get out of hand more than it should, you may need to revise your daily routine.
Start by writing down each hour in the day from the time you get up, to the time you go to bed. For Example,
List the things that need to be done during that time of the day, like make breakfast and get the kids to school, and time out for you. Once that’s done, read it over.
You may find that you’ve been doing dishes when the kids are getting home from school, or up from their nap. This causes conflict, simply by trying to get something done and keep the kids under wraps at the same time. By writing down your schedule you can see where improvement needs to be made.
Re-arranging your routine may can make your days smoother. Running errands and making appointments in the morning will get them done and out of the way early. Once you’re home, you can get a couple of chores done around the house before feeding and getting the little ones down for their nap.
After that, I suggest taking a half an hour to an hour out for you. Read, nap, suntan, and do whatever you feel like doing. You’ll feel more relaxed after a busy morning, and ready to tackle more household duties.
Before the children get home from school or up from a nap, tidy up the areas where they tend to play and make a mess. This will help to keep things under control when they go back to those areas, and it won’t be such a big job to deal with later. Assign after school chores to older children, the small things they do can go a long way as well as teaching good habits.
If your children have after school activities, it may be best to have everything done before they get home. Running your kids everywhere and trying to get chores done can lead to exhaustion. It also decreases your chances of actually accomplishing something.
Invest in a daytime planner, and set out an appropriate routine. By sticking too it, you can have your home running smoothly, at least, most of the time.
About the Author
Melissa Ingold is a wife, and stay-at-home mom to 2 children. She lives the life of a SAHM day in and day out, and her experience has enabled her to write articles on the issues that interest women in their roles as wives and mothers. She aims to touch their hearts and warm their souls through her insightful articles. She has several freelance writing projects on the go and hopes to eventually freelance fulltime.
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