Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ten Habits to Make a Mom's Life Simpler Around the House

Ten Daily Good Habits to start with:

1. Wake up early. I know this one stinks, but it is the best way to get a jump start on your day. Otherwise, the day seems to be in control, not you.

2. Waking up early starts with going to bed earlier. I know that you like the time after the kids have gone to bed for yourself, or for working on projects, or even for trying to catch up on housework. The fact is, shutting down and turning in earlier will make for a better morning and you will likely be more productive.

3. Evening preparations. Make sure everything that is needed to leave the house in the morning is prepared and where it should be. Teach your children this habit as soon as you possibly can, it can make your life easier.

4. Institute meal-planning.  Daily, weekly, or monthly meals panning. Find a way to make meal planning work for you. I love Pinterest for ideas for meals! Look at your meal plan the evening before and see if you need to do any prep like take something out of the freezer, or prepare the crock pot. It make the dinner time rush so much less stressful.

5. Do a load of laundry every day from start to finish. Make it  a habit of gathering everyone’s clothes  before bed or after bath time and tossing them in wash and then tossing them in dryer before bed. Take a few minutes to fold AND  put away that load (or have your kids do it!) One load a day may or may not be enough for your family, but doing at least one load every day will help you stay on top of the pile. I try to do two or three loads a day for our big family. Let me miss a day and oh boy does that pile turn into a mountain.

6. Do your best to get your dishes done  before going to bed. I know this can be hard sometimes and your already exhausted,  but think how much better it feels in the morning to come down to a clean sink. Make this a habit and you will be glad you did.  If your kids are old enough to do the dishes or at least help, then let them! 

7. Take 5 minutes and go through the bathrooms with a damp cloth. Empty the waste basket, straighten up, wipe up, and swish the toilet. Take any dirty clothes to the laundry room.  Use a  rag with some window cleaner to shine things up, including the mirror.

8. A place for everything and everything in its place.  It makes life so much easier. The biggest problem is that we have accumulated too much stuff so that we have a difficult time keeping things in their places. Work on clearing clutter and designating homes for regularly used items. SIMPLIFY! And teach your children this as well.  Think about how calming it is to walk into a room where everything is nice and  tidy.

9. Have a bedtime routine that includes putting away toys, books, dishes, trash, etc and picking out clothes for tomorrow. Having this routine in place will help your kids learn responsibility and know what is expected of them. We are their mom, not their maid.

10. Do not say YES immediately to new requests. Come up with a response, such as “Let me check my calendar and get back with you.” Or if you know you need to say NO, get it over with. And don’t feel like you have to explain why. 

One of the reasons moms can feel overwhelmed is well, because they are. We have so much to do, and a limited time to do it in. One way to overcome some of these overwhelming feelings is to create some daily habits for taking care of your home and family. Pick 1 or 2 things to start working on today. Do them consistently and teach your family to do the same. Once they become habit, add a few more things. Keep at it slowly and you will be surprised at how doing these little things will help relieve some of your stress, and lighten that burden that moms always seem to be carrying on their shoulders. It's such a nice feeling waking to a tidy clean smelling house.
Good Luck =0)

♥♪♫•.•°*°•.¸¸♥. PEACE and LOVE .•°*° ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

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