Let me start by saying that I am not the expert on motherhood or housekeeping (if you've ever seen me in public with my especially strong-willed, two year old, you would definitely know this to be true- hehe). I do not have all the answers and I do not always have it all together.
Glad we got that out of the way.
I was inspired to write this post this afternoon when it occurred to me that I had picked up some tricks of the trade to make my hectic life run more smoothly. I decided to pass them along to whosoever will and ask for your success stories in return. These are habits I've adapted to make the most of my twenty-four hours. Maybe they'll work for you, maybe they won't.
1. Get up early.
Every. Single. Morning. I wake up before anyone else. I can pump for Avery, unload the dishwasher, have devotions and make the kids' breakfast (they're always whining that the oatmeal is too hot, so when I make it in advance, they have no excuse. 😂) before any of them even stir. Honestly, once Laura is awake my productivity is severely diminished, so the more I can finish before she's up, the better.
I get up between 6-6:30am, Mon-Fri and 7am, Sat-Sun.
2. Go to bed at a reasonable time.
Yeah, that's simple enough. But, if you don't and you stay up too late, suck it up and get up when your alarm goes off anyway. Form the habit. It gets easier.
3. Clean on the weekends.
I do all of my major cleaning on Saturday afternoons during Laura's nap, specifically bathrooms and changing all the sheets on each bed. I also make sure everything is painfully neat and no laundry is waiting in the wings on Sunday night so that Monday is slightly less painful. Then I do basic cleaning each day throughout the week. For instance, vacuuming kitchen after each meal, wiping down the counters after food prep, cleaning bathroom surfaces after each nurse leaves, etc.
4. Don't procrastinate with laundry.
I HATE folding laundry, like almost more than anything. I've found that if I let it pile up though, it's even more of a pain in the butt, so I fold it as soon as I hear the dryer buzz... Well, as soon as I finish groaning that the dryer just buzzed. Kidding.... Mostly. And piles of dirty laundry is just gross. Yuck. Don't be like that.
5. Clean out the refrigerator.
I hate old food. I hate leftovers. Clean fridges look nice, smell nice, etc. Expired anything makes me want to puke, so I rifle through my refrigerator on Saturday or Sunday night and ensure that everything is still "good" and I have all the necessary components for Macson's school lunches for the week. Oh, what a perfect segue...
6. Make lunch the night before.
Anything I can prepare ahead of time to simplify my morning routine is awesome. Macson's school lunches are always tucked away in his cooler in the fridge the night before. (He frequently takes this opportunity to peek inside said cooler to tell me the components that I should change out for the following day. 😂)
"Mom, I don't think I'm going to like those carrot sticks tomorrow..."
Too bad. Don't you have some homework to do or something?!
7. Add some pretty touches.
I like to have fresh flowers in my kitchen at all times. I know that sounds excessive, but there's something about them makes me happy. Flowers inspire me to keep everything nearby neat and tidy. I couldn't have white tulips next to piles of bills, used plates, rows on cluttered appliances and patches of stickiness, now could I?! Just try it. You might be suprised.
Those are a few of my tricks. Leave a comment and tell the rest of us what you've found that works for you!