It’s a nightmare! Dishes are piled high. Washing is spilling out of the laundry door. The fridge is empty and the kids are getting toast again. Sound familiar?
Parenting young kids is hectic and requires that we are in thinking mode every minute of the day. Lists, events, milestones, playdates… it never ends. The workload that’s required to maintain a functioning home is jumumbous. Even when a mum chooses to return to work, her responsibilities at home often remain the same (source).
I know the feeling of drowning in responsibilities. I was unwell and everything spiraled out of control. The laundry was chocker-block with dirty washing. The fridge was bare. The floors were desperate for a clean. The clean washing was a huge pile of a mountain. I was sick of digging through the clean washing, tired of stepping over dirty washing to get the machine. Frustrated that I didn’t have enough bench space to prepare dinner. Bored with eating the same foods.
It occurred to me… I wasn’t happy with the current situation but the kicker was this… to live in this state was actually taking up more time. Time walking around and over things, time searching for clothes, time cutting veggies in the tiniest corner of the bench.
Are you wondering how to create awesome systems that will save you time and stress? I live and breath this stuff. I love helping mums to stream-line their homes so they achieve more in less time and zero stress.
Here are 6 tips that you might find useful:
- Ask for help: Before you can implement any new systems you’ll need to catch-up. Ask for help from friends and family. Pay for a cleaner or you could pay for someone to mind the kids so you can catch up.
- Plan meals ahead and order online: Planning meals means that you always know what’s for dinner. This creates variety and also better quality meals. It’s reassuring to know you have plenty of food and it’s also one less thing to think about. Ordering online will also save you an hour or so every week.
- The washing: The trick to keeping on top of the washing is to do a load every morning. Have a dedicated location for the clean washing. We use a spare table in one of the bedrooms. If I fall behind with the clean washing it accumulates on the table, out of sight, I call this the overflow.
- The Overflow: This is a place where items (like clean washing) can build up if we start to fall behind. Parenting young kids is consuming and some days our children need us more than other days. Falling behind will happen and that’s okay. Overflows are essential for managing this. Talk to your partner about Overflows… explain that they are a signal that you need some extra help.
- Share responsibilities: Just because you’re living at home does not mean that you have to do everything. Everyone living in your home should be contributing. Even the kids. Everyone has his or her special jobs. My husband is in charge of bins, animals and helping with any overflows I might have. My 4 year old puts her own clothes away, put’s the kids dishes away, carries and puts away the new toilet paper. Talk it over as a family and establish a plan.
- Less is more: Owning less means less to put away and less to clean. You cannot fall as far behind if you have half as many clothes or own half as many dishes. This also applies to toys, if you own less toys it’s a lot easier to keep them organised and tidy. This means less stress, less walking around the mess and less swearing as you accidentally step on another piece of lego in the middle of the night.
I have a whole toolbox of strategies to streamline homes to be more efficient. The families I work with are happier and have spare time for what’s really important.
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