I think the biggest issue most of us have when we choose to stay home to be with our children is the struggle with housework. After all, as I wrote in Do I have to cook and clean to be a good mother? housework is definitely less glamourous than cooking. And childcare, even though it is mentally and physically taxing, is more fun and rewarding.
It needs to be done regularly
However, housework is something that needs to be done and done regularly. Otherwise it piles up and any motivation to get to it decreases at an exponential rate! I think, if housework can be done once and ignored for at least a month if not more, most of us will have less trouble with it. But it doesn’t work that way, does it?
Get it done ASAP
So, I like think of housework like exercise – a necessary evil! To attack it, I plan for it to be done ASAP. Kinda like the Eat That Frog mentality. Get it all over and done with and not have to think about it the rest of the day.
Now mind you, I do not have babies or toddlers anymore. So I CAN do it first thing in the morning. And the children do pull their weight in keeping the house looking neat and tidy.
BUT, when I had a lot of small people in the house, I would still try to do as much as possible in the morning – while the coffee magic is still in effect and everyone is generally happy and contented. And I would schedule the first break (usually at baby’s naptime) to doing chores that can’t be done when baby is awake. Such as ironing or toilet washing.
Get rid of clutter
I can only tolerate clutter and mess for a limited period of time. Back when we had 4 children, we lived in a 2-apartment house. There is no escaping the clutter that met my eyes wherever I looked. It made me feel unsettled.
The first line of attack towards dealing with housework is to make sure that I have as little to clean and organize as possible. Hence my constant exercise to declutter. Remember, you cannot organize clutter! Once clutter is gotten rid of, housekeeping becomes much simpler.
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Help is here! 2017 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle
And this is where the 2017 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle comes in. It has a total of 106 resources. Out of which 18 are dedicated to organising and setting up systems for your home and life. Check them out below!
- 14 Days to Opening Your Front Door to Guests by Dana White ($7.99)
- 2017-2018 Yearly Personal Planner by Jolanthe Erb ($4.99)
- Bullet Journaling for Book Lovers by Anne Bogel ($15.00)
- Clean Mama’s Just One Page Kit by Becky Rapinchuk ($7.00)
- Clutterfree with Kids: Change Your Thinking. Discover New Habits. Free Your Home. by Joshua Becker ($5.99)
- Command Center 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Command Center that WORKS for Your Family by Meredith LeRoy ($5.00)
- Creating Success At Home: Your Guide to Redefining Home, Conquering Clutter, Taking Back Time, Boosting Your Energy and Overcoming Decorating Fears by Sharon Hines ($3.99)
- Family Chore System & Planner by Mandi Ehman ($17.00)
- Life Your Way Complete Printables Download Pack by Mandi Ehman ($7.00)
- Minimize the Mess: A Mother’s Guide to Simplifying the Home by Rachel Kratz ($2.99)
- Overwhelm to Order: The Ultimate Homemaking Binder by Rachel Norman ($9.99)
- Revive 30-Day Challenge by Jessica Fisher ($27.00)
- Speed Clean the Deep Clean: A Collection of Time-Saving Cleaning Tutorials and Tips for Busy Moms by Katelyn Fagan ($4.99)
- Sweet Life Planner: Vanilla Edition by Laura Smith ($35.00)
- The Mindset of Organization: Take Back Your Home One Phase at a Time by Lisa Woodruff ($8.99)
- The Paperless Home: How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Life by Abby Lawson ($32.00)
- The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Hack Guide by Amy Bellgardt ($9.99)
- Your Intentional Holiday: Heart & Home Planner by Victoria Osborn ($10.00)
That’s not all.
More than housework
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It’s a steal!
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