I often get asked how I find the time to do all the things I do with three little ones running around the house. Sometimes I get asked this by moms who work outside of the home, which always really baffles me because I tend to wonder the same things about them!
I'm not the most efficient homemaker, and I still have a lot to learn, but I do manage to squeeze a lot of productivity into most of my days. Here are some things that help me to do that!
- I don't do it all. I figure my house is probably at least 70% clean about 70% of the time. I don't cook fancy meals every night. My kids get baths every second night. This is good enough for us .
- It's my Job. When my husband is working, I am working around the house. (Except for large amounts of time spent on this blog!) I don't believe it is okay to be watching television while my husband is working hard to pay the bills, so I treat homemaking like it's my job....because it is!
- I use pockets of time. Whenever I have a spare moment, I sort some laundry or put some dishes away. Or repaint a room...
- My kids do chores. Not only does this mean they are doing things so that I don't have to, but it also means that they are happily occupied putting laundry away in their room long enough for me to put laundry away in mine! Click here to read more about some suitable chores for young children.
- I have a small house. This obviously means less housework to keep up with, but it also means I can be training and nurturing my children while doing things around the house because I'm rarely more than 20 feet away from them.
- I know that it isn't my job to entertain my kids. Nurture, yes. Teach, yes. Feed, cuddle, bathe, discipline, listen to, laugh with, pray with, read to: yes. But not entertain. I believe children need to know how to play quietly for short periods of time without mommy entertaining them. If you don't have to spend your day answering the question "What can we do now?" you free up a lot of time.
- My kids nap. My oldest has started to outgrow nap time, so some days she has quiet time instead. she can color, or play with play dough, or look at a book. I get one full hour of peace and quiet and calm in the middle of my day. Priceless.
- I involve my kids in what I'm doing. They help me make dinner, or bake bread, or they put the sprinkles on cupcakes. They help me sort laundry, and we sing old hymns together while we do it.
- I have an incredible husband. He barbecues in the snow. He helps with the garden in the spring. He takes a child or two with him when he goes to the hardware store on a Saturday morning. He can even cook!
- I'm passionate about my role as a wife, mother and homemaker. What a privilege it is to spend my days serving my God by serving my family!
What helps you to get things done?