- Regularly schedule activities for mama & kiddos out of the house. The “out of the house” part is key because the dishes, the laundry and the dog won’t be staring at you begging for attention
- Dedicate an evening (or block of time) each week to handle non-daily household chores. As long as this is clearly communicated to every member of the house, it can reduce stress for those family members who can’t stand a messy house
- Designate a spot for all items (mail, toys, keys, etc.) so you habitually put them away and spend less time tidying. Do you have a pile of mail that has officially swallowed your kitchen table? Get an organizer so the mail can be quickly dispersed and handled at a more convenient time (like curled up with a glass of vino and your favorite TV trash, aaaaa sweet Revenge)
- Hire a house cleaner or mama’s helper. If you have the means, this monthly expense can be a lifesaver. For me, I despise deep cleaning. No seriously, I would consider giving up a toe or even a finger if I never had to clean a toilet again. So, we eat fewer dinners out and I barely get new digs to make sure we have the funds for our cleaners. I have friends who LOVE hiring high school girls for minimal cash to help prep dinner, pick up the playroom, fold laundry, etc.
- Let go. <em “mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””>Before Evren, I could totally ignore a mess or a project to instead focus on something fun. Since I started working part-time to care for him, I forgot this beautiful skill of mine. Now, it’s on, baby. It’s on like Donkey Kong. Dishes, you are officially demoted!
Mamas, do you have the same challenge? Dads, how do you manage the family balancing act? Have you figured this out?
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