After almost 9 months of working outside the home, I finally feel like I'm beginning to make headway on keeping up with our home. I hated spending my off days catching up on housework. I still have more decluttering and Spring cleaning to do, but I'm getting there slowly but surely!
Yesterday I had a short shift and was home by 2:30pm. After a short break I got to work cleaning, mopping and vacuuming floors and doing laundry.
Today I cleaned out the fridge, did another load of laundry, made a menu plan/shopping list, bought groceries, cleared my desk/dusted, put away all the clean clothes, made our bed/dusted, and cleaned the bathroom.
Here are the things that help me:
~ Make a list: The things that bother me most go on the list. It's easy to get overwhelmed, but having a list keeps me focused. And I like checking off items completed. If something doesn't get done, it just goes on the next day's list, but often times I get things done and then some.
~ Do the worst first: Usually the things you dread don't take nearly as long to do as you imagined. Get those out of the way and you'll feel so much better and without the guilt!
~ Don't try to do too much: Housework is never-ending! It's okay if you don't get it all done today. It will get done eventually.
~ Do a little every day: Better to spread the work out over your week then trying to get it all done in a day or two.
~ Declutter and simplify as much as possible: The more you have, the more upkeep it requires! I'd much rather have less stuff and more time to do what I want!
~ Make a weekly menu plan: This helps me to not feel overwhelmed about dinner making and usually keeps me from buying fast food. On busy days, plan easy meals.
~ Do errands before or immediately after work: If I come home first, I will not want to go back out. Better to do those things while I'm out anyway and be done with it!
~ Make time for things you enjoy: I try to get my work done early in the day, by noonish, so I can spend the afternoon doings I want to do. This helps me to relax and rejuvenate a little before going back to work.
~ Ask for help: Now that I'm working, I simply can not do everything myself, so I do delegate some things to the girls.
~ Go to bed early: I'm usually asleep by 10pm, but sometimes as early as 7:30pm. I don't feel guilty about it either! A good night's sleep is worth its weight in gold.
For those who work outside the home, how do you balance work and your home life?