Before you have kids, it seems so easy to get a load of laundry in, mop the floor or wash the windows. With small kids underfoot, however, the simplest chores seem almost impossible at times. The following tips will help you keep things under control, even if your schedule means that chores always have to be combined with taking care of your wonderful little 24-hour need machines.
Lower your standards
The first and most important step to staying sane as a busy mom is deciding what you can let go. This can be applied to all areas of your life, but is more important than ever when it comes to household chores. Some chores don’t matter very much, and a few don’t matter at all. As long as everything is clean enough to be hygienic and tidy enough that you don’t actually lose any of the kids under the debris, you’re doing fine.
Break it up
Before you had kids maybe you had a specific day for cleaning. Forget that. You won’t have a whole day to clean for quite some time. Break your household chore time up into manageable chunks. If you can find thirty or forty minutes a day, most days, that will be enough. Just prioritize what needs doing and then fit the top priority job into the thirty or forty minutes you can find.
Work in fun around the errands
Any parent who has spent a whole day running errands with kids in tow will tell you this. You need to work some fun in. It can be stopping off at the park near the grocery store, grabbing a hot chocolate at the café next to the dry cleaners or buying a one dollar treat at the candy store on the way home from the dentist (yes, I see the irony there). Just don’t plan boring errand after boring errand all day. Neither you nor the kids will make it through the day without a meltdown.