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SEDUKKTRA Posts: 19
1/5/12 1:10 P

I completely relate there. One of the best things I have done is implement my children into cleaning the house. It's kinda like monkey see monkey do. I start cleaning up and then the kids follow suit. They actually ask what they can do to help now. Then my fellow sees he's the only one that is sitting around doing nothing, feels like a jerk, then gets up and joins in on the cleaning. I usually do this a few times a week. Fortunately for those of us with school aged children we have that little time that the kids aren't home to make messes. I've also bought the colored star stickers to do chore list, each star representing the performance of the cleaning activity. My parents did this with me when I was little and it meant a lot. I have to do what I can because working full time, going to college full time, and having two children with ASD can be at the least overwhelming.

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1/5/12 10:24 A

I love setting the timer for 10 minutes and everyone rushes around picking up stuff before the timer goes off. That way the odds and ends are picked up and I am not overwhelmed. With kids, I just don't know how people keep a picked up house everyday. I love that you spend a half hour walking or doing something together in the evenings. Unfortunately, our kids have more homework then fun in the evenings. Don't be so hard on yourself. If anyone drops by, they are there to see you not the house!

JODROX Posts: 1,349
1/5/12 9:10 A

Wonderful tips here. I'm glad I stopped in! I too constantly feel overwhelmed by it all, and that mental state of feeling overwhelmed usually results in paralysis for me. I end up doing nothing rather than trying to stay on top of it. I love all the suggestions everyone has shared, especially the truth which is that in the grand scheme of things a messy house doesn't matter so much. Quality time with family is more important.

I'd like to just stay on top of the essentials -- laundry, important paperwork (bills, etc), kitchen -- and get to the routine cleaning in a more timely manner (dusting, vacuuming). Right now, it feels out of control. We had the house decent just before Christmas and now it looks like a tornado struck again.

My kids are older now, and I have to say it almost seems worse. When they were little, I could get them to help out more easily. Now they will do it, but obviously we didn't train them well enough to do it without reminders. I shouldn't be shocked by this -- I was no help around the house as a teenager either! So there's that, and also I think I burned out on trying to "do it all" and have let things slide. I don't like it and am constantly trying to get myself motivated to do more, do better.

#1 -- quality time with the family. Squeezing in household tasks around that will be my goal.

COSMOJINX Posts: 177
1/4/12 4:57 P

My husband and I both work full time, and we have a 16 month old. My husband actually works 12+ hours a day, so I pretty much have to do everything at home. I found that the only way I can keep the house in order is to cut back on everthing and have some good organizational items. I get overwhelmed easily, so it must be organized or I start going crazy! Every 6 months or so, I go through all our clothes, clutter, kitchen, toys, etc. and donate the stuff that we don't need or want. I feel so good when it's down to a minimum. I have also made sure to have plenty of storage for toys, crafts, etc. so when things get taken out they have a place to go back to and it's quick and easy. Hopefully that helps a little! I am always searching for tips on this issue too. :)

CHARITYSGIRL Posts: 114
1/3/12 12:37 P

I am so glad I found this message board. I am feeling so overwhelmed by working full-time and part-time (from home). It's like I can never get to the end of my chore list. My son is 5 and does a decent job cleaning up after himself, but I am so pooped I have a hard time keeping up with the essential cleaning. Don't mention that I have yard work too boot. I feel better just knowing I am not alone in this struggle.

Thanks for the resource http://www.flylady.net. I am feeling motivated already :)


Edited by: CHARITYSGIRL at: 1/3/2012 (13:05)
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7/3/11 5:15 P

I clean the basics during the week and do overall early Saturday morning before everyone gets up.

Edited by: GIGIHEALTHY at: 7/3/2011 (17:15)
MJREIMERS Posts: 4,538
6/30/11 12:33 P

I've always have worked full-time. My husband and I worked split shifts for many years so the kids only had to be in daycare a couple days a week.

I've always made my kids responsible for cleaning a certain part of the house. When they were toddlers, they helped unload the dishwasher and wipe off the table. Now that my four are 11-16 years old, they each take turns cleaning their bathroom, mowing the lawn, making dinner, cleaning the kitchen and helping to vaccum and dust. They all have decided to do their own laundry and that has helped keep them from wearing more than one outfit a day.

My oldest two are girls and both work a part-time job, too. I believe in teaching my kids independence. I've also taught them that when we work together we can play together. They've learned that a job gets done faster when everyone helps out. So far it's worked!

Good luck!

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6/30/11 9:42 A

I didn't read responses, but check out FlyLady :o)

AMBER2581 Posts: 249
6/27/11 4:58 P

I will share with you a little quote that I love when it comes to cleaning...

"Cleaning the house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing"

I agree that make sure the house is sanitary and kept up but down worry about the little things. Your kids will never grow up wishing mom had spent more time scrubbing the toilet or mopping the floors but they will remember if mom was to busy cleaning to spend time with them.

I symapthize with you as I have a 2 year old, a 5 year old and a 7 year old and work full time. We do what we can around the house and I try to have each one help me sometime throughout the week. We are busy with lots of activities so we don't have a designated cleaning day but do a little here and there when we can. My 2 year even helps -- he loves to use the swiffer mop on the floor -- even though I usually have to go back over it!

Sometimes I get to thinking about what people think about my house if they make an impromptu stop by but then I remember that if someone is judging me by the way my house looks they are probably someone I don't need in my life anyways.

Just do what you can and keep things sanitary and remember your kids are only little once. Don't sweat the small stuff (it took me many years to finally be OK with this)

Edited by: AMBER2581 at: 6/27/2011 (17:00)
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6/26/11 10:15 P

I have found a life saver that works for me. I so wish I would have done it forever ago. I picked a day and call it "cleaning" day. It is currently Friday. After breakfast, we get cleaning. I assign my kids basically the same chores with variation once in awhile. I think you could do it anytime that works for you. Doing it before a reward, like a movie etc really motivates the kids. It only takes about 2 hours, and the house stays clean pretty well, and we live on a farm with multiple clothing changes and tons of shoes for chores. Start with just cleaning what people see most and you will feel so much better. If the house gets trashed I am so much more relaxed cause Friday is coming:) We do bathrooms, living rooms, kitchen, stairs, kids rooms...little kids get done whenever. I usually assign my son who is 12 to do it. My 15 yr old daughter and him do their own laundry. I also have them fold throughout the week during TV watching, and I fold a load here and there.

SMITH4037 Posts: 83
6/23/11 3:33 P

I second or third the recommendation to visit and follow Flylady.net (free)! Baby steps in making small changes to your lifestyle, just like being healthier, become daily habits that only take minutes to do and once they are second nature can be done without thinking, "what's next?" You'll know automatically what's next! Good luck to you!

Do not let "Negative Nellies" overwhelm you. Listen to your inner voice that wants to help you overcome those negative thoughts to GET MOVING and DO SOMETHING to better your surroundings! Anything is better than nothing in terms of cleaning!

Edited by: SMITH4037 at: 6/23/2011 (15:35)
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11/16/10 5:33 P

I feel like thats all I ever do is clean up! Its so frustrating! I never feel like I have time to just relax being a single mom of 3. There is always something that needs to be done.

SJESSUP7361 Posts: 82
11/15/10 7:02 P

I have four kids (7 to 13) and give each a responsibility that lasts for a week: trash/recycling and floors, dishes, bathrooms/kitty litter, and laundry. I had to train them a bit on what I expected and do follow-up with them. This in no way gets all of these tasks done perfectly but I definitely have help in keeping things somewhat straight.

SEAWAVE Posts: 1,182
11/14/10 2:26 P

I totally second what MsLily said about kids helping out. I was ill when my son was younger, and am just recovering from my second bout with cancer. I never got my 17 yo son in the habit of helping around - he'll do stuff if we ask, but never on his own. In the circumstances, I'm not sure how I could have done anything differently, but it is one of the regrets I have now (and something I'm trying to fix!)

MSSLILY Posts: 21
11/14/10 10:01 A

One mistake I made when the kids were growing up is thinking it'll be easier when... potty trained, go to school, ride their bike, stay home alone ect. Now I see that is wishing time away. Focus on sanitary and livable it goes by too quickly and the world doesn't stop if the clothes aren't folded and put away.
The other mistake I made was being lax on the kids helping once you lose that expectation it is hard to get it back. oh and if they did a chore, don't redo it they need to have the pride in completing the job not the shame of mom redid it.
Hang in their it goes fast!

ORCHIDSSHADOW Posts: 126
11/9/10 3:55 P

A few years ago, I was a single mom working full time AND attending college full time. Flylady is great BUT you have to tailor her stuff to your home and lifestyle. For me the key to success is finding your own rhythm and sychronizing activities. Try to find areas where two or more of your tasks can be combined. Look at the objective of the task rather than the task itself. For example, spending time with hubby & cooking dinner or exercising & watching TV.

Another very important realization for me was that I had to teach my children the skills they needed to maintain their own homes when they got older. The kids have had simple tasks since they were quite young. Teaching them to organize was more important than teaching them to scrub. My kids actually volunteer to donate their toys to charities because they know that too many toys equals more mess.

Life has slowed down for me. The man of my dreams came into my life (with his own vacuum and mop bucket...LOL). I now sleep in until 6:00 and go to bed at 10:00. The house is nearly always clean enough that I wouldn't be embarrassed to have unplanned guests. And the pantry is full enough to entertain them! Life is a dance....find your rhythm.

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11/8/10 9:52 A

Thanks for the good tips

KIMPOSSIBLE82 Posts: 1,144
11/8/10 7:41 A

Flylady is great to get started, but I found it impossible to keep up with all her daily things. I have had success in the past by using her method of each day doing 15 minutes of stuff each day. But after that, 15 minutes start to add up to hours!

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11/3/10 4:50 P

If you can possibly afford it, get a cleaning lady!

BUDIES31771 SparkPoints: (52,991)
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11/3/10 8:47 A

Routine and get everyone involved!

SEAWAVE Posts: 1,182
11/3/10 7:46 A

Routines are what save me - learned that working in a restaurant. Not having to re-think what needs to be done next is a time saver, and it also allows for easier delegation. I kept the idea of zones from FlyLady, so focus on one room per week for deep cleaning, surface clean everything else. The slow cooker, freezer, planned leftovers, once a month cooking... all help in feeding the family without unnecessary duplication of effort. If you have really good friends or family close by, you can each cook a double batch of something and trade, so you only cook supper once every two days. And I agree with what a lot of others have said - it's a great teaching opportunity for the kids to help out.

CYCLEGIRL36 Posts: 389
11/3/10 7:27 A

I don't work outside the home, but we do homeschool - so time wise it's about the same. I learned some from flylady.net and then adapted it to my own schedule. I just work 10 minutes at a time here and there - then try and keep up on that area. It's just like weight loss - baby steps. Good luck.

GIVEUP30 Posts: 27,507
10/28/10 2:55 A

WEB DIDN'T WORK...wow!! I THOUGHT WHEN I RETIRED FROM TEACHING I WOULD HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD TO DO WHAT I WANTED AND DO CRAFTS, BUT NO WAY STILL HAVE HOUSE WORK, AND SO MANY OTHERS THINGS I STARTED DO FOR OTHERS. emoticon

BABYNURSE2000 Posts: 674
10/28/10 12:06 A

www.flylady.net

It's free, and it's GREAT!

CATHRINE2010 Posts: 445
10/26/10 4:19 P

10 minutes a day decluttering, I wash the dishes while the coffee maker is going in AM , I sort clothes before I get on exercise bike emoticon

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10/25/10 9:17 P

I haven't read the other posts so I may be duplicating some ideas.
Cook/prep whatever you can on weekends. This makes me much more likely to take a healthy lunch than to take junk.

We also make our kids help, a lot. They are 6 and 7 but put away their laundry, take out the trash, vacuum (especially since one kid make sa huge mess on the floor every time he eats), unload the dishwasher, etc. Our motto is "Families help each other" and we ignore whining or reward it with more housework.

We're also considering having a cleaning lady come in quarterly- we both work full time and I am not an organized housekeeper. $50 four times a year is well worth it to me.

And honestly, sometimes my house is just a wreck. Sometimes keeping it sanitary is a lofty goal (I live with three males...) and I can focus on one room or issue at a time.


SCIFIFAN Posts: 1,103
10/22/10 5:01 P

We used to do the "10 Minute Blitz" (or whatever time works for you) after supper or before bed, or whenever makes sense.

I'd set the timer for 10 minutes and EVERYONE flew around as fast as they could getting the general clutter put away; counters, tables and floors cleared, wiped and swept if needed. Clothes, shoe, jackets, toys, back in place. It wasn't deep cleaning, but kept the general messiness and clutter of life in check.

When the Blitz was done, we all got to do something we liked; tv, games, books, snacks, whatever works for your family. It was actually fun and somemtimes hilarious as we all rushed around seeing if we could beat the clock.

We did talk about and practice who did what and what needed doing. Even 3-year-olds can help! The key is to move fast!

On weekends, when the boys were a little older, we had an 'Hour of Power' cleaning; again the whole family participated and we did parcel out chores according to abilities, inclinations and fairness. This involved heavier cleaning like toilets, vacuming, mopping, etc. When it was done we all went and did something as a family; a movie, shopping, meal out, special event, bike ride, whatever.

This worked until the boys had their own cars and could go places on their own! Then we just dropped the 'Hour of Power' and they had chores they did each week.

It also helps (a lot!) to get rid of a lot of stuff that we all tend to accumulate; Toss or donate or sell toys, clothes, knick-knacks, etc. I know this takes time to do, but less stuff means easier house-keeping.

Edited by: SCIFIFAN at: 10/22/2010 (17:02)
LUVCHE Posts: 60
10/22/10 11:33 A

Lol! My suggestion.....make the man do it :D

AALIYAHSMOM Posts: 9
10/21/10 11:21 P

I agree flylady is awesome! Don't worry about doing the 15 minutes...do 1, 2 or 5 or whatever you have... Heck I don't do all of the missions and stuff...just do my BASIC routines and it helps tremendously.

LAINGMOM Posts: 423
10/20/10 1:11 P

WE do pick-ups during commercials. In the hour of TV watching we have the house livable each night. Then I spend an hour or so deep cleaning each week.

MYREALANA SparkPoints: (28,988)
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10/20/10 12:24 P

We have a family routine that keeps the house livable on about a hour a week per person.

Sunday morning, we have brunch while we watch Doctor Who together. Then we have 1 hour to clean the house. We divide up the jobs to clean the public areas of the house: kitchen/dining room, bathrooms, living room/entryway, loft/stairs. My husband always does the kitchen; my 7-year-old takes whatever job I did the week before, since it probably doesn't need anything too in-depth; my 15-year-old son and I rotate through the others. We spend one full hour cleaning that area, and then we're done. If the boys finish their jobs in the time limit, they get 2 tickets which are exchangeable for TV/video game time.

Once the house is clean, it's pretty easy to keep clean. Everyone picks up after themselves. No one is allowed to leave things laying around in the common areas. I have Clorox wipes handy upstairs and down for quick wipe-downs through the week. I'm not too picky about the boy's bedrooms, but they have to pick up their playroom before they come upstairs -- because it's also my exercise and writing space. Any toys I find laying around there get thrown away or taken to Good Will. I only had to do that once, and now they never leave the playroom without double-checking that every toy is in its place.

My older son does his own laundry -- wash, dry, fold and put away. I wash the younger boy's clothes all in one load and it takes about 15 minutes to fold. The rest of the laundry I wash and dry and let pile up on Sunday afternoon, and then my husband and I fold it together while watching something on TV or DVD. That way, we combine together time with finishing up a chore.

Now, obviously your 3-year-old is limited in the kind of help they can do, but the 6-year-old can certainly learn how to take care of their own room, their own things in the rest of the house, and to do basic parts of other jobs. Vacuuming, dusting, running a lint brush, wiping down surfaces, and most certainly picking up their own things on a daily and weekly basis are certainly within their reach.

My house isn't clean. If anyone is coming over, there's always a mad dash to make the place presentable, and some people still probably walk in thinking we live in some kind of combination between a mad-house and a wild animal den. But most horizontal surfaces, at least in the public areas, are clear of clutter, the walls and floors are somewhat clean, and it only really takes an hour a week of family cooperation.

Edited by: MYREALANA at: 10/20/2010 (12:26)
KCDELENN Posts: 86
10/20/10 10:42 A

Trying to think of other things that the kids helped with when they were younger. I taught the kids to fold their own laundry at 5 (I did the socks for them). That was a huge time saver for me. After a few lessons, they could fold their own clothes and put them in the right drawers. The key there is to not be picky about the folding! At 7 they could assist in loading the dishwasher and by 8 could do that by themselves. They can also help sweep by 6 or 7 with some supervision.

The key in my house is to remind the kids that if I have to spend all my time cleaning, I have no time to play. So if we wanna play together, we also must clean together. They understand that and are generally willing to help.

NORDAKOTA Posts: 696
10/20/10 9:22 A

You all have been a real help. I like the sock mop idea --LOL! DS2 is 6 and he likes to "swiffer"...

KCDELENN Posts: 86
10/19/10 11:24 P

Wow, I'm tired reading your list. I agree with you about Flylady. I loved her program, but found it did not work for me as a working mom.

It souns like you are doing what you can. This time of your life will pass. Your kids will get older, their messes will get smaller, they will be able to help more. Keep working on your routines. One thing flylady teaches that is invaluable is declutter! The less you have the less you have to clean.

It is ok that your house isn't perfect. Try to pick up the horizontal surfaces before you go to bed. Tables, chairs, counter tops etc... It doesn't take long to tidy those up and it makes such a huge difference in how the room looks! I will say my youngest loved to dust when he was 6. Of course, only things 4 feet off the floor got dusted, but that's fine! Make it a game. I also loved an idea of old sock on the kids feet with a bit of water and let them skate around on the kitchen floor. You'll be surpised at how clean they get it and they have fun doing it!

LISSIE88 Posts: 635
10/15/10 11:55 A

Have your kids and hubby help in cleaning. At the very least have them clean up after themselves. Do light cleaning for about 20 minutes a day during the week. All of you taking on a small amount of cleaning each day really adds up. Even 3 year olds can do some cleaning. Teach him to put his toys away when he's done with them. Give him a duster and have him dust everything within reach. My niece loved dusting at 3. The 6 year old can probably wipe down surfaces like the dinner table, coffee table, etc. He can also clear the dinner table for you. Make it fun for them and they won't feel like they're forced into it.

Try to combine cleaning while you're doing something else. Like when you're cooking dinner, wash dishes while something cooks, etc. Make lunches when cooking.

ILUVTHE80S Posts: 1,449
10/14/10 5:39 P

I try to break up jobs before/after work so it doesn't take up a lot of time all at once. It works for me and keeps my 3 year old happy :)

NORDAKOTA Posts: 696
10/13/10 8:58 A

Thanks for the "How to Run Your Life" website tip! That looks great!

And I'm all about not washing anything more than it needs. Trust me --Febreeze is my friend!

I tried Flylady, but holy cow. I mean I don't have enough "15-minute" slots in the day to do all she has planned out! I know she has the "do what you can" philosophy, but when you can only do 3 of the 20... it's hard not to feel a complete failure -LOL!

TIGERBABY73 SparkPoints: (30,705)
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10/13/10 12:43 A

I love Flylady! She has been helping me keep the "CHAOS" away for years.



_UMAMI_ Posts: 6,773
10/12/10 11:22 P

Kids at ages 3 and 6 can eat leftovers, if necessary---they won't complain. Also, they can re-wear play clothes---why wash something that's been worn a few hours (unless it is, in fact, dirty).

Keep toys to a minimum and organization to MAXIMUM.

Use paper plates when desperate.

Keep bedtime quiet 2 hours before bed---no tv, no rough-housing, low lights, low noise. It helps!

Keep quality time w/ husband. Kids can wait sometimes.

Oh, and here's a different online source for help, for all KINDS of things:
howtorunyourlife.blogspot.com/

Good luck---it gets better, if not easier!

JJSA27 Posts: 20
10/12/10 7:45 P

I struggle with this too. Check out www.flylady.net for some really great ideas.

LAURELSPARK SparkPoints: (98,998)
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10/11/10 7:52 P

I tidy during the week and clean on weekends. Sometimes during the week I just move the mess onto a chair in my bedroom.

NORDAKOTA Posts: 696
10/9/10 8:41 A

Well in that hour, wash/fold a load of laundry, clean up dishes from dinner, pack lunches for the next day, and usually do one thing that is just too disgusting to leave go all week such as sweep/clean out toilet, etc. If you saw my house even after this, you would laugh at the neurotic comment. Certainly not magazine cover material --probably somewhere between social services are going to arrest me and oh-no the neighbors are stopping by :-)

MYREALANA SparkPoints: (28,988)
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10/8/10 5:04 P

Wait a minute...

You spend AN HOUR EVERY NIGHT cleaning the house?

Either your house is too big or you're too neurotic.

My tip -- try letting some things go a bit. You don't have to live in a hospital clean room.

My mom had this poem on her dining room wall for many years:

"Cleaning and scrubbing can wait 'til tomorrow
For babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow.
So quite down cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep."

Edited by: MYREALANA at: 10/8/2010 (17:05)
PENELOPE0831 Posts: 235
10/8/10 4:11 P

I feel you, NORDAKOTA! Your daily schedule looks almost exactly like mine, only we have Girl Scouts in stead of Boy Scouts! I told my hubby, who wasn't really heloing too much with the household chores that if he wasn't going to help with the housework, then he was going to have to hire some Merry Maids to come in here and handle the mess that I couldn't get to every week. I have a feeling he's going to opt for the Merry Maid...

NORDAKOTA Posts: 696
10/7/10 3:41 P

I really like the crock pot idea. I've got to get back to using that. And I try to pack lunches the night before (just remembering to move them from the fridge to the backpack in the morning is my problem -LOL).

DH helps out in the morning. I have to be to work by 7:30 so he makes sure the kids are dressed, teeth brushed, have breakfast, quizzes for spelling tests, and drops them off at school and daycare. He could help out a bit more in the evenings I think. But then if the kids are ever sick, he is the one home with them since I don't get paid sick days where I work.

I love the chore jar suggestion too! I keep envisioning a bingo spinner, ha, ha!

Thanks everyone!

SASKWINTERMAMA Posts: 49
10/7/10 11:56 A

I've just recently went back to work, at nights, after my husband is home from work and my son is in bed. I've been very overwhelmed with keeping the house clean, but a friend suggested that I write down each chore or room of the house, put it in a jar or box, and every day I draw one thing out and just clean that room or do that chore. That way I can try and do something more than just the basic cleaning every week, and keep on top of things. That way you don't have to worry about what to do every day, you just draw a slip of paper and do it. It also helps you to know that the other room will get cleaned later in the week, so you don't have to stress about when you'll find time to do everything.

Ya cooking in crock pots will help with supper in the evenings. I also find that cooking in big batches helps too. Sometimes I'll make a huge batch of stew or spaghetti sauce and then divide it into portion size for my family and freeze it. Then all you have to do is pull it out of the freezer in the morning and reheat in the evenings. Also making meals where it can transfer from one meal to the next. So making a roast one night, and then the next day shredding it and mixing it with BBQ sauce to make sandwiches. So it cuts back on the amount of cooking time every other night.

But I think the biggest things is, don't stress about the state your house is in. All that really matters is that your kids are healthy and happy and that you can have fun as a family. Just be thankful for the roof over your head and that you have a messy space, which just means that your blessed and richer than 75% of the world.



MOMOFEZRA Posts: 316
10/7/10 11:45 A

Does hubby help with the work of the daily grind? My husband and I both work full time and have a 17 month old. Our schedule is also pretty crazy, so we try to split chores down the middle.

I agree with the crockpot suggestion. There are so many types of dishes you can make using the crock pot. I also like to send leftovers from the night before with my son to daycare. I just pack them up for him when I put dinner away.

ANIKAJAC SparkPoints: (34,746)
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10/7/10 10:15 A

You sure have a busy busy schedule.

Only suggestions I have is to maybe pack lunches the night before and try to get dinner ready the night before those are two life savers for me.

For example I will marinate a chicken or chicken breast the night before and bake in over when I get in steam veggies in micro and maybe make a salad while this is going on I am washing the floor or wiping down a bathroom

I also rely a lot on my crock pot for cooking dinner which defintely helps out. I try to do one thing a day during the week (meaning cleaning) and then have the weekend free to be with the kiddos.

GOOD LUCK

NORDAKOTA Posts: 696
10/7/10 9:46 A

AND those are just nights we don't have church school or Boy Scouts.

Edited by: NORDAKOTA at: 10/7/2010 (10:24)
NORDAKOTA Posts: 696
10/7/10 9:45 A

I have been so overwhelmed lately with trying to balance home and work responsibilities and still staying healthy. It seems my house is always a mess and I am always trying to fit more time in with my kids. Working is a necessity for us, so cutting back in that area is not an option. My kids try to help out but they are 3 & 6 --so I can't get too militant about that. How do other working moms do this? I'd love to hear your tricks! So far, here is my schedule...

5 a.m. - Wake up, get coffee, study devotions
5:15 a.m. - Check email
5:30 a.m. - Run on treadmill
6 a.m. - Eat breakfast/make sure lunch and snacks are packed for kids
6:30 a.m. - Shower/Dress
6:50 a.m. - Snuggle with kids on couch
7 a.m. - Leave for work
7:30-3 p.m. - Work (w/o break)
3:30 p.m. - Pick up kids
4 p.m. - Walk in the door and start making dinner
4:30 p.m. - Help 6-year old with homework
5 p.m. - Eat dinner
5:30 p.m. - Clean up (Kids feed pets, I pay bills, pick up floors/sweep, do laundry and try to wipe down one room)
6:30 p.m. - Family time (usually we play a game/go for walk, etc.)
7 p.m. - Kids take baths/brush teeth, etc.
7:45 p.m. - Read kids story
8 p.m. - Bed for kids/Watch a show with hubby
9 p.m. - Bed for me
***WHEW***

Edited by: NORDAKOTA at: 10/7/2010 (09:56)
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