Overwhelmed with housework? Looking for a better way?
Here’s what works for me. I started doing this when I was a working mom, and it was a lifesaver. It still works well for me as a stay-at-home-mom.
I had felt like I could never keep up with the housework. Things piled up, and then I’d feel more and more overwhelmed. I lived in fear of anyone dropping by, and when we planned to have company I worked like a crazy woman for days to get things looking in order. So this is what I did:
- I took a good look at my priorities and made sure they were in order. God, family, friends.
- I analyzed my expectations. I realized I was expecting to have my house as clean as I did before kids. You know, the days when I cleaned EVERYTHING once a week whether it needed it or not. And as most of you know, post-kids, this is just not realistic. I also realized I needed to stop comparing myself to other moms. Enough said.
- I made a list of what I wanted to get done every week. (I asked myself, If someone dropped by, what would I want to make sure had been cleaned within the past week? and What is important for our health/hygiene to get done weekly?) My list is the following: bathrooms cleaned, kitchen cleaned, living room dusted, vacuum & mop floors, laundry. Your list might look different than mine… the beauty of it is that you decide!
- Then I assigned one item to each day of the week. I felt much less overwhelmed when I knew that I only had one cleaning item to fit in every day, and over the course of the week, all the important stuff would get done.
- This can be expanded to identify the things you want done every month, once a year, etc. Just assign that item to a certain week of the month, or month of the year!
I’ve been doing my housework this way for several years. I’m pretty flexible, if I skip one day, I just fit it into my week somewhere else. It’s a no fuss way to manage the housework. Obviously there’s a bunch of other stuff that isn’t on my weekly list that needs to get done, and I’ll do that when I have extra time, when it desperately needs it, or the age-old excuse of company coming over motivates me!
Try this at home and let me know if it works for you!