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As a stay-at-home mom, time is your most valuable asset. Whether you’re raising one child or several, the time needed to care for a family is significant and can feel overwhelming at times. However, with a little thinking ahead and planning, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re looking to improve your quality of life as well as the quality of care in your home as much as possible, read on for some helpful tips.
Make meal planning a priority
You don’t have to be a Martha Stewart or a professional chef to feed your family well. However, having a basic meal plan and a list of meals that you and your family enjoy helps when it comes to grocery shopping and planning ahead. Having a meal plan helps avoid impulse buys at the grocery store, and it ensures that you have at least one meal ready each day that will feed your family. Choosing healthy meals like casseroles or this shrimp and steak recipe is another great way to save time as a stay-at-home mom.
Keep your house organized
Whether it’s a family room, the kitchen, or a shared area of the house, keep it organized so that it’s easier to find things when you need them. Use baskets, bins, or a specific system to keep each room in your home organized so that you have an easier time finding things and so that the house is more welcoming when guests come over. Organizing the house also helps you keep track of your child’s belongings, including toys and books, which is helpful when it comes to cleaning up after them. You’ll feel less crazy when everything has a place and is in it.
Be selective with activities and outings
As a stay-at-home mom, it’s easy to feel like you need to be doing everything. However, this is rarely the case, and it’s important to be selective about what you take on. Select activities and outings that are meaningful to you and your family and are appropriate for your child’s age and maturity level. This will help you spend more quality time with your child.
Set aside time to do activities you love
There are a lot of tasks that are necessary for running a household. However, some of these may not be something that you love to do or that you want to be doing. Try setting aside time to do chores and activities that you love. It doesn’t have to be an all-day affair, and you don’t need to do it every day, but it can help reduce anxiety around the perceived “pressure” of chores and add an element of fun to each chore. However, it’s also important that you remember to do tasks other than chores simply because you enjoy them. While making your work fun can have huge benefits on your life, you should also strive to continue your hobbies and activities outside of the house into motherhood. If you feel lost, pick up something new like knitting or gardening.
Develop a routine for daily tasks
Many moms find that a daily routine helps them feel less overwhelmed and more focused and on track with their responsibilities as a stay-at-home mom. Scheduling specific time throughout the day to do certain tasks can help you keep your home running smoothly and save time when it comes to doing things like grocery shopping, laundry, reading to your child, or completing other daily tasks. A routine will also help you to feel more purposeful as a mother. Routines are satisfying in the way that crossing things off a list is satisfying. It will make your day to day feel more rewarding, even if you’re doing ordinary thing
Don’t let childcare overwhelm you
This may seem vague, but it really is the gist of the matter overall. You are a mother, and a great one at that. You do a very difficult job every day. It’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed, like you’re drowning in laundry and lunchboxes and carpooling. But you’re not! You’re doing a job that’s just as difficult, if not more difficult, than sitting at a desk every day. So when you feel overwhelmed, take a step back. Kids will be able to pick up on your stress, so it's important to identify it and find a healhty way to deal with it. In fact, stress management can truly be the most effective way to improve your parenting and lifestyle as a parent.