I share 5 simple tips that make being a stay-at-home mom easier. If you are a working parent, work from home parent, stay at home parent and any other type of parent these tips should help you too.
Being a stay-at-home mom was always the plan when we started to have children. The transition to being a stay-at-home mom was an adjustment for me. I struggled with the unpredictability of being a mom.
What helped? Learning to live in the moment and letting go of perfectionism. If you are someone who is a recovering perfectionist, then my five tips should help you out.
5 tips that make being a Stay-at-Home mom easier
1. Remove clutter
My first tip is to remove clutter from your home.
A few years ago I was overwhelmed by all the stuff I had to manage.
I looked around our home and realized I had a few options. 1. I leave our home as a constant mess.
2. Struggle to tidy up our cluttered mess.
3. Declutter our home.
Decluttering each space in our home has taken time, but has made my job as a stay-at-home mom so much easier.
Any time our children pull out of their toys, it only takes a few minutes to clean up; How to clean up Kids’ toys in only 5 minutes.
Decluttering our home has been one of the best things we have done for our family.
2. Daily walks
I love going on daily walks for three reasons:
1. Breathing in fresh air
2. Enjoying nature
3. Being physically active
Without fail, after a walk, there is an immediate impovement in all of our moods.
Sometimes during our morning walk, I will do a 15-20 minute stroller workout. This helps me reach three of my daily goals; getting outside, going for a walk, and working out.
On the days it’s too cold or rainy to go outside, a quick workout inside helps lift our moods. Even the children enjoy working out with me.
3. Delete distracting apps off the phone
I noticed that the apps on my phone were becoming too much of a distraction. I love staying connected to family and friends.
What I don’t love? Becoming sucked into mindless, mind numbing social media.
The apps on my phone were negatively affecting my mood. I was using the apps as an escape. It was taking me away from doing more productive activities.
So what did I do? Deleted all apps off my phone that were leading to distraction; included all social media.
What did I keep? Only what I absolutely need; text messaging, phone calls, google maps, calendar, google keep, ect.
What do I do instead of going onto apps? I will read a book, listen to music, bake cookies, or take a relaxing bath. The list goes on and on.
I am no longer districted by external forces. I am able to be more focused and interested in what our family is doing instead.
4. No fold laundry system
I’m one of those people who actually enjoy washing and drying the laundry. It only takes a few minutes to wash and dry.
What was taking me far too long and was not enjoyable though? Folding laundry.
I wanted to make my stay-at-home job easier and shave off time from doing laundry. I started a no folding laundry system.
What is a no folding laundry system? You toss the laundry into the draws without folding them. The key is to have a limited wardrobe.
We all have good-sized closets. Any clothes that can get wrinkled I hang up.
5. Wash dishes daily
This is something that I am not proud of admitting.
But before having children, my husband and I would leave our dirty dishes out for days. Eventually, we would tackle Dirty Dish Monster Mountain.
Ever since becoming a stay-stay-home mom, I changed that bad habit. A pile of dishes at the end of the day always makes me feel crabby. If my kitchen is messy, then everything else becomes a lot more challenging.
Washing the dishes every day also changed another household task that I didn’t like to do; cooking breakfast.
I am not a morning person. If I had the choice I would wake up around 8 am. But once we had children, that changed. Our children prefer waking up between 6-7am.
I used to dread waking up early. Since I wash the dishes every day, the early mornings aren’t quite as bad.
Any time before 8 am is still not my favorite, but I am able to wake up a bit happier now that the dishes are completed.
Happy mom, happy home, and happy life 🙂