Being productive as a full-time homemaker may seem impossible some days! With kids underfoot, chores to be done, grocery shopping, cooking and those random errands every day… time flies and you can often feel overwhelmed. Many people don’t see or understand how hard you work every day to just manage things around the house. In fact, rarely does the life of a homemaker include anything like watching TV all day and eating chocolate bonbons! It can be a real struggle to not have the day slip away from you. These tips for being productive as a full-time homemaker will hopefully help you be more intentional with your homemaking.
Being Productive As A Full-Time Homemaker
1. Just say no. This is the hardest thing for homemakers to do. Saying no to friends, neighbors and family members when they ask you to run errands, babysit a child or even come out for lunch can be tough. You want to do more and help others, but it can often lead to you missing out on doing things you needed to do for your own family. Say yes on occasion, but stop feeling obligated just because you are the only mom at home during the day in your neighborhood.
2. Keep a regular bedtime and wake up time. Just because you are a homemaker doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a set bedtime and wake up time. Keep yourself disciplined to get that much needed 7-10 hours of sleep per night. Women especially need a good night sleep to face each day. Go to bed at a reasonable time for when you should be waking up each day to tend to kids, chores, and other responsibilities.
3. Set alarms. Using an alarm can help you to not get sucked into things like social media, television or distracted on the phone with a friend for too long. Set alarms to remind you that it is time to change out laundry, start dinner or even go pick up the kids at school. You can use a kitchen timer or an alarm on your smart phone to set up the various times you need to stop and do something, or simply a timer that will count down reminding you to take breaks or move on to another activity.
4. Create a family calendar. A calendar that includes everything your family needs to do is a great way to keep you on task and productive as a full-time homemaker. This can include doctors appointments, kids sports practices, bills to be paid, or upcoming travel days or days out of school. A family calendar will help you to not miss appointments, and easily keep track so when other people invite you out or ask for your help you can make sure you aren’t double-booking.
5. Get the family involved. Just because you are a full-time homemaker doesn’t mean you should do everything around your home while your spouse and children get a free pass. Teaching kids the responsibility of caring for their belongings is part of your job as a parent. Get them involved by requiring them to do certain chores like cleaning their room, cleaning their bathroom and even helping with things like preparing dinner, taking out the trash and doing laundry. If your spouse works full time outside the home, you may not want to ask for their help, but realize it is their home and their mess as much as yours so they should be pitching in at least some to help with basic things around the house.
These tips for being productive as a full-time homemaker are a great way to get your house back in order this year! From keeping on track with your cleaning schedule, to not forgetting those necessary appointments these tips will make your homemaking experience one you love and enjoy.
What do you do to be more productive around the home?
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