The day has barely started and you know you’re going to need a lot of energy to get through it.
Wiping off the kitchen counter with baby in one arm, simultaneously kicking away toys under the dining room table, all the while waiting for the kettle for your second cup of coffee, is a sign that super mom mode has been activated. When the kids finally nod off for an afternoon nap you watch Mom Makeover on TV, and judge. What mother can actually look good while cleaning? Take off the heels lady. You’ll just get a blister.
Mom makeover challenges are as realistic as thinking a fairy godmother will magically swoop in to tidy your home. There’s no way you’ll dress up to clean your bathroom.
Here’s how to realistically clean your home and be a superstar mom at the same time.
Plan your day
Don’t try to do everything in one day, especially if you still have to get the work done that pays your bills. You need to keep your home in order to actually feel like you’re on top of your game. Manage your household chores by setting up a schedule which only allows you to clean for a certain amount of time. Either clean when your children are asleep or playing safely on the patio furniture in the backyard.
Three step guide for managing your time
STEP 1: Sit down with pen and paper, and decide what your goals are for the day. Write down what you want to accomplish and estimate how long it will take you to complete them.
STEP 2: Set your phone’s alarm to go off every hour. Have a look at your list and see whether you’ve spent your last hour productively.
STEP 3: Review your day. Decide what worked for you and what you can do better.
Work in short segments
Do this when your kids are nagging for your attention. Give them something to do and while they’re busy with that, quickly move onto your task before they come nagging again, as you know they will. Break up bigger tasks into smaller tasks so you’re not wasting time.Your kids can even help you with some of your chores or make them believe that they’re helping. Ask them to dust off the side table because you don’t have the time to do it. Make it sound quite urgent and they will be more than happy to help mommy with dusting. Kids love to help and feel proud when they know they have made an impact.