3 of the Biggest Frustrations That Bog Moms Down
Being a stay-at-home mom can come with frustrations and is often a thankless job. We work all day for things that people generally only notice if they DON’T get done. Somebody’s got to get the job done, though – right?!?
However, we don’t have to let it bog us down! Here are some easy tips to ease your frustrations getting more things done while still finding time to spend with our families and on things we enjoy.
- Planning Meals
A lot of time gets wasted asking, “What should we have for dinner?” Nobody can agree on anything, everybody suggests something different and in the end … you just go out for a burger because it’s easier. Then you die a little more inside because you know all that fast food is doing terrible things to your family’s health.
So don’t ask! To avoid frustrations try planning your meals ahead of time. On the first day of every week, take some time to make a quick plan for every meal during the week. Build this plan around what food items you have on hand, or go shopping with this meal plan in mind.
Once you have a list of meals prepared, get your hands on the right tools to cook them. I have a killer Resource Guide (link) that will tell you all you need to know to make cooking healthy meals easier. With these tools, your meals practically cook themselves.
- Doing Laundry
It’s amazing how a kid can go through four shirts, three pairs of socks and two pairs of jeans in a single day. What’s even more amazing is how fast the floor disappears under a layer of cotton and denim. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed just looking at it – let alone how you high your frustrations are when it’s time to clean it up!
Enter: laundry crates! These colored crates are stackable, making them easy to carry. They also help with making a game out of doing the laundry (Hint – this is how you involve your kids!) Color code each basket in some way, and let your kids rack up points for organizing their laundry for you. Afterward, you can continue the game with the great Laundry Tips in my Healthimom’s Bootcamp (link to landing page).
For now, teach the kids how to sort laundry and then start a timer. The object of the game is to get the laundry started before the timer runs out. Give a small treat or a sticker to the person who does it right the fastest, while making the least amount of mess.
- General Cleaning
This is probably the most overwhelming chore known to all mom-kind! Piles of clothes and toys; stacks of dishes; kitchens and bathrooms in need of scrubbing — there is always so much to do! Just getting started is often the hardest part and can come with a lot of frustrations.
Fortunately, the solution can be pretty simple. Get a timer and set it for fifteen minutes. Tell yourself that when the timer goes off, you’ll take a short break. It might seem like this would slow you down, but actually the reverse is true.
Dividing a big job into manageable chunks of time makes it easier to start. If you know that there’s going to be a point where you can stop, you won’t hesitate. Furthermore, once you start working, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to keep going, even after the timer has rung.
The timer isn’t really there to give you a break; it’s there to make the task seem less daunting. It’s amazing how effective this strategy is! Sure, it’s only a psychological trick; but then again — half of life is getting ourselves to do what we need to do.
Do you want to learn more?
There are plenty of systems and strategies to making the life of a stay-at-home mom easier and more FUN and lessen your frustrations. Whether it’s simple tricks, useful tools, or entertaining books and games for your kids, I’ve got lots of secrets to share. Check out my handy-dandy Resource Guide or explore my website for more great ideas.