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Homemaking struggles while working and homeschooling.
Homemaking is a dreaded word. Well for me it is. I work outside the home and homeschool the kids. It is very hard to fit in homemaking in there. This post is for all moms no matter if they are working outside the home or working from home or stay home moms or homeschool moms. I have tips for you that will help you accomplish your homemaking duties. These tips helped me to become a better homemaker.
1) Write down your to-do list the night before
Writing your to-do list the night before was a huge game changer for me in my homemaking duties esp while working and homeschooling. Make sure you keep the to-do list short and simple. I keep it to 5 things I need to do the next morning. Why do this the night before? Do you feel like thinking when you get up the next morning?
When you do this the night before, it helps you get started on your day the next day without any thought. When you have 5 things listed and ready on your fridge, the sooner it will be done. This was so helpful to get a head start in the mornings.
The main thing I make sure is on my to-do list each morning is start a load of laundry. My goal is to do two loads a day. So, I either throw a load in at night and set the timer on my washer to start at 7 am or put a basket of clothes I want to do the next day in front of the washer. Laundry is on the top of my list each morning.
This helps me stay focus on what I need to do in my homemaking duties. With working outside the home and homeschooling, I can get sidetracked very easily and easily overwhelmed by my homemaking duties. By having the to-do list helps me to keep things moving in the right direction with the home.
I do not have to think about what I need to do to maintain my homemaking duties. Try listing 5 things you know you want to get done the next morning. Give it a try. Let me know how it worked for you in the comment below.
2) Set up your cleaning routines
I have two different cleaning routines that help with homemaking duties. One is an evening routine and the other is a weekly routine. I do have a morning routine but that is my to-do list as stated above. The evening routine is for my family. The weekly routine is for me to do once a week. Having an Evening Routine and Weekly cleaning routine helps me to maintain order in my home and accomplish my homemaking goals. Without these two routines, I can’t maintain order in my home. It helps me accomplish one of my homemaking goals for my home.
The evening routine is for my husband and the kids. I am working outside the home in the evenings. I am not home in the evenings with them. Each member of the family has a homemaking duty to help maintain order in the home. I have the list on the fridge and they know what they have to do in order to help me keep on top of homemaking duties.
The evening routine is very simple. For example, One kid or two will empty the dishwasher, rinse dishes and put in the dishwasher, wipe counters and clean sink. Another will gather up towels and clothes in the hall bathroom and take them to the laundry room to sort into bins. This helps keep the mess at bay and make me very happy to come home and the house is tidy.
The weekly routine is a very basic cleaning for me. I do delegate this to the family depending on their schedule. An example of the weekly cleaning of bathrooms are clean the toilet, wipe down the tub, empty the trash and wipe counters and mirrors. Another example of the living room is dust shelves and tv, clean tables and vacuum carpets/rugs.
Sometimes all of us work together to get this done if this is done on a Saturday. I try to do this during the week if I have time. Make your cleaning schedules work for you. Consider what duties of homemaking that you need to do each week. Which homemaking duties is a must for you and your home? Decide this with your husband and write it down.
3) Consider Zone cleaning
Have you heard of FlyLady? If you haven’t heard of her I highly recommend her book and website. Zone cleaning is a deep cleaning rotation that happens in one zone a week. I have 12 zones which means I divided up my home into 12 zones to deep clean on schedule. The zone cleaning is a 12-week rotation due to the size of my home. It’s a huge help for me to make sure every room in my home gets a good cleaning. It’s a game changer for my homemaking duties.
With Zone Cleaning, I take one zone each week and work in the assigned zone for that week. This is not basic cleaning for me. This is decluttering and deep clean in that particular zone. For example, Zone 1 is Master bath and hall bath. I will spend 15 min a day to do a deep cleaning task such as wiping baseboards for 15 min on Monday and then Tuesday deep clean the grouts on the floor, then Wednesday I will do the drawers and declutter then clean them and so on. Zone 1 is not touched during the zone cleaning until 11 weeks later.
I have 12 zones because of the size of my home. Do not replicate other people’s zones or the flylady’s zones. Make your own that works for you. This is so important not to copy other homemaker’s zone cleaning schedule. I did that and I got way overwhelmed by their schedule. It didn’t fit my schedule and life.
I have to do zone cleaning for my home due to working fulltime outside the home and homeschooling my children. Zone cleaning is only 15 min a day in that area. It helps me to stay on task and complete this homemaking duty. Have you tried Zone Cleaning? How did you like it?
4) Lower your expectations
When I went back to work fulltime, hubby told me I have to lower my expectations of how my home should look like. It is very easy to allow your homemaking duties to frustrate you and raise your expectations. Remember, nobody else is you. You have your own schedule and your own duties whether you are homeschooling, taking care of toddlers, staying home and homeschooling your children or working from home while homeschooling. Whatever it is you have going on in your life, you must make your own schedule and have realistic expectations of your homemaking duties.
Also, delegate your homemaking duties to your family. Divide it up and decide who gets what chores. This is where you will also have to lower your expectations of how they clean. It may not be perfect but it’s ok because it’s done. Perhaps not to your expectation and this is where you will have to let it go. Don’t be afraid to delegate.
Delegating my homemaking duties and lowering my expectations made things go much smoother while I was working and homeschooling the kids. I encourage you to give your family a chance to help you with your duties.
I hope these tips help you get started on enjoying homemaking duties. These tips have saved my sanity time and time again esp while I am homeschooling and working outside the home. Comment below if you have any tips that help you with your homemaking duties.