Stressed and overwhelmed are probably two of the most used words to describe mothers. We stretch ourselves thin and want to provide the best lives possible for our children. As you read these home management tips for busy families, remember that you are doing a great job!
Take Care of Yourself
The idea of self-care can be one of the most challenging things for us moms. Between the mom guilt that we place on ourselves and the comments we receive from others, it’s not instinctive for us to care of ourselves. Our bad mood rubs off on our kids and others we interact with throughout the day. The truth is, if we’re not well-rested and clear-minded, the whole family can shut down.
We have to remember that self-care is just as important as taking care of the house. Schedule some time to sit down and read the book that’s been collecting dust on your nightstand or go get that haircut you’ve put off for weeks now. There’s nothing selfish about scheduling time for yourself.
Make Your Home Functional
Gone are the days of the formal living and dining room—families are all about comfort now. When we come home, all we want to do is relax. Adding functionality to your home will help keep it well organized and running smoothly. One idea is to make your dining room multi-functional by adding more storage and using it as a home office when needed. Adding touches of comfort will provide you with reasons to use the space more. And if you don’t have surface space go vertically, a blank wall has a lot of possibilities, organize your calendar, chores, etc. Let go of the traditional ways and welcome functionality into your home.
Let Go of Perfection
Nobody is perfect. I’m going to say it louder for the ladies in the back—nobody is perfect! We set ourselves up for failure by adding high levels of expectations that are not obtainable. Embrace the realistic side of life and know that the dishes in the sink will get done, but the kids need your attention right now.
Learn To Say No
Teach your children the valuable life skill of setting boundaries. You don’t need to chaperone every field trip or say yes to every birthday party. This is tough to manage sometimes, but your sanity is more important at the end of the day.
Making memories and creating a safe space for your kids is what being a family is all about. Life can get hectic, but try to slow down and relish the moment. You’ve got this, and remember these home management tips for your busy family when you start to feel overwhelmed.