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How To Get It ALL Done . . . Or Not

on July 26 | in Motherhood | by | with 11 Comments

Kristen Asks . . .

So I have sort of a personal question for you! I am a stay at home mom of a 22 month old and a 6 month old. I am in the beginning stages of trying to feed our family whole/close to nature foods all the while breastfeeding, cloth diapering, potty training, spending quality time (you know, all those “crunchy” things). Oh and keeping our house from looking too much like a tornado hit! However, my husband works from 8am-8pm monday-saturday and you seem to have it together! How do you do it? ;) Do you wake up before the rest of the house? Does your hubby help out a lot? Do you just never sleep? help :-/ I think I need a support group but when is there time for that, hahahaha!!!!

Well, I Was Fired Recently, So . . .

Perhaps you’d like to take back that request for advice now? Oh yes, relieved of ironing duty by my own husband. Apparently the man with no pants  decided to put his foot down before he ended up shirtless as well.  Yeah, and while it is awesome when I get breakfast, lunch and dinner all wrapped up by 7:45 am, it helps to actually plug the crockpot in. Scrambled eggs for dinner, anyone? 

Seriously, though, it’s a great question. The answer is that I don’t! At least, not gracefully. However, I can offer you hope on the real food front. It DOES get easier!!! Here are some suggestions to streamline the process.

Create A Meal Plan

It saves time and cuts down on wasted effort in the kitchen! No more standing in front of the fridge hoping some fully prepared meal is going to cross over from an alternate universe and jump into your arms. No ma’am, you’ll be ready. Check out my post on creating meal plans for more detailed instructions, and my Real Food For Busy Moms series is a great place to get quick and healthy recipes!

Meal plans are huge money savers, too. Recipes with new ingredients can be intimidating, so you put it off until “tomorrow night”  . . . which ends up being the next night and the next until your ingredients spoil! Speaking from experience here. :) Also, without a plan it’s easy to eat out more. Cha ching! Another way to save money is to intentionally pair inexpensive meals up with more costly ones (like an inexpensive 8 layer dip one night and a hoity toity copycat whole foods salmon dip the next!)

Okay, so that’s the food stuff. I have a few other ideas, too . . .

Be On The Lookout For Minnie and Daisy!

Also known as background gobblers #1 and #2, K and M are two incredible homeschool girls that watch the kids a couple of times a week while I catch up on things. They play dress up, go for walks or hold pretend picnics as Disney characters (Katie has a Little Golden Book about them). I love that they are fantastic role models for Katie and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the mini-break! Rates are typically pretty reasonable, so even if your on a budget this option is worth checking out. :)

Want to find your own Minnie and Daisy but don’t have home school connections? You might want to contact this list of Homeschooling Support Groups (categorized by location).  From there you should be able to get in touch with a local chapter.

Cleaning Tips

Well, if you’re going to clean, you might as well get some spa time in with it. Make you’re own cleaning supplies with just a few essential oils and your time will double as aromatherapy and exercise. Or you can ditch the sprays altogether and become a raving lunatic like Ann Marie at Cheeseslave.

So There You Have It

My home is nowhere near my pre-mommy definition of clean, but I can defend the toilet from a determined 10 month old like a hockey goalie AND wipe a preschoolers bottom at the same time! I manage to make three meals a day from scratch and wash diapers/home school/ hang with the hubs. Do I get it all done? Uh, no. But I’m having a lot of fun!

Hey Mama! How Do YOU Keep Things Simple While Mothering Little Ones?

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11 Responses to How To Get It ALL Done . . . Or Not

  1. Wow, tons of typos this morning. **blush**

  2. Julie Whetstine via FB says:

    i vote “not” — but just be sure to have some fun along the way! ;-)

  3. Jen says:

    We keep decorative baskets all around the house to store toys, workout equipment, etc. I don’t deep clean much but when the house is picked up I’m happy!

    • Heather says:

      Love that idea! We’re in transition right now so I’m not buying anything for our current house, but I can’t wait to invest in some pretty organizational stuff for the next one!

  4. Amy says:

    I second the Norwex suggestion from Cheeseslave. I can clean my whole bathroom in minutes!

  5. My big tip is to double recipes and freeze the half you don’t eat. So, say you’re making taco meat one night — make twice as much as you’re planning on eating. Freeze the leftovers and plan to use it as a “quick meal” some night in the future. Do it relentlessly, for everything it could possibly work with (spagehetti sauce, refried beans, marinated pork chops, whatever). Before long, you’ll have a freezer full of convenient meals for those days when your meal plan didn’t work out, or when you know your time constraints will make it hard to have enough time to prepare dinner.

  6. rawkinmom says:

    I never have time to get everything done either….I try to do my best but sometimes the laundry piles up or the dishes sit in the sink for an afternoon….but, in the end it is all worth it!!! RIGHT??? Someone tell me it is!!! LOL
    P.S.-I mentioned your blog in my post today so hopefully you will get some new fans!! :)

    • Heather says:

      Yes, totally worth it! My pre-baby clean house was more like a mausoleum than a home. Laughter and messes and kids pealing around corners at top speed, THAT’S LIVING! And thanks for the mention!

  7. Even though I don’t do the mom thing (yet) just working full time means the home time is at a premium. It’s really about the priorities. What matters most? Focus on that. Work from there. :)

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