Last month's newsletter was all about balance and if we can really achieve it. When I talk about balance, I'm not talking about my food or exercise. I am talking about everything else along with exercise and eating. For me, exercise has always been easy to get in each day. That's probably because I enjoy it. For me its things like taking care of the yard (I use that word lightly because my husband does most of that) and house, driving the kids, and making dinner that brings on the crazy overwhelmed mom. I want to share with you how, as a young mom, I learned to create more balance in my life. Little side note: This will not include how to be less stressed in the dinner making area. I have yet to master that one. ( Remember me talking about "fend for yourself nights" in a previous post? They really exist, much to my family's chagrin! ) I am hoping to someday improve.
Let me go back about 10 years and introduce you to a young mom that just had her second baby, and was feeling a bit overwhelmed. O.K., not a bit overwhelmed... I was beside myself trying to take care of my family and keep my house clean, find activities for the oldest, and well, you get the picture. I would spend one whole day cleaning and trying to make space for play time and everything else we need to do. I was exhausted and felt like I didn't have time for anything. This was a real struggle for me. I'm hoping I'm not alone in those feelings. One day, I was talking with my dad and he told me what became the key to my success of staying on top of things without feeling crazy. Wanna know the secret?? ORGANIZATION and PLANNING. Yep, that's it. Let me fill you in.
As we chatted, my dad told me of my great grandma. He said she would take one job a day and do that job and nothing else. Then the next day was something different and so on. I gave it a go and it was like magic! I no longer felt like I slaved all day and got exhausted. Plus, I realized that I am a creature of habit and schedules. Lists and planners work great for me. I also came to realize that I actually had way more time throughout the day than I thought to maybe do a scrapbook page, or sit and read. Because I was more organized, I had more time to do the extra things I never thought I could fit in. Here is the run down of how my week goes.
MONDAY - Bathrooms and Grocery Shopping
(I have even made that easier by shopping online and picking it up the next day)
TUESDAY - Kitchen and Mopping
WEDNESDAY - Vacuuming, Dusting and Business/Work items.
(I realized if I didn't keep my work to one day, it consumed my entire week)
THURSDAY - Dusting the blinds
Friday and Saturday I leave free to spend time with the family. We do a little yard work, but the house work has already been done, so we have tons of time to play, attend games and relax. Nowadays, this schedule is even better, because my kids are a lot older and help each day. They have learned what we do each day, and just get their assigned area done when they get up. We rotate every month so one person doesn't end up doing the biggest bathroom the rest of their life etc. Everyone is always jealous of the person who has the guest bathroom or back hall mopping. I appreciate the help as I work alongside my kids, and they are learning valuable skills they will need when they are on their own.
"Organization isn't about
perfection it's about efficiency,
reducing stress and clutter,
saving time and money and
improving your overall
quality of life."
So important to remember that it isn't about perfection. It is about relieving some stress and having life run a bit smoother. As always, I would love to hear from you and see what has worked in your life. We learn from one another, so sharing is good!!
See you next month,
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Wife, mom and Health Coach. Lover of life and learning. (and my dog Steve)