As a mom of three, I felt like I was always picking up, doing laundry or stressed about the state my house was in. In an attempt to help clear my mind, declutter and help me relax and enjoy motherhood I’ve adopted a routine and a few simple tasks to help simplify my life and calm my mind. I thought you might feel the same way and I wanted to share.
- Make your bed. Yes, I make my bed every day. I am one of THOSE people. I’ve ALWAYS made my bed every day. It takes two seconds in the morning and automatically makes my bedroom look clean and picked up. My bedroom is a sanctuary. A quiet place of retreat. No toys or kids things are allowed in my room. No kids or dogs sleep in my room. It’s a place for my husband to unwind in his favorite oversized chair at the end of the day and a clean and picked up place for my mama mind to hit the pillow at night. In a home overrun with kids and dogs and brightly colored toys, my room is a neutral pretty place that is mine to enjoy.
- Do a load of laundry every day. I got this tip from Emily Ley’s book, The Simplified Life. At first I laughed and thought it was crazy, one load every day? That sounds like so much work. But I decided to give a try and it’s really not. And I took it a step further and taught my oldest son how to start the washer so one of his chores at night is to empty all the dirty clothes hampers and start a load of laundry in the washer before he goes to bed– we had the discussion about not eating tide pods and he looked at me like I was crazy (take the hint teenagers) and throws in a color catcher. Then before I go to bed I throw it in the dryer. When I get up in the morning I grab my cup of coffee, turn on my favorite podcast and fold this load and put it away. It takes 5 minutes at most. This has eliminated the laundry pile disaster I hated seeing and dealing with once a week. My laundry room always looks clean and picked up. This tip is a MUST try!
- Clean the kitchen counters and load the dishwasher before you go to bed. Mama, I get it. I’m SO tired at the end of the day too. All I want to do is sit my booty on the couch and watch tv, but I’ve started taking a few minutes to wash pots and pans. I put all the dirty dishes in the dish washer and start it. Then I bought a new cleaning spray that smells delish and I wipe down all the counters and light my favorite candle before I cozy up with my husband to watch our favorite show. Now when I am up at 2 am with the baby, or if I get to sleep all night, when I get up I wake up to a CLEAN kitchen- no sink of dirty dishes to greet me before I can drink my coffee.
- Make lunches and breakfasts at night. I make lunches for my kids and husband at night and stick them in the fridge, then I just have to pull them out and put ice packs in in the morning. Usually I do this as I am putting away dinner and they take left overs so it makes it easier to do it all in one step. I set the to go coffee mugs by the Keurig, make sure it’s full of water, and make my husbands protein shake and stick it in the fridge. My kids drink chocolate milk (aka carnation instant breakfast) every morning so I make that and stick it in the fridge. Then the mornings are easy, turn on the coffee machine and pull everything out of the fridge and we are good to go. Just a few minutes to make my mornings go so much more smoothly.
- Make meals in bulk. When I am making dinner, I usually double the recipe and freeze half. I have three growing boys so a lot of the times there aren’t a lot of leftovers. It takes a little more work but it is so rewarding on those busy days when you can go to the freezer and pull out a meal that just needs to be put in the oven. A few favorites of mine to do this with are chicken pot pie, enchiladas, pasta bakes and breakfast casseroles. I even make extra taco meat and freeze half of that for a quick and easy taco night!
I know there are so many other things you can do to simplify your life and help with the stress of the “mom brain” but these are some of my favorites that I have implemented and that work for my family! It has helped make the every day “MOM TASKS” so much easier! I’d love to hear some of your tips too!