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The Work of a Mother is The Work of a Lifetime
I won’t ever forget the day my husband and I decided I would be a stay at Home Mom (SAHM). Staying home each day to watch my baby learn and grow was always a dream, and it was finally about to come true.
Sweet thoughts of being in yoga pants and sleeping in each day filled my mind as the days passed, and I got further into my pregnancy.
After a few weeks as a new mother, I realized being in pajamas and sleeping in late didn’t get me very far in my day. It was time for me to become organized and get more things accomplished every day.
Why is it so Important to be Productive as a SAHM?
As a SAHM, you have many responsibilities that include:
- Being the primary caretaker of your children
- Taking care of the house (cleaning, arranging repair appointments, etc.)
- Run all errands
- Cook dinner
I could keep going, but we all know it’s an endless list.
When you are home all day, it can feel very isolating, and difficult to stay motivated, but so many things need to get done. Here is what I do to keep myself on track.
I’ve also included a free stay at home mom cleaning template to keep you organized and productive!
Tips for Being Productive as a SAHM
1. Make Your Bed and Get Dressed
When you make your bed, you are starting your day with a small task that gives you a sense of purpose. It sets you up for success for the rest of your day.
After I do this, I take a shower and pick out a cute outfit. It makes me feel like I have already accomplished a few important tasks. It’s a new day, a fresh start, and I am ready to get things done!
2. Eat Breakfast Every. Single. Day.
You’ve heard people tell you your entire life that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, believe it or not, this is still in fact true.
Having breakfast gives you fuel for the day. It keeps you energized and in turn motivated to get more done.
I look forward to sipping my coffee and eating a piece of whole-grain toast with avocado and a fried egg each morning.
If I want something on the go, I make a shake filled with fruits, protein powder, and chia or flax seeds. Don’t forget to eat a healthy lunch too.
3. Make Lists Every Day
The two first things I write on my list are: make my bed and eat breakfast. It may seem silly to write what I have already completed, but I feel a sense of accomplishment when I cross them off the list.
Having everything written down on paper holds you accountable. It honestly helps you remember everything. I love watching my list get smaller as the day goes on.
4. Stay Organized
To me, staying organized means that everything has a place, so I clean as I go.
A few months ago, we desperately needed a place to put all of our documents, but I didn’t want to spend a lot on a new file cabinet.
So, I went to my local thrift shop and bought an old one for $3.00 and spray painted it to match my computer desk. Now it’s used daily, and we don’t have loose papers all over the kitchen counter.
5. Schedule Your Cleaning for the Month
Having your cleaning planned out for the month ensures that you get all of it accomplished without anything lingering for too long.
Write down the responsibilities you complete each week, like cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, and light dusting.
Give yourself one big cleaning project each week. That way you know you have the whole week to complete it, and it won’t feel too overwhelming to complete it.
One week I mop all of the floors, the next week I wash all the sheets, the following I pick a project like cleaning the inside of the fridge or oven and the fourth week, I pick something to organize.
Get your free Stay at Home Mom Weekly Cleaning Chart Printable! This chart will keep you organized for success and works with an infant or toddler.
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6. Wake Up Early or Go to Bed Late
Waking up early to get a jump start on my day always makes me feel accomplished. This is my time to take care of work-related things like blogging and freelance writing.
With a baby in the house, I need to ensure I have a few hours to myself so that I can be present for her during the day. If you are more of a night owl, then stay up late.
7. Enjoy Family Time Every Evening
A mother’s workday never ends. There are always mouths to feed and noses to wipe. When my husband arrives from work, we have a few hours to be with our daughter and each other before it’s time for bed.
Spending time just the three of us is a special reminder of why I do what I do each and every day.
Don’t forget to grab your Free Stay at Home Mom Weekly Cleaning Chart!
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About Guest Blogger Emilee
Emilee Unterkoefler is a SAHM blogger and aspiring Freelance Writer. On her blog Explore with Emilee, you will read all about her journey in exploring motherhood for the first time as a SAHM.
She also writes a lot about cooking and provides many of her favorite recipes.