Working Moms Time Management – or Lack of?

As the days begin to get shorter

I am questioning how on earth am I supposed to fit it all into one day anymore.

Okay maybe Im just getting sad

 that it will be dark

 by the time I cross the threshold

 into my house for the next several months!

Many of you know I have a new toddler – (yes my first) so any seasoned moms advice is Welcomed!

I am getting tired now at 4:30pm, I could use a refresher nap, and I still have sometime at the office than an hour commute home and then either I make dinner or the hubby [we trade on and off] but that doesn’t really give me a free pass – there is still, playing with little man, the ever-growing pile of laundry – although I swear I do more now than ever in my life and I can’t catch up.   Eat Dinner, then the  clean up after dinner cause we trade that duty too (aren’t we cute) , more wind down time for little one, bathtime – which lately is becoming more of a chore because I seem to get as wet as him yet im clothed and wet not fun!  Then our bedtime routine Daddy reads a book while mommy cleans up bathroom bathtime disaster tornado – LOL  then mommy reads another book, one final nursing and some rocking and signing / humming and hopefully if all goes well – stars are aligned – baby is responsive etc… he goes down for the evening.  Now usually it is somewhere between 9 – 10 I have him completely down and I am out of the nursery depending on the battle to go to sleep that night.   Now, I am too pooped to think about sweeping, mopping, dusting, – and don’t you dare say vacuum, I’m not waking the sleeping baby.  Never mind the other little chores that need to be done or thing about tomorrows work clothes, food, what we need to do / get / have for an event or upcoming thing we need to go to  – well you get the picture.  I just want to put on cozy pj’s and go flop next to my hubby on the couch for a moment before going to sleep for the night.

So, all in all, I guess I am asking how do you do it? 

 How do we keep those perfect little Good Housekeeping homes all tidy and running smooth, how do you have the energy or time to accomplish it all in one little 24 hour day?

A Tired Mommy!


3 thoughts on “Working Moms Time Management – or Lack of?

  1. @ Kate that sounds fabulous but really cant right now – and @ Melanie – yeah I am the only income right now -stupid economy – Daddy is our stay at home daycare… so althought we do not live in a pig stye I was just wondering if I was missing some secret mommy cleaning / chore gene I missed. LOL

  2. I have also considered the cleaning service, but I’m not sure if that’s the real problem at my house. I have this psychological need to feel in control and on top of things. I already hate that a double-income household, for us, means that we rely heavily on convenience foods, “just getting by” with tasks such as laundry and dishes, and not having a sense of how much money we’re spending. We take a lot of shortcuts and just live with whatever works at the moment. The house we have lived in for over two years still has unfinished rooms. What scares me is that I seemed to have this problem before having children. I have no idea what took up so much of my time before, but it’s obvious that I have a compulsive need to be busy doing stuff, such that household necessities just don’t get done, or at least don’t get done well, or to a standard I would prefer. We have very low standards and expectations, to avoid going crazy. I guess it’s all about formulating goals and coming up with a list of priorities, both short and long term. Another consideration is figuring out whether you can afford to work part-time instead, and find a job that will let you do that. I keep telling myself I am going to sit down and think about all these options … when I have time …

  3. Okay, my BEST ADVICE…find a cleaning person! They’re not just for the rich anymore! 😉
    Seriously, the absolute BEST thing I ever did for myself is hire my cleaning woman when my first son was 4 months old. I’ll never forget the first day I came home to a beautifully cleaned house…that I had NOTHING to do with. It really was heaven. We’ve had her for over 6 years now and her job security is unquestionable. I’d give up groceries before I give her up! lol.

    You really don’t need to have a lot of $ to do this. We pay ours $20/hour and have her come just twice a month. She does the heavy cleaning like floors, bathrooms (toilets!), and all the really deep stuff. I still do the surface stuff but it’s soooo nice knowing I can rely on her every other week. Really, look into it. It may be much easier/doable than you think! Good luck. 🙂

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