Do You Take Time Off from Homemaking?

Do you ever wake up to  find your sofas draped over with unfinished laundry and the carpets littered with candy wrapper papers?

This is exactly what my living room looks like on Monday mornings. On Friday evenings I rest from normal homemaking schedules. This means that laundry may be washed but not folded and put away. It also means that daily vaccumming is placed on the back burner.

Once the weekend arrives I hang up my homemaking hat and spend time relaxing with my family. But after the weekend that work that was left undone is still waiting for me on Monday morning.

I could get all bent out of shape  about the disarray or I can make a list of what needs to be done and get to work. I try not to allow my daily chores to overwhelm me to the point that they stress me out. Stress leads to lack of energy and irritability. Sometimes it’s hard to remain calm when housework threatens to drain all of the time from your day. But here are some things to remember;

1~Mommies set the tone for the home. If mommy is grumpy, everyone is walking around on eggshells.

2~There will be house keeping task to do everyday. Some days there will be more to do than others.

3~Your little ones are watching to see how you deal with problems. Do you become angry and throw tantrums or do you come up with a solution and carry it out?

When it seems like there is too much to do ask for help. Sometimes we don’t get help from our family members because we don’t let them know that we need a hand.

Try to break task down into smaller tasks. Instead of writing “Laundry” on my “to-do” list, I list each task in order starting with wash clothes, dry clothes, fold clothes and put away clothes. As you complete each task you can check it off. With each check you will hopefully gain a sense of accomplishment.

These are some tips that help to remain calm when the tasks seem so overwhelming.

Do you take any time off from homemaking? I’d love to hear how you keep things running smoothly after time off.