Are you an overwhelmed homemaker? Does it seem like there is too much to do and not enough time? You aren’t alone and there are things you can do to get past the overwhelm.
When I was first married homemaking was fun. It was like playing house all over again but with a purpose. I kept up with things and had time left over. Each Friday I was done with housework by noon and my best friend came over to eat lunch and hang out.
Somewhere along the way homemaking became overwhelming. Now I always feel like I’m drowning in things I need to do. I look at my to-do list with no idea how I will ever get it all done.
So what happened? That’s the question I keep asking myself because I want to go back to when homemaking was fun and I wasn’t always overwhelmed. I’ve decided to make a list of things I think are contributing to this problem. Maybe you can relate.
Why I’m an Overwhelmed Homemaker
- Social Media. Social media is a huge distraction for many. Not only is it on our computers, it’s also on our phones. It’s easy to say “oh I’ll just check my email, well while I’m on here I’ll just look at Facebook for a minute…” Soon you are in the social media black hole. With my blog, freelance work, and volunteering I do needing me to be on social media it’s hard to get on, get my work done, and get off.
- Blogging. I LOVE blogging but when you work at home it can be hard to make sure work doesn’t consume everything. I’ve never been good at following schedules but this may have to change.
- Not saying no. If you work at home or you are a stay at home mom or homemaker, you likely find people think you have nothing but free time so if something needs to be done they should ask you. I’m getting better at saying no but for so long I said yes to everything.
- Fatigue. I have Fibromyalgia and I do deal with quite a bit of fatigue. I also tend to have trouble going to sleep and staying asleep. Chronic fatigue can make everyday tasks a struggle.
- We have more stuff. We have been married for 12 years so we have a lot more space and stuff now than we did when we were first married. More stuff means more to clean and take care of.
How to Stop Being an Overwhelmed Homemaker
- Create your list of things that are making you overwhelmed. After you have that list make a stop doing list. Getting rid of a few things that are overwhelming you can make all of the difference.
- Set up morning and night routines. Morning and nighttime routines are so useful. If you do nothing else all day you will still feel like you were productive.
- Use a planner. My Happy Planner has really been helpful for keeping me on track. There are many great planners out there, you can even make your own planner for free. Find a planner that works for you and use it.
- Set goals. Goals help us know what things are truly important. Know what your goals are and make sure you are you working on them throughout the year.
- Find ways to motivate yourself to clean. I have a lot of things I do to stay motivated to clean, find what works for you.
- Make freezer meals. Freezer cooking is a great way to make sure you always have healthy meal options!
- Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. We so often are just living in survival mode and that’s no way to live. If you need help check out the Say Goodbye Survival Mode e-course. It’s a 7-day course and you do it at your own pace. It’s the sequel to one of my favorite books by the same title.
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