Ready to learn the best tips to simplify motherhood? If you are feeling the stress and overwhelm of busy, working-mom life you’re definitely not alone. Having been at the point where it all became too much, I am excited to share my tips to make motherhood easier for you (and me).
How to Simplify Motherhood when you Feel Overwhelmed
I was fully prepared to become a mom (or so I thought).
Both of my pregnancies were planned, I was married to a supportive husband, worked at a job I loved and had a comfortable income.
I had watched all of my friends become mother’s and figured if they could do it – so could I.
But there was something they had neglected to tell me – or maybe they had a different experience altogether. No one had ever mentioned how stressful it could be.
- Running a household
- Working full-time
- Shuffling everyone to daycare, school, work and activities each day
- Trying to eat healthy and exercise
Under the stress of it all I could barely remember who I was – much less find the joy that I had thought was an inevitable part of becoming a mom.
Truth be told, I completely lost it. My health – My happiness – My sense of self had gotten lost under the weight of the expectations of modern motherhood.
Eventually, I climbed my way out. I made the conscious decision to simplify my life and find time to enjoy everything that was precious to me.
And guess what….IT WORKED!
When you simplify your life, you can feel happier, in control, and waste less of your valuable time, and money.
Super bonus alert – all of this will also increase the health and happiness of your family.
How do you balance work and family life?
Before I became a working mom I thought that “balance” meant that I was going to be perfect at every aspect of my life.
As I mentioned above, that didn’t work out so well.
Current research tells us that multi-tasking actually makes motherhood less enjoyable.
When we try to juggle all the tasks of being a good mom, wife, employee and friend all at the same time in an attempt to “do it all” – we are actually sabotaging ourselves.
To really create balance – we have to let go of the idea that we can do everything.
Instead, you need to establish your priorities and values and focus the majority of your time and effort toward them.
Additionally, there are some working mom hacks that will help you to simplify and streamline your life so that you can feel more relaxed and less overwhelmed.
1. Declutter and Organize your Home
As moms we still have all of our typical household responsibilities PLUS the enormous responsibility of keeping another human alive.
Mail, toys and laundry are everywhere! (You can read my tips to simplify laundry here)
The solution is simple; some of this stuff has to go!
Take some inspiration from minimalism you can learn how to purge your home of everything that is not essential.
Want to get started with my checklist of 20 items you can purge from your home in just minutes?
2. Ask for Help
You know that saying: “It takes a village to raise a child?”…..Well, it’s true!
There is no possible way to do this on your own. We all need help when it comes to raising kids and working full-time.
One of your first priorities should be to create a network of support.
This will look different for everyone depending on your family dynamics and social circle, but here are some ideas of people you could reach out to:
- Working moms support group
- Church friends
- Child’s teacher/daycare provider
3. Create Routines for a Neat and Tidy Home
Unfortunately, as moms we spend way too many weekends cleaning the mess from the previous week.
You constantly feel tired and like there is something to pick up, wash or put away.
Instead, this time could be used to relax or spend time with our family.
The easiest solution is to implement a daily cleaning routine.
By picking up throughout the day you are able to keep your home mostly clean, most of the time.
Related Post: A Busy Mom’s Guide to a Mostly Clean House
4. Practice One Item In – One Item Out
As a lover of all things simple, this is one of my fave tips for simplifying.The rule is simple, if you bring something new into your home something else has got to go.
5. Curate a Selection of Quick Workouts for Moms
Exercise is proven to improve your mood and energy-level (that sounds like mom medicine to me!)
But it can be hard to find the time to fit in a workout or trip to the gym.
Sometimes a quick YouTube workout is all you have time for, but the benefits are worth it! You can see a list of my favorites below.
Related Post: 20 Minute Workouts for Busy Moms
6. Learn How to Meal Plan
Trying to plan a variety of healthy meals for your family can be overwhelming.
Luckily, meal planning is a simple way to remove much of the stress we associate with cooking.
No more frustration from not knowing what you want to make or not having an ingredient on hand.
You also won’t waste money on food you don’t use. One of my favorite “entry level” meal planning tricks is to simply have a theme for each night of the week.
This is what it looks like in our house:
- Monday – Pasta
- Tuesday – Mexican
- Wednesday – Pizza
- Thursday – Vegetarian
- Friday – Breakfast Dinner
- Saturday – Go out to eat
- Sunday – Soup Night
You might notice that I don’t have specific meals plugged in for each day. That allows some flexibility so you aren’t eating the same thing every single week. The plan gives me a guide when I want to try a new recipe.
You can follow this link to receive your own printable meal plan cheat sheet.
I love this plan because it isn’t super OCD strict, but it also prevents those “what should we eat for dinner” conversations.
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7. Single Task
Multi-tasking is quickly being proven to be much less efficient than we once thought it was.
Mentally and physically switching gears to complete multiple tasks leaves us feeling scattered, chaotic and unfocused.
In my house multi-tasking has resulted in burnt food, overflowing bathtubs and unfinished projects. You too?
When you focus on doing ONE THING at a time, you are often more productive, calm and organized. Here are the steps to being a single-tasker:
- Choose your task based on your daily priorities
- Minimize distractions before you start (no checking phone, make sure kiddos are occupied)
- Re-focus if you find yourself starting to drift off task and
- Continue until it becomes a habit.
8. Use your phone for reminders
The “mental load” of being a busy mom is crazy.
Having to remember dates for:
- an entire family worth of doctor appointments
- school events
- work deadlines
- social events
Plug all your new and re-occuring events into your phone.
Set reminders to avoid being caught off guard at the last minute. I typically use a 1 hour reminder for most of my events.
That way, if I have completely forgotten about it I still have enough time for shuffling the kids, travel, picking up a gift etc.
9. Create a Capsule Wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe is a mini-collection of really versatile clothing that you love to wear. Without the overwhelm of deciding what to wear you will have more time and energy for what really matters.
A capsule wardrobe will simplify your life because you will spend less:
- time shopping
- time doing laundry or caring for clothes
- money on clothes that never get worn
- time organizing the clutter created by lots of clothes, shoes and accessories
Take a sneak peek at what I include in my winter capsule wardrobe.
10. Implement a Morning Routine
You wake up in the morning and instantly there are a million things you need to do:
- feed everyone
- pack lunches
- get everyone dressed
- sign permission slips, finish homework, tie shoes, find backpacks….
Ugh! And this is also before your “day” officially begins.
Following a routine first thing in the morning means you’ll have a more peaceful start to your day.
A morning routine isn’t about rushing to get out the door. It’s about a structured start to your day that creates calm and reduces chaos.
If you are interested in seeing what has worked to transform mornings in our home you can view this post: From Crazy to Calm; A Simple Busy Mom Morning Routine
There you have it mama! 10 ideas to help create more balance as a working mom
We would love to hear from you! Which of these easy ways to simplify your life are you going to try? Please comment below!
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Life Hacks for Working Moms