As a working mum I am often prone to feeling guilty for the time I spend away from my family. That's why it's so important to me that I get to forge memories and have the maximum amount of quality time with my daughter whilst I'm at home.
But as my fiancé is the main 'bread-winner' in the family and works long hours, it usually falls to me to do the majority of the housework and chores. (However he does help me when he can.) So I've come up with a system which allows me to get the jobs done but doesn't take up too much time away from my daughter. It's something that's working really well for me and thought I would share it with you.
(Quick disclaimer - this is not me saying that my home is clean and perfect. (It is far from it!) And I am in no way suggesting that this is going to work for everyone, this is simply the way that works for me and may be helpful to others.)
Firstly; the main tip I can give anyone is to spread your jobs through the week! Don't try and cram it all everyday! And to take YOUR day/schedule into account.
For example; as you can see even though I have spread my chores throughout the week, the majority of my housework is done on Wednesdays and over the weekend. This works well for me because I start work an hour later on Wednesdays, and both me and my fiancé don't work at all during the weekend so it allows my daughter to have some quality time with him whilst I whizz round the house to get the last few things done. You'll also notice that the chores I do on the remaining days are not huge time consuming jobs. They are things that will only take 15-20, and do not really require me to be apart from my daughter whilst I do them.
Another way that I help myself during the week, it to allow myself a 'Back Up'. What I mean by that is for larger chores (ie: Hoovering/Laundry) I set them at regular intervals throughout the week so that if I for some reason am unable to do it on the day planned, there isn't a huge amount of time to when I next planned to do it. That way it doesn't have chance to build up and get out of hand.
As a modern mum my phone is not often far from my side, therefore, it works best for me to have a list on my phone that I can refer to at any time, anywhere. So, if you're like me and have the memory of a goldfish, I would really recommend doing something similar. That way if you're feeling overwhelmed, or just need a quick reminder for what you want to get done you always have a list to hand. (Pictures are just screenshots from my mobile on the notes app that I use everyday)
I also have a '5 Minute' Lists, which jobs that don't necessarily require frequent attention, but if I have some spare time whilst dinner is in the oven, or my daughter is napping, then I'll go ahead and pick a few to do. (I am aware that I have 'Washing Up, Dog Mess and Empty Bins' on this list. I obviously do these jobs daily, but as they do only take 5 Minutes I have categorised them into this list rather than copy them into each day's chores) I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, and that it has given you some helpful suggestions on how to manage and maintain your weekly chores. Of course I understand that my routine will not fit each family. Every household is different and requires different levels of attention depending on your work life or how many children and pets you have.
As always I would love to hear back any tips from you on how you deal with keeping up with housework without overwhelming yourself! Please feel free to leave any comments below and I will do my best to get back to you.