For all those stay-at-home-moms, and the working moms, and the work from home moms, how do you keep up? I was unfortunately retrenched when I was 4 months pregnant (the company closed). After much deliberating, DH and I decided it best that I stay home from then. We couldn't really afford it, but DH insisted. I was also already showing and doubted that anyone would have hired me.
I cant say that I haven't imagined staying home, I thought that I would keep a clean house. My husband would come home to cooked meals everyday and would have awesome packed lunches for work and sweet baked goods. He would always have clean, ironed clothes and be generally well-looked after. After all, he had a stay-at-home mom, I wanted to out-do her! Lol. The truth is though, our salaries wouldn't allow it, how could we survive on just one income? Now, we don't exactly have a choice, it's difficult every month, but we are making it work. We again took the decision for me to stay at home with DD until she was at least a year old (which is very soon!). Now however, it looks like it may be even longer, we simply don't know who will look after her when I do decide to go back to work.
So I am home everyday, and it often feels like I get nothing done. The kitchen sink is always piled high with dishes, I often wash-up 2-3 times a day, if not more, but it stays the same. There's always laundry, or ironing, which also sadly piles up sometimes. I don't in fact put in lunch for DH and I manage to cook supper once in a blue moon, and that's mostly only if I've planned ahead. DD's needs take priority, which is only to be expected right? In the mornings, its making breakfast for her, getting her down for her nap, then making lunch. She'll go down on the floor for a bit then its a milk feed and another nap. In between there's diaper and clothing changes...And because of this kind-of routine, I seldom leave the house (I hate for her to miss a nap). All of these things are normal I know. But how do I possibly stay on top of it? I have talked to DH about having a chore routine to try to stay on top of the house, and a meal plan to make supper and weekly shopping less stressful, but we never even get around to that. I realize that time-management is probably a huge factor in being organized but we just cant seem to get there. How do you ladies do it?
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