As a mother, you undoubtedly have a lot on your hands. That said you hopefully have a family that doesn’t leave you hanging when it comes to taking care of your home.
For many moms (especially those working full-time jobs outside the home), running a home can be both stressful and tiring. So, is your family willing to pull up its sleeves and help you whenever and wherever they can?
If not, give them some subtle reminders as to how they can help lessen the load you are facing daily around the house.
If they are, sit down as a group and decide how to divvy up the workload, making it easier for everyone to do and enjoy.
When it comes right down to it, getting the family to help keep a nice home is easier than you might think.
Work as a Family Around the House
In order to maintain a nice home, everyone doing their part is essential.
With that in mind, remember a few tips:
- Work as a unit – It isn’t fair to mom (or dad for that matter) to have to carry the entire load of maintaining a nice home. Although you can’t expect kids too young to be cleaning up their rooms etc. you can expect the older ones to do their fair share. Set up a chores schedule (including for mom and dad) where everyone knows what is expected of them. By doing so, your home will keep a nice look and feel to it on a regular basis;
- · Storing items – Yes, it is easy for families (individuals for that matter too) to pile up a bunch of stuff before they know it. From toys and households items to paperwork, the house can soon look like a bunch of hoarders live there before long. That said finding a place for valuable extra items is perfectly fine. You may consider storage units as an option, especially for stuff you are not ready to part with. If you do go the storage unit option, make sure you find one that is in a secure location, takes care of your items without issues such as mold and/or bugs, and offers affordable pricing. Although you may look at storage as an added burden (especially in terms of expenses), it can prove quite worthwhile for a period of time;
- · Cleaning out – In the event the family is lagging behind in helping and/or storing some items is not going to be your best solution, then clean out. Actually, cleaning out the home on occasion is a good idea. For starters, you do not end up hanging on to store receipts from five years ago or pay stubs from when you and your husband started working part-time jobs in high school. So you (and the family for that matter) do not get too overwhelmed, do a box at a time. To make it more enjoyable for all involved, have a pizza party etc. Doing so will make it less like work and more like quality family time together.
Giving Mom a Break
Lastly, if getting the family to help out around the home is falling on deaf ears at times, give them a reminder.
Yes, everyone in the house likely has busy schedules, be it work or school, but that is still no excuse.
For the millions of moms out there, don’t get mad at your partner and/or kids if they’re not doing their share of work on a regular basis.
By dropping a few subtle hints, you can remind them that they are also responsible for keeping and shopping for a nice home. In turn, they will likely remember that without you, the home would all but be a nightmare in most cases.
And for those moms who truly do feel overworked in the home, your significant other and children may surprise you from time to time.
Not only will they help maintain a clean home, they may treat you to a nice meal and more.
At least all moms can hope for such.