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
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.
as a Family Around the House
In order to maintain a nice home, everyone doing their part
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.
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
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.
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