Today is the day where you will discover the final 5 simple ways to overcome being Homemaking Challenged. Make sure you check out part 1 & part 2 for the 10 reasons you are Homemaking Challenged, and part 3 for the first five simple ways to overcome.
6) Plan ahead - overcoming a lack of Planing and Organization
It is simple. You must create a plan of attack, and FOLLOW THROUGH. Know that the 2nd Tuesday of the month you are responsible for snacks at school. Put a reminder on your phone the day you go shopping and then the night before to prep it. Two simple things that take less than 20 seconds that will save you a frantic headache in the end, but only if you take those few moments and plan ahead.
7) Leave the past where it belongs, behind you - overcoming your past
This is hard, but don't let your past failures have too big of an impact on the now. You have grown, and (hopefully) learned from the last time, and can make adjustments. So what if last time you spent 10 hours cleaning your home from top to bottom to only have it seemingly destroyed by your family in less than half that time. Guess what, surface messes are quick and easy to clean, even if they appear overwhelming. This time is different, it is a fresh start.
8) Know what you want - overcoming a lack of direction
Sometimes we simply don't know what we want and WHY we want it. When you have a purpose, it can help drive you, and give you a reason to go for it, even when you don't feel like it sometimes.
9) Sleep - overcoming Exhaustion
Honestly, give yourself grace. Baby waking up in the middle of the night? You are exhausted, don't stay up late, wake up early and try to get everything done during nap time. You will just make it worse. Sleep when you can, go to bed early and drink tons of water. You may need to make some adjustments nutritionally, and schedule wise, but there are ways to fight the sleepiness.
10) Just do it - overcoming laziness.
It is so hard sometimes to fight this. Honestly I mean, who wouldn't want to simply read, or relax watching a movie? Here is the deal, you need some down time but you also need to get things done. My favorite trick is to set a timer. Say 20-30 minutes, and work as hard and fast as I can for those 20 minutes. Then I set a timer for the same amount of time and read/watch a show. Small increments work well. I also like a challenge, so sometimes I set a timer and see if I can clean "xyz" before it goes off. Sometimes, you just have to get off your bum, and get it done.
I hope that you have gained some insight throughout this series (part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4) as to why you may be Homemaking Challenged, and need some help in this area, as well as some insights that will help you on your journey as a Homemaker.