While looking around Pinterest, I discovered a list of Daily Sanity Saving Habits for Mums. To be honest, the list rather made me laugh because I think a lot of the things, to me, seem as achievable as a unicorn is real, right now.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
Prepare the night before
My night starts around 4.30pm when I have to think about putting dinner on if it’s not a leftover night (how good are leftover nights?) Once that’s done, the kids have their dinner at 5.30pm. After dinner, the kids have a bath which is usually taken care of by Mr. G. In this quick ten or so minutes, I unpack the dishwasher and tidying the kitchen and, where possible, enjoy a few sips of wine. Once the kids are in bed, I have a shower and chill out; no more housework, no more preparation.
Do one load of laundry a day
I’m lucky to do one load of laundry in five days let alone every day. With the race in the morning to get the kids fed, clothed and out the door, work during the day or wrangling a toddler on my two days off work, then repeating the craziness once the kids are home, this just doesn’t happen. Most of my washing is done on the weekend. It’s the weekend when my Mount Washmore gains a meter or so.
Clean as you go
I think this one made me laugh the loudest. I’ve learnt my lesson on this one a long time ago. It’s not worth the fuss because give it five minutes or less and that floor I just vacuumed and decluttered will look like a bomb site again. (That’s probably overexaggerating a bit but it definitely doesn’t look as clean as it was).
Do one large chore a day
I’m thinking a large chore means something like vacuuming the house or clean the shower. Refer to point 1 and 2, there’s no time for that!
Have kid clean up times
Currently, I have a 16-month old that doesn’t understand this idea and an almost-six-year-old whom I battle with each and every day to pick up after himself. This is definitely a work in progress.
Much like my mood changes with my bipolar, what I feel like eating at dinner time changes too; what I feel like eating depends on my mood. I’ve tried meal planning, you know, properly drafting it out in a diary, but it just doesn’t work for me. Too many times it’s come around to start cooking only to find that what’s on the plan is definitely not what I feel like. Now, I just come up with meal ideas as I shop the isles. Seems to have worked for me the past 15 years.
But, I must say, in the list of daily sanity-saving habits for mums, there were a few that I do follow. Firstly, I do make sure that I have quiet time when I can, it’s a matter of mental health for me. Secondly, I always make time to play with my kids, they’re the loves of my life. Thirdly, I am always thankful and remind myself and my husband of this quite often. We get caught up in the feeling that life is so hard but quickly remind ourselves that we have it so much better than others on this planet.
And the last daily sanity-saving habit I do follow as a mum is – have a regular bedtime for your kids. Ever since both kids were babies we’ve stuck to this routine. Yes, there are nights when it doesn’t always work and there’s lots of crying to be had, but 95% of the time it does and I believe it’s down to having a routine – right from dinner, to bath, to teeth, to books, to bed.
So, tell me, are you in the habit of those that I’m not? What’s your favourite sanity saver?
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