How do you find the time to get the house work done with a 6 month old?

Chelsea - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I am a first time mom with a 6 month old son. I am a stay at home mom and it doesnt seem to matter what I do, I can't get the housework done. Any pointers?

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Danette - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hi Chelsea! I'm a stay at home mom, too but with older children & blended family. 15, 11, 10, 8 & 2 yrs old. 2 bio, 2 step and 1 between the two of us. LOL I will tell you that some days I am a supermom and I can get it all done, still get the various kids picked up from where they are and taken to their practices, religion, etc. And then I have other days where I feel like nothing gets done and I just try not to be too hard on myself. I was always working full-time up until the 2 yr old was born and don't know how working moms do it in big families. I had to give it up b/c my kids were too active after school. I sometimes feel now that since I stay home everything should always be perfect. Thankfully my hubby is understanding and knows that I have some bad days. The hardest thing for me was to have routine - I have to get up in the morning around 5:30a and start my day and get ready, etc. just like I was going to be going to work. Once the older kids are off to school I can't go back to bed I have to keep rolling with my day. That is what works for me but it is not for everyone. If I don't get up and get myself 'ready' to face the day like I did when I was working then I just have a lazy day around the house and nothing much gets accomplished. LOL It's not for everyone but I've found that it works for me and getting me out of my rut. I had more energy, motivation and determination to get things done. Good luck!!

Christina - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have a 3 year old and a 4 month old, so i completly know how you feel. the only thing that i can suggest would be to use up every little second of his nap time to do as much as u can, but depending on how long his naps are will depend on how fast u might want to clean. lol
good luck.

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Hey, I just posted a list of chores I try to get done every week on the "Tossing the routine" thread. Basically, I noticed that I always had these little moments when I could do some work, but by the time I decided what to do, my time was up and nothing got done. So I made a list of chores to do every week (with daily chores in red) and when I have a minute, I just glance at it and pick one that I have time to do. Then I cross it off. By the end of the week, most everything has been done at least once :)



When I 1st started this, I wrote the list in permanent marker on a dry erase board and crossed things off w/ a dry erase marker so I could clean it at the end of the week w/o erasing the whole list. Now I got it printed on a little tablet that sticks to my fridge.

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Cinderella - posted on 01/26/2014

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You don't, you get a cleaning lady! I could never find the time to clean, and my house was dirty all the time, and I get a cleaning lady to come about once every two weeks or so, and it feels so good to have a clean house and not to worry, that gives me time to organize and eat, and shower and do laundry when the baby is napping. I also love this baby channel on direct tv, my daughter is obsessed at 5 months, it helps entertain her while I get things done!

Kimberly - posted on 01/26/2014

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what about the cooking? How do u guys manage to cook in time for lunch? I get time off only AFTER lunch hours!!

Kimberly - posted on 01/26/2014

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what about cooking? When do all of you guys get the cooking done!! That is so time bound and my baby is always active in the morning. The only time I can think of cooking is AFTER lunch!!

Kelly - posted on 03/26/2010

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just do what you can who says your on a time limit and when the husband boyfriend comes home they can help which wont happen walkers and bouncers do work well so they can still be with ya

Vicky - posted on 03/26/2010

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a bouncy chair was good for me, so you can move them around with you, put some music on and have a giggle together!!!!, i didnt make lists as this only prompts you to live to clean , and constantly reminds you what you havent or have yet to do. and i am sure you know in your head what needs to be done. also why make life boring for yourself doing the same duties every day every week.

Alison - posted on 03/26/2010

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have u tried putting cartoons on or putting him on the floor with his toys arond him my son loves that

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have a 9 month old son. I do dishes, vacuum, and sweep when he is awake and I mop, do laundry, and pretty much everything else when he is taking his nap. Sometimes I will but him in his Jumperoo so I can get certain things done. Some days are better than others, some days I get everything done and some days I can't get anything done at all. You just have to find what works for you. Hope this helps!

Jessica - posted on 03/25/2010

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Its hard to coordinate everything sometimes. I don't know how you moms with more than one child do it!!

Does your son take naps well? Anything I need to do, I do it while my 9 month old naps, or when DF comes home. He takes two decent naps (1-2 hours each) so I can get some stuff done. Or on weekends when DF is home, that way he can help. Otherwise I don't even worry about it! If its something quick I'll put him in his high chair, but he doesn't want to sit for long.

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2010

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do what you can, and don't worry about what doesn't get done. I have three kids ages 6,4, and 2 and one on the way. There are weeks, my chidren seem really good, and I feel good and I get the whole house scrubbed down. There are other weeks, that it feels like all that gets done is the laundry and dishes. I figure it all equals out in the end. No, my glove isn't going to win any white glove award, but it's not going to be condemned either hahahaha. My biggest pointer is to relax, don't worry about it, and enjoy your little one as much as possible, because she won't be this little forever. I promise, you will remember the little smiles and coos, and you won't ever remember what day, the dishes didn't get done!

Christina - posted on 03/25/2010

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Well I guess it depends on how much housework you want to get done in one day. I have three girls, ages 4, 2 1/2, and 6 months. Everyday, I always clean the kitchen and living room and try to do some laundry. I also made a list for each day of the week and do an extra room each day, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. While I'm doing my cleaning, the older girls play in their room, watch tv, color, whatever they want to do to keep themselves busy. And the baby will go in her bouncer, or activity gym while I'm cleaning. Another thing I do, I usually don't do my kitchen or living room until later in the afternoon before my husband comes home. If I do it earlier, I find myself picking up all day and doing dishes all day, so I just do it all at once before he comes home, because I want the house to be nice and clean for him!

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