housework problems

Jessi - posted on 02/26/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi. My husband is gone during the week most weeks(home on the weekends), so i'm a little luckier than some of you. But i was wondering how you all did it with housework. That is my biggest setback. I work full-time with two little ones at home. Our daughter is 4 and our son is 5 months. When I get home from work, i put our daughter with a movie and get to spend a max of 20 minutes with my son before I have to start supper. then between supper and bedtime and tending to my son, i maybe get an hour before i put her to bed and go to bed myself. I like to use that hour to either watch tv or work out but then get no housework done. Any suggestions with time management/housework/time with daughter???

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Jackie - posted on 03/09/2010

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I would encourage you to checkout Flylady.net Her motto is "You can do anything for 15 minutes."

Also, have your daughter help you with housework. No, it won't be perfect, but it will get done. My son is 5 and he swishes his toilet (I have a Lysol solution in the brush holder) and swipes his countertop (with a Clorox wipe), brings all his laundry downstairs and sorts colors and whites, swiffers the kitchen floor, swiffer wet mops the kitchen, vacuums, dusts things within his reach (yes, another swiffer product is used), sets the table and picks up toys (both his and his sister's). He also clears the table for me and will take items upstairs or bring them down as requested (e.g.-I have him put my bills on the computer desk upstairs so I can pay and file them asap.)

Andrea - posted on 03/02/2010

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Hi Jessi-
It's tough, especially when your kids are little. When they get a little bigger they can help you with some of the chores and you can make some games out of it. When I worked full time, I tried to do a lot of multi-tasking. I cleaned the shower when I was in it...I know, sounds wierd, but why get dirty cleaning it, when you can get dirty cleaning it and then get clean? :-) Also, throw a load of laundry in the washer before you leave for work in the morning. Get in the dryer when you get home, then you can fold it while you are watching your TV show, or spending a little time with your daughter. She will be happy to help mommy with the laundry. My boys loved to help when they were little, not so much now! If you do a small load a day, it won't ever get away from you. If you don't have one, get a crock pot. It can be a working mom's best friend. There are tons of great slow-cooker recipes out there and lots your kiddos will enjoy too. It saves lots of time in preperation and cooking, not to mention It will smell wonderful when you walk in the door from work. I used mine on the weekends too, so I didn't have to spend too much of our quality family time in the kitchen!

Trindy - posted on 02/27/2010

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I hear you and empthise with you, I felt the same way the first time my husband got a job working away from home. Then we moved so back to hubby being home again, then he got pomotion and back to working away, I gave him the choice, work or family and we compromised, I couldn't work full time and bring up two kids and keep house by myself. So we hired a cleaner, giving me time at night to family and giving me time in the weekend to do fun family things instead of homework. This year we don't need the cleaner and I do one item of housework most days and in the weekend we all chip in to finish off anything left, takes about an hour. (many hands makes light work)

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