Have you ever wondered how to be productve with a toddler? Are you struggling to get stuff done around the house? I’ve found the perfect solution! You’ll just need the following:
- Child size chair
- Duct tape
- Sound proofing materials
Just tie them up and put them in the basement, install a sound proof insulation and you can get whatever you need to done in record time.
Just kidding. That’s a joke. I’m a good mom, I swear!
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, tie your kids up and lock them in a basement. No one else will think that’s funny, CPS will be called, and you’ll become the subject of a Dateline Special. Trust me, there are easier ways to get famous.
In reality I don’t have the answer to this question. I don’t know how to get stuff done around the house with my toddler. Do you?
I have picked up a few helpful tools over the last year to try to increase my productivity to a level I’m comfortable with.
Nothing kills me more than feeling totally drained at the end of the day and looking at my mile long to-do list and realizing I’ve gotten nothing completed. There have been a handful of times there was something really important on my list, it didn’t get done, and I was kindly reminded by my husband that I was “home all day”.
Yeah, I know, it’s a miracle the guy is still alive. Like I said, Dateline Special.
Anyone who has ever done it can attest to the fact that taking care of a toddler takes almost 100% of your focus and energy. Although they can self entertain for a few minutes at a time, you can’t exactly just walk away from them and go do a deep clean of the bathroom without being interrupted one million times.
So here’s how I take care of my kid, work part time, and keep my house from burning to the ground.
Adjust your expectations
This isn’t the season of life where we are going to have glistening floors and smudge free appliances. Yes the laundry has to get put away and the dishes need to be done, but we don’t need to implement a full 8 zone cleaning routine TODAY, ok?
This was a huge adjustment for me after having James. Before kids my house was impeccable.
Im not kidding, I actually had an 8 zone cleaning routine. I cleaned my baseboards with a q-tip, ok? These days, if I get the bathroom cleaned, floor mopped, and kitchen bleached on a weekly basis I’m a happy camper. Im not saying just do the bare minimum, but you need to set realistic expectations for yourself. It isn’t going to be this way forever, but in this season you don’t have as much time.
You can’t do all the things. I love the Podcast called Afford Anything. The tag line is, you can afford anything but not everything.
You can get anything done, but you can’t get everything done. You have to choose what’s most important in your list. The mile long to do list isn’t going to get done. Pick 3 things.
I pick 3 things per day that MUST get done. I MUST get the paperwork and check for the dog registration in the mail to avoid the fine we had to pay last year (whoops)! I HAVE TO feed my child 3 square meals a day. I MUST respond to clients and process the loans in my pipeline.
I don’t HAVE TO clean the baseboards. I don’t HAVE TO roast an organic chicken and make homemade bone broth, no matter how much I want to be Lisa Bass from Farmhouse on Boone.
One day, you better believe I’m going to be cleaning baseboards again, probably not with a q-tip, I guess that was a bit extreme… One day I’ll have a flock of backyard chickens and go collect eggs in my cute apron every morning and whip up a freaking quiche Lorraine before Baby J is even out of bed. But that day is not today, friends.
Use Nap Time to Complete Toddler Free Tasks
For most of my first trimester I napped while James napped. Again, expectations and priorities. When you’re growing a tiny human inside of you, you MUST lay down when you feel like you’re going to collapse.
Now that I’m finally back to feeling ok, I’m using nap time to hammer out those focused tasks that I can’t do well with a baby on my hip.
This is the time I’m using to call clients, do computer work, unload the dishwasher (knives…) etc.
Tasks I can do with James in tow I save for those nice long 5 hour wake windows (sense the sarcasm).
I can vacuum with James in the ergo. I can cook dinner while he removes every dish towel I own from the basket under the sink. I can’t roast an organic chicken and make bone broth while he does that, but I’ve got spaghetti & meatballs down to 15 minutes with one hand.
Being a mom is really hard work, obviously rewarding, but challenging.
Don’t beat yourself up over the basket of clean laundry on your dresser, if you kept your kids alive and somewhat happy throughout the day, you’ve done enough. You can tell your husband I said so.
Do you prefer audio instead of reading? I have a podcast called How To Be A Good Mom, you can find it anywhere you love to listen to podcasts!