Busy Moms: How Do You Get All.The.Things Done?

I haven’t worked outside the home in eight years.  However, my husband likes to remind me that with all of the responsibilities on my plate right now (homeschooling, having two kids with high-functioning autism who are enrolled in ABA 25 hours a week, driving 1.5 hours a day to the ABA center, and working part-time from home) I have the equivalent of a full-time job.

So, busy moms, please, please share your time saving tips.

I’ve been driving to the ABA center for a little less than two weeks, and I am already a little frustrated that so many things are starting to slide.

Frustrated but So Grateful!

But first, I want to acknowledge that I am so, so, so grateful that our insurance pays for ABA therapy.  Our kids really needed it, and I am so excited to see how ABA can help them grow and develop.  We’ve already seen improvements in the short time child one has been going (8 weeks) and child two (1.5 weeks), so I can’t wait to see what things look like after six or 12 months.

My husband and I knew that going to ABA would be a time sacrifice for our family, but we’re more than willing to take it on because we know that there is so much potential for improvement in our kids.  We also know that this isn’t a sprint but a long-distance race.  We’re likely looking at our kids receiving ABA therapy for several years.

What I Need Help From You With

I know, like a puzzle, that after I get used to this new lifestyle, we’ll find ways to make things work.  I just need strategies.  There are several areas that I’m struggling with:

Keeping the House Clean

Please realize that I am NOT a clean freak, but our house has received almost no attention in the last 10 days.  I’m able to keep up with laundry (sort of, I do a load every day).  My husband and I can mostly keep up with dishes, but everything else?  Yep, just a trashed house.

Keeping Up with The Blog

I really enjoy blogging, but it takes a back seat when I’m this busy.  I need to find a way to still have time to blog.

Grocery Shopping

When I do have time at home on the weekend, I don’t want to drive around town grocery shopping.  This week, I tried to avoid that by shopping while I’m waiting while the kids have ABA.  So far, that seems to help.  I’ll continue to refine this technique.

What I Am Keeping Up With

Having said that, there are some strategies I’m already employing:

Preparing Healthy Foods

Because we have food intolerances, I have to continue to cook.  No drive thru or store-bought freezer meals for us.  I’ve been using the slow cooker a lot.  However, I can’t do that forever because my kids and husband grow tired of slow cooker meals.  I should be able to use the slow cooker about twice a week without complaints from the family.

I think one thing I need to do is have a freezer cooking session every month or so.

I should also look into batch cooking for the week on the weekend.  My kids don’t want sandwiches in their lunches every day (which is actually good for me because gluten free bread is so expensive!), so I should make some things for their lunches ahead of time.

My Freelance Work

I’ve been able to spend a few hours at the library every weekend and squeeze in some work in the evening and the early morning, so I am able to keep up with my freelance work.

Homeschooling

It’s strange to not finish homeschooling until 5:30 at night, but we are able to get in the schooling we need to do by working at different hours than we’re used to.

I would love, love suggestions that you have for how you manage your busy mom life.  🙂  Also, if you have any favorite YouTubers who talk about this, I’d be happy for those suggestions, too!

Comments

  1. Last year was really busy for me between babysitting my infant niece, teaching church class, being on two church committees, homeschooling, and taking kids to activities, I started to get overwhelmed. I have to have order and a schedule to feel normal, as well as built in alone time so it was a challenge! To help keep everything sane around here I always made sure my living room and kitchen were clean before going to bed (something about a messy house destroys my mornings). I also got up at 5 each morning to have coffee and do my blog (and read other ones) before the kids woke up. I also noticed if I knew what I was having for dinner early in the day and pre cooked meat or chopped veggies, my evenings went so much better. I asked the kids to help with tasks more (they live here too) and I saved deep cleaning and batch cooking for the weekends. My weeks now are less busy, but if they were not, I think I would try the Walmart grocery pickup to save time and effort.

    • Great tips. Thanks so much! I’ve thought of Walmart grocery pick up, but I haven’t done so yet. Maybe that’s something I need to do.

  2. I write a list of thing I want to accomplish for the day. Depending on the day, I know what I should be able to do. For me, checking off each item on the list makes me feel like I really did something! Today on my list – vacuum, wipe down bathrooms, clean 2 slider doors and clean out car. None of those things are huge and shouldn’t take long. Maybe something as simple as that would help.

  3. As the mom of 2 learning disabled teens, one who is the autism spectrum, and a blogger and entrepreneur, I have to warn you about letting the house go. It can get to a place of no return. I feel like we are there after giving up caring years ago. Toxins will build up and it will be much harder to clean things. Then if you can’t afford to replace or repair, you’ll be stuck. Just my experience! Now i’m working to get my kids cleaning more.

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