I need help – housekeeping help.
I have six children- two teenagers, two preschoolers, a toddler, and I’m five months pregnant (due in September). To say that I’m tired would be an understatement. I wake up tired, spend my day tired, and fall into bed at night- exhausted. This is my life right now. It’s a season of sticky hand prints on the walls and dumped cereal bowls, and on the other end- we have daily mood swings, challenging, headstrong young people trying to find their way in life.
With responsibilities like homeschooling the big kids, keeping the preschoolers’ curiosity fulfilled and out of trouble, and a very clingy toddler, my days are full. Making meals, doing laundry, grading papers, night time baths and bedtime stories. . . every moment of my day is taken with something.
Did you notice that housekeeping wasn’t on that list? For a long time cleaning the house was my last priority. I made excuses and let the housework go. At first I didn’t really care, but eventually it became a major stresser- although I didn’t realize it at first. After several weeks of grimy floors, laundry piled high, icky toilets, and so much more that I really don’t want to talk about, I was a grumpy mess. Every room made my skin crawl. I felt like I couldn’t get anything done because I didn’t have peace about doing anything. (I know now because my house was a mess and who can work in that environment?!)
Finding Housekeeping Help When Life Is Busy
I needed help.
After some searching, I found several resources that were super helpful. These are the five that impacted and encouraged me the most:
Life Management for Busy Women: Living Out God’s Plan with Passion and Purpose by Elizabeth George – This book provides not only biblical inspiration but hands-on, practical tips and HOW to apply them to your daily life.
- Make Over Your Mornings by Crystal Paine – this 14-day online course will revolutionize the way your day goes. Through organization, goals and planning, MOYM will challenge and empower you to have your best day, everyday.
- Proverbial Homemaker’s Homemaking Planner – This FREE planner helps you to organize your life on paper. Meals, cleaning, schedules. . . it includes it all!
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine – This book has literally changed my life. The helpful advice and heartfelt anecdotes found within are nothing short of homemaking gold.
- Make Over Your Evenings by Crystal Paine – this just came out a few days ago and MAN is it good!!! I’ve always struggled with evening routines. It’s so easy to slip out of them, get sidetracked, and fall off the bandwagon for far too long. So far in the course, I’ve developed goals that help me get a better (and longer) night’s sleep, wake up refreshed and NOT stressed in the morning. I no longer groan when the alarm goes of. I jump out of bed. . . okay, I don’t really jump. I have a bit of a pot belly now and quick movements are out the window for a while. . . I slowly roll out of bed, make sure I’m not dizzy, and slowly (but excitedly!) walk across my creaky bedroom floor to start my day.
With these resources I’ve been able to get my home into shape and keep it that way, develop a daily routine for the kids and I, make and keep a meal plan, reduce the stress in my life. . . and so much more! I am so thankful for the giftings and talents of others. Housekeeping is something I have always struggled with (ask my husband), but with the help of these fabulous ladies I’ve finally gotten a nice tight handle on it (which hubby really likes.)