How to get more done around the house + FREE To Do List Printables!

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Let’s face it. You are not Supermom. None of us are and you should not try to be. We all have limited time and we are all pulled in many different directions. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You may not feel like it but you’re an amazing mom and you’re doing great!  We all need help from those around us and I’m glad you’re here with me.  I struggle, too, so here are some things I do and you can also do in order to help you cope and succeed day to day and get more done around the house!

What you need to do to get more done around the house

  1. List out what you need to do. Having everything you need to get down listed out will help things get less overwhelming. I recommend having a flexible list you can follow daily. At the end of your day, just list out what you need to do for the next day. You may find that this list may just grow and grow but don’t worry. I’ll show you how to keep things manageable.

  2. Order your tasks by priorities. Let’s face it, some things are really not that important while others need to get done TODAY. So put the most important priorities at the top and those not as urgent ones at the bottom of your list.

  3. Don’t just stare at your list. Take the first thing on it and DO IT. Don’t think about it. Just DO IT and DO IT until you can’t get anything more done on it. No, DON’T do all the tasks. Do just the FIRST one on your list – the most important one.

    DON’T try multitasking. Multitasking is actually NOT a superpower and it is something you shouldn’t aspire to be good at. If you’re switching between multiple tasks you’re trying to do at one time, you are wasting time and brain power going back and forth between those tasks. You’re also making little to no progress on all those tasks and you will feel more discouraged because at the end of the day you will likely make less progress much less complete any of them.

    Just concentrate on one thing at a time which is the item on the top of your list. It doesn’t matter if you get interrupted by your kids or your husband (That’s ok. It will happen). Just go back to the same task or project you are on as soon as the interruption is over. Once you have finished or worked on that task or project as much as you can, it’s time to check it off of your list.

  4. Delegate. Hey, there’s only one you. If someone else who has more time can do something, let them do it. If your kids are old enough to do the dishes or take out the trash, it’s their job to contribute what they can to the household. If you have little ones, making it their job to clean up after themselves teaches them to clean and be more self-sufficient.

  5. Automate. We live in a great time. Technology affords all of us things our ancestors probably would never have dreamed of. If there is something you can do to automate mundane tasks, do it. It’s not cheating to work smarter and not harder. Here are just some useful tools to help you save time, work on things that only you can do and spend more time with your family and friends:
    1. Roomba. No need to sweep all the time especially if you have little ones that are always making a lot of mess.

      iRobot Roomba 890 Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floor Surfaces (Kitchen)

      Features: Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately). Cleans carpets and hard floors- The Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head adapts its height to keep the Multi-Surface Brushes in close contact with different floor surfaces, directly engaging with both hard floors and carpets, Purchasing used product or from unauthorized resellers voids the manufacturer’s warranty; see list of authorized resellers in the Warranty PDF below, Clean and schedule from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App; compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System loosens, lifts & suctions dirt with up to 5x the air power, Tangle-free Dual Multi-Surface Brushes handle pet hair with ease; high-efficiency filter captures 99% of allergens, pollen, and particles as small as 10 microns, Full suite of intelligent sensors guide the robot under and around furniture to help thoroughly clean all your floors Update buy box bullets, Seamless navigation : a full suite of sensors enable your Roomba vacuuming robot to work its way in and around nooks and crannies of your home

      List Price: $499.00 USD
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    2. iRobot Braava 380t. If you have floors that need mopping.

      iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop (Misc.)

      Features: We recommend using mild solutions or just tap water. We recommend staying away from harsh cleaners as they can be hard on Braava’s internal parts and soapy solutions that may cause the wheels to slip while cleaning or clog the wick on the Reservoir Pad., Northstar Navigation works like an indoor GPS to clean until the job is done. Choose from two modes – dry sweeping or damp mopping, Use with disposable or microfiber cleaning cloths to pick up daily dirt, dust and hair, Turbo Charge Cradle recharges Braava in just two hours. Sweeps up to 1,000 square feet or mops up to 350 square feet in a single cleaning cycle, Reusable microfiber cleaning cloths included – one dry sweeping cloth and one damp mopping cloth

      List Price: $299.00 USD
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      Used from: $180.16 USD In Stock

    3. Use your dishwasher. Don’t need to wash your dishes by hand. If your dishwasher is not good at cleaning your dishes, try a different detergent and check your water quality. If you have hard water, it may be good to consider a water softener.
    4. Automate your shopping! Why bother driving all the way to the grocery store if you can have someone just deliver what you need for you. If you already know what you regularly need, get a subscription or save your shopping list online to reuse when you need it again.

      Also, if you’re even shorter on time and brain space on trying to figure out what you need to cook for dinner, try out Hello Fresh! They’ll deliver easy to follow recipes and ingredients to get you cooking right away. You can get $30 off your first order if you use our affiliate link until August 4, 2018. Try Hello Fresh.

  6. Let Go. Not everything needs to get done and not everything needs to stress you out. Don’t feel bad about tabling or crossing out that really old task or project that has been at the bottom of your list forever. Also, take stock of all the stuff that you need to take care of and are weighing you down. Maybe you don’t need to keep that old dress you haven’t worn in years or those kitchen tools that were supposed to make your life easier but have been hiding in your cupboards forever. Marie Kondo has some great tips in her book to clear the clutter out of your life.

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Kindle Edition)

    By (author): Marie Kondo

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  7. Take care of yourself. If you haven’t had enough rest or sleep, you won’t be as productive. If you have not been eating well, your mood and your productivity will also be affected. Take care of yourself and don’t feel bad about taking a break when you need it. When your body is at your best, you and your work are also at your best.

MOVING FORWARD on getting more done around the house.

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The PDF is editable so that you can just use it on your computer but you can also print it out if you like to write things down physically. Since not everyone’s minds, schedule, and project needs are the same, it has multiple templates you can use depending on what works best for you. There is a weekly to-do list, a calendar to do list, to do lists for work vs personal items, and lists specific for your project.

Let me know how the printables are working for you! Don’t hesitate to reach out!