Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Working Moms & Homemaking

Currently, I am a full-time homemaker.  However, in the past I have worked full-time outside the home.  One thing I know for sure regardless whether you have an outside job or not, you are a homemaker.  Some of us are full-time homemakers, and some of us are part-time homemakers with a full-time outside job.  Either way, you are a homemaker if you have a home.  Being a homemaker is a blessing and a huge responsibility. 
 
Today, I want to share with you some homemaking tips I used when I worked full-time outside the home.  (Another day I will share my tips for being a full-time homemaker and home-school mom). Depending upon your work schedule, I think its very important to schedule some time to pray and plan for the upcoming week; I usually took some time on Saturday morning. During that time, I would think of my dinner menu for the next week.  I usually would plan at least 2 crock-pot meals; crock-pot meals were my favorite because when you came home in the evening  you would be greeted by the yummy aroma of dinner! Other than using the crock-pot, I would plan easy dishes that could be prepared in 30 minutes or less.  In addition to that, occasionally I would make a double batch of Chicken Spaghetti or Chicken Pot Pie on Saturday evening or Sunday so I could freeze one to serve during the busy week.  After I had planned it all out, I would type up the menu for the next week's dinners and put it on the fridge door; having the menu already decided was a great help for me on those tired evenings.  Once my menu was planned, I would make my grocery list and run to the store.  As I bought groceries, I would also pick up a frozen pizza or something easy to cook for Saturday's lunch.  So, If all went as planned, I usually had the shopping done and groceries put up by 1pm on Saturday.
 
Another thing that I did was to make a chore schedule for our family.  Here is a sample:
 
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Mom
Cook Dinner
 
Cook Dinner
Cook Dinner
Cook Dinner
Do Mom & Dad’s laundry
Dinner Clean up
Shopping
 
 
Jordan
Dinner clean up
Trash out/
Feed Dog
Dinner clean up
Feed Dog/
Set Dinner Table
Unload Dishwasher
Do personal laundry
 
Caleb
Dinner clean up
Unload dishwasher
Dinner clean up
Unload dishwasher
 
Trash out/Feed
Dog
Do personal laundry
 
Zach
Set Dinner Table
Feed Dog
Dinner clean up
Feed Dog/ Set Dinner Table
Dinner clean up
Dinner clean up
Do
Personal
laundry
 
Dad
 
Unload dishwasher
 
Dinner clean up
Unload dishwasher
Dinner
Clean up
Take care of Dinner
Feed Dog
Feed Dog
Of course you would want to personalize your chore list and adapt it to fit your needs and family.  This simple schedule solved a lot of arguments amongst the boys regarding chores, etc.  This is just a couple of things that I did that seemed to make the crazy work week more peaceful. Other things we did were:
*Have everyone lay out their clothes the night before
*The boys would pack their backpack and things for school the night before and put by door
*Have quiet time 30 minutes before official bed time (they could read their bible or a book, color, or anything quiet in their room....when our boys were real young, Chad would read the Bible to them in their room.)
*Pack lunches or snacks before bed time
 
I hope some of these ideas will help you!  Remember, God does not call us to do something and then expect us to do it without His strength.  It can be tough taking care of home and working out all day long.  I want to encourage you to always put God and time with Him first.   When God is first priority you will be surprised how much more smoother your day will go!