How New Moms Should Handle Housework
If you’re a new mom busy looking for ways to handle your housework, balancing work and family is key. How can you strike that balance that’ll help you get your housework done and take care of your family needs too?
In today’s busy homes, teamwork plays a vital role in managing housework and childcare needs. Today, dads are doing more childcare and housework while moms are doing more paid work outside the home, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. The survey compared the average hours per week moms and dads spent on housework, childcare, and paid work outside the home from 1965-2011.
Ask for Help and Delegate Chores
If you’re a new mom taking care of a baby and older kids too, you’ll need to manage your time well. Ask for help. Delegate chores to your husband and kids. You can partner with your husband in feeding, bathing, and dressing your baby. Get your kids to help with cooking, cleaning, and laundry. Consider the convenience of a maid service. Hiring a maid service to do your housework can help you have more time for childcare and quality moments with your husband and kids. Remember to choose a service that fits your family budget and needs.
Set Priorities and Manage Time
As a new mom, you’re always looking for ways to juggle a multitude of tasks efficiently. Setting your priorities and managing your time well are key to running an efficient home. Plan menus for each week and keep a schedule for your upcoming grocery lists. Prep food in advance of meals and refrigerate or freeze it.
Establishing childcare schedules is another way to manage your time. Getting enough rest is a top priority. Try setting up a childcare schedule for you and your husband. You can designate childcare duties in time slots for each of you. Allow time on the schedule for one parent to rest while the other one is on duty to care for the baby.
Plan Ahead Each Night for the Morning
If you’re a working mom, planning ahead at night will save you time in the morning. Pack lunches for your kids. Press and set out clothes for yourself and kids. Set up your breakfast table before waking kids.
Just think and try teamwork for you and your family. You’ll handle your housework well and be able to keep your new baby happy!
Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.