5 Sure-Fire Ways To Stop Homemaker Overwhelm (Actionable Plan)
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Are you feeling overwhelmed in your homemaking duties?
I get it. There’s always something to do. Homemaking is a never ending cycle of laundry, dishes, appointments, vacuuming, mopping, preparing meals, taking care of whatever else need to be taken care and it’s super easy to quickly become an overwhelmed homemaker.
God has given you the wonderful gift to be a blessing to your family but it can be difficult to complete the staggering amount of tasks that make up the majority of your day. As the homemaker, your duties can sometimes push you to the edge, making you feel depressed or even inadequate.
With 50 % of stay-at-home-moms feeling stressed and 26% of stay-at-home moms feeling sadness, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that overwhelm is a big part of any homemakers life.
Today, I’ve got 5 sure-fire ways to stop to stop homemaker overwhelm. These tips are easy to implement, they won’t take a ton of time, and they’ll get you on the right track to less stressed life.
5 sure fire ways to stop homemaker overwhelm
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How do you get a handle on housework and keep it under control so you can be the homemaker you want to be? You start by making an easy to follow plan. The idea is to be as prepared as possible to prevent the overload from overtaking.
Preparation is the key to any successful adventure and homemaking is most definitely an adventure. Being practical in your application is an excellent way to have homemaking success.
Think of it like this.
When you are planning a vacation, you typically want to pick a hotel that is in the heart of the area you want to be in, this is practicality. You make a plan to stay at this hotel which is the beginnings of your preparation.
In your search for the perfect hotel, you read reviews, check out the amenities, and of course, the location. By approaching homemaking in a like manner, you are taking care of as much as possible ahead of time to prevent the burnout. This is an actionable plan.
By using a simple every day strategy, the load becomes lighter and you become more productive. I have found that printables make great additions to any homemakers strategy. Mother Far From Home offers a purchasable binder filled with amazing printables to make your life easier.
So, the next question is, how do we get to the place of being prepared, having our plan in place, and living stress-free as the makers of our home? By following these 5 sure-fire ways to stop homemaker overwhelm.
These tips will help you can beat the stress and have an orderly house. Let’s get started.
1. Set Boundaries.
When you are the caregiver to the people in your home, it feels as though you are sometimes taken advantage of. Your family depends on you for so much and you don’t want to disappoint, yet you need some time and space away from the ones you love to be a more effective wife/mom.
By setting boundaries, you are letting the others in your family know that, while you love them very much and love taking care of them, your needs are important too. Setting boundaries gives you the freedom to practice self-care.
In doing this, you can refresh and recharge which provides you with a sense of well-being and overall health.
Imagine a line (the boundary) like the ocean waves and sand. God put a limit on the waves, that they can only go so far, otherwise they would cover the earth and overwhelm it.
This is the same way with you as the homemaker, by setting a boundary (line), you are not letting others become an overwhelm in your life.
When those closest to us, friends and our immediate family cross that line, we can become resentful and/or depressed. We begin to wonder why they are doing this to us as well as how we will we ever get it done.
Setting a boundary helps you to eliminate those types of things from happening in your life.
2. Set Time Limits
There are times, I’ve got so lost in a project that I have forgotten to do anything else.
As long as this is productive, then it can be considered a good thing but when you have lost all track of time without actually accomplishing anything, it’s a complete waste of time.
When your homemaking task list is long, it is a good idea to set a time limit for each task. This eliminates losing track of time and being unproductive.
In the same way as setting boundaries to relieve feeling overwhelmed, you set a time to finish something to relieve the feeling of un-productiveness.
Of course, there will some tasks that are all day tasks, like laundry, but for those tasks that you know you sometimes get lost in, set a time limit.
By setting a time, you allow yourself to be completely devoted to the task at hand. It’s really quite effective. When you know you only have a certain time to complete something, it actually makes you more focused. In return, you are rewarded with a completed task and a sense of accomplishment.
If you have a task that you know is going to take more than a day such as cleaning out a closet, try to set aside a specific time each day to work on it. That way, your mind knows, “Hey, it’s closet cleaning time, let’s work on getting rid of old clothes.”
You can use your cell phone’s timer (most come with one, if not you can go to your app store) and set it for an appropriate time limit. Personally, I use my timer for a plethora of things. I set it to remember I have to get my son from school. I use it to remember to change the water when I’m watering.
I use it to remind me how much longer until my favorite show starts. The uses are virtually limitless.
3. Realize You Are Only One Person
When you have a to-do list that is longer than the great wall of China, it is easy to become overwhelmed. You are only one person and you only have so much time in a day to get done what needs to be done.
Women are great multi-taskers but oftentimes they beat themselves up because they didn’t finish their list. This can cause sadness, overwhelm, and can even make you feel unworthy.
It’s important not to dwell on what you didn’t get done but what you did.
You don’t have an army of people, waiting for you to give a command to make it happen. You are one person given an insurmountable amount of work. By taking one day at a time, one task at a time, you eradicate the unnecessary stress related to an incomplete to-do list.
There will be days when nothing gets done. You may have little ones that are sick and need to be held all day and that’s ok. You may be the one who is sick and needs to rest. There may be something that comes up requiring your attention for the entire day.
No matter what happens, remember that you are only one person and you can only do so much.
Give yourself permission to be alright with this.
4. Prepare Ahead Of Time
One of the biggest ways to stop the overwhelm is to prepare ahead of time. The more you can do in advance, the more you can focus on what may come.
By taking a few moments to plan out your day and your tasks, which may include making phone calls or appointments, catching up with friends, or cleaning the floor, you take control of your life and this in turn prevents homemaker overwhelm.
When you take control of your tasks instead of letting them take control of you, the less disorderly you feel thus creating an environment of happiness and freedom. (Tweet this)
You will actually feel as though you have less on your plate by planning ahead of time. I know that when I take the time to plan out my meals for the week, it removes the problem of having to think of dinner at the last minute.
For most wives and moms, a planner can provide the most benefits. You will find yourself jotting down all kinds of things which can be so, so helpful when your mind is filled with the enormous amount of things you have to do.
There are many simple things you can do to increase your productivity and make your life easier such as preparing as much of your children’s lunch as you can the night before to laying out clothes.
Maybe you can get ready the papers needed for any appointments you may have or just make sure the coffee pot is ready to go in the morning.
Once you start doing this, you will see that your days will flow smoother and you won’t feel so overwhelmed every day.
That being said, there will be days that bring the unexpected and unplanned. And this, you’ll have to take in stride. The thing about it is, the more you have planned out in advance, the easier it will become when the unplanned happens.
5. Spend Time With The Lord
As a Christian homemaker, this is you first line of defense against overwhelm. It is when you spend time in His presence, that you are renewed and given the much needed strength to complete your homemaking duties.
Allowing God to pour into you allows you to be able to pour into others. Your family needs you to filled with the Word so you can fill them. It is no easy role to be a homemaker but it is the role in which you have been given.
Reading the Bible, taking time to praise and worship will fulfill the longing in your heart and provide you with ideas, courage, hope, joy and strength.
By making a dedicated time each day to spend with the Lord, your spirit is refreshed which can fill you with so much energy as well as help you be more fruitful in your daily plans.
Spending time with God puts things in perspective.
It is during these times that we see what really matters and that makes a huge difference in how we approach not only the day, but life. You have been given the opportunity to bless your family with your laughter, love, and smile so do it with grace and light.
As the scripture tells us in Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
A Few Resources
Here is a list of resources that might help you in this amazing journey of being a homemaker.
Podcasts (try Harvest: greg laurie, Lead Stories Podcast, Pray the Word with David Platt)
Menu Planner (click here for a simple printable)
Devotionals (try the Flourishing Today website)
Apps (Faith Mamas, Daily Family Devotionals)
Daily Planner (click here for a simple printable)
Being a homemaker doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By using the suggestions provided, you can prevent the stress from having too much to do in too little time.
If you’ve got a tip that helps you in your day-to-day, please comment below, I’d love to hear it. And it will probably help others out there who are struggling.