When you are exhausted but you know you need to clean look at the left side of the room and then scan to the right. Think to yourself, I’m going to start on the left and finish on the right. This gives you a plan to follow. With a plan, things seem a little easier. You have a place to start and a place where you’ll end. Teach this to your children as well so they don’t feel like cleaning up their room will take forever.
Also, use a timer. Give yourself “x” amount of time to clean. Once the timer goes off, you are d-o-n-e, done. No matter what, just stop. If someone is around to finish up the rest, you’ve given them a head start. If no one is around there’s always another day. No one is coming to visit you. You’ll have more energy tomorrow and hopefully more support from your family. You gave it a good shot and deserve a high five, mama!
With these suggestions you’ll feel better about the state of your home. Your family will feel they understand your needs better, too! Your kids love to please you (whether they know this or not) and a happy wife (and mom) makes a happy life.
from the spruce magazine