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It’s hard to be super productive when you’re a stay at home mom of triplets. Mopping the floors comes to a standstill when someone runs across it and slides. Laundry piles high. Making dinner is difficult when you get distracted. Don’t even get me started on taking care of myself. In the beginning, I missed daily showers. Now I just miss sitting down and reading more than a page of the book that everyone is talking about.
The kids started Kindergarten last week. For the first time in forever (yes, I was singing that in my head), I am alone for 7 hours a day. It’s weird. It’s quiet. And I love it.
As a stay at home mom, I’ve known since the kids were babies that I would need to schedule my life once they were in school. It’s just who I am. I need rules, organization, a list to check off each day to keep me on top of things like homemaking and just taking care of my needs in general.
That all has changed. One week into the school year and I am being more productive within my home and for myself than I have in the last 5 years total.
Here’s how I am keeping busy…
I’m just gonna get this one out of the way first. I am a list maker and an organized, clean freak. And way back when, when I thought I could keep up with it (haha), I made a weekly cleaning checklist – because I wasn’t going to let the kids take over the house. Bawhahaha! I’m not sure that I ever checked anything off of it.
I’ve revamped it a bit. And let me tell you, I’ll be checking things off that list like no body’s business. It’s my way of taking back the house, I guess. And my constant need for everything to be in its proper place.
I’m chubby. I need to exercise.
My plan is to walk every day after I drop the kids off at school…once it isn’t 6 million degrees outside. Eventually working my way up to jogging, then running. Following an exercise routine on the TV is not my thing. I just can’t do it.
I’m a writer. I love blogging. But I need something I can touch and feel. I am very sentimental and want more than just a blog to pass down to my kids. Journaling is more personal to me. I want my kiddos to be able to hold my words in their hands.
Before my mom passed away she started a kind of journal and it is something that I treasure. Being able to see her handwriting and just knowing that she held that book in her hands helps heal my often aching heart.
I think most writers are readers too. For as long as I can remember, I have had an almost magical love for books. I always keep a list of books that I want to read. It seems like it grows each day.
After having the kids, finding the time to actually read those books was difficult. I was lucky to read two books a year. Now, I plan on reading until my eyes blur. It’s been a dream of mine to sit on the back porch with a cup of coffee and read myself into another world.
The hubs said that if I didn’t go back to work after the kids started school then I needed to volunteer in our community. And like the good wife that I am, I listen to everything he says. Kidding.
I’ve had volunteering on my mind for a long time. My kid’s school is where I would love to begin. Field trip chaperone – check. School function helper – I can do that! Classroom mom – me, please!
I totally want to be that mom. Seriously.
Are you a SAHM too? I’d love to hear what you do while your kids are at school! Let me know in the comments!