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Aug
21

School is in Session

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School is in session for many of our families. When did school begin starting in August? Maybe only where I grew up, in New Hampshire, did school start after Labor Day. Either way, here in Texas, school starts in the middle of August. Time for school supplies, new clothes, and new teachers.

For stay-at-home and work-at-home moms, the start of school means free time (for those of us who are not homeschooling – by the way to you homeschooling moms, I have a lot of respect for you. I homeschooled for a spell, and there is no job more challenging). The problem is how to use your free time productively. Turning on the TV while folding laundry suddenly turns into binge watching Netflix and before you know it, the kids are home, and you have only folded one load of laundry and mopped the living room floor.

Like New Years, we stay-at-home-moms convince ourselves this is the year we are going to start our workout routines now that the kids are in school all day. Our house will be the cleanest on the block, and we are going to lose ten pounds and find a job working online that will bring in a steady income. Well, ladies, let’s make this the year. Let’s pick a goal and not let life and laziness get in the way. I am going to set myself a schedule and make a real effort to accomplish some of my domestic goals this year. Now, if any of you have any tips, I am all for hearing them. So far pinning organization idea’s on Pinterest has not lead to much fruition.

This year my kid’s school hours have changed. I have two elementary students who will be starting school at 8:05 am and one middle schooler who will be starting school at 8:55 am. Which means my girls need to be awake at 7:00 am to be ready and to school on time. My son will need to be up at 7:45 to be ready to hop on the bus at 8:30. Which means I have from 8:25 until (hold on checking the school website, as I have no idea what time school is out) 3:50 in the afternoon to do all the grocery shopping, cleaning, exercising, writing, and meal planning.

I was thinking this year I will try working out once the girls have left and only my son is home, as he is in middle school and mostly self-sufficient. I will already have his lunch made when I make the girls lunch, so I can tell my boy to brush his teeth from a yoga mat just as easily as I can from the couch.

With that settled, I am going to set up a schedule for cleaning with one major room per day:

Monday – Grocery shopping and running errands. Monday’s are already annoying might as well get the annoying stuff out of the way and be prepared for the week.
Tuesday – Living room and dining room
Wednesday – Office and front entry
Thursday – Bedroom and laundry
Friday – Bathrooms

The kitchen gets cleaned daily, so this room rarely needs extra work. The kids are in charge of cleaning their rooms. Cleaning does not need to be a long process. Until the kids come home, that is. Then it’s constant tidying and picking up the random things they drop all over the place. Either way, I am giving myself an hour for cleaning and eating, which gives me at least five hours for writing, reading (I also write book reviews), and working on editing my novel.

What about you other moms? What does your daily schedule look like? What are you goals for this year while the kids are in school? How could someone encourage you to help you attain your goals this year?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adrina Palmer is a stay-at-home-mom to three wonderful children and a wife to an amazing husband. She has a bachelors degree in Religion from Liberty University and is currently writing her first novel. Adrina is a Christian hoping to help other stay-at-home moms find the joy and simplicity as a mother and wife. In her free time she enjoys many crafts, writing, spending time with family, and reading. She would love to hear from you!

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