About two weeks ago, I realized that my energy to work ratio isn't what I wish it was, and will not be for a while. Some experts say that I need more outside help. My mom would love to help, but she is ten hours away. My husband does help, but he also works full time and is involved with the kids. Our financial goals are such that the idea of paying someone to come in isn't attractive, so I am going to need to find some different solutions during this time.
One of the steps that I took was to write down my weekly and monthly chore lists, laminate the page, and post it on the fridge. I have framed it under glass instead for the same result in the past. Every time a chore is finished it is marked off with a dry erase marker.
One monthly chore is done during each "weekly" rotation. Nothing is repeated until the whole weekly list is done, which now takes more than a week. As a perfectionist, I would like to do my whole weekly chore list every week, but right now I can't. Doing all the weekly chores before starting at the beginning again does balance the house work, and result in a cleaner house.
A second advantage of posting the chore list is that it helps my husband know what needs to be done. I really appreciate his help, and this method allows him to get involved when he has some time, while I remain his wife and not only the keeper of the house.
When writing the list, I tried to list the chores so that each would take fifteen minutes or less. Previously, I would have an hour of "work time" in my day. Finding an hour is difficult right now, and staying on my feet is too. Instead, I try to find opportunities to cross just one thing off the list before sitting down to rest.
Another change that I made was to my meal plan. I have introduced a few faster, albeit less healthy options, and am repeating the less time consuming meals more often. Once a week I am trying to make a favorite that requires more preparation time. If you have some quick wholesome recipes, please share!
How do you keep your family's quality of life high, when your energy level drops?