As a single, stay at home working mum, my life revolves around four very basic things. The kids, housework, work and sleep. I don’t tend to stop from the minute I wake up until the minute I go to bed again. I juggle every single ball that life throws at me reasonably successfully. Everything gets done, but I seem to run on a constant level of exhaustion.
With the summer holidays just around the corner, and my exhaustion reaching new heights, I’ve decided that I need to add some structure to how I organise family life. Trying to do everything at once was becoming impossible and I felt overwhelmed. I love nothing more than a list or a plan. So, using my technical know-how, I created templates that will change my day-to-day life. I made a meal planning sheet, a weekly housework schedule and a weekly to-do list, and there is more where those came from!
Want to know the best bit? Each template is available for you to save and print for yourself. Simply click the link below each template to download.
I’ve only been using my templates for a few days, but I’ve already noticed a huge difference in our household. I have more energy, I’m less stressed and I’m not constantly chasing my tail running from task to task. Before, I would have tried to do all of the jobs listed on the cleaning schedule below in one day – I know, crazy right? Assigning myself 3 tasks a day felt a little overwhelming at first, but it’s worked wonders for my wellbeing.
Meal planning is something I have done for a while now, and I can’t recommend it enough. I keep a list of whats in the freezer/cupboards in the notes on my phone and use those lists to create a meal plan each week. It may sound a little OTT to keep stock of what food we have in, but it helps to ease my anxiety. Knowing what we’ve got and what we need also saves me money when doing the weekly food shop. If you don’t fancy writing down every single item in your cupboards and/or fridge freezer, that’s absolutely fine. It’s not essential for meal planning, but does make meal planning a little bit easier.
Without a to-do list or a calendar, I am completely incapable of remembering anything. Everything from work deadlines to school events is written on our calendar. I also keep a to-do list on my phone and in paper form in the kitchen. However, over the past few months, I’ve realised that my to-do list was triggering my anxiety. I felt compelled to tick off as many tasks as I possibly could, as well as get the housework done, keep the kids alive and look after myself. That’s why I felt so exhausted, I was mentally drained.
Instead of writing a daily to-do list, I have created a weekly to-do list template. By switching my to-do list from daily to weekly, I have released a huge amount of self inflicted pressure. The to-do list, coupled with my housework schedule and meal planner, has completley transformed how I run our home and both myself and the children are reaping the benefits. I’m no longer tired Mummy, I’m no longer ‘too busy’. I’ve made a few simple changes and now I can allow myself to look after myself, and make memories with my children. In hindsight, the mental goalposts I had set myself were impossible.
I know I’m not the only one who is struggling to find the balance. As parents, we are always trying to do everything whilst being everything to everyone. That’s why I created these templates, why I’m sharing them with you, and why I fully intend to create a full series of templates for taking control of the housework and other aspects of adult life. Life is too short for fretting and exhausting yourself – download and print the templates below today. I promise you’ll thank me! It takes just minutes, and will change your world.
Stay tuned for more free printables and life organisation templates – if you have any suggestions or ideas, please let me know in the comments section below.