Before I was pregnant with our son, I remember thinking how in the world do parents do it?! How is this already-busy life going to be do-able (or enjoyable) with this huge new responsibility? And the truth is, it's hard, but virtually nothing that is truly rewarding is easy. Now that I'm a mama I can attest that life with a mini is all SO do-able and beyond enjoyable at that, especially when you can stay organized. Here are some ways to stay ahead of the game, so you can soak in all those baby snuggles with zero stress.
We've all had the days where 5pm rolls around and the question arises: "What are we going to eat for dinner tonight?" The fridge is empty and the belly rumbles set in, inducing further panic, especially when little bellies need to be fed. Say goodbye to those moments of meal stress and say hello to the ultimate meal planning guide that will make your life infinitely easier!
Prep, prep, prep
Staying one step ahead of the game is essential when you become parents. There will be plenty of evenings when you just want to crash after your little one falls asleep (or maybe binge watch your favorite series), but taking the time to prep for the next day will save you morning headaches. Make this a team effort, too. If mom is breastfeeding, dad can help out by folding that load of laundry in the dryer and vice versa, if dad does the bedtime routine, mom can wash and prep bottles for the next day. More time for you catch some zzz's in the morning—that is, if your baby doesn't wake you too early!
The Power Clean + Hiring Help
Your mother-in-law calls and says she's in the neighborhood and would love to come by for a visit. You've got 10 minutes, what do you do? Put on your power cleaning gloves and go to town. And then you think, well why didn't I do that sooner? My house looks amazing now! Practice the 10-minute cleanup every day, maybe even a few times a day. If you've got the mindset that guests could come at anytime (which let's face it, happens more often when you've got a cutie little babe), your house will be a lot shinier on a regular basis.
If you've got room in the budget, hiring a cleaner is SO hugely helpful when you've got little ones. Maybe that's once a week, once a month or just once every season for a deep clean. Because really, who wants to spend hours cleaning each week when you can be snuggling that ball of cuteness?! This sweet stage goes by way to quickly to be missing out because the windows need washing.
Do Laundry Daily
Don't let the laundry beast sneak up on you. Weekends should be for family fun, not for sorting never-ending loads of laundry. Aim to do a load every day or two to stay on top of things. Also, don't wash what you don't need to! Items like jeans and sweaters don't always need to be washed with every single wear.
Split Up Big Projects
Becoming a parent rarely means you'll have whole, uninterrupted days to yourself to accomplish big projects. So, break them down into little chunks of time. Do you need to tackle a closet update? Chop away at it each night for 10-15 minutes and by the end of the week it'll be done! That way when you DO get an uninterrupted day you can treat yourself to that spa day you've been dreaming of.