Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Time Management for Single Mothers (Chores/Housework)

I am listening to/watching: Nadia Ali, Love Story
Mood: Hungry, Loved,
Time: 9:15 am

Housework can take up a lot of time. However, there are a few things that can be done to save time with housework.
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  1. Give your children age apportion chores. Noah is three and at this point it is his job to clean his toys, put his clothing in the dirty clothes, help me with his laundry, and as of last week wash his dishes.
  2.  Clean the small things every day, don’t throw clothing around, do dishes, clean the stove, you get the point. Set aside about an hour a day to maintain a clean environment.
  3. Clean while your child is in the bath. Best tip I have learned you can clean the bathroom while your child is in the bath. I have learned I can do a light clean (wash the counters, clean the toilet, sweep the floor) all in the 10 minutes my son is in the bath.
  4.  Do not get overwhelmed by the little stuff. I have to remind myself of this often. If there are a few toys here or there, you skip a day of cleaning, you can only do one load of laundry than that is okay. Your home is not a museum.
  5.   Pick a room and pick a time to deep clean. You do not have to deep clean EVERY week. Do not stress yourself that way. Let’s say you give the living room a deep clean every other week. This is when you would vacuum, dust, clean the walls (if you need to), all that jazz. So on those off weeks, just spot clean, if you have been cleaning over the week things like spills, coloring on the walls, and other things have already been taken care of.
I know some people are looking at this list and going is that enough cleaning? Yes, it is an hour a day will keep your house clean. It won't be perfect but give yourself a break your home does not need to be perfect. 

As you can see here I have two printable one is a chore chart. This works really well with all children (even those with autism spectrum). Children need to see what they are being asked to do so I made a chore chart. For adults i have made a daily/ weekly chart of what needs to be cleaned. I clean by rooms so that is how the chart is made. (Just click the picture and it will take you to the full chart image)

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Shakirah is a single mom to a 5 year old. She is a blogger, teacher, and graduate student. Her goal is to bring a more positive and realistic look into the lives of single mothers.


  1. Funny that you created this post today! Just over the weekend I planned on doing my blog on keeping a tidy home and most importantly MAINTAINING it so us parents don't have to feel like we are cleaning every single day (it truly does get tiring) and how amazing itnis to see that someone else uses the same method ! I find it better in breaking it down by rooms each day. And the results in just two days look amazing! It didnt even bother me what the other people in the house would think if its unfinished or whatever it felt good knowing you actually put all ur time and dedication to it my son acknowledges how good the house looks. Everyday he goes wow mom the house is coming along really nice and that just really makes my day. I even found my dad doing the same with his room. I don't feel like the maid around here and everyone even the baby is contributing in some kind of way! Teamwork makes the DREAMWORK! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Cleaning rubs off, and having a team behind you is always a plus.

  2. These are great tips for anyone that have multiple tasks to do each day! I like to keep a calendar of things that I have to do bc things can sometimes get overwhelming with kids, housework, cooking, etc. I've learned, over the years, to pace myself and to have a system of doing things and it truly does work! ;)

    1. Thank you, and yeas pacing yourself is better than pushing to hard and getting overwhelmed.

  3. Point 3 is very useful- never thought of doing that.

    1. It has been great for me, I hope it helps you.