Housewife/Stay at home Moms/Dads--how do you do it?
I recently quit my job and moved to another state due to my husband getting a new job. Because we won't be here very long, and because of his traveling overseas and needing someone to be here with the kids, we had basically agreed that I'd just stay home.
I SUCK at it. So I'm looking for some of your stories about how you manage your day.
When I was working full time, lots of hours, plus an hour commute each way, kid activities, horse, etc I managed to do all of the laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, etc on one day of the weekend. I have all this time now and I swear, I get nothing done. I have all of these little projects I could be doing but I just screw off all day.
My typical day is up at 5:30, take dogs for a walk. Drink coffee and screw off online, read news, read a book, whatever. Take dogs for another walk. (we have no yard right now, so they need the exercise) Then I either A) drive out to the barn which takes quite a bit of time or B) go to the grocery store, run errands. Because my dog has been sick, I spend a good chunk of each day cleaning carpet although I'm hoping yesterday was my last rug doctor rental for awhile.
Then I start prepping for dinner around 4. Hop in shower. Try to have everything ready to rock around 6 when DH gets home.
I have PLENTY of time but I'm totally unmotivated without some sort of deadline! We have company coming for dinner tonight so that's a great deadline. Need to run to the store, make a cake, repot a plant, unpack a few things, work on the kids' rooms.
How do you keep yourself on a good, productive schedule? It just seems like the more time I have, the less I actually get done!
I don't consider myself a lazy person normally. I've worked very hard most of my adult life and kept a tight schedule. I cut myself a little slack initially as getting the house packed up by myself, wrapping up my job of 10 years, and caring for the sick dog (and for several weeks, sick me), I thought it was fine to just relax for a bit once I got here. But now I just feel like a lazy bum.
If I had little kids I think I'd have more structure by default. But the kids aren't little and they're not here full time right now.