Well, cue the caffeine! I am officially a working mom. My maternity leave has been a wild ride of diapers, snuggles, giggles and a variety of happy and sad tears.
It’s bittersweet. I am so excited for the new challenge of making it work but will insanely miss my time at home with the little guy. Plus, I am positive I will be over here pretending to know what I am doing and living off of endless cups of coffee.
Some moms just make it look so damn easy! Am I right? I’m sure behind the curtain they have some serious tricks up their sleeves and I need to know their wisdom. Stat! Until then, there are a few things I have set up to make my transition back into the 9-5 grind a little easier.
Hire a Cleaning Lady
By the time I get home from work, I will have an hour and a half to cook and eat dinner, sneak in some quality time with Finn and do the whole bedtime routine. I am still not sure how this is even possible when wrangling an eleven-month-old, but I am pretty sure there is no time to dust, clean the bathroom or wash the floors. Plus, I really don’t want to be spending my precious weekends up to my eyeballs in cleaning products, so we are calling in the big guns and splurging on some help. Mind you to make it work in the budget there will be fewer trips to Starbucks for coffee but I think it’s well worth it!
Talking about that hour and a half window each weeknight again, there leaves little time to decide what to eat let alone cook/prepare it. Meal planning will be in full force in our house. Spending 20-minutes outlining what we will be eating each week will make it easier to come home and do it. Plus, keep us organized when it comes time for groceries.
Zerhs Click-and-Collect is my BFF. With some awesome tools like the list options or previous orders, shopping is a breeze and super easy to do while meal planning. Plus, I don’t need to leave my car and get Finn in and out of the car seat which is a huge timesaver!
Trello is the virtual assistant I never knew I needed. I actually project manage both my home life to-dos and my tasks for the blog on two separate boards. I love how I can access it both by desktop (big picture) and their app (checking or adding to my lists) and it keeps me from trying to remember everything. Which I am pretty sure is completly impossible anyways. I can quickly create check-lists, notes, labels, due dates within a task and even add attachments, which keeps everything in my life as streamlined as possible. Plus, it is free!
Another shopping tool, amazon prime helps me get what I need with a few clicks. Besides all the other perks, I am obsessed with the free 2-day shipping. I religiously use it to reorder my coffee and I know it will be on my doorstep for when I need it.
Back to that no free time theme, working out always gets put to the bottom of my list. I am currently working on when during the day/night I am going to be scheduling it in but I love how I can access the Sweat App for a detailed quick workout I can do almost anywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I hate the price tag on this subscription, but because I am willing to pay for it, it helps me stay accountable to actually use it! Silver lining maybe?
What are your tips and tricks for keeping it together as a working mom? TELL ME ALL YOUR SECRETS in the comments below!