Ever feel like an overwhelmed homemaker? (Maybe the bigger question is … ever not?) I want to encourage you that you’re not alone …
On days when I feel overwhelmed as a homemaker, it’s easy to think I’m all alone with my struggles. I can start throwing a pity party for myself, thinking that my stress and countless things that are dropping all around me is unique just to my situation.
The fact of the matter is there are many, many overwhelmed homemakers in this world. In fact, I would even dare to guess there are more overwhelmed homemakers than ones who are coasting along without any stress or busyness.
I regularly ask my e-mail subscribers what issues they’re dealing with and the most common response is dealing with an overwhelmed life.
When there’s not a simple 5-step solution …
It’s hard to be a homemaker. And it’s hard to know what you should do to make your home run smoothly, but not be able to do it all – for whatever reason.
I wish I had the magical answer to take away all overwhelming feelings and busy schedules. I wish I had a simple 5 step solution to offer homemakers everywhere. I wish I had the perfect plan to balance every single thing in your life.
But I don’t.
Even if there would be a magical answer, it would need to be drastically different for each homemaker, home, and family.
(What does work for me is to decide what’s most important – what absolutely needs to get done – and build it into a loose daily routine. After that, I fill in the rest of my daily plans and try to give myself a bunch of grace. Trying to cram absolutely everything in day after day is the easiest way to set myself up for failure – and set my family up for stress.)
You’re not alone!
Since I frequently hear my readers’ concerns – and they comfort me, as I realize I’m not alone in my overwhelmed feelings – I thought I’d pass them along to you, too. I am pretty sure you’ll be able to relate!
My biggest concern would probably be managing a schedule. It’s something I tend to struggle with. I have so much to do during the day: homeschool, work from home, time with children and husband, cleaning, cooking, time for myself, and the list goes on.
How to do it all without killing myself and still enjoy the things I am doing and not feel burdened?
I can create schedules but have difficulty sticking to them. They look great on paper but when I am using it, it may work but then something goes wrong that day and throws everything else off.
We are behind schedule and although I allow for some flexibility, I am unable to catch up. It is overwhelming.
My biggest concern is managing my time with a 29-month-old girl in school and a 5-month old at home.
Although I am fairly organized, I am always happy to learn more on how to keep my house clean and tasks done efficiently and quickly, while still rushing through a very busy life. I have six children and a hard-working husband. I work part-time, too.
It would be nice to get advice on how to balance the day better. Since I’ve never had to do it all all by myself, I fear that I may struggle with scheduling. How do you balance cleaning, cooking, children, and appointments without feeling so overwhelmed?
I’m a stay at home mom of five and my husband works out of province (I’m Canadian). Being home alone with all our kids is pretty tough. Hockey multiple times a week, youth group, swimming lessons, homework … it all weighs heavy on me. I’m not so sure you can writing about this getting easier, but this is our home situation!
I wish I had a big hug for each of you facing these overwhelming days. Since I don’t, please rest assured that you’re not alone. If you can find any comfort in that, please do.
While you’re finding comfort in the commiseration, realize this is just a season of our lives. We won’t always have these same responsibilities. We won’t always have to juggle these particular challenges.
Work for your home and family as if working for the Lord, not for men. Then someday – after we juggle all of the responsibilities of an overwhelmed homemaker – we’ll know what didn’t work and what eventually did work best for us.
If you typically feel like an overwhelmed homemaker, how do you cope? What helps you the most?
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