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Confessions Of A Stay-At-Home Wife

Confessions of a stay-at-home wife

This year I enjoyed five months as a stay-at-home wife. I wasn’t bored for one minute of that time…and I could go another seven months without being bored! As a wife with no children and a love for staying home (read: pretty minimal social life), how is that possible? I shared my daily schedule several months ago, but today I have a few practical tips for staying busy while you’re at home.

1. Get Dressed

Every day I take a shower, fix my hair, put on makeup and choose an outfit. If nothing else, that takes up part of the morning! Just like you’re more likely to work out in the morning if you put your workout clothes on immediately after getting up, you’re more likely to do things around the house if you’re ready for the day. At least that’s what I’ve found to be true! I always feel more productive and have more motivation to work if I’m ready for the day.

2. Make Lists

Every evening I make a list of the things I want to accomplish the next day. It’s helpful to have a plan in place so you know where to start. I also find that it helps me remember the vital tasks (like doing laundry) in case I get distracted by a fun organizing project!

3. Keep Moving

If you start to feel bored, resist the urge to sit down on the couch or in front of the computer. Take a walk around your house and look for projects that need to be tackled. Even after all these months, I still have a few drawers and spaces that need cleaning or organization. To quote Kathleen Kelly, “there’s always something to do!”

How do you stay busy as a stay-at-home wife or mom?

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9 thoughts on “Confessions Of A Stay-At-Home Wife

  1. I have a pretty regular routing of cleaning that I learned from my mother as a girl. Mondays are laundry day, Tuesdays I clean my bedroom, bathroom and walk in closet. This includes changing beds and vacuuming. Wednesday is cleaning the rest of the house. Since we are empty nesters, we do not get the house really dirty so I only deep clean about once a month. Thursday is MY day to have lunch with girlfriends and run errands. Friday is grocery day and tidying the pantry and fridge. I have to admit that I do succumb to looking at the computer more often than I should. I would say it is my biggest time waster. And I think most housewives will agree with you that there is ALWAYS something to do at home.

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  2. There are a million things to do to keep a house running! I would love to spend more time trying new recipes, working out in the yard and exercising – all goals I have for myself for Fall. I usually find myself cleaning, crafting, keeping up with the usual chores of laundry and making an effort to keep in touch with family and friends. I try to make phone calls, send emails and snail mail each week.

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  3. I always make sure getting dressed and ready for the day is part of my routine. I agree – I feel more productive when that happens. I like the idea of planning out the day the night before. I always have a loose, weekly idea of what’s going on, but should really take the time to map out my next day. Would only take a few minutes!

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  4. I know this is an older blog post, but thanks so much for sharing! Today is my first official day as a stay at home wife! I am so excited but am used to a high stress, constant go job! So this is quite a change for me. Thanks for your tips!

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