Having the ability to do everything does not mean that you should. Whew – glad that’s finally out and in the open!!!
If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed take a look at your to do list and ask yourself:
Do I have to do this?
If the answer is No – then delegate it or completely get rid of it.
If the answer is Yes – I challenge you! Are you absolutely sure you have to do this? Does it have to be done at a specific time?
Let me explain.
In my household – I handle the laundry.
Bringing the clothes to the laundry room, putting the clothes in the washing machine, transferring the clothes to the dryer, taking the clothes to the couch, folding all the clothes, and putting the clothes away. <- My responsibility. You may chuckle at my breakdown, but that is a lot for a woman that works outside the home. I have 2 young kings and a husband that has more clothes than me.
Complaining and fussing with ” you need to” and “you should” statements is a complete waste of time. Take my word it and:
Identify a Solution
For me, delegating that chore solely to my husband was not going to happen. But what has happened is the establishing of a plan and the delegation of pieces of the process. & a whole lot of leaning on God.
This schedule is hanging in the laundry room, in my bedroom closet, and on the fridge.
Sunday- This day is not on the schedule and because that is my rest day. Nothing else to discuss.
Monday – As we are getting back into the week and in a rhythm. This is a no laundry day.
Tuesday & Wednesday – I wash 1 load each day from my basket. This basket contains my clothes and my husbands. The folding and putting away of my husbands clothes has been outsourced – back to him. 🙂
Thursday – I wash linens. My 5 year old helps me to fold and put them away. I don’t mandate that he does this – but my sweet boy loves helping his Mom!
Friday – My 5 year old (Caleb) is responsible for gathering him and his brothers clothes and taking them to the laundry room. I handle the washing and drying. Caleb has the option of folding clothes on Friday evening or on Saturday morning. Having him fold on Saturday morning is nice – because my husband and I can sleep in while they are entertained by folding. Caleb puts his own clothes away and carries his brothers clothes upstairs . I let my 2 year old help in this entire process so he can learn the ropes.
During the work week 4 loads of laundry get done and 1 catch up load is allowed on Saturday. I don’t have laundry being crammed into one day and piles stacking up. This schedule works very well for us and helps my sanity! Expectations are openly set and my actions line up with it.