How to Be a Working Mom – and Not Go Insane!

All moms have a hard job, whether they go to work or stay home with their kids.  Being a mom is never easy, and is definitely not a job for the faint of heart!  Whichever path you take there are unique challenges that you’ll face.

For me, being a working mom was overwhelming at first.  I had so much to do at home still, but I never felt like I had the time to do it.  Plus, anytime I was off work, I didn’t want to clean or do housework, I wanted to be spending time with my family!

Although I’m certainly not an expert, after a while I did figure out some things that made being a working mom so much easier.  Read on for some tips that helped me as a working mommy!

Tips for finding a good balance between home life and work for moms.

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Implement a cleaning routine.

This made a huge difference for me in the amount of stress I felt.  It honestly didn’t take a whole lot of effort either.  I try to always make sure I empty the dishwasher in the morning before I leave for work and then load it again in the evening and hand wash anything that can’t be put in the dishwasher.  I also wash a load of clothes everyday and tidy up the house for about 10 minutes either in the morning or in the evening depending on what I’m scheduled that day.  Just that little bit helps to keep things from getting too out of control.

Try to find some kind of routine that you can quickly get done every day to keep up with chores at home.  It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated, it just has to work for you.

Prep the night before.

Nothing is worse than trying to get yourself and kids ready in the morning to head out the door when nothing has been prepared.  This used to be soooooo overwhelming and stressful for me!  I would be scrambling to find clean clothes and something for me and my daughter to eat, while also trying to pack a lunch and get a diaper bag filled.  I’d end up getting frustrated with my daughter for not cooperating and just barely making it to work on time.  Starting the day off so rough really threw off my whole day.  I didn’t feel like I was being the mom or the employee I wanted to be.

It was a complete light bulb moment when I thought, “maybe I should make some preparations the night before.”   My mornings went so much smoother!  I set out outfits for the next day and make sure my daughter has her bag completely stocked as well.  I haven’t started packing my lunch the night before, but I know that would help even more.  Also, showering at night is a time saver too.  You don’t have to worry about drying your hair in the morning and it’s one less thing to get done.

Don’t try to do everything on your day off.  

This was a mistake I made a lot in the beginning.  I would get so behind on all the cleaning on the days I worked – dishes would be piled up, dirty laundry in a heap – and so on my day off I would scramble to cross everything off my to-do list all at once.  The problem with this is that I would be so exhausted at the end of the day and I didn’t even get to enjoy the time at home with my family.

This also ties into having a cleaning routine.  It’s so much easier and less stressful to do a little bit each day than trying to do everything all at once.  And I can’t stress how important it is to have time to relax.  Allow yourself to really take a day off and enjoy yourself!  That doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t get some things done when you have time off, just don’t try to fit everything into one day.

Keep God at the center.  

I saved the best for last!  I truly believe this is so incredibly important for everyone, not just working moms.  Making time to read my Bible and pray and focus on Jesus makes the biggest difference ever!  I definitely need His help to have the right attitude and be the best mom and person I can be.  Whenever I slack on this one, I notice a big difference in the way I feel and the kind of work I do.

This doesn’t have to be hard either.  Just have a little quiet time each morning or night.  Find a time that works for you and get in the Word.  If you’re not sure where to start, there are plenty of great devotionals out there that are just a page long or so and can be fit in on your lunch, right before you go to bed, or before you head out the door in the morning.  There are also really great apps out now to help you study the Bible when you don’t have much time.  My favorite is first 5 by Proverbs 31 Ministries!

How to make being a working mom a little less stressful.

What helps you keep it all together as a working mom?  Are there any tips that you’ve learned that have made a big difference for you?

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  1. These are awesome tips! Even though I don’t work away from home, but at home, I do each one of these things. With 4 kids under the age of 5, in my house planning is the key. Honestly… you don’t need to be a working mom to follow these tips. Before I even started my blog, I did every one of these things, and it helps SO much.

    1. Bethany

      I completely agree. I still use these tips now that I’m back to staying home. The time I was a working mom taught me a lot about managing my time better! Thanks for reading!

  2. “Prep the night before” – A great point. I try to prep the night before as well.

    1. Bethany

      Prepping really does makes such a big difference! 🙂

  3. CJ

    Oh my gosh this is so true! If you don’t stay organized it’ll all go down from there!

  4. Whitney

    Amen!!! Prepping as much as I can the night before (picking out clothes, packing lunches) has been my saving grace.

    1. Bethany

      I’m glad it’s worked for you, Whitney! Prepping really makes all the difference.

  5. Yes to all of these, especially the last one! I’d also add: Prioritize and delegate!

    1. Bethany

      That’s a great addition to the list, Sara! I really need to work on those!

  6. I agree with all in the list, especially the last. Keeping God at the center made a huge difference not only in parenting but motherhood as well. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

  7. Yes to the point about prepping the night before! I find I sleep better when I’m not rolling over worrying about all of the things I need to do in the morning!

    1. Bethany

      I sleep better too! It’s so nice knowing I don’t have a huge to-do list the next morning!

  8. Such great advice, especially about not trying to do too much on your day off. I always fall victim to that one!

  9. I’m a work-at-home mom, and making a cleaning schedule was the best thing I’ve done so far! It really helped with my feelings of being overwhelmed.

    1. Bethany

      I’m so glad to hear that, Samantha! Cleaning schedules are the best! 🙂

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