I have written about productivity in the past…Productivity. Is this key? Or should this be banished from my goals during this phase of life with two little ones?

I read all the headlines: How to Get More Done in a Day. Maximize Your Mornings. How to Get Up Early. Organize Your Home. Declutter in a month. Write a Book in 30 days. (Seriously?) I see them and consider scheduling my next day accordingly. Sign up for every 30-day challenge you can find!

Then I look at my two daughters and reconsider. Does it matter that I have crossed 7 things off my to-do list by 8 AM? If they are my main focus, does it matter if I get anything else done?

Balance. It’s a balancing act that I’m trying to figure out. I want to get more done in a day, but not at the detriment of less quality time with my girls. How do I plan on doing this? Back in December I decided I would try to

  • Get up early
  • Add snippets of scheduled time to my day
  • Waste less time
  • Add efficiencies and organization to my day.

My starting point was to start getting up earlier than my girls, so I could have uninterrupted time before they woke up. I have been successful in making this early morning wake-up a habit and have not looked back. I have a Bonus Hour each morning and I love having a little time to myself each morning. Read all about it here: How to Enjoy an Early, Joyful, and Productive Morning.

I also wanted to add efficiencies and organization to my day, so I could truly ENJOY the unscheduled time with my girls. Too much of the time, I’m staring at what I need to clean, cook, and organize and it’s hard for me to sit down and give 100% of my time.

Finding Efficiencies and Organization in Homemaking

I do not always see homemaking the same.. Sometimes I see it as a wonderful way to serve and show love to my husband and children. Othertimes I feel like it is just a chore and a distraction to just enjoying our time together.

  • I want to want to have a clean house, but I do not want to spend hours every day making sure every corner of my home is spotless.
  • I want to have healthy, homemade meals, but I have no issues serving cereal for dinner on occasion.
  • I want to put others before myself as we are called to serve, but I want to have time alone for myself to refresh and have a break.
  • I try to provide clean meals. I love the idea of a toxin-free home and try first for natural products and remedies, but I refuse to worry about all of it. I’m OK with picking and choosing.
  • I am disciplined about getting rid of clutter in some areas of my home, but constantly ignore other areas.
  • I strive to give my daughters my full attention at times, but am also OK zoning out and doing my own thing when they are playing nicely. Especially if it’s been a hectic day.

Homemaking can be hard work when you are exhausted from chasing littles all day, but it is also very rewarding! I do not enjoy meal planning and am less than stellar at having a dinner plan. When I do plan meals out and have served my husband meals he has enjoyed, it makes me feel happy to know that the work is worth it!

Sometimes I figure out ways to better organize and plan my day and household, other times I look for a resource that will help me do this. I enjoy researching and finding new ideas for running the home.

I find it especially helpful to look for books, eBooks or other online resources when my homemaking motivation is running low. Often times I only need to read about a new idea, new recipe or quick tip to motivate me to get back into whatever task or chore I’m dreading.

I am looking forward to The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for this exact reason – Motivation, new ideas & quick tips! A quick skim of the titles was all I needed to be interested in this bundle.

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93 Homemaking and Mothering Resources. Ultimate Homemaking Bundles available April 27 - May 2.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 93 hand-picked eBooks, eCourses, and printables, on topics that matter to moms such as:

  • organization, routines & creating a cozy home
  • recipes, grocery shopping and meal planning
  • budgeting and saving money
  • motherhood (no matter what age your kids are)
  • cultivating a strong marriage
  • faith (for you & your kids)
  • and even self-care (like exercise, weight loss, life planning and coloring books)
  • and much more…

You have a full year to download the eBooks and printables and take the online eCourses, and everything you’ve downloaded becomes part of your permanent library, so you can go back to it whenever you need it. In addition to the eBooks and courses there also physical bonuses included! (See bonus list at bottom of this post.)

It’s available for just 6 days – from Wednesday, April 27 at 8 AM EST until Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. That’s why the Ultimate Bundles team can offer so much, because they only have permission to sell it for such a short period of time. The total value is $1000+ (plus over $300 in bonuses), but you get it for just $29.97. That’s 97% off what it would cost to buy everything individually.

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Here are a few of the 93 Homemaking and Mothering Resources that I am most excited about:

I am intrigued by many of the titles in the Organization & Routines section.

Organization and Routines. 93 Homemaking and Mothering Resources for under $30. Available for 6 days only.

I am excited to check out “Rhythms, Routines, and Schedules”. My oldest is going to school for the first time in the fall, and I have a feeling I will need to get our routines and schedules under control! The mothering resources are below:

Get 93 Homemaking & Mothering Resources for less than $30 (3)

As a blogger, I am excited about “Building a Framework”. You can purchase the eBook only here for $25. OR you can get the eBook as part of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. Below are the Working From Home resources in the bundle. For less than $5 over the price of “Building a Framework” you get the entire Homemaking Bundle.

Working from Home Resources from the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. Including Building a Framework!

Because I need help (and motivation) in Meal Planning, I plan on reading “Plan It Don’t Panic” soon!

A Bonus…I have already ordered and received the Kids Discovery Box from Green Kids Crafts. I just had to pay $3 shipping and the box is filled with fun activities for me to do with my 4.5 year-old.

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A Bonus…I am excited to decide how to spend my $15 at InkWELL Press.

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A Bonus…One of the bonuses gives access to MollyGreen.com

 Molly Green Bonus

A Bonus…Grove Collaborative is offering $30 worth of free products. Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, Mrs. Meyer’s multi-purpose spray, Grove Collaborative spray bottle, scrubber sponges, and 60-day VIP access with free shipping. (Alternative offer for current Grove Collaborate customers)

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 Here are more of the resources available in the bundle: 





 
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Below are a few of the FREE bonus that come with the Homemaking Bundle. Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only. You’ll get:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value). If you are a current customer of Grove Collaborative, there is a different offer available for you.
  • Free Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)
  • Free Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($24.95 value)
  • $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)
  • Free SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)
  • & more…

Learn more or get your bundle now! 

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42 Comments on Finding Efficiencies and Organization in Homemaking

  1. I like this idea. But I have to say it looks like you have a good heart and are balanced in what you do. I feel compelled to tell you not to be so hard on yourself. Enjoy the moments you have now. I am a 50+ empty nester woman who knows of what I speak of. I’m sure you are doing a good job!

  2. Thanks for sharing! There are definitely some intriguing resources here. And I definitely agree that the way I see homemaking changes from day to day. You do seem to have a very healthy and balanced approach, though!

    • I hope it’s healthy and balanced! It depends on my season in life. It does change day-to-day. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. It’s such an insane and trying balancing act! I don’t know if I’ll ever get it together, but thank you for sharing resources:) Add to to-do list…read! Glad that my family loves me as I do my best to take care of them. Blessings to you!

    • I don’t know if the goal is to have it all together! We just do our best. :) Thanks for stopping by and reading!

  4. I do like the balance idea…. it is so easy to overdo one thing or another, but it is best to be balanced and to keep priorities in mind…. that time before the family gets up is so precious… when I have that, it makes the day go so nicely… however, I rarely get that ever anymore… With differing schedules, some are up late, some early… they like to talk w/ me in person or on the phone (very precious)… and I am kept on the go. :)

  5. This is a great list of resources. Thank you for sharing. I am much like you in keeping house but also allowing kids to play while I chill and clear my head. It’s all balance. :)
    #RaRalinkup

    • I figure if I only read a few books, take an eCourse or 2, and use the bonuses, I have more than recovered the money spent. :)

  6. Great resources. I’m all about efficiency wherever possible! I also love getting up before the kids, it makes for a much better start to the day for me personally.

  7. I call myself an uninspired homemaker- because that’s what I am. I don’t mind it, I know it needs to be done… but I don’t always feel motivated or inspired to do it. The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a dream come true for someone like me.

  8. I love your honesty! I can be so hard to juggle everything and about half the time I feel like I have failed when my list still looks half full at the end of the day, but the other half of the time I realize that my personal well being is more important then the dishes! My husband would put me first, so I should too work on that as well. I am excited about the bundle though it has a ton of great resources so I can really get more things checked off my list without sacrificing my needs. I am glad I saw this at the Grace&Truth link up!

  9. Visiting you from Grace & Truth. I get up for that extra hour too! It keeps me sane and able to spend a bit of focused time before my family wakes, as you say here. And balance? I try to play it by ear and do what needs to be done each day. Some days I focus on cooking more, some days more writing, some days more cleaning, some days family time. I can’t manage all at once. :-)

  10. In my opinion, for my life, NOTHING is more important than time spent with my children. My kids are now in their 20’s. I am positive they couldn’t tell you how often the beds were made. I am equally positive they CAN tell you about our projects and adventures together. I know it is cliche, but seize the moment. Time really does go quickly and there is only a relatively short time frame in which to create life long memories. :)

  11. I purchased several bundles this year and now I don’t have it in the budget for this one… but man! What a great bundle of resources!

    I want to have a clean house and not spend tons of time getting it clean too! Plus I’m all about the healthy meals.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  12. You have been such an example to me, especially on the getting up early routine. I now get up most mornings at 5.15 am, read my bible , do some blogging and then maybe go and give my husband a cuddle or get breakfast. It is great to be able to do this now and I find the mornings I don’t I am much more irritable. I think I really need that quiet hour or so before everyone gets up for me to chase away my morning blues. Thank you so much for all that you write and all that you share at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    • I’m happy you are enjoying your quiet hour in the morning!

      I’m happy to share on your blog every week. I enjoy stopping by!

  13. It’s all about balance (and it doesn’t get easier just because they get older ;)–well, it sort of does, because you can engage them in helping keep the home clean and preparing meals so that you have time to spend more time as a family doing fun things :).

    • I’m sure it will be hard when they are older too! I’ll have to start in early so they are happy to help me with the cleaning & meal prep. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Getting organized and being more efficient is a never-ending challenge. There are always road blocks! I’ve seen the homemaking bundle and it looks pretty helpful, lots of good information in there :)

    Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup …I’ve pinned this post and hope you stop by again to link up again for this upcoming week!

  15. It is a great way how you organize your life.
    To be honest, reading all those ‘how to cook healthy in 5 minutes’, ‘how to be a better mum’, ‘how to work from home while taking care of your kids, cooking, and having a happy husband’ kind of articles are too fake and too stressful for me. I think I have found my balance by trying to work less (or spending less time) and giving me more time for the things I feel important, like my family, sport and hobbies… It works for me now :-)

    • I think there may be tips to get from certain articles, but rarely is there a complete quick fix! That is great that you are taking the time to think of your priorities! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  16. It is definitely a balancing act, I agree totally. I wake up early just to get time to myself. I have learned to let things go and prioritize. I don’t beat myself up anymore.

  17. Some great advice here, well done! I too try to get an hour to myself in the morning, even if it’s just to sit in silence with my morning cuppa, gathering my thoughts. It’s my most peaceful time of the day! It’s hard not to beat yourself up if you have an off day and the house is upside down, but I try not to let myself stress over it too much.

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