Sunday, September 14, 2014

Just a Few More Things to Do...

I'm a busy mom.
I bet you are, too.

Lots of kids.
Lots of driving kids places.
Lots of shopping and cooking for hungry kids.
Lots of organizing. Because kids.

I try to rest before I get too exhausted, 
   too crabby, 
      too spaced out to be any good. 

I know there is always something more I could be doing, but if I don't take a nap when I'm out of it, I won't be worth much.


There are other times I am up and able. I can do stuff well enough, and there is always stuff to be done.

I could blow that time away on nothingness. (I'm not talking about reasonable hobbies and just plain sitting down. I write to stay sane.)

But there are times I should get up and get busy around the house. There's that much to do.

I could push myself to do a few more things in just a few minutes.
  • Fold a few towels and put them away.
  • Unload the dishwasher.
  • Rinse and stack the dishes.
  • Make my bed.
  • Fill my pill organizer or my CPAP water tank.
  • Pick out books to read with my daughter.
  • Write out a grocery list.
  • Wipe down a counter.
  • Take the meat out of the freezer for dinner.
  • Look up a new recipe.
  • Remind a child to do a chore.
  • Hunt for treasure in the couch cushions.
  • De-junk a drawer or shelf.
  • Jot down ideas for a blog post.

Just a few more things to do. Sometimes I start out thinking I'll spend a few minutes. Then I get into it and want to keep going. Amazing how it works like that!

When can I tuck in these little things? 

Let's say I've got chicken cooking in my electric skillet and I need to stay in the kitchen. I notice a lot of crumbs and some sticky spots on the counter. So I get out a wet cloth and wipe up the mess. I tend the chicken, and then unload the dishwasher.

Or I'm ready for bed, and I see the basket of clean laundry I set there earlier. I have already put away half of it. Now I could either put the basket on the floor and go to sleep (sometimes I do), or I can take a few more minutes and hang up the rest of my clothes. 

If I'm going to pick up a teen from an after school activity, I might get out my iPod, check my To Do list on my ToodleDo app, and see what other quick errands I could run in the same trip. 

If I'm sitting at my desk to do some computer work, rather than shoving aside a pile of papers, I can take a few minutes to figure out where each one should go. Maybe I won't take the time to put them in the correct sections of my notebooks, but I can at least sort them into my three quick file folders (health, school, other) on my desk.

My favorite strategy? It's called "Pick Ten." If I have a stray moment, I look for ten things to pick up and put away in whatever room I happen to be in. Maybe I'll do ten more after that if I'm in the groove.

Though there is always more to do, and though there are regular times for many of my tasks, "just a few more things" is how a lot of what does get done gets done.

And that's one way this mom grows up.


Virginia Knowles


  1. I agree. Doing things in little chunks can be really helpful. I like to pick up things as I walk from one room to another. My problem, however, is that I often spend too much time focusing on the "little things" that I neglect the things that I need to set aside a large chunk of time to do. Maybe I need to be better at doing little chunks, lol.

  2. Great tips! I'm still figuring out how to manage our 3 boys and foster daughter and calm the chaos (as much as possible given we do, in fact, have 3 boys who love climbing furniture and all things nerf). I appreciate your ideas!
    -S.L. Payne,

  3. I need to remember to make better use of my time. Taking advantage of all the kids' practices may be one way to achieve that!