Before becoming a stay at home mom, I was a teacher.
My favorite grade to teach was 5th grade. However, there was one year in particular that a certain class gave me a run for my money! Everyday I came home exhausted and frustrated.
So one weekend I decided that I had enough!
I sat down and wrote out all of the things that were causing frustration in the classroom. Then I made a plan as to how I could fix each frustration.
The following Monday, I entered my classroom as a determined teacher. I was focused and confident.
With just a few simple changes, my classroom became much more enjoyable for both me and my students!
So what does this have to do with your home?
Let me explain…
After that year, I approached my classroom very differently, and it is now how I approach my home as well.
When I’m feeling frustrated or overwhelmed at home, I sit down and write out all of the things that are causing frustration. This helps me think things through and pinpoint changes that need to be made.
I don’t make a list all the time, but I have trained myself to be aware of things that are causing frustration and then find simple solutions.
Here are a few examples:
1. I was having a hard time keeping track of my keys.
Solution: Put them in the basket every single time I come home.
2. There was never enough counter space for making supper.
Solution: Clear the counter tops and put clutter away during the day instead of letting it pile up.
3. Laundry left in the washer all day and needed to be washed a second time.
Solution: Put the load in early in the morning and get in the habit of throwing the clothes into the dryer after breakfast.
4. Spending way too much time folding my son’s baby clothes. They were just so tiny that is was tedious work, plus he went through multiple outfits a day!
Solution: I quit folding them! instead I safety pinned the socks together so that I wouldn’t have to search for the tiny mates. Oneises and pants were simply laid in the dresser drawers and other clothes were hung up.
5. Feeling tired and not having time to spend in God’s word each day.
Solution: Go to bed earlier. That way I was able to get up just a little bit earlier than my son. It makes all the difference!
So, what is causing you frustration in your home or even your life?
Not everything has a simple fix, unfortunately. But I bet there are things that you are overlooking on a daily basis which have a simple solution.
Maybe it’s time to get the whole family involved. Are your kids having a hard time keeping track of their shoes or doing their homework?
Talk to them about a solution to fix the frustration. There is no need to continue to live overwhelmed and frustrated if there is a way to fix it!
If you want to see a few other ways that I fixed some frustrations, watch my video!
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