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Old 07-23-2007, 04:16 PM   #1
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All you veteran moms with lots of kids, help me please!!

I just had my 4th baby, all my kids are 6 and under. I'm having some trouble getting everything done... How do you get organized, what things do you do daily, do you have a system... I just need some help balancing everything! Any suggestions?

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Old 07-23-2007, 04:30 PM   #2
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When I had my 4th child my children were 6, 2, and 11 months (and then a newborn) - so I understand that some days can be overwhelming.
I found that my day went very smoothly if we kept to a strict schedule. Up at the same time every day, all nap together, each lunch together, bathe together, etc.
I would vacuum while the kids were eating lunch - they loved to watch me vacuum! I did laundry at night when DH was home. He was a HUGE help with the kids, and pretty much took over when he got home from work.
Sorry if that is not much help, I just don't remember that time being terribly stressful. Sometimes my house was messy, but I had more fun playing with the kids than stressing about my house not being immaculate. Just enjoy them being little.
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Lol.. I have 4 (and another on the way), but I'm not qualified to answer. When I had my fourth, my oldest was not quite 5.5 and I also had a 4yo and a 2yo. It was a long adjustment. Honestly, for the first six months or so you can expect to feel very disorganized and crazy.

The only things that I make great effort to do daily are laundry, picking up (kids do a lot of that now) and dishes. As long as we have clothes to wear and food to eat (and a kitchen that's usable to prepare it ), then we're good to go. Other things get done either when I can do them or when daddy's home such as: sweeping/mopping, vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, bed changing, etc.

How old is your baby?

Just wanted to second Melissa on don't stress about the house but enjoy the kids! The house can wait, but your kids will grow up regardless. Yeah, my house was often a wreck (and still is!), but in my mind that's just life with kids! Spending time with them and watching them grow is way more important to me than worrying about keeping things tidy.
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:28 PM   #4
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My best advice is to do housework in small chunks of time. Take 10 minutes and do a quick clean up of the living room- your oldest should be able to help with dusting, picking up items on the floor, even vacuuming. I did laundry during the day- just put a load in when I went to the bathroom, or if you laundry isn't in your bathroom try to do it at night after the kids are asleep. I also tried to do a lot of the chores while the baby napped- but I also homeschool so school work came before chores.

You might want to look into www.flylady.com She has a lot of tips for keeping a tidy house.

Most importantly- don't stress over it. They are only little once and the time goes by so very quickly.
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My fourth baby is 10 months old and I'm just beginning to get a sense of a schedule.
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Old 07-23-2007, 08:09 PM   #6
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Re: All you veteran moms with lots of kids, help me please!!

What made things easier for me was teaching the older kids to help out more. If you buy the right stuff, kids can do a lot. Get a smaller broom and they can help sweep. Get one of those push broom vacuum things and they can do the daily vacuuming leaving you to only have to do it every few days. Teach them to put their plates in the sink or dishwasher. Teach the oldest to make sandwiches for lunch. When they are young, they usually love to help out so take advantage of it. Have the oldest read to one of the younger ones when you need a break. The more they help, the easier it gets. That and keeping a fairly predictable schedule and realizing that you just aren't going to get everything done for the first few months. And making a point to get out of the house once a week or so to go to the park or a friend's house or somewhere to blow off some energy and relax a bit. But it does get easier with time.
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my baby is 2 months, then an almost 2 yr old, then 5 & 6. I have NO sense of schedule at all. and no sense of time either! I dont even know how to make a schedule I can follow. I feel like my brain is gone, too- I cant remember things anymore, I leave tasks unfinished, my thinking is slow and fuzzy... which is the wierdest part. And guess what... I'm homeschooling the 5&6 yr olds next year! I think I need some kind of organizing system.
I love being at home. I love having 4 beautiful children(and I want more), so I'm not complaining, but I feel unproductive. I want to find a way to do a little more, or at least to have a stopping place so i can feel "done". I wonder what is reasonable to get done in one day?
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