I have always been someone who thrives off being productive. It’s weird. I would rather do the dishes and laundry than sit down and do my own thing, if it means my space is cleaner. I genuinely feel stress from an unclean space. Anyone else with me?

Currently, I’m in the season of having two young kids, so I have to use my time a bit more wisely because any mom of young kids knows that things take you 10x longer with a toddler around and your time by yourself is limited.

So, as soon as my kiddos are asleep, I get as much done as possible, practically running around my house like a chicken with its head cut off (that’s what I feel like). And those postpartum sweats come in and I end up trying to turn the air on because my body feels like it’s overheating. Can anyone relate??

Now, before I get into how I stay productive and what I prioritize during nap times, I want to give a disclaimer. It’s easy for me to fall into idolizing productivity. Sometimes I find myself finding my worth in what I can mark off the to-do list, so please don’t compare our productivity levels. First off, productivity looks different for everyone, and secondly because, this mindset I can easily get from being productive can be harmful. So, even though productivity in itself is a good thing, I share this because it’s a strength of mine, but I have plenty of other things I need to work on, so I want to impart knowledge about this to you and remind myself of the Truth under the surface of what Jesus tells us around this topic. Let’s look at a story in Luke.

Luke 10:38-42 (NIV) “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed- or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.””

Dang. Jesus basically told Martha that sitting at His feet is far more important than getting things done. That is a lesson I need to remind myself often.

Let’s move onto the practicalities…

Before kids go down for naps, I try to get a load of laundry in the wash and dishes begun getting washed (or in the dishwasher) from breakfast and/or lunch.

The very first thing I do once they’re asleep is a general pick up around the living room. I pick up all my son’s toys and other miscellaneous things. It takes less than 5 minutes but makes such a difference, so it makes you feel like you’ve done a lot already even though it was such a simple task. Also, I love having a clear space because that gives me a clearer mind while completing other tasks.

After this, I kind of do a million things at once interchangeably. I make sure laundry is always on my radar. I wash out sheets once a week, so on the day I do those, I get them in right away and am constantly switching laundry over & bringing it upstairs to fold & put away. Putting laundry away as it’s done versus waiting until 4+ loads are done, makes it much easier and manageable. It’s nice because laundry can be washing and drying while you’re doing other things, so you’re really doing two things at once.

Once a week I clean the bathrooms, and this is something I do during nap time since I’m dealing with chemicals, various sprays, etc. When I do this, I also take all the hand towels, wash cloths, and bath towels and put those to wash with the rags I used to clean and do that as another load in the wash to kind of have a fresh bathroom start for the week.

Other things I do during this time is organize any spaces that need a little revamp. Today that was the pantry and our closet. Tasks like these are extra challenging with littles around and don’t happen every week but are so nice to have completed.

I will also vacuum (my kids are used to the noise and don’t wake up) and mop the floors from any messes we’ve had, especially during meal times.

I will also water all our plants (plant lover over here!!) and set those to drain out on the counter on a cloth while the kids nap.

Lastly, there are always those random things that come up- wrapping a gift, writing a thank you note, taking out the trash, cleaning out the microwave, hanging a picture frame, etc. that require a bit more concentration or supplies that are easier to do alone.

With leftover time, I might blog (hehe), watch some YouTube videos, journal, etc. Because even though as a parent you need to take care of your home and children, you also will be at your best when you’ve filled up your own cup as well.

So even though today I’m talking all about what we’re doing, please leave on this note: Sitting at Jesus’ feet and making sure your heart is in the right place is far greater than the physical tasks we can accomplish.

Who else needed this reminder today? I know I sure did.

Tia Marie

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