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Secrets to Getting It All Done

You haven’t washed your hair since Tuesday, your house is a mess, and your kid is out of control. How the heck do other moms pull this parenting thing off?
BySarah Yang
Updated
March 2, 2017
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“I have a weekly to-do list. It helps me put one chore, one fun thing and time to exercise on one day’s schedule. When I finish a task, I delete it. It’s fun to delete things!” — Andrea B.

“I have a wonderful husband who helps, and I don’t get out that much, hah!” — Adeline C.

“Everything gets done during naptime or after the kids go to bed.” — Jessica G.

“I just do one thing a day. One day, I’ll do the laundry; one day, I’ll vacuum, etc. If it gets done, great. If not, oh well.” — Marcela K.

“I just keep myself moving! I also declutter as much as possible. I don’t always get it all done, but being organized has been the biggest step in the right direction for me.” — _Brittany M. _

“I encourage my two-year-old and four-year-old to clean up after they’re finished with everything. Also, I don’t say no to people helping me with my newborn — like my mother. And I have a part-time babysitter.” — Alexis M.

“After I learned about babywearing, I finally managed to vacuum my whole house at once!” —_ Lisa S._

“I have a lot of sticky notes on the fridge — it’s just as satisfying to pull down and crumble a sticky as it is to cross something off a list.” — Natalie S.

“I bought a planner, spread out everything I have to do over the week and have decided it’s going to be okay if some of the things don’t get done.” — Jennifer M.

“I stick to a strict sleeping schedule for baby and plan everything else around it. I plan out my day every morning, and if I don’t get to everything, I add it to my list for the next day. I also have a great little helper who is learning to clean up her toys and help with the dishes and laundry.” — Tane S.

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