1. Dress for Success - Your family loves you more than anyone else in the world. They deserve to see you at your best. Don’t get me wrong - I am NOT advocating gardening in Gaultier. Practicality must be a consideration, but that is no excuse to not be chic. Spritz some perfume, put on your lipstick, and wear something that makes you feel beautiful. Your family will appreciate it.
2. Instead of a Role Model, Have a Role Mogul - Martha Stewart doesn’t hit the snooze button. Blair Waldorf doesn’t eat Ramen in bed. Oprah doesn’t phone it in. If you want their life, you have to work for it just as hard as they do.
3. Clean Like a Princess - Sing. Dance. If possible, use your charms to incite the help small woodland creatures. Do whatever you need to do to make it fun. The secret to being charming is finding the joy in even the most monotonous of work.
4. Have a Place For Everything - This is the easiest way to stay organized. As soon as you bring anything into your home, find a spot for it. This includes everything from the daily mail to a new piece of furniture. Not only will you minimize clutter, but you will also always be able to find your keys.
5. Accept That Some Chores Will Never be Done - At this very moment, dust is settling on your nightstand. Every minute that you are dressed, you are creating more laundry to be washed. Each meal you cook breeds a mountain of dirty dishes. Some chores never end. To avoid entropy, they have to be done every day. It’s tedious, but necessary.
6. Make Lists (In Pencil) - By making a to do list, you are holding yourself accountable for your actions. There is nothing more satisfying than looking at a page of check marks and scribbles showing how much you have accomplished throughout the day. But let’s be realistic for a minute. Sometimes, life happens, and your to do list goes out the window. Staying flexible is just as important as staying organized, so avoid pen unless it’s an absolute necessity. You’d be surprised how many obligations can be shifted around when they need to be.
7. Schedule Time for Fun - Set aside a portion of your day to do something that you want to do, preferably with your family or friends. Relaxing and socializing is often seen as more of an afterthought rather than a priority. The only way to change this is to make it a priority.
8. Keep a Well Stocked Pantry - Always have enough on hand to throw an impromptu get together. Along with the basics, keep some easy to make show stoppers on hand, such as gourmet spreads, puff pastry, and dried exotic fruits.
9. Master a Few Go-To Recipes - Home tastes like Mom’s Lasagne. Just the thought of it transforms you into your eight year old self hovering over the oven hoping that your presence alone will expedite the cooking process. Every family should have a few of these dishes.
10. Spoil your Family and Yourself - Treat yourself occasionally. This could mean taking a week long exotic vacation, or indulging in a deliciously rich homemade chocolate cake, or relaxing for an hour in a bubble bath. You’ve worked hard to build a beautiful life for your family. Take the time to enjoy it.