When we moved to a rental about a year and a half ago, we were in the middle of a school semester. We were moving to a much smaller home, and I didn't want to get behind in our school work because we had our summer planned already. That was not an easy transition. It was a slow move, and we just did what we could when we were able. I'm pretty sure I would not attempt to keep our full time school schedule during a future move. It was brutal.
When we recently moved to our new home, things were still hectic. We had a shorter time frame to get everything from the rental. With the help of lots of good friends, we got all our stuff moved quickly. The challenge this time was getting the house company ready in time for a birthday party. We wanted to show our new home off, and I wanted it to look nice.
I had several friends ask how we got things done so fast. We didn't sleep! Just kidding. We did sleep but we worked (either on work, the house, or other responsibilities) from the time we got up until the time we went to bed each night. There was very little down time for about 4 weeks. It was exhausting to be sure, but it felt good too. Sometimes it is important to let go of all the "relaxing" time to accomplish a big goal.
It is so easy to fall into a routine of sleeping in, binge watching Netflix, and doing all the fun stuff. It is especially hard in the summertime to say no to some of the invitations to swim or play. It is absolutely essential that we all get some fun time in our week but sometimes we need to take an evaluation to see if we have more fun time than we do responsible time. The computer and television are huge time drains. If you really need some time to catch up on your favorite show, then fold some laundry while you watch.
Y'all know I love a good list! That would be my other biggest tip. Make a list of your to do items by priority order. Then set to work. Sometimes getting up to do the first thing is the biggest challenge. When we were so scattered and had things happening at two houses, I just made a short list each night. That way I stayed on task and didn't spend any extra time driving or forgetting things at the store. A little bit of organization goes a long way. It seems counter productive to spend time making a list if you are overwhelmed by the number of things you need to do, but it really will make a difference.
When you are finished with the chaos (well as finished as a mom can be...) THEN you can sit down on the couch and enjoy the clean house.