Your baby is finally asleep. Now, it's time to get stuff done (because why rest when you can be busy)! You may not even know where to start. Unfortunately, there is probably a lot for you to do and the list of tasks is probably super long.  


1. Get Your Grocery Shopping Done!

Going grocery shopping can either be a task you love to do or you hate to do. Either way, it has to get done. Instacart is a great alternative for getting your groceries delivered right to your doorstep. If your baby is napping in the car, you can always pull up to your local Target, Walmart, Kroger, etc. to get your groceries delivered to your car.

2. Straighten Up the House

Sometimes, it feels impossible to be able to clean the house when your child is awake or at home. One moment, the couch is cleared off with the blankets folded and pillows fluffed. Then, you blink and now the blankets are on the floor, the pillows are flattened, and there are toys and an iPad left on the couch. Use this valuable time to clean up, and you will be surprised how much better you feel in a non-cluttered room. At the toddler stage, when toys and books seem to be everywhere, find a good storage solution where you can whisk them away in a few minutes. The storage ottoman is a great example and can be found online. This one, from Wayfair, is under $180 and is super functional plus modern looking.

3. Catch up on Emails

There are two types of people: people who have an email inbox of 10,000+, or an email inbox of 5 on a bad day. If you are on the higher side of the inbox spectrum, that is ok! Getting constant messages all day everyday is stressful, and it's hard to make time for viewing each and every one. However, going through emails when you have no interruptions can actually be nice when you are on your own. You can do this anywhere, too. Grab your laptop, curl up on the couch, and start cleaning out your emails and responding to them! Also, take the time to unsubscribe to emails you don't want. If you do this daily, it won't take long for your email inbox to shrink.

4. Take Care of YOU

Once you become a parent, the phrase "self care" probably doesn't cross your mind often. But, it should! Indulging in self care doesn't always just mean putting on a face mask or taking a hot shower. Self care can consist of treating yourself to something you've been wanting, or simply going to Starbucks. Essentially, caring for yourself is just doing things that make you happy and make you feel calm and serene.

April 01, 2023 — Emma Swain

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