Laundry and Self-Care for Busy Parents: Tips for Finding Balance

Being a parent brings a whole lot of challenges. Some parents question how they can find time for self-care without neglecting household chores such as grocery, laundry, and home cleaning that may sometimes take a whole day to finish. Most parents put self-care on the back burner and focus more on the needs of their family, but neglecting your needs may lead to burnout and mental health issues. 


If you are a parent struggling to find time for yourself, here are some tips on managing household chores and self-care even when busy.

  1. Establish a schedule for household and self-care needs.

Set aside a dedicated time or day for household chores and self-care. Let’s say you are more comfortable doing laundry on Sundays, and then the only major household task you have to finish on Sundays is laundry. Make a commitment to setting this schedule, so you will not become overwhelmed.


Some parents only have the opportunity to rest in the restroom, especially when they have infants and toddlers. Give yourself at least an hour of alone time to relax by yourself. A little peace can help you unwind.

  1. Do not bring work at home.

Besides your responsibilities at home, you have work. A common thing for parents is to bring their work home. Do not do this, it will only occupy more of your time. On the weekends, turn off your work email and avoid doing anything that is work-related. 


If you are self-employed, or you work at home, have a workspace and avoid doing work around your family. Manage your tasks effectively, so it does not reduce your time for self-care and household chores.

  1. Involve the family in laundry and cleaning. Do not hesitate to ask for help.

Most parents do not let their children do household chores at a young age. It is best to involve your children in doing household chores to teach them how to be responsible. You can let them sort out the clothes from the hamper before sending them to the laundry delivery service


If the chores are already overwhelming, do not hesitate to ask for help. Involve the whole family in laundry and cleaning. 


Whether it's a family member, a friend, or a babysitter, don't be afraid to ask for help with household tasks or to take some time for yourself.

  1. Hire a cleaning service or laundry service.

While it may seem like a luxury, hiring a cleaning or laundry service can save you time and stress, allowing you to focus on other priorities.


The best thing about delegating laundry and cleaning to professionals is you do not have to spend even a minute doing the chores. 

  1. Do not be a perfectionist.

Downtime is acceptable; there will be moments when your home is messy and you are behind on a few chores. Do not push yourself to be a perfectionist. 


By following these tips, you can help find the balance between taking care of your family and yourself. 

Activities Parents Can Do for Self-Care

It does not have to be an expensive getaway to give yourself the self-care you deserve. Sometimes, you only need an hour to have some alone time and nap. You can also do these activities for self-care:


  • Do meditation. You can download apps, audio files, and websites that can help you meditate. Even a quick 5 minutes can help you feel recharged. You may also take deep breaths to calm your mind and body.
  • Go for a walk. Walking is good exercise. You do not have to visit the gym to have your body moving. It is also best if you can walk in the park or where there is nature. It helps you feel calm.
  • Schedule time with friends. Having time with friends is an integral part of self-care. Finding time to meet your friends may be challenging, especially when you already have children. Schedule your hangouts ahead of time.
  • Reward yourself with a delicious meal. 
  • Go out on a date with your partner. The same with going out with your friends; you have to go on dates with your partner. A little alone time without the children makes you feel rejuvenated.

Final Takeaway

Follow these tips so you can find a balance between taking care of yourself and your family. Always remind yourself to prioritize self-care. Household chores may be important, but taking care of yourself is more significant for your physical and mental health.


It is important to prioritize both, and with a little planning and organization, you can find a way to manage both laundry and self-care without feeling overwhelmed. Give time to include self-care activities in your schedule. It does not matter what activity you like, may it be exercise, hobby, or relaxation; just give time to yourself.